Why is it super special? Because we are giving you even more comics today for your money. Which if you think about it is a pretty sweet deal because you didn’t pay anything to see them in the first place. Martin Brandt and Ronnie Tucker have been doing some work in Google + influencing a zombie movement. This Halloween has been wonderful for zombie posts on Google +, which is great because it gives me fodder for this blog, but I especially wanted to share this work because its original. Not only does it give you a child’s book feel about the zombie apocalypse, but it also references some artists that are well known in their industries, and if not should be.
Charles Dowd is the illustrator of Lilith Dark and can be found on his official website. His realistic faces are uncanny and horror artwork can be really creepy. If anyone could make a decoy to fake zombies out, it just might be him.
Dwight McPherson (hat) is the writer of the origial comic The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo. Mike Dubisch is a Lovecraft inspired artist who’s work will drive you mad! Illustrator of The People Who Melt In The Rain and The Black Velvet Necronomicon
Beyond a doubt Paul Roustan may just have the coolest job ever. An exceptional and celebrated body painter, Paul’s work may have you doing double takes! Check him out!
He’s Electric! Boogie Woogie Oggie. Peter Terren’s artwork will shock you, to say the least. His work with Tesla Coils, lasers, and other fun dangerous electrical stuff will sure send you into shock and awe! www.tesladownunder.com
Last but not least, Byron Rempel. Being a zombie artist for over 20 years, he would be the only one on earth to actually be able to create and control zombies. Well him and George Romero. Byron who worked with Martin on the story “The Game,” is best contacted on iDrawZombies. If you want to see more of Byran’s work, you should pick yourself up a copy of our Dead Future Anthology as he has done some pinups in there that are amazing! Actually pick up 2 copies, one you can tear out the pin ups to hang on your wall, and the other to keep.
For those of you who do not know who Ronnie Tucker is, you should visit his website http://ronnietucker.co.uk. His artwork covers a variety techniques, but his watercolor work is phenomenal. You may also view these comics on Google Plus and join in on the discussion.
This actualy leads me into my final message for Halloween. IF you want a free copy of our Dead Future Anthology, take part of our Zombie Look Alike contest! Follow the link for more details and email your pictures into me for your chance to win. I am extending the deadline of the contest one more day to allow those who aren’t able to post till the day after Halloween to do so. So the new deadline is November 2nd! And to make it even easier, I’m also opening entries to twitter! All you have to do is tweet the pic and description and mention me @PenguinPrince25. That’s it! How simple is it to receive your free copy of our book? I will then contact you if you are the winner. There isn’t much time left people so get those costumes finished and get me your entries!
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When you were a kid, did you ever make model cars? Did you spend hours on end gluing together that ’67 Corvette and painstakingly hand painting those sweet racing stripes on the side? Maybe your fancy was air planes? Or maybe you were a mega dork like me and hand painted all of your Warhammer figurines with hours of detail work to make them life like as possible. But you’ve grown out of that now that you’re an adult. You have your jobs or school, and don’t have time for those menial hobbies of the past. Well my friend, you might want to find your old model kits and make the time.
Emce Toys has created a hobby kit that is sure to attack your brain. Their new zombie kits come with enough parts to make a mini zombie movie. You have 3 bodies, 5 heads, 2 pairs of forarms, 2 pair of lower legs, 2 pair of hands, and 1 pair of feet. Even though there aren’t enough peaces to create 3 full zombies who said your extra zombies needed that arm? In my book a zombie missing an arm is still a zombie. The best part about this kit is the fact that the figures are not painted, so you can customize how you want your zombie to look. In case your detailing skills are a tad bit rusty, you can check out the dvd that comes with the set that will give you tips and tricks to make your zombies as lifelike as possible.
Well what if model kits weren’t your thing? Emce Toys has a whole line up of zombie related toys to tickle your fancy. On the low end of the scale you have the zombie containment units. For around $5 dollars a barrel these affordable figurines glow in the dark like all good radiation zombies should. The barrel also comes with glow in the dark ooze, keeping your zombie fresh and full of rads.
And if you’re looking for something a little more collectible, check out their action figures. The Emce action figures capture the likeness of the characters from one of the most prolific zombie films of all time “Night of the Living Dead”, and from the intellectual property of Fourthcastel with “War of the Dead.”
And finally what boy grew up without playing with toy soldiers. Well if you want your little zombie slayer to be prepared for his or her future, you should take a look at the Zombies vs. Zombie Hunter toys. Modeled after toy soldiers you child will have the time of his life setting up battle scenes and fighting the war against the undead.
