The Orange County Register‘s Kurt Snibbe today runs through a brief history of zombies.


That ran on my focus page today, although I had nothing to do with it, really. It was all written and designed by Kurt.

Actually, I take that back. I did have something to do with it…

When Kurt dropped by my desk last week to pitch the idea, he mentioned something about zombies being “a hot topic.” I agreed: Seems like you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a zombie.

And the dead cat would only come back to life, Kurt wisecracked.

So imagine my surprise when I found that exchange in the intro copy.

Make sure you click on this one and read all the copy blocks. Kurt wrote this one in a clever way that — dare I say it? — makes it a scream.

Great job by my pal Kurt.

Kurt left the Register a while back to work as the cartoonist and all-around visuals guy for ESPN’s Page Two.


However, that gig ended in March when the Mickey Mouse folks who own ESPN laid off a bunch of folks. Bad move, because Kurt is one talented and useful guy.

Kurt’s doing freelance work out of his home in Dana Point, just south of Newport Beach. He’s here at the Register once or twice a week, producing graphics and the occasional Focus page for me:



Find Kurt’s ESPN work here and his Twitter feed here.

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  • Oct. 28: Boston Globe’s Ryan Huddle celebrates great movie monsters
  • Oct. 30: Making monsters out of candy with the Freep’s Eric Millikin
  • Oct. 31: A cute — and brief — Halloween candy video from Tulsa