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Page 88: The Old Switcheroo

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I love Rage.

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99 Responses to “Page 88: The Old Switcheroo”

  1. Bobby Crosby Says:

    You’re not good at Google, and when Google fails, just read through all the comments. If you care so much about it to write up that long response, it doesn’t seem like some insanely difficult thing to just read all of my comments — probably would take less than 40 minutes. I’ve answered all that before many times (which includes the part of my answers that say that TFZ himself will tell you all about what happened IN THE COMIC, which is obviously coming up VERY SOON).

  2. Kris Says:

    omilord, one line and I’m instantly in love with Rage. You make psychotic vampires so sexy!

  3. Theinen Says:

    Man, nice page, gah went off on a rant yesterday because there was no new post after Addison F. Payne lol. Is it just me or are all the zombies afraid of Rage? I mean look at those faces, the ones Murdo are killing just looked surprised like “Damn he got me! I thought he was swinging at that other guy!”
    Now look at the zombies Rage um…. “playing with”. The looks on their faces just scream “Oh dear god help me!!”
    Owen is a frigging genius man lol

  4. Anko Says:

    I got a hoodie today in honor of TFZ.
    Owen, please draw TFZ in a grey hoodie when he explains stuff in his speech. I am assuming you’ll add a series of flashback pictures..?

  5. Nick Says:

    So.. if zombies are starved vampires, and vampires can only be killed by a wooden stake through the heart, wouldn’t the same be true for the zombies?

    Or is there a severe chemical change that happens with the switch to becoming a zombie?

    Would a zombie that drank someone’s blood be a vampire again?

    Sorry for the “already asked” questions, if that is the case!

    Love the book, keep it up, gents!

  6. Krasno Says:

    The flying vampires should drop nukes on the zombies.

    PS: If a nuke can vaporize all the mater in the vicinity of the explosion, and if a vampire is there, would he become a living pile of dust until someone pours blood there or blood isn’t necessary to regenerate? (which brings up the question if they can re grow lost limbs, even if they lost them prior transformation)

  7. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “So.. if zombies are starved vampires”

    Argh — it always kills my soul when I see someone wrongly assume this. Zombies are NOT STARVED VAMPIRES. Only ONE ZOMBIE is a starved vampire — only the FIRST ZOMBIE. You think the planet Earth was made up of seven billion vampires and no humans at the start of this story or what? Here’s how it works —

    One vampire doesn’t drink blood for 65 years and becomes a First Zombie, a schaemiac, and then all of the other zombies who spring from him, the first one being that girl on the beach on Page 4, they’re all just REGULAR ZOMBIES, humans who were bitten by a zombie and now are a zombie themselves — they have NOTHING TO DO WITH VAMPIRES.

    “If a nuke can vaporize all the mater in the vicinity of the explosion, and if a vampire is there, would he become a living pile of dust until someone pours blood there or blood isn’t necessary to regenerate?”

    Again, they’re like the T-1000 in “Terminator 2.”  All of their tiny little pieces would just come right back to the body and be whole again, including their blood.

  8. Krasno Says:

    I just realized, the WW2 guy from the first pages isn’t actually the first zombie, is A first zombie!!!

  9. Ken C. Says:

    Cool page, kudos to you both.

    Not that the pace of this comic has ever been slow, but I like how you’ve picked up the pace (of the story) as the final confrontation draws near. It really lends a frantic feeling to the sombre “we’re so fucked” feeling that you can read in the faces of some of the characters.

    No stupid questions.

    No requests for exotic weaponry 🙂

    K.C.

  10. Jeff Says:

    I checked through all the comments (pretty sure I got ’em all) and I don’t think this question has been asked. We know that when the zombies came through the tunnel into the gym they were looking for somebody specific. For a while I thought it might be April because she was TFZ’s granddaughter, but now we find out that Murdo is TFZ’s relative. Since they completely ignored him while he was giving CPR to his mom is it safe to assume they were after Val? My guess is that TFZ wanted Val personally as a prisoner so he could show her everything she’s responsible (indirectly) for.

  11. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Literally at least four times I said that Val is who they were after.

  12. Jeff Says:

    Dang. That’s what I get for trying to read 88 pages worth of comments in one sitting.

  13. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Here’s just one of them, by the way.

  14. Wolfaitor Says:

    I’m about 85% sure this hasn’t been asked, so I’m just going to go ahead with it; this is all well and good, but what’s TFZ going to do AFTER everyone is gone? I mean, there’ll be no more humans to conquer, he’ll have captured and tortured the vampires… What’s left for him after total and complete victory? (I understand that the humans win in the end, per previous comments, but I’m thinking theoretically. Is TFZ just not thinking that far ahead, and being a little bit more impulsive and “in the moment”?)

