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 »

Episode 677: Short Term Shelter

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Nothing is Safe If there’s one truism about zombie fiction, it’s that nothing is ever truly safe. Indeed, the illusion of safety is one of the most dangerous things survivors have to face (along with the zombies, hostile living humans, lack of clean food and water, poor medical care… I could go… Read more »

Episode 676: Repercussions

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Actions & Consequences I’m going to get a little personal in this discussion of zombie cliches, and it’s going to veer a ways away from horror movies for a bit, but I’ll get back to it; just bear with me. I have two young children, and my wife and I work very… Read more »

Episode 675: Listening to Reason

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Too Wrapped Up Today’s episode is sort of a counter-example of a normal zombie trope: characters getting too wrapped up in what they’re doing to realize how much danger they’re in. First we’ll talk about how it’s normally played straight, and then we’ll look at how we’re turning it on its ear…. Read more »

Episode 674: Pragmatism

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Situational Awareness They say that discretion is the better part of valor, a truism that will stay relevant even in the midst of the zombie holocaust. After all, what’s the best way to win a fight with a zombie? It’s not through speed, distance, or overwhelming force. It’s by avoiding the fight… Read more »