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Welcome to the official site of Joshua Ortega, the bestselling, award-winning writer of Gears of War, LawBreakers, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, Necromancer, Auto Age: Standoff, ((FREQUENCIES)), and more!

Recent News

June 2019 - Gears of War Omnibus Now Available!

Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Joshua Ortega |

Defeat the Horde! The comics saga of the best-selling video game series begins here. Discover what happens in the wake of the original game...

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April 2018 - Phantom Compass and Joshua Ortega Join Forces for Transmedia IP Development

ONTARIO, Canada: 24 April, 2018 - Boutique Canadian game studio Phantom Compass has today announced a partnership with transmedia pioneer Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Star Wars, The Other Dead) to co-develop a slate of boundary-breaking IP.

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April 2018 - Boss Key Productions takes Battle Royale gaming to Radical Heights!

Donít let Radical Heightsí success surprise you!

Read what Jeff Grubb has to say about this!

March 2018 - What's Joshua Been Up To?

Joshua Ortega is wrapping up work on a new, unannounced video game, and is also writing his next novel, a television pilot, and consulting on a new AR/Mixed Reality project. In the meantime, check out some of his past work, and look for more updates here soon!

The Necromancer

Queen Sonja

((Frequencies)): A Novel

Tales from Neverland

Nov 2017 - Law/Breakers Now Available! Gravity-Defying Combat, Rise or Fall!

The highly anticipated All-Star Update includes Boss Leagues, two new maps, time-limited Blitzball-themed Stash Drops, and more!

Nov 2017 - Auto Age: Standoff now available on PC and Steam!

Nov 2016 - New LawBreakers concept art... gravity shall never be the same...

July 2016 - LawBreakers now available for Wishlist on Steam!

Beat gravity into submission in LawBreakers, an exhilarating role-based First Person Shooter where the laws of physics can be shattered, creating unprecedented gravity-based combat in an ever-evolving bloody arena.

Release Date: Summer 2016

June 2016 - Auto Age: Standoff!

In the bright but distant future, the recovery of New America rests in the hands of wheeled warriors. Will you side with the sinister Dark Jaw or intrepid Val Vega? Customize your killer ride and go head to head in 80s-style car combat. Gear up, team up, and roll out!

January 2016 - LawBreakers!

LawBreakers, previously known under the codename BlueStreak, is an upcoming video game developed by Boss Key Productions and published by Nexon.

Watch the Announcement and Gameplay trailers and brace yourself!

Designer: Cliff Bleszinski
Developer: Boss Key Productions
Publisher: Nexon
Genres: First-person shooter
Modes: Multiplayer video game
Platform: Microsoft Windows


Gears of War 4

Xbox One Exclusive - Coming Holiday 2016


December 2014 – Animal Planet Developing The Other Dead Scripted Series!

Animal Planet Developing ‘The Other Dead’ Animal Zombie Scripted Series!

Animal Planet is the latest cable network to dip into graphic novel fare, optioning the zombie animal story “The Other Dead” to be developed as a scripted series.

Read the full article on Variety!





June 2014 – The Other Dead Hardcover Now Available!

The first six issues of the critically acclaimed horror series The Other Dead are now available in hardcover! Find it at your local comic shop or your favorite online's your chance to get the complete Zombie Animal™ epic and find out what the buzz is all about!


April 2014 - The Other Dead Continues Its Infectous Growth!

Exciting news: The Other Dead #6 is now available, with the hardcover collection coming soon!

“How has this brilliant premise not been done yet? Just when we’re inundated with “zombie this, zombie that,” Ortega, Digger, and Eastman come along with a rip-roaring adventure that provides the most unique spin on the zombie apocalypse in years.”

–Cliff Bleszinski
Creator of Gears of War

“The Other Dead has the perfect combination of action, emotional impact, and brooding/building horror. I kept turning the pages to run from the impending doom.”

– Kevin J. Anderson
New York Times bestselling author of the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series.

“Gleefully gory and subversive with snark–the only problem with this book is that I didn't come up with the idea first!”

– Hugh Sterbakov
Emmy-nominated writer of Robot Chicken, Freshmen, and City Under the Moon

“The Other Dead finds space to be itself in a genre where most practitioners stick to the tried and true. Original and genuinely scary.”

– Mike Carey
Eisner Award-winning writer of Unwritten, Suicide Run, and X-Men

“The Other Dead has restored my faith in a tired sub-genre with a tongue-in-cheek premise, compelling characters, and a devilishly fun world. I’m anxiously awaiting the moment when Obama picks up a shotgun.”

– TJ Fixman
Writer of Ratchet & Clank and Legends of the Dark Knight: A Game to Die For

“The basic conceit of this story, that nature, not our neighbors, is the real threat, harkens back to Hitchcock’s The Birds and Spielberg’s Jaws, only taken to the next level…Just when you thought the zombie genre had been strip mined, The Other Dead proves you wrong.”

– Robert Napton
Writer of Battlestar Galactica, Warlord of Mars, and Dark Wraith of Shannara

“A twisted new angle that will resonate far and wide. I really enjoyed it.”

– American McGee
Creator of American McGee’s Alice

“The Other Dead starts with a great premise, a zombie tale that tugs our emotion and sympathy like no other. The book itself is beautifully executed, with grisly, splattered art and frenetic writing…can't wait for more!”

– Mike Capps
Executive Producer of Gears of War and writer of Gears of War: Barren

“With The Other Dead, Ortega, Digger, and Eastman finally answer the THE zombie genre question–what about the animals!?–with equal parts wit and ferocity.”

– Steve Johnson
FX Artist on Ghostbusters, The Abyss, and Spider-Man 2


August 2013 - Exclusive Interviews and Articles on The Other Dead

Check out the links below for exclusive interviews and articles on The Other Dead and the latest scoop on the Obama cover controversy!




7.2.13: Newsarama:

7.1.13: The Blaze:

7.1.13: Bleeding Cool:

5.31.13: CBR:

05.10.13: MTV covers The Other Dead:

Now Available:
NECROMANCER (Top Cow Productions)
QUEEN SONJA, VOL. 1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
GEARS OF WAR 2 (Xbox 360)
BLUE DRAGON (Xbox 360)
SAVAGE TALES OF RED SONJA (Dynamite Entertainment)

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News & Appearances

Look for Joshua at these upcoming events!


San Diego Comic-Con 2018
July 18-21, 2019
Preview Night July 17th


Aug 30th to Sept 2nd, 2019
Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, WA


New York Comic Con
October 3-6th, 2019
Javits Center NYC


Emerald City Comicon
March 12th-15th, 2020
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA


Game Developers Conference
March 16th-20th, 2020
Moscone Conference Center
San Francisco, CA


Feb 28th-Mar 1st, 2020
South Building at McCormick Place
Chicago, IL


Electronic Entertainment Expo
June 11-13, 2020
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA



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