  15. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I’ve talked about it before. The answer is that he doesn’t care. He just went through 65 years of torture and now he’s about to finish off his complete victory, as you said, so who cares what happens after that. First he’ll have to make sure the vampires go through their torture, though, so he’s basically gotta just be a prison warden for 65 years, making sure they don’t get out and don’t get blood anywhere somehow. And then when they all become First Zombies like him, maybe he’d kill them for fun, then kill himself.

  16. christine Says:

    Did…did Rage just…drive that sword through his heart!? Naw, he won’t die; he’s cool like that.

  17. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Yeah, sword’s not made out of wood, so he’s fine.

  18. Jaime Says:

    “so he’s basically gotta just be a prison warden for 65 years, making sure they don’t get out and don’t get blood anywhere somehow”

    Pretty sure you’ve said it before, maybe even 10.000 times, that the ‘schaemiac’ process is irreversible after a couple of weeks without blood. Unless of course he justs wants to watch them agonize for sixty… five… years…

  19. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Pretty sure you’ve said it before, maybe even 10.000 times, that the ’schaemiac’ process is irreversible after a couple of weeks without blood.”

    And how would TFZ know that? All that matters is what he knows, not what I know. He’s not going to take any chances. Also, I’m not sure if I ever did specifically say that. If I did, that may be changed (might play a role in the sequels). What I have said is that after two weeks the pain is so bad that you can’t do anything, can’t move, but that doesn’t mean someone else could bring you blood, like maybe other undetectable First Zombies who are loyal to vampires and want to stop their torture.  None of this will matter anyway, of course, since the evil TFZ dies very soon.

  20. KayRis Says:

    Wait, “other undetectable First Zombies” meaning that there are more than one good first zombie? I thought that there were only 2 first zombies. Or did you mean first zombies from the past and vampires from the past?

  21. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Who knows what’s out there — The First Zombie knows that he can’t be smelled, since he’s stood close to vampires (was like 30 feet from Math on Page 32), so he knows that there could be other First Zombies out there like him that he didn’t smell on his trek around the world finding all the humans. I’ve also recently said that the First Zombie who was in Bulgaria in the 12th century is probably still around and that he might show up in a sequel.

  22. kitsrock Says:

    does paint or finish on the wood stake alter the ability to kill a vampire?

  23. Bobby Crosby Says:

    No.

  24. sdm Says:

    So a sword with a wooden centre would do the trick?

  25. Bobby Crosby Says:

    No, the wood itself has to pierce the heart and go through. The paint or finish wouldn’t really affect that, but just putting some wood inside the blade of a non-wooden sword wouldn’t do the trick, since the wood would never actually touch the heart that way.

  26. sdm Says:

    Ah okay, thanks

  27. darkyboy Says:

    haha fun

  28. long time reader, first time caller Says:

    The blood or saliva or wahtever (of the zombies) getting into humans turns them into zombies right? And the blood or fluids of a zombie do nothing to a vampire, I’m assuming since only stakes into the heart kill ’em.

  29. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “The blood or saliva or wahtever (of the zombies) getting into humans turns them into zombies right?”

    No, it’s entirely about getting bitten by a zombie, some crazy teeth magic. You could eat a piece of a zombie’s brain and you won’t get turned into a zombie, although you will get very sick. A zombie with no teeth can’t turn anyone. Gotta be bit.

    “And the blood or fluids of a zombie do nothing to a vampire, I’m assuming since only stakes into the heart kill ‘em.”

    Obviously.

  30. Sim^moN Says:

    Rage, ripping zombah flesh with his bare hands – outstanding. Still you do exelent job writing and Owen does excelent job drawing this story.
    Cheers for you mates =D

  31. fieldy409 Says:

    ….the zombies wont be using stakes will they? Nah TFZ wants them to suffer doesnt he?

    But does he want them all to suffer? maybe he will take out the strong ones(like rage and payne)

  32. Bobby Crosby Says:

    There’s no need to take out strong ones — it’s not like it matters. The vampires have zero chance whatsoever of stopping the death of the humans, so killing any vampires would just go completely against his goal of torturing them. He will kill at least one of them, though, but that has nothing to do with war strategy or anything.

  33. fieldy409 Says:

    fair enough.

  34. fieldy409 Says:

    hey how fast do they regenerate?

