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A Post about Zombies

Did you know that, in addition to threes, good things also come in unstoppable shambling hordes? For some reason people always leave out that part of the saying. But it’s true! It’s wholly and unremittingly true.

I’m pretty sure everyone thinks they would be a complete badass in the case of a zombie uprising. I know I would be. I’d see the early warning signs; I’d prepare my safe house and stockpile appropriately; I’d exterminate that zombie scum ruthlessly and efficiently. Unlike Shaun in Shaun of the Dead, I’d have no compunctions over shooting my zombified mom if it meant saving my own life.1 (Come on, man—she’s been taken! She’s not your mother anymore! Just do it!)

That said, it’s always important to take a step back and remember that perhaps a zombie uprising would not be the greatest thing in real life. Which is to say, there is a very strong argument to be made that zombies are a fantasy best left to the realm of fiction. With this in mind, I would like to present you with three zombie-related items that have come to my attention over the past several weeks.

  1. Last March, I discovered (via Kris Straub) an enjoyable web series called I Am Not Infected. It follows the travails of three dudes who are trapped in a zombie-infested Los Angeles. Scary, huh? I mean, being stuck in L.A. is bad enough, but having to deal with zombies must make it, like, at least 1.5 times worse.

    The series is a combination of humor and horror, although it tends to lean more heavily towards the former. The comedy is often goofy and absurdist, and a lot of it stems from the idiocy and egotism of the main characters. There are occasionally very intense moments, however; for example, Episode 1.5 (NSFW) is a surprisingly well-done homage to the zombie horror genre.

  2. I recently got Left 4 Dead, and I’m enjoying it a lot! For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it’s a first-person shooter based on the following premise: you’re on a team of four Survivors who are trying to fend off an encroaching hoard of Infected humans. In single-player mode the other Survivors are computers, but you can also play multiplayer campaigns. In general, I’m a big fan of cooperative campaigns (in first-person shooters I greatly prefer them to death-matches), so the game is perfect for me. There’s also a versus mode in which teams alternate between playing Survivors and Infected—if you’re Infected, you’re much easier to kill, but you respawn automatically and get to control special zombies with unique powers.

    Anyway, if you’re interested in playing, I’m on XBox live—my GamerTag is “Mister Skeleton”. (Kind of appropriate, really. Are skeletons a kind of zombie?) I haven’t been on a whole lot recently, but hopefully I’ll be able to play more as the school year winds down.

  3. Five words: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Wonderfully, this is exactly what it sounds like. (And while we’re on the topic of zombie-themed literature, I should mention that one of these days I really need to read World War Z. Just another thing to put on the ol’ reading list.)

All this talk about zombies has got me wondering if there are any good zombie-themed webcomics out there. It seems like a no-brainer (pun INTENDED) that there should be one, but I can’t think of anything off the top of my head (pun INTENDED—see, because zombies tear off the top of your head). Am I forgetting something, or is it the case that there’s a zombie-shaped void in the world of webcomics? And if so, why isn’t someone getting on top of that? Or at least lurching slowly towards it?

1 And I love my mother dearly! I can only hope she’d do the same for me.