Zombie Cliche Lookout: Die with Dignity
Surviving is a tricky thing. If you’re really dedicated to survival, that means you’ll do absolutely everything in your power to do so. In most stories, that means compromising your morals in some way. This is usually done in such a way that it counts as character development. If a person starts a story as a non-violent person who volunteers at a homeless shelter every weekend, then it’s quite a change if they end the story killing others to save their own skin, and refusing to share their limited supplies.
But there’s another way surviving at any cost can challenge a person, and that is by compromising their dignity and pride. A proud man won’t beg, and that means a proud man might not live through a situation where someone who’s less concerned with pride might.
About this Episode:
I’ve been noticing a lot of noise in the comic lately, which I had blamed on accidentally leaving my camera at a higher ISO than normal (I generally shoot at either 100 or 200). I corrected that issue (or non-issue, if you will), but there was still a bit of noise showing up, so it was back to the drawing board.
As you might recall, I recently tweaked my lighting setup by getting rid of my light tend and adding diffusion paper right on my lights. I assumed the issue then was that my new setup simply wasn’t bright enough, so I tweaked that a bit by rearranging the lights and adding a couple of brighter bulbs. Finally, I outputted this most recent episode with less compression in Photoshop.
I think that did it. I hope so, anyway.
I’m going to be taking Monday off. Apologies for this, but we’ll be back to our normal schedule for Tuesday.
Discussion Question: Zombie Noises
Here’s a nice simple one for everyone: what sort of noises do you like zombies to make? Should they be the low, mournful moans of Romero movies? The screams and wails from28 Days Later? Gutteral gibberish a la The Walking Dead? Or even “Braaaains…” like in Return of the Living Dead.