With all that you now have an excuse to take a trip down memory lane and get in touch the little zombie hunter inside. Pricing of all these items varies depending on your vendor, but with Christmas just around the corner, the pricing of these items will make them a great pick up this holiday season. For more zombie goodness, Like us on Facebook, and follow me on Google + and Twitter. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or ideas for upcoming blogs. Finally, Halloween just a few days away, don’t forget to work on your zombie costume to enter for a chance to win a copy of the Dead Future Anthology.
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They’ve really infected everything haven’t they? Those creepers have just taken everything we have ever known and loved and tore it all to shreds. I mean I can deal with the Naboo and the atrocity of Jar Jar Binks, and even the pod racing, but this? Wait, you thought I was talking zombies again? Well sort of.
Now my knowledge of Star Wars has been well limited to say the least. I saw the movies and I was a fan, but it wasn’t until I started playing the Star Wars RPG that I really got into the universe. I walked among the people of Tatooine, and I invaded an Imperial Star Destroyer. I met strange races and even planned assassination of the super criminal Jabba the Hut, but in all my travels of the Star Wars Universe, I never came across this…
Meet the Korriban zombie, also known in the Star Wars RPG as Korriban Sith zombie. Never mentioned in the movies, and only briefly appears in the comic books, my only conclusion about these zombies is that Dark Horse Comics made the Star Wars universe jump the shark, yet again.
The Korriban zombies don’t even show up in the Star Wars universe until 1994 when Dark Horse introduced them as guardian spirits. From there they were only mentioned one time in a continuation of the series. From that point on there was no other mention of the short lived zombies in the comic books. Nine long years went by before the Korriban zombies were introduced into Wizards of the Coast RPG based on the Star Wars universe. Here the zombies were given their name and described in detail. This is also where the story of their history was told. There was an appearance of them in 2004 in the young reader’s novel series. In 2005, the Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith Audio drama was released as an adaptation to the original tales. Finally in 2008 that the Guardian spirits were mentioned in the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia published by Del Ray but only under the entry for the Korriban planet.
The fact that the Korriban Sith zombies haven’t even been explained in Star Wars cannon, which can be defined as the books that Lucas Licensing editors consider the authentic official history, is partially disconcerting. However the expanded universe is considered by many a good representation of the complete story, as long as it doesn’t interfere with what is considered cannon. The way I see it we can sit here and debate the validity of the Korriban zombies, or we can accept them for what they are, another side story in the Star Wars mythos.
So what are these zombies like? Well in many ways the Korriban zombies are a lot like the zombies we are used to, they are virtually unkillable except by damage to the brain or severing of the head. The intelligence of these zombies is slightly better than that of a normal zombie because the Korriban zombies can use weapons, which vary depending on the species the particular zombie. The zombie did gain superior strength and better vision in the dark; however their never ending hunger for living flesh was a major drawback. What sucks even more for them was that they were commanded by the spirits of dead Sith Lords to guard their tombs, so they couldn’t even search the galaxy for their dinner, not that they would have the intelligence to fly a ship anyway. What I do really like about these zombies is the organ. Evidently a combination of Dark Sith alchemy, magic, and mechanics were involved to raise the first army of undead. Later it was found that if the living were bit by these undead warriors, they too would become zombie, and thus the undead army was able to consist of many different races of beings.
If you like Star Wars, I suggest you check out the Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith comics by Dark Horse to learn more about this obscure race. Better yet, get that RPG, roll up some Jedi, and go fight them yourself, because it looks like once your past this series, you won’t be learning much more about them as they were wiped out by Ben Kenobi, Anakin, a handful of other Jedi, and their Padawans. You can also visit the wiki, where I got most of my information, but I always like to refer back to the source material so you can make your own decisions about the matter. As I have not played many Star Wars Video games, I don’t know if the zombies are featured in any of them, however I do know that some of the levels involve exploring some of the tombs of the ancient Sith Lords. There’s also the screenshot above of Darth Sion, who looks a lot like a zombie to me. There may also be hope in BioWare’s new RPG title Star Wars: The Old Republic as it does have a basis in Korriban. No word as of yet on the official website, however as this is an RPG they may come up with downloadable content. You never know. I guess we will find out more when it becomes released on December 20th.
