Preview: Sophocles Sopounas’ Widescreen Format Graphic Novel ‘Not Alone’
by Brendan M. Allen
What happens when a Greek-born skate rat bails from the foothills of Mount Olympus and is dropped in Detroit? A one hundred percent nerd-proof zombie story.
Written and illustrated by Sophocles Sopounas, Not Alone is the humanly imperfect, “widescreen” graphic novel brought to life by the boredom of lake-effect snow.
‘Twenty years into a zombie apocalypse, with nothing more than a jacket and a handful of clues, a teen sets out to find her lost uncle. Her journey takes a drastic turn when she collides with a young man and he loses his memory. The girl, unknowingly marked with zombie-attracting totems, finds herself evading hordes of the living dead with an amnesiac sidekick in tow, only to form a lasting friendship that breaks the trope of the atypical buddy adventure.’
Sopounas was inspired by DIY punk rock ethos of creating, regardless of skill level.
I’m inspired by every other creator-writer-artist that was there for me in tough times, that acted as a guide when others couldn’t or wouldn’t. I would like to offer the same momentary comfort, solace, and understanding to ones that might be feeling and going through what I was.
This dry and comedic blend of heart and soul is available from BHC Press on July 22, 2021.