  35. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Not sure what you mean. They don’t regenerate — the pieces just come back onto them if they’re removed, as I said multiple times earlier in this comments page, and it happens very quickly. If you cut off a vampire’s head with a sword, the head probably wouldn’t get more than a few inches away from the body before simply zooming back onto it as if nothing happened. Takes slightly longer, but still very fast, in the case of an explosion, though, as you might see on Page 91.

  36. mac Says:

    Man, Murdo looks like Timothy McVeigh, separated at birth. Murdo’s face his more chiseled, but the nose is close and the deep-set eyes are the same.

  37. nebelkrähe Says:

    Sorry, same old thing: TFZ jetsetting, sniffing the living? No, doesn’t work for me at all – and I hate that, ’cause the rest of the story is quite outstanding.

    Spreading “desease” all around the world? And the governments are doing nothing? Don’t think so – much more likely they would panic, attacking, nuking random countries (we know that by now, do we?) – and I think that would be a better explanation why all of them are dead or will die soon.
    Btw: would radioactive contamination spoil human blood for vampires?

    Other alternative: government tried to stop “desease” with bio-weapons – killing most of the unzombified.

    Just my 2cents – great story, wonderful artwork and I really admire the effort and blood you put into it!

  38. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Why are you spelling disease wrong and putting it in quotes?

    “And the governments are doing nothing?”

    Who the fuck said the governments did nothing and why would you insanely assume that?

    “Don’t think so – much more likely they would panic, attacking, nuking random countries”

    As I’ve said a trillion times, that’s what they did do and a lot of the world was nuked. Read the damn comments before saying retarded shit like this.  Oh, and also READ THE COMIC before saying shit like that —

    http://www.lastblood.net/main/2007/02/07/page-20-sick/

    “ALL-OUT NUCLEAR WAR”

    “I think that would be a better explanation why all of them are dead or will die soon.”

    Better than WHAT? That is the explanation, along with tons of other obvious things, like ZOMBIES KILLING EVERYONE LED BY A SMART PERSON WHO CONTROLS THEM ALL AND HAS BEEN PLANNING THIS INVASION FOR 65 YEARS.

    “Btw: would radioactive contamination spoil human blood for vampires?”

    No.

  39. Bad Gift Says:

    I just realized something (I think) and forgive my stupidity if it’s wrong or has been common knowlege by now, but did Murdo shoot TFZ in the first few pages? Is that the zombie him and Grady were carrying to the dumpster on page 6 (If memory serves)? If so, awesome! Otherwise meh.

  40. Bobby Crosby Says:

    As I’ve said many many times, yes, that was the evil TFZ.

  41. Sween Says:

    Bet you haven’t answered this one yet, though.

    Is Rage a blonde, or is his hair white?

    Just curious. 😉

  42. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Download the WOWIO issues to see his hair in color.

  43. sdm Says:

    poor Canadians, we will never know about Rage’s lustrous mane

  44. Steve Says:

    The only thing that i’m disappointed about with the “only wood stakes kill vampires” scenario is that we’ll never get to see a vampire killed by a punch through the mouth and out the other side, ’30 days of night’-style.
    besides that, excellent.

  45. Klosetti Says:

    I find it funny that the best thing to charge a vampire with would be a toy sword.

    Fear my carpentry.

  46. Tegu Says:

    THIS IS THE BEST PAGE SO FAR!

  47. Dersi Says:

    Mexican blood, extra spicy, gives a boost XD (im mexican so shut up)

    Bobby how can you endure all that bickering?

    I was thinking about the zombie conversion method. So only by the bitting, and it doesnt involve the saliva… Since MM was indirectly bitten but his skin were perforated by a zombie girl when he punched her.

    Well, maybe the zombie’s teeth work on the some way has those of a poisoning snake. When they have cavities inside the teeth and when they bite the poison (in this case the zombie disease) gets inside the body/bloodstream.

  48. Trilbydude Says:

    GRUNGERR!!!!!

  49. chris Says:

    Lol, it’s quite amusing to see Crosby’s answers to questions on page one as compared to this page.

    I.E.: Page one — Reader — “So the first zombie is really just an old vampire?” Crosby — “yes”.

    Page 88 — Reader — “So the first zombie is a vampire? How come all the other zombies aren’t vampires?”
    Crosby — “@#$%^@#$ SHUT UP IT’S ALL MAGIC VAMPIRES KILL STUFF ZOMBIES DIE BLLALARRRGHGHHGHGGH@#$#% %@#%@#$^ #$@”

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