Zombie Cliche Lookout: Character Compromise
One thing that I really love about zombie stories is that they tend to focus on regular people. Sure, there are some zombie stories with a military focus, but those just don’t work for me as well. I’d much rather see civilians as the actors in the story, forced to adapt to the new way of the world or die. From a narrative perspective, I think it’s absolutely fascinating to see how much people can harden and change when they need to. It’s also fascinating to see those who can’t.
About this Episode:
While I certainly didn’t intend it, this guy ended up looking an awful lot like Marvel’s Stan Lee. My intent was to add a significantly older character to the mix, not to recreate a celebrity. I hope that’s not too distracting.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m going to be taking a vacation starting on Monday. But don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of content. Evan has been kind enough to put together an excellent comic that I’ll be running for the next two weeks. Since the first episode is a title page, I’ll likely through that up on Sunday. From then on, you’ll have a new page every workday.
The best part is, that this is a lengthy series. Shortly after Bricks of the Dead returns to it’s normal schedule, we’ll be offering up the whole thing as a downloadable PDF.
Discussion Question: Military Protagonists?
I mentioned above that I favor zombie stories that focus on regular people, although I certainly make exceptions (I loved the first Day by Day Armageddon, for instance). I have a feeling, however, that a lot of you would likely disagree with me; there have been a lot of suggestions in the past about adding some military characters, after all. This makes me wonder, what do military characters add to the story that people like so much?