Zombie Cliche Lookout: On Your Own?
Conventional wisdom holds that there’s strength in numbers, and that wisdom should certainly hold true in the zombie apocalypse. Of course, the inverse would also be true: being on your own makes you particularly weak. Being a sole survivor has a sort of romanticism about it. It’s something that a lot of people daydream about without ever thinking about what it actually means.
Being a sole survivor means that you’ve got no one else to count on. Everything from getting a good night’s sleep to being able to relieve yourself comes at a tremendous risk. Never mind what happens if you managed to get sick or injured. That weakness is something other survivors could use against you as well. They could take the obvious route and just overwhelm you, but that could also play on the fears that would come with being alone in the zombie wasteland. They could coax you into joining them or helping them out, knowing that refusing would be suicide.
About this Episode:
I’ll have to remember in the future not to use too many characters with baseball hats. They’re quite nice for casting a shadow over the character’s face, but they also limit the available shooting angles. You can basically photograph them at eye level or below. Anything high obscures their face.
Discussion Question: Macho Characters
I meant to use this question in the last comic, but it slipped my mind for whatever reason. As we’ve discussed many times before, zombie and other genre stories tend to make liberal use of character archetypes. This made BrickVoid wonder how the traditional “manly-man” macho stereotype would actually fare in a zombie survival situation. Will their gung ho assertiveness be a boon, or put them in jeopardy? Will they be able to work well with a mixed group of people, or will they upset the balance of the group by being too insistent and impetuous?