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Scott vs Zombies

Scott vs ZombiesWorld renowned Scottish comic book writer Alan Grant  (2000 AD, Batman) and leading comics artist Robin Smith (2000 AD, The Bogie Man) have teamed up for the first time in 20 years to work on  Scott vs Zombies - a new comic based on the real life experiences of a  young man, Scott, who has autism.

Part of a series of publications commissioned by Edinburgh's Artlink -  where Scottish writers create fiction based on the reality that people  with a disability face on a daily basis -    Scott vs Zombies aims to  connect with new audiences who may not have any knowledge of autism, as  well as highlight the complexities of Scott's own experiences. 

Creating the comic

Last spring, Scott met with Alan Grant to establish an idea for a comic, the  plot they came up with involved Scott and his mother Liz as the main  characters in a Zombie adventure set in the streets of Edinburgh.

In the story, Scott (as in real life) has difficulties understanding who he is in relation to the people around him and isn't confident about  building relationships. Alan decided to counter these anxieties by creating a situation in which Scott could take control, using the simple  coping mechanisms he's developed.

As ordinary people suddenly become zombies, Edinburgh Castle, Lothian Road and Princes Street Gardens all act as the backdrop to the power struggle that ensues. Will  Scott ultimately save his mother and the whole of Edinburgh City from the dreadful onslaught? You'll need to grab a copy to find out.

Get your copy...

Scott Davidson and Alan Grant will be signing copies of their comic in Edinburgh on Saturday 26 October from 12.30 - 1.30pm at Waterstones on  Princes Street and from 3 - 4pm at Waterstones, Ocean Terminal.

Copies, priced at £1.99, will also be available from Artlink, Autism Network Scotland and Forbidden Planet.  

An online sale of Robin Smith’s signed drawings will open on Artlink’s website on 1 December and will close on 14 December. The proceeds will support Artlink’s work with individuals with autism.

More about Artlink

Established in 1984, Artlink is an arts and disability organisation that believes participation in the arts has an important role to play in realising personal and social change. Artlink is a Creative Scotland Foundation Organisation. More information on Artlink can be found on their website.

More about Autism Network Scotland

Autism Network Scotland is a government-funded organisation based in the University of Strathclyde and is a hub of impartial and reliable information about autism services across Scotland. They support knowledge exchange and awareness raising through a range of activities including Learning  Events, Forums, Practitioner Network days and our online Virtual Network discussions.

This article was published on 01 Nov 2013