A Post about Zombies
Submitted by John C on April 20, 2009 - 20:28
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 itâ€™s true! Itâ€™s wholly and unremittingly true.
Iâ€™m pretty sure everyone thinks they would be a complete badass in the case of a zombie uprising. I know I would be. Iâ€™d see the early warning signs; Iâ€™d prepare my safe house and stockpile appropriately; Iâ€™d exterminate that zombie scum ruthlessly and efficiently. Unlike Shaun in Shaun of the Dead, Iâ€™d have no compunctions over shooting my zombified mom if it meant saving my own life.1 (Come on, manâ€”sheâ€™s been taken! Sheâ€™s not your mother anymore! Just do it!)
That said, itâ€™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.
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.
I recently got Left 4 Dead, and Iâ€™m enjoying it a lot! For those of you unfamiliar with the game, itâ€™s a first-person shooter based on the following premise: youâ€™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, Iâ€™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. Thereâ€™s also a versus mode in which teams alternate between playing Survivors and Infectedâ€”if youâ€™re Infected, youâ€™re much easier to kill, but you respawn automatically and get to control special zombies with unique powers.
Anyway, if youâ€™re interested in playing, Iâ€™m on XBox liveâ€”my GamerTag is â€œMister Skeletonâ€. (Kind of appropriate, really. Are skeletons a kind of zombie?) I havenâ€™t been on a whole lot recently, but hopefully Iâ€™ll be able to play more as the school year winds down.
- Five words: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Wonderfully, this is exactly what it sounds like. (And while weâ€™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 olâ€™ 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 canâ€™t think of anything off the top of my head (pun INTENDEDâ€”see, because zombies tear off the top of your head). Am I forgetting something, or is it the case that thereâ€™s a zombie-shaped void in the world of webcomics? And if so, why isnâ€™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 sheâ€™d do the same for me.