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I forget if garlic hurts your vampires. I’ll have to go back and search comments when I have time.
Anyway the people at the school are about to be in a whooooooooooole mess of trouble.
Well deeper trouble than they already are in… again… XD I just had the rhyme: “Zombie zombie go away come again another day” pop into my head… I think I shouldn’t comment at 6:45 in the morning… My brain doesn’t work yet.
I haven’t said, but very minor spoiler: It doesn’t. And another minor spoiler: The walls and ceiling of that section of the tunnel were lined with garlic, which is why April is smelling it, since it was just disturbed so much by the cave-in and some of that smell got through. Most of this info probably won’t be fully explained in the first graphic novel, but will be told in possible prequels.
That seriously is the the proverbial “shoulder to shoulder” mass of Zombies, that I do not want to mess with.
well, without wanting to criticise owen:
April has kept her stickarm-syndrom, but this time, the arm has changed.
pannel five: I do not know if it is only the perspective, but miss asian vampire seems to be awfulls short and slender. Just for jokes, compare the size of her upper arms to the size of war-machine mac…. With this built,it is no wonder that he is such a warmachine, also he seemed a bit more slender when he was still hitting golfballs. Well, guess “Hunt some zombies counts as a fully grown muscle-workout. ”
Apart from that:
The general “OOOOOOOOO-noes!”-moment got slightly tisted in my head into some “No! We sestroyed Mister TFZ’s property, and now he is going to kill us! RUN!!!” moment.
Great comic, nevertheless.
the thing that attracts vampires is blood … wonder if math is smelling her blood … one wonders about where she is in relation to the month …if so then she is targeted and things are going to get much worse …. still with that horde taking off like that it does leave mac a chance to escape
oh sheeeeeeeeeet. thats ALOTTA zombies heading their way
too many to fight off methinks… queue in that airplane full of machine guns quick!!!
Im guessing Sullivan was hoping garlic would stop vampires back when he built the tunnel (before he himself got turned), still doesnt answer how he even knew about vampires back then.. unless Val had been after his tail for a long time before she finally turned him…
man i am so looking forward to this prequel because I have alot of questions
I love what you’re doing, and can’t wait for the movie.
In the last few pages though, you seem to be pumping up storyline possibilities for the prequal, when you haven’t even fully explored this storyline yet. and for a comic who was supposed to me on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and has now been reduced to once or maybe twice a week (despite it still saying MWF on the top page), It’s starting to get a little slow when there is so little progression.
I think the setting is great. the only little problem I have with this is the fact that your vampires can move freely during the day. I see two problems with this. First of all, you ignore pretty much all other vampire lore up to date. I can see you throwing away stuff like Garlic and a few others that I can’t really remember at the moment, but the daylight thing? You haven’t even addressed it other than simply, “not true, we can go in daylight”. Maybe a little explanation on this matter would be appreciated by the readers (and ESPECIALLY the moviegoers. They tend to want things wrapped up with a nice little bow). something as simple as “Addison Payne found a cure for that” would probobly go a long way. Or as complex as you can find. I’m sure you can coem up with a ton of different possibilities as to why this si the case, and make it very interesting. Althoug it would have fit a little better with the storyline if it would have been explored when April was asking questions about it.
The second reason is mostly personal and is not really a critique, just a creative difference. I know it limits them very much, as you said before, but I thought the fact that the humans would not be able to be protected by the vampires during the day, make it a little more interesting. As well as the fact that the humans who do not trust the vampires could have the possibility of destroying them during the day, adding a kind of double-edged sword when it came to the trust issue. Sure, the humans are afraid of the vampires being around them, but they need them. On the other hand, the vampires also need the humans, and are also afraid of them. Since they are so vulnerable at night. It could ahev also been interesting that the group as a whole, could only be moved (if they needed to during the storyline, btu it remains to be seen) during the night, making it a bit more dangerous. I agree TOTALY that night shots in a movie get boring, and especially action scenes, btu there are ways to work around that. Anyways, I thought the biggest advantage of the night time only for vampires would be the codependancy of the human/vampire relationship. But that’s a creative decision, and well….you’re the one creating it. Done a hell of a job so far. Keep it up.
I don’t like to post criticism that much, since I know theres hard work going, and I know you’re have Mac say that to set up some drama, but…. I’m assuming before he gets cut off he’d say “…the school”, and if thats the case, it doesn’t seem that realistic that he’d know that right off the bat. It seems they all JUST started to turn and walk away, and if its that huge an amount of zombies, it’d be impossible to tell where they’re going
Hmm, this has probably been asked before and I’m not sure why this just occurred to me now, but can Math fly as well? and if so… then why did he first arrive in a truck =P Shoot I get the feeling like I’ve read the answer to this before, but hell its been a while >.
