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This question is answered on every single page of the comments, I think. You don’t become a zombie until you die. If the bites/wounds from the zombie kill you, then you’re instantly a zombie. If you just get a little bite and those wounds wouldn’t normally be fatal (if a non-zombie did it), then it takes 24 hours.
Sweet page.. even though you knew it was coming, it’s still a sweet way to end issue two. I don’t know why April is so surprised though… Anybody who’s ever watched a zombie movie KNOWS that the most innocent of characters gets turned. It’s like one of the golden rules of horror – even a fictional character like April should have seen this one coming!
“ahm – he eats his motherâ€¦ so she must have died ‘naturally’? I mean otherwise sheâ€™d be a zombie too.”
Um, no, she didn’t die naturally. Jimmy was bitten in the neck and died, becoming a zombie, then he killed his mom (with bites) and was eating her flesh.
“I canâ€™t help but wonder how the other zombies come to be if a â€˜trueâ€™ zombie is a starved vampire.”
Um, the other zombies spread from bites. The First Zombie came out of the ocean at the beginning of the comic and bit that girl on the beach, remember? It spread from there. This has been discussed at length in the comments before.
If the zombs r such hungry flesh-eating machines, then wouldn’t a crowd of them demolish then victims down to the bones like a school of piranas? If thats the case, then how would any new zombies be made? Thats one thing I never got about zombie stories, so I’m kinda curious to see whats your take on this dilemma
Keroppi: The answer is that once the person dies, they’re now a zombie, as long as their head wasn’t removed or their brain wasn’t destroyed yet (and it’s pretty tough to get to someone’s brain using only your teeth), and zombies don’t eat other zombies, so they have to stop eating basically once they’ve killed the person in this story. The zombies have slowly learned from this and finally figured out that you’ve gotta hold your victims down and then eat parts of their body that won’t kill them quickly first, trying to drag the feeding process out as long as possible before the meat’s no good anymore when they die. They basically torture their victims as long as possible. Or at least they do when they’re not under direct orders from the First Zombie to do otherwise. You’ll see Jimmy’s mom on Page 57 and learn more about this.
All of the questions about the genesis of zombies and vampires are POINTLESS!!! Its the same story with the genesis of humans. Well, yeah we come from the ape. or the God. or the comsmic energy of the Annunaki. Or whatever. Who cares? The zombies just are, and they are hungry. And bring me popcorn cause the story is having some bloodshed again. mmm.
Well the questions about the origin of the zombies certainly isn’t pointless. That’s a HUGE part of this story, one of the big new original elements. The origin of vampires and humans doesn’t come into play in this story, though.
When I first saw that panel, there was a, ah, series, of reactions. All occuring at the same time. I believe they were shock, a maniacle grin, love of the pure amazing-ness of this comic, and a gut-wrenching horror, coming from what it must be like to have been betrayed like that, and such of the ilk.
I love this comic.
So, where do I send in my portfolio? I’d love to be April or Val.
Not question, just random musing. After all the people are eaten, will the starving zombies eventually degrade into tortured, paralyzed starvation like a vampire? And after 65 years of agony will they reach a new, more horrible state?
WOW. Just wow. I’ve noticed Owen’s art has gotten quite good over the life of the comic. At the beginning it was kinda meh-ish, but everything lately is amazing.
The writing is, for now, easy. Action scenes normally involve grunts, screaming names, and just plain screaming. Once we get some interesting dialogue, I’m sure your craft, Bobby, will be highly appreciated.
Okay, I thought I had some disturbing images after I thought about the world in which the charachters find themselves. That image a little while back about the zombies learning they have to hold the victim down and eat non-vital areas first hands down beats anything I have managed to come up with.
That is… extremely disturbing to say the least.
I suppose it would be smarter to just kill them without biting (strangle, break neck, etc) but I guess zombies really aren’t that smart. Usually that is.
In answer to your comment on the last page, Bobby…
“Is it a comic or just a story or what?
I donâ€™t have much of a theory on decomposition, because it doesnâ€™t affect â€œLast Blood,â€ or at least it wouldnâ€™t for many years. I try not to think about things that I donâ€™t have to think about.”
Heh, well I’m not sure “just” a story is appropriate; but it’s a story, yes. I tried putting my ideas into comic form but it didn’t work for me. Anyway, the whole zombie-thing is just a sort of sub-plot thing; but I tend to think such things through because I like having it my mind- mostly for no other reason than that.
Anyway, onto the comic! I have to agree; the black and white version is creepy. Really, really creepy. I also love the way the cracks create tiny distortions of the reflections; a small detail that’s only noticable if you really look, but it adds so much.