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Well the CDC is at it again. Trying to cash in on their widely popular blog post from earlier this year, the CDC will be using zombies as another media stunt to gain attention. As I say this I am halve entertained and half criticizing. It’s not that I mind companies using zombies as advertizing, we’ve discussed this before, but I don’t know that the CDC specifically using zombies is a great move on their part. Yes, it will get younger people to start thinking about emergency preparedness, and that’s a good thing, but the problem is that the people that are being targeted by this kind of publicity stunt are probably already doing emergency preparedness stuff as a result of their interest in zombies in the first place. On top of this people who aren’t zombie fans may dismiss a zombie publicity stunt as childish and ignore it. Or they may look in on it with curiosity, you never know.
I totally understand why the CDC would use zombies. There is no great sickness scare going on right now (i.e. swine flu), no great natural disaster to keep people interested, and they’ve long stopped us from being scared of a nuclear attack from the Russians, so the CDC needs a vehicle to stir up interest. And what better way than to cash in on the most popular trend right now that incidentally has a direct tie in to what the CDC is all about? Only time will tell however if the zombie spin on things will continue to help bring recognition to the CDC or not.
As a zombie fan, the CDC is not always the good guys in the picture. We all know that when disaster strikes that they will have to do what they have to do to keep the general populace safe. But everyone can relate to seeing the CDC as a bad guy when they have to trap healthy people in with the monsters, like in the movie Quarantine. It’s sad, and can be seen as evil, but it may be necessary. I just hope I’m one of the ones that will be on the outside looking in when the job has to be done.
This brings me to talk about why I have sourced ColumbusLocalNews.com for part of this article. According to a story they posted on Oct. 11th, the CDC along with other emergency councils in Ohio are partnering up to host emergency preparedness drills at the Ohio Wesleyan University Campus. These drills will feature zombies as a theme and will require around 250 volunteers to dress as the living dead to assist them in their endeavors. The purpose is to test the emergency response teams on how and efficiently they can set up a mass medication clinic and emergency decontamination facility. The teams will then proceed to process the zombies through the decontamination facility and treat them in the medication clinic.
To me it looks like they’ve taken a radiation scenario and asked everyone to dress as zombies instead. The claim is that if they can be prepared for zombies, they can be prepared for anything. The problem is they are not preparing for zombies by treating the living dead, they are preparing for zombies by treating radiation exposure. In this scenario they will probably ask the volunteers to look sound and walk like the living dead, but prevent them from acting violent as a zombie would. So now you’re not treating the correct problem, and you are taking the realism out of the scenario. Way to be prepared for the worst CDC.
How they should test this scenario to me would look something like this.
Organize the volunteer zombies and tell them to show up at the stadium at a specific time. Let the teams who will be tested know the date of the test, but not the time. Then when the zombies are ready you radio in the emergency. This will simulate an environment where the teams will have to respond much like they do any other disaster. They will have to drop whatever they are doing to drive to the event. This way you test how long it will take to respond to the disaster. Then after they “diagnose” the problem as a zombie virus outbreak, they will test how long it takes them to secure and quarantine the area. You then set up your teams to go in to set up a safe zone, a medical center, and a testing area in a safe location of the quarantined building, having to deal with encounters with “violent” undead (If the undead are able to get to you without you subduing them or putting them down, you become infected and therefore cannot continue to help set up the safe zone and testing area.) After the safe zone is established and the medical and testing areas are set up you then must capture a subject to “test” for a cure and for study purposes. Here’s the catch, you can also have non-infected survivors who are looking to get out of there. This is where the medical area comes into play because the teams must then evaluate the survivors for any sign of contamination and perform the medical procedures required to clear them for extraction, including decontamination. Part of the grading of the teams would depend on how many survivors they save and safely extract (for example 10 out of 20), and correctly diagnosing their statuses (contaminated/infected/ injured/healthy). Points would also be awarded for safely setting up the working zones in a timely manner, keeping their team safe, and acquiring a specimen for diagnosis and testing. There would be no further treatment of the zombies because well they are a lost cause until you find a cure. At that point it would be up to the heads of the departments to decide wither they can keep the area quarantined and safe until a cure is found, or if they not risk it and instead destroy it all including the virus.
By making the required treatments fit he actual diagnoses, you will have teams that are better prepared If you want to still use the radiation scenario, make it a radiation scenario, but don’t put your teams in harm’s way in a real situation by having them prepare for the wrong thing.
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I used to watch zombie movies for entertainment. I now watch them for education. You see the great thing about great zombie film is that it’s very enlightening on what to do in a zombie scenario. The Walking Dead is no exception to this. This show is intriguing, entertaining, and most of all educational. Let’s look at some of the hidden lessons from The Walking Dead.