“In the last few pages though, you seem to be pumping up storyline possibilities for the prequal, when you havenâ€™t even fully explored this storyline yet.”
That’s not exactly the case, no. I said that some of these things won’t be “fully explained” in this graphic novel, but they’ll definitely be touched upon and given some sort of explanation, just not the full story. By the way, do you have the same complaints about tons of things in the Harry Potter books? They’re constantly bringing up things that aren’t explained until years later in subsequent books.
“and for a comic who was supposed to me on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and has now been reduced to once or maybe twice a week (despite it still saying MWF on the top page), Itâ€™s starting to get a little slow when there is so little progression.”
Such a complaint is totally pointless. You want the pace of the story to go speed up based on how often updates are coming? Putting the pages online is just a nice treat for people like you who want to read them. There was no need for it. All that matters to me is the comic book series and most importantly the final published graphic novel. The speed at which pages are done will have absolutely zero effect on what happens in those pages. And please don’t be one of those people who complains about it “still saying MWF on the top page,” ugh, so pointless/annoying. Who gives a shit? I think we missed ONE day in the first four and a half months or so, and we almost HAVE to get back on an MWF schedule (or even more) starting like instantly, so anyway, don’t complain pointlessly about that.
“First of all, you ignore pretty much all other vampire lore up to date.”
How is this somehow a problem? Also, I remember reading something recently about how all the early vampire lore didn’t include vampires having a problem with sunlight, so I think you’re stuck in the present and your knowledge is limited to all the new shit from recent decades. The original vampire lore didn’t include sunlight as an enemy.
As for your second reason, I don’t have time to go into a long explanation at the moment, but I completely disagree with it all.
Den: Devian is the only vampire in the world who can fly at the moment.
dude owen i love your work its amazing and i usually i have no problems with it but on panel 3 Mac looks wayyyyy to low it looks like hes maybe 8 feet in the air? surely not enoguh to stop teh zombies and not constant with height shown last time
but still great job its awesome and mr crosby thank you for posting this on the internet you didnt have to but you did anyway
yay its moving along i am sooo looking forward to this as a movie
ah thanks for the quick response ^^ I thought it was something like that. Anyways, I haven’t shown you guys enough love yet… been following last blood, marry me, as well as the no pink ponies for some time now. At first I wasn’t that thrilled with the art style, not that it isn’t impressive, but just not my style… but have since fallen in love with the stories and come to appreciate this style of art. as a person who writes for fun, I’ve been quite inspired by your comics. Excellent work guys ^^
well, both of you are right.
If you regard the type of vampires that started with Bram stokers dracula, or the rather popular gentleman vampire, these were not very good at walking in the sun. even though in the original book, there is a scene in which van Hellsing meets the Uber-leech during broad daylight in the middle of london…. guess the writers of Buffy did not like that much….
well, pretty much every other culture had exceptions of vampires that could survive and wak through the day. And I am talking about pre-christian ones.
Now, just for comparison, the Zombies did not change through the centurys… Of course, you sometimes had them moving slow, and they sometimes moved fast. But you cannot do much wrong with a zombie…..
(Ooh, and go Murdo and Mac….. I can totally see the vampires having their slaughterfest… and then Mac shows up with his axe, and shows them how it is done. )
AAAnd, to not only ramble on how awesome they were….
The sullivan story is actually getting pretty much the point where I get drooling heavily. So, my thoughts about sullivan:
when the tunnel stinks of garlic, it only leaves one conclusion:
Sullivan must have been aware enough of the vampires to actually fear them, but at the same his contact must have ben so short or rare that he had no opportunity to study them, and thus had to rely on the stuff pulp fiction told him (no pun intendet)
“on panel 3 Mac looks wayyyyy to low it looks like hes maybe 8 feet in the air? surely not enoguh to stop teh zombies and not constant with height shown last time”
The height was originally supposed to be not as high as the first time we saw them on that overhead shot, so this shot is just correcting that, and I didn’t think many people would notice the difference. And if they do, no big deal — maybe they already moved to a lower branch or something. I wanted to make sure that we could clearly see the backs of some zombies, which would be hard to do from this angle if they were as high up as we saw the first time. Also, this height would be perfectly fine to stop the zombies. When they’re not given direct orders through mind control from The First Zombie, these zombies are slow and normal and not good tree climbers, not good at working together.Â My original thinking was for them to be about 20 feet up, but now I’m thinking that 12-15 feet would be best.