Additionally, I’d have to agree with Bobby about scripting action scenes; he has to see in his mind the way each character will move and interact with the environment, in order to fully describe where they should be, and move to, etc… Scripting is a lot more than just describing a plot and giving a few words. Well, that’s how I see it anyway. >.>;;
Oh, and if living flesh is best, I suppose your brain is safe from me, Bobby. I’ll just have to watch your genius from afar as opposed to trying to claim it as my own…
Thanks! I sent an email, you should get it shortly. Oh! I have another question;;
So, if there was only one (1) zombie to begin with, how did it spread to the other continents? I mean, wouldn’t the other countries, such as Canada, place a quarantine on the United States? And stuff? That way the zombie-fection wouldn’t break loose to the world?
Or something like that.
… Think 28 Weeks Later.
Also, how do the newly-made-zombies decompose so quickly?
Wow, I’m terribly sorry for the stupidly obvious questions.
I just went back to the last page and read the comments. *giggles* Sorry about the last two (2) questions, no need to answer them.
But I haven’t read all of the comments on every page, so if you already answered my first question, please direct me to the page.
“But I havenâ€™t read all of the comments on every page, so if you already answered my first question, please direct me to the page.”
The answer to your first set of questions is on almost every page, especially the first 40 or so. It’s long and complicated. Short answer is that the First Zombie was able to get tons of zombies on international flights during the first hour of the outbreak after he showed up on the beach and bit the girl. Also, I didn’t receive an e-mail from you.
“You can see Math in the mirror. I guess vamps are more tangible here than they are in other stories.”
Wait, hold the phone, your zombies can learn and adapt?! So that would mean they’re not completely mindless? *shivers* Or, was TFZ just instructing them on this too? On that point, how does TFZ manage to control the billions of zombies everywhere, at the same time? (If you’ve already answered this, I apologize, I don’t always read the comments.)
Awww! And Jimmy is so cute, he makes me want a pet zombie that I can play Playstation with, just like in Shaun of the Dead. *hugs zombie!Jimmy*
“Wait, hold the phone, your zombies can learn and adapt?! So that would mean theyâ€™re not completely mindless?”
Just with easy, minor things.
“Or, was TFZ just instructing them on this too?”
No, he just wants everyone dead, doesn’t care how much enjoyment the zombies get out of it.
“On that point, how does TFZ manage to control the billions of zombies everywhere, at the same time?”
He doesn’t. He can control large groups when he’s close to them, but not with complicated things if it’s a lot of zombies, only one general thought like “Kill” or “Don’t kill.” He could maybe control a small group to do more complicated things, and if he’s concentrating on just one zombie he could get it to do anything that he could do himself basically.
“I re-sent it.”
Didn’t get it, and it’s not in the spam folder either. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org — not sure why yours aren’t going through. All my other mail seems to be working.
We’ll be putting up an official order page soon (maybe not until after the second issue is done printing in a few weeks), but for now you can buy the first issue (signed by me even, oh boy!) through PayPal if you want. You, and anyone else seeing this post before the order page goes up, can have it for just $2, plus shipping and handling, which is $4.60 to America, $7.50 to Canada, and $9.50 to Europe. That’s for USPS Priority Mail. You can send the appropriate amount on PayPal to: email@example.com
WOOT!!! that was a FUN catch-up!!!!!! maybe I should travel more often. so not only did Jimmy bite it, but he got his mom as well. ROUGH. i am sad. Poor Murdo, loosing his family in one night. now i gotta go read all the posts to see if i missed any tidbits
Woa! Bobby, does the bitting proccess include “fast deteorization”?
Jimmy must have been bitten in minutes, and his mouth is already decomposed! Not talking about his skin, it looks like he died some days ago. Is it only for drama purposes or they really start to root immediately? I believe the scene would be more stunning if Jimmy still had traces of his former self! Heheh!
And, awesome work, I check this page everyday. I’m from Brazil and I enjoy your webcomics a lot! I hope someday I can buy an issue in my country, heheh!
zombie glowing eyes is just a special effect in the comic huh? in the movie theyd have faded out eyes or will they glow too? i think the dead-fish faded out eyes (where you can still see the iris and pupil but through a film of white) is creepier. i am so looking forward to seeing the make-up for the movie (if we get to see how its done that is) theres new zombie movie coming out where this family have a ‘pet’ zombie, i suppose inspired by the end of Shawn of the Dead. doesnt look as good though.
at least Murdos mom died naturally.. shes probably the last person to have a ‘pleasant’ death since the breakout…!!!!
I like Rex, can we keep him? anyhow, finished reading the new comments, amd all geared up for more now!
“Is it only for drama purposes or they really start to root immediately?”
I’m not sure what’s best for it at this point, so I’ve just let Owen do what he wants in terms of how the zombies look and I think he’s done a great job with that. It could very well change for the possible film, but I think it works well for the comic, and I think it’s good that we can see visually pretty easily who is a zombie and who’s not a zombie.