Billy Phillips, President and CEO of Toon Studio Licensing, knows what it’s like to take charge of personal and professional battles. Author of new fantasy series Once Upon a Zombie, Phillips had to battle for the rights to zombie princesses to make his vision a reality and bring the most beloved fairytale characters to the afterlife.
Telling new tales for these classic stories was not his only goal, however; Phillips was influenced by his own experience with anxiety and OCD to reach out to youths in similar situations through his reimagining.
“This is a zombie book that is also not a zombie book,” Phillips explains. “The ‘zombie’ is a metaphor for the incessant impulses associated with fear. If fear, anxiety and selfishness blindly controls our lives, we are mindless, a slave to these rash impulses and negative thoughts.”
Here are some things you can learn from Phillips:
- How his ‘zombies’ are a metaphor for the incessant impulses associated with ego, selfishness and fear, as well as how we can resist these urges
- His personal experience with fears and phobias and how he used positive energy to take control again
- The origin of the idea for the novel and the blending of zombies with the iconic fairy tale characters
- His year-long battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and how he won the trademarks for Zombie Snow White, Zombie Cinderella, Zombie Sleeping Beauty, Zombie Alice and Zombie Rapunzel
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