“Tofu” is a friendly zombie, created from a botched experiment in Professor Vost’s laboratory. Monkey # 5, one of Vost’s lab animals, stuffed a block of tofu into the zombie boy’s open skull after accidentally losing the brain. As a result, “Tofu” eats only vegetables and grains and has no taste for human meat. However, if “Tofu” ever loses his “tofu-brain”, he turns into a dangerous zombie creature, craving human flesh.
In a world where zombies exist, Tofu the Vegan Zombie is the friendly alternative to his meat-eating brethren. He was created accidentally, when his brain was lost during an experiment and replaced with a block of tofu by the prankster, Lab Monkey #5. When the little zombie boy woke up, he no longer raved meat but veggies and grains. As long as the block stays in his head he remains that way.
The man responsible for Tofu is Professor Vost. He has dedicated his life to finding a cure for the zombie epidemic, plaguing mankind. What he has discovered so far about the illness is truly shocking. The source of the sickness is animals, which are being genetically altered to make them meatier and tastier. The culprit behind this wicked crime is the evil billionaire and meat-processing magnate Mallesteros. Mallesteros knows his product causes zombie-ism and he isn’t bothered by it. To him it just ensures repeat customers, because his meat is the only thing that keeps zombies docile. He and Vost have a past and though at one time they were friends, the two are now bitter enemies.
Tofu lives with the Professor, his daughter Addie and Lab Monkey # 5. Though he is able to walk among both humans and zombies, Tofu is never fully trusted or accepted by either group. Addie cares about Tofu and tries to make him feel part of the family by bringing him along with her and Lab Monkey #5 for fun and adventures. However, Monkey’s mischievous, playful nature, often gets Tofu and Addie into trouble.
As for the Professor, he treats Tofu like a son and wants to keep him safe from the dangers in the world. He knows that because Tofu is different, there is always a chance someone might try and harm him. Vost is convinced the boy is the key to solving the zombie epidemic. The question remains, can he unlock the mystery of the tofu block before the world’s population is turned into the undead?
Tofu the Vegan Zombie Animated Short
Zombie Dearest is an award winning animated short starring Tofu the Vegan Zombie with voices by Billy West and Ellen Muth. Watch the animated short to the right or click here to watch it offline: Zombie Dearest
Tofu the Vegan Zombie Comic
The Tofu the Vegan Zombie teaser comic was created for the 2007 NY Toy Fair where the first prototype of the Tofu the Vegan Zombie toy was on display. The concept for the Tofu teaser comic was to capture the look and feel of the old Eerie horror comics that were introduced in 1966 by Warren Publishing. It was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and it’s sister publications were Creepy and Vampirella. I wanted the comic to feel like it was found in someone’s basement among a collection of classic comics, tattered and torn.
Click here to download a digital version of the comic: 2007 Tofu Teaser Comic
Tofu the Vegan Zombie Toy
The Tofu toy stands a menacing 7″ tall and boasts 4 points of articulation, a fully sculpted produce base for display and one of a kind window packaging that looks like an old apple crate. Tofu’s tofu block is also removable, but we wouldn’t recommend doing that. The block in his skull is what makes him an herbivore. Remove it and you’ll be face to face with a rabid, flesh-crazed monster!
Purchase the toy and other Tofu merchandise here: Tofu Merchandise
Tofu the Vegan Zombie 2D Game
In 2007 a 2D side-scroller was released that allowed you to play through 3 exciting levels as Tofu the Vegan Zombie! Lab Monkey #5 has escaped from his cage again, but this time he’s run off with some of Professor Vost’s important research documents. You need to recover the documents and bring back #5 as soon as possible or all that research goes down the tubes. Click Here to play the game.
Tofu the Vegan Zombie 3D Game
In 2013 this teaser video was released showing the first Tofu the Vegan Zombie 3D game created as a proof of concept. Whether it’s console, pc or mobile apps, Tofu is ripe for all gaming platforms. Stay tuned for updates.