> How is this somehow a problem? Also, I remember reading something recently about how all the early vampire lore didnâ€™t include vampires having a problem with sunlight…
As far as I know, the “vampires are destroyed by sunlight” started with the film Nosferatu as simply a dramatic plot device. Certainly Stoker’s Dracula could walk about in daylight, as has already been noted. Many of the early vampire stories — at least in Europe — had vampires moving about during the day. I also know at least a few Asian vampire-like creatures were quite capable of moving about during the day, albeit often in different forms. Worst case, and if I recall this was true in Dracula, their powers were greatly reduced in the daytime, and they avoided going out whenever possible because they were vulnerable — NOT because they would be instantly destroyed.. Hollywood came up with sunlight destroying them.
“Iâ€™m assuming before he gets cut off heâ€™d say ‘â€¦the school’, and if thats the case, it doesnâ€™t seem that realistic that heâ€™d know that right off the bat. It seems they all JUST started to turn and walk away, and if its that huge an amount of zombies, itâ€™d be impossible to tell where theyâ€™re going”
I don’t understand this. He’s seeing them all go off in one specific direction, and not just the ones who were milling about the tree, but ALL of them from the whole town.
My theory on the vampires in sunlight thing (not for this comic, but for my own creative uses) is that they can go in sunlight- but it has negative effects. Imagine taking someone who’s NEVER been in sunlight and sticking them in, say, California (purely for examples’ sake.) Now imagine what would happen to that person due to their exposure to the sun.
And that’s what happens to vampires in my theory.
Presumably in Bobby’s theory- or more accurately, in Last Blood- the lack of serious vulnerability (that I’ve noticed) is part of why they’re “looking out” for the human race as a whole. They’re ideal for it- as long as they don’t end up as “the bad guys”. Additionally, Bobby’s correct in saying that all vampires in history didn’t explode when hit by a sunbeam. Although I’m not 100% how or why that became a part of how vampires are perceived to be.
Anyway, moving onto the comic!
I love April’s face in the second panel. Not really the expression- it conveys what it’s meant to, and I don’t have any problem with it, don’t get me wrong. But I really like the way it’s drawn.
Her nose is a-freaking-dorable. I have no idea why I noticed it, but I did.
And that is a LOT of zombies. I wouldn’t like to be anywhere near there right now.
I wonder if England’s doing okay in all this, or if we’ve been wiped out too? The fact that we’re an island may help… Hmm. Irrelevant, but that’s how my mind works. ^_^
“I wonder if Englandâ€™s doing okay in all this, or if weâ€™ve been wiped out too?”
Everyone in the world is dead except for the people of this small town at the school (and Mac) and the 200 in Mexico that Devian mentioned earlier, but the 200 in Mexico will all die very soon (I’ve spoiled this hundreds of times before, so no need for the spoiler warning).
“I donâ€™t understand this. Heâ€™s seeing them all go off in one specific direction, and not just the ones who were milling about the tree, but ALL of them from the whole town. ”
Right, thats my point… how can you tell where _specifically_ that huge of an amount of people are going. If you look at that shot from his perspective, you just see this huge sea of zombies… all you would really be able to tell is what general direction they’re going, like north/south/east/west
â€˜Oh shit I fell down staâ€”- Ohâ€¦ â€¦. â€¦ Nifty.â€™
LMFAO! I seriously just about pissed myself when I read that.
Bobby, As for the whole height issue, Just pull the same crap Spike Lee does with the stationary actor, forward moving camera and retreating background. Then, No worries.
Everyone in the world is dead except for the people of this small town at the school (and Mac) and the 200 in Mexico that Devian mentioned earlier, but the 200 in Mexico will all die very soon (Iâ€™ve spoiled this hundreds of times before, so no need for the spoiler warning).
You forgot Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris has no hair on his testicles because hair does not grow on steel.
That horde of Zombies reminds me a bit of the love parade… well the love parade has more dancing in it… but it would be nice to see that all those zombies just turned around to see the dancer zombie ladies on the truck (love parade has trucks >.>)
And for the Vamps VS Sunlight discussion…. you show me a real damn Vampire, and you fry him in a few seconds with sunlight and I’m ok with that. As long as you can not show me that, I’d say who cares? It’s a fantasy creature. FANTASY. It’s sad but way to many people forget what fantasy is all about. They just take the stuff from other people and act like it was real….tztztz….
Anyway, great comic. Been reading it for a while now and i’d be damn interested in a Last Blood movie. Good work
“”Right, thats my pointâ€¦ how can you tell where _specifically_ that huge of an amount of people are going. If you look at that shot from his perspective, you just see this huge sea of zombiesâ€¦ all you would really be able to tell is what general direction theyâ€™re going, like north/south/east/west”"
Uh…maybe the school’s in the direction the zombies are going? Seriously man, where the hell else would he guess they were walking to? There’ ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE ALIVE IN THE STATE. If the school’s east and the zombies head east, I think he unlike you, would make a logical assumption.
