Episode 798: Spill It

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Team Up

Shaun of the Dead, one of the best zombie films ever made, has a couple really good quotes about people coming together for the common good. The first is a bit more serious: “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation”. The second quote is a bit sillier: “As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in pie. And there’s an ‘I’ in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team… I don’t know what he’s talking about.” So teamwork is a bit of theme in the film,  as it is in a lot of zombie fiction in general.

As we’ve discussed before, an individual is both limited in what they can accomplish and extremely vulnerable. With some others watching his/her back and helping spread out the labor, however, they can get some serious stuff accomplished.

About this Episode:

Well everyone, we’re getting things on the rails for the wrap up of the comic. I’ve got a rough outline of the remainder of the strips, with about half of them written out. The ending itself is going to be pretty open ended. I haven’t decided if I’m going to have a The Lady and the Tiger style ending or not, but I’m definitely leaning in that direction.

Discussion Question: Getting in the Middle

So far, this is the only other group our heroes have run into. Sure, they’ve met a couple people here and there, but this is the first actual group (assuming Henry is being honest of course). That means they have absolutely no knowledge of this other group of presumably bad people. If this was your call, would you get involved? What would inform that decision, and to what extent would you invest yourself in Henry’s cause?



Typo alert: presumable–>presumably – it’s in the Discussion Question section. 😀


“Hostile people” – I wonder how many of both groups have become zombies since he left his own group? If there’s one thing in a zombie apocalypse that could decimate any number of groups, it’s the number of people in a group that will randomly turn to zombies. It probably doesn’t even obey probability theory, one minute there’s a person there, the next, that same person is a zombie. 😀


As for the ending, I really don’t care how Dave swings it, but I want the episode number to really and actually read 1,000 – he’s done a lot of work, and if he cleans up enough of the loose ends floating around properly, getting that 1,000th strip should be a piece of cake! 😀

Regarding the ending, I was thinking it could just be one big giant multi-set movie lot someone’s been building behind the scenes for a bunch of tourists, and suddenly all of these “zombies’ will become actors, and everyone who was shot or died comes back to life as people sitting on the sidelines waiting for the rest of the group to get back to their particular tour bus. 😀

I think that kind of ending happened in either a Simpsons ending or Family Guy cartoon on TV. Big post-apocalyptic bang, and suddenly the walls of the set fall down revealing it’s just a giant movie set they’ve been visiting the whole episode! 😀

Pepper Valentino

It actually ends at 800. 2 episodes left. :O And he has about half of them written. Lol!


While I am confident that we will not be hitting 1000 episodes, I can also guarantee we’ll get past 800.


Oh, Man… Now I want to see that happening in the comic. Zombies spilling over onto the neighboring musical number set.

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