Zombie Cliche Lookout: We Want to Help
I oscillate a lot between optimism and pessimism. I’m probably a naturally pessimistic person, but over the last few years I’ve really been working to reverse that and change my outlook on the world. So while I might claim that most people are inherently good and decent, I would also say that a lot of people have an inherent selfishness in them that can manifest in a lot of very dark ways. Apply that line of thinking to the zombie apocalypse, and we can make a lot of assumptions about people and how they might react in various circumstances.
For instance, while we know that we stand a far better chance of survival when we’re in a group of people that can divide labor and protect one another, groups also require more supplies. The more selfish people in the group see more people to fight zombies, but they also see a lot more mouths to feed.
About this Episode:
I had a hell of a time with this episode, and had to re-shoot two of the panels twice (I usually take between three and five angles per panel in my initial shooting). For whatever reason, I just couldn’t manage to get Tara’s face in focus. I really enjoy this comic and photography in general, but sometimes my inability to do very basic stuff is pretty frustrating.
Discussion Question: Limited Resources
As I mentioned above, survivors must strike a balance between having more people in your group for additional benefits of divided labor and security, and not having so many people that feeding them becomes impossible. This is actually something I’d love to see addressed more in zombie fiction.
But I digress. As a survivor, how do you think this balance would affect you? Knowing that your supplies are limited, would you be able to turn people away? And, if so, how would you choose who to deny and who to keep? It’s easy to say you’d only want those who would bring desirable skills to the group, but I think most of us would have a hard time telling a family with young children to get lost in the middle of a zombie outbreak.