Episode 773: Clarification

Zombie Cliche Lookout: An Alternative Theory

People in our normal, “polite” society often have drastically different views on the same event, imagine just how much worse this will get in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. On top of the horror of trying to not get eaten by the walking dead, people are also going to have to deal with lack of sleep, uncertainty about the people around you, interruptions in the supply of food and water… I could go on and on. Needless to say people’s rationality is going to be one of the first casualties of the zombie uprising.

Based on the above, simple misunderstandings and minor personality conflicts can quickly explode into major problems.

About this Episode:

I hope I’m not boring everyone with this story arc, but I’m enjoying the back and forth with Barb and Clark. They work together quite well when they need to, but ultimately have different goals. With Clark being more of a sole survivor and Barb being group orientated, each characterโ€™s general approach to the zombie outbreak is fundamentally different. Those underlying difference would have come to the surface sooner or later, but Vicky and her kids’ disappearing just puts a finer point on things.

On a totally separate note, on my re-read of this write-up, I corrected a bunch of typos. I must have been really tired when I wrote it. Hopefully I caught them all, but I have faith that you guys will let me know if i didn’t.

Discussion Question: Denials

Once again, you’re going to step into Clark’s shoes, but with one major caveat: I’m not going to tell you his actual motivation for leaving Vicky and the kids. With that in mind, how would you craft a denial to Barb’s accusations? Would you change this depending on whether you were actually guilty of abandoning them on purpose? Do you focus on the denial, or the impropriety of being accused in the first place?



Typo alerts: “Needless to day” day–>say ๐Ÿ˜€

“their general approached to the zombie outbreak” approached–>approach ๐Ÿ˜‰

No, wait, scratch that, rewrite the entire sentence as follows, without quotes:

“With Clark being more of a sole survivor and Barb being group orientated, each character’s general approach to the zombie outbreak is fundamentally different.”

“but Vicky and her kidsโ€™ disappearing just points a finder point on things.” points–>puts ; finder–>finer ๐Ÿ˜€

” one my re-read of this write-up” one–>on ๐Ÿ˜‰

No, Dave, you didn’t catch them all – what were you doing whilst proofreading, skydiving, or something? ๐Ÿ˜€


One last typo: “Those underlying difference ” difference–>differences ๐Ÿ˜€

I didn’t catch them all on the firs pass, apparently! ๐Ÿ˜€


Also, if you can spare the time, remember to backtrack starting at Episode 770 and subsequent previous episodes, and fix the typos I’ve reported for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰


In regards to the Discussion Question, one word comes to mind: continuity.

That’s right, with the flakiness of Dave’s continuity checker of late, I’d simply say that Clark should put all of the blame on her, this is after all, a fictional comic about life in the zombie apocalypse, why should he take any of the blame? Of course, he’s stepping outside of the fourth wall, but hey, this is a zombie comic, after all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Seriously, though, why should he even bother to respond at all? Shit happens, and both of these people have to learn to deal with the inevitable consequences.

What i would really like to see is an exposure of what Barb’s reasoning behind going there is, and more to the point, in-strip, and not in the Discussion Question section or in the write-up of the comic. This would make for really interesting dramatization if scripted properly, and I was sort of hoping Dave would’ve done a big build-up in strip leading to some inevitable fate for one of the two people involved! ๐Ÿ˜€


Hello Dave,
will you be doing a playthrough of Outlast 2 ?
The last one was great ๐Ÿ™‚


I wasn’t expecting that from Clark. His admission to Barb, I mean.

I hope that it’s true and the two will have a “this has all been a big misunderstanding” moment. I fear that this might be a tactic Clark is using to divert Barb.

It’s a great twist. Can’t wait to see how it will turn out.


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