One thing I noticed from watching the first episode of season 2 of The Walking Dead was how important silence was to them. I mean it’s kind of obvious that you don’t want to make sounds to attract the living dead to you, but the extent that they took this to gives you a lesson to be learned here. For instance let’s take a look at one of the biggest noise causers, disagreements. In most groups there’s going to be some disagreements and arguing. Someone is not going to like what someone else is doing, or has to say or whatever. This group has just a little bit of dysfunctionality. On one hand you have the suicidal crazy bitch (Andrea) who wants a gun, and for obvious reasons, no one trusts her with one. On the other hand you have another who is trying to leave the group (Shane) but like a predictable soap opera is the secret baby daddy to the protagonist’s (Rick Grimes) son (Carl). Rick doesn’t know his best friend knocked boots with his wife (Lori) and they have kept it a secret from Carl as well. Regardless Carl looks up to Shane like a cool older brother. As Shane tries to create distance from the little tag along, he hurts Carl’s feelings, and this causes arguments between Shane and Lori. This along with disagreements on what to do, and who to blame for losing the other child Sophia, you can see there’s a lot to argue about. And argue they do, but quietly. There’s a lot to be said about this. The group even though they have their differences knows how to survive. And to survive you stay quiet.
Let’s also take for instance the number of walkers killed in this episode. To my count there was 7. One with crossbow, two with a big old friken rock, and four with bladed weapons in the church. Every kill silent. It’s not that they didn’t have guns. Hell, they even found a few extra along their journey, it’s that they understood that shots fired would be loud and start calling all the walkers back to them. Also it’s good to save ammo when you don’t have to spend it to accomplish your goal. I keep saying this time and time again and I cannot reinforce this enough, learn to swing a bladed weapon. Become proficient at it. Practice in the back yard on a hunk of wood. Learn how to strike hard and clean, and learn how to maintain a blade. A sharp blade may seem dangerous; however it is loads better than a dull blade. A sharp blade will make it easier to sink into your target, whether that is a rope, wood, or a skull. A dull blade may slip, or not sink into your target making you miss and wasting precious time and putting you at danger. Not to mention if you slip, there’s a danger of damage to you, either by pulling muscles, or by cutting yourself.
Scavenging techniques are also something that can be gleaned from this episode. By paying attention to what the group did right and what they did wrong, you can be prepared for your scavenging excursions. You can learn what to keep and what to throw out, how you should keep a look out, and be attentive to where you are and what’s around you. By knowing where to search and not leaving out any possibilities you may find a truck full of water, or a collection of weapons, or even that revolver that the corps is still clutching, long after the bullet in the chamber has passed through his skull.
Hiding techniques are also to be gleaned here. By staying out of site and staying quiet the group was able to avoid the majority of the heard of walkers in the beginning of the show. When push came to shove, hide among the dead bodies, walkers only want fresh meat anyhow. By simply putting yourself out of site and hiding under an uprooted tree, Sophia was able to escape the walkers and attempt to find a way back to the group. Also learn when it’s safe to come out. Just because you don’t hear anything, doesn’t mean there’s not something there. Hiding for a bit longer may be the difference between staying alive and becoming a monster snack.
Last thing I want to say about hidden lessons is that you should really pay attention to how the characters interact and deal with each other. This zombie story is all about the people, and that is what makes it great. You have different personalities, and different ideas of what should be done and how. Not killing each other is a key to survival here and in a situation like this; everyone’s nerves are going to on edge. If you tend to be a condescending prick and always aggressive with getting your way, you may want to learn how to get your way through negotiation or compromise, otherwise you may find your friends to be few and far between. Learn what to do and what not to do with people of different personality types from this show as it does a great job at portraying people in general. One day you may be put into similar situations with handling similar personalities, and sometimes the answer is to give the crazy lady a gun and hope for the best.
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YouTube is plagued with a number of zombie related videos. From survival guides, to short films, to pranks, you will never run out of zombie footage to watch. I found a film the other day that reminded me however of our comics here. Zombie in a Penguin Suit is not much for dialogue. It’s not flashy, and has no punch line in the end. It is the unfortunate tail of the unfortunate sole who was caught in the middle of a zombie attack… in a penguin suit. Now being my namesake, I couldn’t not watch this video and tell you guys about it.
The reason it reminded me of our comics is that it is a short, zombie based story that is complete from beginning to end that is in its own way unique. The zombie doesn’t have special powers, and he’s not fast, but in an odd way you end up rooting for him to the very end. Give it a look.
Now on the analytical side of the zombie fan, I have to look at what we can take away from this film to be able to put it to our uses. So here are 4 lessons to be learned from Zombie in a Penguin Suit.
