Episode 735: Bang Bang

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pull Away Zombies are scary, no doubt about it. They’re disgusting looking. They don’t get tired. They literally eat you. And, worst of all, whatever is left of you after the zombie is done eating turns into yet another zombie. They make great stand-ins for making all sorts of social and political… Read more »

Episode 733: There and Back Again

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Second Half of the Mission Scouting and information gathering during the zombie apocalypse would be an exceedingly dangerous task. The fun part is, once you’ve infiltrated the zombie-filled area you’re scouting and gotten whatever information you’re searching for, you have to go through the same dangers all over again on your return… Read more »

Episode 731: What I need Is…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Diversion! Once again, this cliche will be by no means unique to the zombie genre. In all honesty, it’s probably much more at home in cartoon shows than zombie stories. Regardless, I absolutely love when a story decides that the best approach to solving a problem is to create some sort… Read more »

Episode 730: Resource Hunt

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Picking a Target One thing I wish zombie stories did more often was to have characters look at zombies as potential resources as well as sources of danger and terror. That sounds a little weird, I realize, but hear me out. Every zombie that you see out there, roaming around and trying… Read more »

Episode 728: Sneaky, Sneaky

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Taking Advantage of Distraction One of the zombie’s primary strengths is their ability to keep after potential prey long after a living person would have to stop due to exhaustion or other needs (food, water, bathroom, etc.). This dogged determination helps make them truly terrifying, and is essential is setting up one… Read more »

Episode 727: Conversation for One

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Variable Zombie Awareness I’ve long maintained that zombies are great monsters because of their ability to adapt to a number of different situations. Vampires are cool and all, but they’re only scary in certain situations. Werewolves? Same deal. Swamp Creatures? They only really work within a certain radius of a swamp. Get… Read more »

Episode 726: Perspective

Instead of the normal zombie cliche lookup and episode write-up, I thought I’d do something a little different to do a more in-depth answer to the last episode’s discussion question about what the characters in the comic actually look like. I’ll be covering some of the characters – those that I have a more distinct… Read more »

Episode 725: Now What?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Task Focus I’ve read before that a good strategy for getting through a survival situation is to focus on one problem at a time; one imagines this would also work in the zombie apocalypse. The idea is that, instead of quickly getting overwhelmed with all the different things that you have to… Read more »