World renowned writer Alan Grant (2000AD and Batman) and infamous artist Robin Smith (2000AD and The Bogie Man) have teamed up for the first time in 20 years to work on a comic with Artlink Edinburgh and a young man, Scott, who has autism.
Artlink, the arts and disability organisation based in Edinburgh, wants to communicate with new audiences who may not have any knowledge of autism, about the complexities of one individual’s experiences. Using bullying as a starting point, the comic’s intention is to give a little creative insight into this often misunderstood world. The comic ‘Scott Vs Zombies’ is the result of this unique meeting of minds.
In the spring of last year Scott met with Alan Grant. The story they came up with established Scott and his mother Liz as the main characters in a Zombie comic. In the story, Scott (as in real life) has difficulties understanding who he is in relation to the people around him. He isn’t confident about building relationships with people, and can’t always read them. It is hard for him to fit in. Alan decided to counter these anxieties by creating a situation in which Scott could take control, using the simple coping mechanisms he has developed, as well as a little help from an evil wizard and some zombies!
Edinburgh City, the Castle, Lothian Road and Princes Street Gardens act as the backdrop to the horrific events that unfold; ordinary people suddenly become zombies, a power struggle ensues and Scott ultimately saves his mother and the whole of Edinburgh City from a dreadful onslaught.
Scott Davidson and Alan Grant will be signing copies of their comic ‘Scott vs Zombies’ on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 to 1.30 at Waterstones on Princes Street, Edinburgh and from 3pm to 4 pm at Waterstones, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh.
An online sale of Robin Smith’s signed drawings of this comic to support Artlink’s work with individuals with autism will open on Artlink’s website www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk on the 1st December and will close on the 14th December.
‘This comic has been an exciting and confidence building journey for Scott and he just cannot wait to share it with other people, it is good to see him proud of himself’. Liz Davidson (Scott’s mother)
‘Autism Network Scotland is proud to support this fantastic comic which convey key messages, raising awareness of autism in a highly original and valuable way’. Autism Network Scotland