Zombie Cliche Lookout: Stay Put or Check It Out?
This one applies to a lot of genres beyond just zombie and horror. Characters will be tasked to stay put for one reason or another, but before too long something weird will happen that seemingly demands their attention. Sometimes this is as simple as not getting an expected check-in, or the character getting bored. Other times it’s a little more exciting, like a mysterious noise in the distance, or something someone sees out of the corner of their eye.
It’s only a matter of time before the question is raised: should we stay here like we’re supposed to, or go check things out? There doesn’t really seem to be a clear choice. Sometimes the characters who stay are mercilessly slaughtered for not paying more attention and proactively dealing with potential problems, other times they go to check things out and end up letting a bunch of zombies into the secured camp. A lot of times, they’re screwed either way.
About this Episode:
When I originally came up with Brent, it’s because I wanted to cover some tropes that I find irritating, specifically the camera-man in “found-footage” style horror films. I tried to make him completely insufferable; someone I’d loathe spending any time around. Then a funny thing happened: the more I wrote the character, the more I liked him. Brent’s a complete pain in the ass, and in the real would I wouldn’t be able to stand him. But in the comic, he’s turning into one of my favorites.
Discussion Question: Do You Like the Pain in the Ass Characters?
Sticking with my “About this Episode” theme, I’m curious to see how many of you are like me and end up falling in love with the pain in the ass character. It doesn’t have to be Brent, of course, any character will do. My absolutely favorite, go-to example for this would be Hudson from Aliens. Hudson is one of my all time favorite characters, and he’s one of the all time biggest pains in the ass too.