The Celebrity Dead Exposed
The Celebrity Dead Exposed
Illustrator: Rob Sacchetto
Writer: Jeremy Walsh
Ulysses Press: 2010
4 / 5 zedheads
"Celebrity is death. Celebrity - that's the worst thing that can happen to an actor." - Glenn Close
In Rob Sacchetto and Jeremy Walsh's parody book Zombiewood Weekly, celebrity is not just death but a living death. In this full-colour parody of celebrity gossip magazines, Sacchetto and Walsh strip back the glamor and flawless good looks on an Oscars Party-worth of Hollywood's hottest and sexiest celebrities to expose their inner ghoul. In Sacchetto's acclaimed style, we get to see what Hollywood's brightest stars would look like as mangled, pus-filled, rotting, writhing, and repulsive flesh-hungry zombies. And you know what? They're not so different!
Sacchetto and Walsh show that celebrities and zombies have a lot in common. Celebrities and Zombies develop selfish attitudes and poor self-control that leads to addiction and bad behavior. For celebrities, this leads to too much partying, sex tapes, drugs and the occasional crotch-shot photo op. For Zombies, this leads to rioting, clawing, biting, and an addiction to flesh and brains. Therefore, when Sacchetto and Walsh present their zombified versions of naughty celebs like Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Colin Farrel, and Lindsay Lohan, it's no surprise that they're still up to their old tricks, but now their hunger for flesh and fame makes every carpet a red carpet event.
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Rob Sacchetto is acclaimed for his zombie portrait artwork. Through his site ZombiePortraits.com, Sacchetto has zombified hundreds of people who send him their photos so he can make one-of-a-kind zombie portraits for them. In Zombiewood Weekly, his skills as a portrait artist and zombie artist are obvious. For one, this book wouldn't work if the images were distorted caricatures of celebrities because then the art would lose its striking realism. Instead, Sacchetto's celebrity portraits are exact likenesses of their subjects, or as exact as they can be after Sacchetto applies his patented style of zombification. Noticeably, Sacchetto's zombie art leans toward the violently grotesque. Common traits among his zombies are sloughing, gangrenous skin; boils and pustules; and ragged, torn faces that expose glistening and bloody musculature in contrast to the putrid lesions and fetid wounds. Yet, at the same time, Sacchetto`s work (like the work of artist William Stout) has just enough of a comic book feel (specifically, an EC comics feel) to take the edge off the grotesqueness.
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