Good page. Please make more immediately. Hope we don’t get sidetracked by the 200 in mexico, just want to hear they’re dead. Main plot FTW!!!!!
People like my Thriller relation. That gives me the giggles, way deep down inside.
Mr. Bobby Crosby, that Thriller pun has to be inserted *somewhere* in this story. Let mustache man live long enough to make one good joke about it. Secretly draw a zombie dancing it in the mass of undead. Have Math recall wistfully the 70′s, when the only thing as scary as zombies was Michael Jackson.
I think those zombies are gonna go eat some face. Or try. Silly Mac, zombies arenâ€™t organized or intelligent enough to be lead by anybody!
Wait, what? They probably are?
â€¦Sucks to be you, Mac and Gang.))
Silly Nick…. you do not have to lead them…. you just have to point them in a certain direction….
By the way, I am seriously hoping for a happy ending, where TFZ will get to life as long as he rots. Or where all the humans are eaten….
Just want to say, love the comic Bobby, been reading since about page 3. Loving all the characters, including Mustache Man (as in ‘love to hate’). Glad you haven’t decided to go with the ‘sunlight kills vampires’ claptrap. I’ve always been under the impression that the idea first came about through Christianity… it was the church that began teaching that things like Vampires (and other demons/evil creatures) could only dwell in darkness and couldn’t survive the light. It was meant to be an allegory about Christianity (The light) and other religions (the darkness/demons). *shrugs* Of course, I’ve got no actual proof of that, but it makes sense to me.
Bobby?? I was wondering, and I know this isn’t really vital, but have the vampires ever considered coming up with a blood substitute? I feel like Addison Payne would be genius enough to figure out how to make synthetic blood… I guess what it comes down to is that I know you don’t focus on things that you feel aren’t relevant, but you’ve done such a good job of flushing out your “universe” that I’m curious to know more about it.
If Zombies aren’t going after animals, I seriouly doubt the Vampires can. Remember, Zombies are just defectively infected vampires, essentially.
God, I hope Chuck Norris is a Vampire though…….
OOOOO, Bobby. If you decide to cover the Blood SUbstitute issue in a prequel or a later comic, please don’t just have it be unpalatable. make it so it drives them instantly insane or something along those lines.
“Remember, Zombies are just defectively infected vampires, essentially.”
I’m not sure exactly what you mean by that, but keep in mind that ONLY THE FIRST ZOMBIE, only a schaemiac (as Devian calls them), was once a vampire. ALL OF THE OTHER ZOMBIES are just regular zombies, except they have the mental connection to the First Zombie, of course.
Also, I’ve recently made a huge change to the end of the story, by the way, and many of the big spoilers I’ve given in the past are now untrue.
Ah ha ha… so now you will have been contradicting yourself all along after all! jk
I assume the ‘new version’ is better than before, or you wouldn’t have changed it.
I wanna know what you changed it FROM, but as that might give away too much of what actually happens now, if you ever did that, it would be later.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping track of comments as faithfully as I should, so I probaby didn’t get to read those spoilers. :,( it makes me sad. Misinformation, so long as you are aware that it IS misinformation, is still information.
â€œRemember, Zombies are just defectively infected vampires, essentially.â€
Iâ€™m not sure exactly what you mean by that, but keep in mind that ONLY THE FIRST ZOMBIE, only a schaemiac (as Devian calls them), was once a vampire. ALL OF THE OTHER ZOMBIES are just regular zombies, except they have the mental connection to the First Zombie, of course.
I was hypothesizing that the Zombies, while not having ever been Vampires, are still “descended” from Vampires. I know only TFZ was a Vampire, but I assumed that whatever “infection” that converts humans to zombies is a mutation of the vampiric “infection.” Since the Zombies ignore animals, I assumed that Vampires also did and that is where it comes from. Not that all zombies were Vampires, but that degraded vampiric instincts drove them. Course, i could be wrong.
I wasn’t positive what you meant, but I just wanted to make it clear that only the First Zombie was ever a vampire, because TONS of people have wrongly assumed that all of the zombies were once vampires, which just makes no sense, but anyway, yeah. And also, yeah, animal blood does nothing for anyone in this story. They all only want/need human blood.
I know this is pretty irrelevent, but I just realized what should have been obvious to me. People question why, after only one day, the humans would trust the vampires so much, but the garlic is proof that at least Murdo thought ahead. He kept the tunnel a secret from them as a place to hide and garlic’d it up in cliche’ anti-vampire style.
I just felt proud for realizing that in a flash of insight.
Hey Mewt, I think Sullivan put the garlic there when he built the tunnel (before he himself turned vampire) which as I said earlier, is very interesting because it means Sullivan knew vampires existed, and I think he was trying to protect something (maybe the townspeople, maybe himself) from them, but I guess he didnt know that garlic did nada.