Zombie Cliche Lookout: Not Zombies
One of the interesting things about zombie fiction is that killing zombies is a guilt-free exercise. Yes, sometimes authors try to wring a lot of drama out of people having to kill the reanimated corpses of loved ones, but by and large you can kill a zombie and not feel bad about it in the morning. That sounds like a pretty minor thing, of course, but I think it’s very telling. If you think about it, zombies are a huge problem with an extremely simple solution: simply shoot them in the head.
Compare that to other, real world, issues we face. We can’t shoot the economy in the head. People love the idea of simple solutions to their problems, but that’s just not something that happens all that often. I think that’s at least part of the reason for the popularity of zombies in popular culture over the last decade or so.
About this Episode:
BrickVoid had the idea that Inez would have photographed the bodies as proof, which I thought was cool. However, I try to make this comic look as though it takes place in a time that isn’t quite clear. That means I don’t like to use things that are obviously contemporary technology, like smart phones or digital cameras. To be honest, I’m not sure why I do this; I suppose as a sort of allusion/throwback to films like Dawn of the Dead. Regardless, Inez had to use her memory to convince Murphy, which I like because it doesn’t completely get rid of the element of doubt. She is, after all, the only person who saw it. Who’s to say she’s telling the truth.
It’s contest time, everyone! I’m calling this one The Double-Down Challenge; click through for all the details and rules.
Discussion Question: Why Zombies?
Harkening back to our Zombie Cliche Lookout, I’d like to know why it is that everyone likes zombies. I imagine there as as many reasons as there are fans.