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Now & Zen is Back! Plus: October Books Preview, Horror Movie Recommendations, and More

Now & Zen is Back! Plus: October Books Preview, Horror Movie Recommendations, and More

, by Jake Abbate, 11 min reading time

Greetings, Z-Rangers!!

Sound the alarms and alert the townsfolk, because much like our very own Sela Mathers (sorry, *spoiler alert*), Now & Zen is officially back from the dead!

Some of you out there might know me as Zenescope’s newest VIP coordinator, and believe me–it’s been a real trip these last few months getting to know y’all via email exchanges and convention visits and the like. But now, I’ll be drawing on my semi-illustrious (i.e., incredibly low-paying) background as a freelance journalist to add “blogger-in-chief” to my list of office responsibilities. So hopefully, the next time you’re perusing our webstore in search of the latest Zeneswag, you’ll venture down here to my neck of the digital woods for fresh insights into the daily goings-on at Zenescope HQ, creator interviews, assorted pop culture recommendations, and of course, reflections on the present state of the Grimm Universe and beyond.

First up, let’s talk about what’s on the docket for this month. Just two days ago, we kicked off our slate of October books with Grimm Fairy Tales #76, which brought most of our heroes back to Arcane Acre following the bittersweet conclusion of August’s jam-packed 75th issue. I won’t give away too much if you haven’t had the chance to dive in yet, but let’s just say the heartwarming reunion between Skye and Sela will have to wait as the estranged mother-and-daughter duo have very different battles to fight on their own over the next couple of issues. You also may have noticed the introduction of a brand-new villainess, who will have a much bigger role to play in the GFT saga throughout the rest of the year.

Grimm Fairy Tales #76 (On Sale Now)

(L-R: Cover A - Igor Vitorino, Cover B - Jordi Tarragona, Cover C - Igor Lomov, Cover D - Maria Laura Sanapo)

But that’s not all–we’re also releasing a new Robyn Hood adventure, the next chapter of Oz: Kingdom of the Lost, a prelude to our upcoming Wonderland: Child of Madness miniseries, and our annual Halloween special, which gathers the world’s most dedicated serial killer fans together in a haunted house for an evening of bloody mayhem they’ll never forget (that is, if they manage to survive the night…).

Robyn Hood: Dark Shaman (On Sale 10/18)

 (L-R: Cover A - Igor Vitorino, Cover B - Guillermo Fajardo, Cover C - Cedric Poulat, Cover D - Ignacio Noe)

Oz: Kingdom of the Lost #2 (On Sale 10/18)

 (L-R: Cover A - Igor Vitorino, Cover B - Jordi Tarragona, Cover C - Cedric Poulat, Cover D - Alfredo Reyes)

Wonderland Annual: Out of Time (On Sale 10/25)

 (L-R: Cover A - Jeff Spokes, Cover B - Sonia Matas, Cover C - Mike Krome)

Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2023 Halloween Special (On Sale 10/25)

 (L-R: Cover A - Igor Vitorino, Cover B - Ryan Pasibe, Cover C - Maria Laura Sanapo, Cover D - Sonia Matas)

Speaking of haunted, it’s finally Spooky Season, and we have not one, but two new box sets that would make solid additions to your to-be-read pile in anticipation of this year’s Halloween festivities. The first set (funded by many of you lovely people via Kickstarter last summer!) collects three graphic novels: Devil’s Road, Satan’s Hollow, and Paradise Court. Meanwhile, our 2023 Horror Comic Book Box contains a mix of physical and digital comics along with a limited edition art print, figure pin, and a collectible cover with a print run of 250 or less. Each collection is graced with delightfully creepy artwork courtesy of Guillermo Fajardo. And as a bonus, the graphic novel set is currently on sale ahead of our big office move next month, so act fast and take advantage of this deal below:


It’s no secret that we love us some horror ‘round these parts, and what better time of the year to catch up on our favorite scary movies? With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to ask the whole office what they plan on watching as we get closer to All Hallow’s Eve. Here’s what everyone came up with:


Sarah: The Exorcist (Max), The Silence of the Lambs (Max), The Lost Boys (Max), Halloween (AMC, AMC+, Shudder), A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-3 (Max)

Noah: Over the Garden Wall (Hulu), The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror (Disney+), Ed, Edd 'n Eddy's Boo-Haw-Haw

Jason: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+), Jaws (Netflix), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Max), It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Apple TV+), Get Out (Netflix)

Ashley: Scream (Max), The Ring (original on Shudder, remake on Paramount+), Final Destination (Max), Ju-On: The Grudge, Cabin by the Lake

Nate: Evil Dead Rise (Max), Night of the Living Dead (Prime), The Witch (Hulu)

Kearea:  For the kiddos - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Apple TV+), The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular (Disney+), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+); For the grown-ups - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Showtime), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Hulu)

Jake: Every Scream movie (1-3 on Max, 4 on Peacock, 5 and 6 on Paramount+), Only Lovers Left Alive (Hulu), Day of the Dead (Hulu), Cam (Netflix), The Babadook (Hulu)

David Wohl: Saw X (now playing in theaters), every other Saw movie (most on Prime and/or Hulu), Talk to Me (now in theaters), House of 1,000 Corpses (AMC+), The Collector (Prime), Sinister

Dave Franchini: Sinister, Smile (Prime and Paramount+), The Halloween Tree, Good Boy, the “Mystery Spot” episode of Supernatural (Netflix)

Joe: Trick ‘r Treat (Max), Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Prime and Hulu), The Last Voyage of the Demeter (now in theaters), Talk to Me (now in theaters), Sinister


Lastly, I want to thank everyone who tuned in to watch both of the livestreams that we hosted this week, including Tuesday’s retailer stream spotlighting Allan Hathaway of The Purple Onion in Charleston, WV (easily one of the most unique-looking comic shops we’ve ever seen - check out Noah’s interview with Allan here) and yesterday’s VIP-exclusive stream on Facebook. Next up, we have our Virtual Horror Con streaming on October 25th and 26th as well as our latest installment of Movie Club, where we’ll discuss RoboCop on October 27th.

By the way, if you aren’t a Zenescope VIP, what are you waiting for?? Signing up gives you access to all-new sections of our website featuring exclusive collectible covers. You also have the chance to earn points whenever you buy Zenescope products, which can then be used to redeem discount codes on our webstore. Plus, if you sign up, you’ll get to deal with me, and I promise that’s way more fun than it sounds. For more information, visit our official VIP FAQ page or simply drop me a line at Otherwise, you can purchase a domestic membership here and an international membership here.

Until next time, folks. Feel free to share your own horror movie recommendations in the comment section!



  • Thanks for the look ahead at all the cool comics, Jake. As for Halloween movies, I’ll probably dive in and watch Nosferatu (I love both the original and the Werner Herzog remake from 1979) and at least one Vincent Price film, probably The Abominable Dr. Phibes, which is one of my favorites for the season. The Nightmare Before Christmas is definitely a classic!


    David Lee Summers

  • The original Halloween (1978). The original Prom Night (1980). Nightmare on Elm Street. The Zero Boys


    Georgia Cookson

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