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

Recent News

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 retailer...here'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

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

8.12.13: Comicbookmonsters.com: http://www.comicmonsters.com/item-7803-The_Other_Dead_Interview_with_Joshua_Ortega.html

8.12.13: Comicbook.com: http://comicbook.com/blog/2013/08/12/exclusive-interview-gears-of-war-and-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-unite-for-the-other-dead/

8.12.13: Comicbooktherapy.com: http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/exclusive-joshua-ortega-and-digger-mesch-talk-the-other-dead-157194

7.2.13: Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/18253-obama-brandishing-firearms-returns-to-comic-book-cover.html

7.1.13: The Blaze: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/01/armed-angry-obama-graces-cover-of-new-comic-slated-for-9-11-13-release/

7.1.13: Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/01/obama-is-packing-for-the-other-deads-911-variant-cover/

5.31.13: CBR: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=45765

05.10.13: MTV covers The Other Dead: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/04/28/c2e2-the-other-dead-idw/

Now Available:
((FREQUENCIES)) - A NOVEL
GEARS OF WAR 3: RAAM'S SHADOW (Xbox 360)
NECROMANCER (Top Cow Productions)
GEARS OF WAR, VOL 2: BARREN (DC Comics)
FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER (Image)
GEARS OF WAR, VOL 1: HOLLOW (DC Comics)
OUTLAW TERRITORY, VOL 1 & 2 (Image)
QUEEN SONJA, VOL. 1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
SHADOW COMPLEX (Xbox 360)
GEARS OF WAR 2 (Xbox 360)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: CYLON WAR (Dynamite Entertainment)
BLUE DRAGON (Xbox 360)
SAVAGE TALES OF RED SONJA (Dynamite Entertainment)
LOST ODYSSEY (Xbox 360)

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News & Appearances

Look for Joshua at the following coming events!

San Diego 2014 Comic-Con
July 24-27, 2014
Preview Night July 23

 

New York Comic Con
Javits Center NYC
October 9-10, 2014

 

or you can contact him via email!
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