Zombie Cliche Lookout: Making Sure
In zombie fiction, one member of the group is often bitten without being immediately killed. For a short time, they’re able to continue to contribute to the welfare of the group, but the infection tends to spread quickly and knocks them out of the fight. Eventually, they’re confined to bed rest, and there’s usually one member of the group who sits with them, making them as comfortable as possible. That person often has a rough history with the injured group member, and their standing by serves as an act of contrition. This serves two functions: first is the all important hospice aspect, but the secondary goal is to have someone there at the moment of death to ensure that person doesn’t come back as a zombie. My favorite example of this is from the original, 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead.
About this Episode:
This episode is the start of a short series of silent comics where there is no dialog, sound effects, or other messages. I wanted to make them seem like a sort of montage like you’d see in a movie. A lot of stuff is happening quickly, so rather than focusing on speech, it’s just images. If it helps, just imagine some background music. That’s what I did, anyway.
On another note, it was really tough getting Brent in the bed without looking weird. I ended up rebuilding the bed twice to try to accommodate the minifig before I realized that I was approaching the problem from the wrong end. Instead, I built a small trough in the bed for Brent’s head, and then just added a few 1×1 round bricks underneath to stabilize him. Problem solved.
Discussion Question: Soundtrack
We’re watching a short montage in Bricks of the Dead. Tell me what you’re hearing in the background as you read it. If it’s a real song, give me the name and artist. If it’s just of vague instrumental, describe it to the best of your ability.