Episode 638: All Bark

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Tough Versus Polite We’ve talked a lot in this comic about the importance of working well with other people in a zombie survival situation, mostly because I think it’s both really important and also something that’s often ignored in zombie fiction. There’s a classical – almost cliche – notion of the lone… Read more »

Episode 637: Mine and Ours

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Live and Let Die When you think about it, there are really two types of survival. This holds true in both zombie fiction, and the real world. The first an most obvious, is the survival of a specific person. You, for instance. Or the protagonist of the story. This is the sort… Read more »

Episode 636: Feminine Mystique

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Women in the Apocalypse Even in our fairly progressive modern society, women are often held to a different standard than men. Without getting too political, some things are just plain harder when you’re a woman. It can be tougher to be taken seriously in certain industries or types of work, and women… Read more »

Episode 635: No Shooting

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Brutal Solutions I don’t know if it’s our inherent desire for efficiency, laziness, or something else entirely, but people crave easy solutions. Often, these make sense. After all, Occam’s Razor tells us that, absent the ability for one hypothesis to better predict an outcome, the simplest solution is the most likely. People… Read more »

Episode 634: What The?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Have Gun… And So Forth In a zombie survival situation, having a gun gives a person an advantage, but it comes with some rather substantial trade-offs. First of all, the person needs to know how to use it pretty well for it to be effective. Having a gun is one thing, being… Read more »

Episode 630: Sweet Dreams

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In I’ve talked a lot about night time and the danger of trying to sleep in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, especially without anyone to watch your back. This time, I want to take a different approach, and discuss the importance of good sleep and the dire consequences that can… Read more »

Episode 629: No Offense

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Most Dangerous Game If there’s one trope that zombie stories love returning to, it’s that people are far more dangerous than zombies. Sure, zombies are horrifying in a number of different ways, but they lack intellect and the ability to cooperate in any meaningful way. Zombies also lack the capability to… Read more »

Episode 628: ‘Bout That Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In No matter how old people get, no matter how much they learn, no matter how cynical they appear, there’s something about the darkness of the night that makes the most primitive part of our brains light up with fear. This holds true even when we can be reasonably sure that… Read more »