- Alone, the zombie is weak, but together they are strong. One man can beat one zombie strait up. The man has a fully functional brain and nervous system that allows him to react and move in a much more articulate way that a zombie never could do. However, that doesn’t mean diddly poop when you have a group of four or five in close quarter’s combat. They will overtake you, so try not to get caught in a hand to hand skirmish.
- Zombies attack in groups. In every scene you saw a group of attacking zombies. Whenever you fight against more than one opponent, whether it be living or undead, you must remember not to get distracted by one single opponent. Much like the guy with the baton, because he was concerned about killing the zombie in the penguin suit, he did not pay attention to the other zombies who took the advantage of the distraction and dragged him to the ground. If possible keep all potential targets in front of you and keep track of them all. When you are outnumbered, don’t try to be the hero, run.
- Always watch your back. Again back to the whole distracted thing. The guy with the hunting rifle had a good thing going for him. Alone he took down four zombies charging for him. Little did he know that the chick he had in the trunk was having cravings for his man flesh, and in a zombie apocalypse, that’s not a good thing. If he had been watching his back, or checking on his partner better, he may have ended the story at two minutes and twenty seven seconds.
- Beware the overtly religious. This is a controversial topic I know, but this movie did have a lot to say about men and religion. In the church, men, women and children alike took their own lives instead of fighting back. Because they were lead by a man who probably told them that God would want it that way as it was the end of the world. If they had held out, maybe they would be like those humans at the end who were well prepared and worked hard to keep their town alive. Also you see at three minutes and thirty five seconds into the film crosses with zombies tied to them. I don’t know what kind of person that in the middle of Armageddon decides that it’s a good idea to waist resources and time to build crosses for the purpose of tying up the undead. That may scare the bajesus out of a living person, but our penguin proves a zombie won’t even flinch, so if you’re doing it as a warning, it’s falling on the ears of those who don’t give two craps. The other question this scene gives me is how did they get the zombie up there? It would be downright dangerous to try to tie down a zombie. My mind thinks of another alternative, where they may have tied a human victim up there first, and after a while, well nature would take its course. It may again have a religious meaning, or may be just a stunt of those who have the mind set of someone out of the KKK, either way those people are dangerous and probably best avoided.
There you have it folks. If you enjoyed the movie be sure to visit the website at www.zombieinapenguinsuit.com to show your love.
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You can probably find this topic in several places on the internet. I know you can find it in the coveted Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. But the thing about bug out bags is that there is no one set formula for how to make one. It’s kind of like how all golfers carry clubs in their golf bags, but the manufacturers and the models of the clubs will vary, and not all golfers carry all the clubs available. Just like the one golfer who will carry the wood/iron hybrid, while another one just prefers to stick with the traditional irons, one zombie survivalist may decide to carry a few different items in their bag than the other.
For those of you who may not be familiar with what a bug out bag is, it is a stock of supplies that usually fits into one backpack that you can grab in the first few minutes of a zombie outbreak to get out of dodge and on the road. You should have one bag per person, and you should keep it in a location that you will be able to reach in an emergency. Some people keep them in their garage, some in that closet by the front or back door. This is really where your planning comes in. We have talked about having a plan in case of a zombie attack before and that you should have a strategy planed out that everyone in your group knows in case the shit hits the fan. Your plan may call for everyone to leave through the back, or maybe you’re going to wait it out upstairs until your buddy comes by with the big rig, either way store your bug out bag where it will be easy for you to grab on your way out.
Some people will want to pack in bags larger than a normal backpack, like a hiking back pack, or an army bag, I want to discourage this habit. Although you will want to be able to store the supplies you will need for your first few days of survival, over packing your bag can be really dangerous. Your backpack will need to be light enough for you to be able to run with for several days. Yes you read that right. Run. For several days. If the zeds are upon you in your town, how far is it to the next town? For me it’s about 10-15 miles to the next small town, but what are the chances they are going to be there too? And the next town? What about the next? Chances are, you will not find a safe place, and you don’t want to be stopping in every death trap from where you are to where you want to go. Not to mention if you do find a safe town, how likely do you think those people are going to be willing to share their supplies with a stranger? Skip the towns and keep running. Hopefully you planned ahead and stocked your safe house, so you won’t need to stop for supplies anyway. So keep your bag size manageable, and keep it as light as possible to prevent fatigue.
So now what do you pack in the bug out bag? Again I say that this depends on your plan. If you plan on taking a bicycle, you may need to pack some spare parts for it. If you plan on running the whole way, you may find an extra set of shoes will help in case the ones you have fall apart. So far be it from me to tell you exactly what to put in your bag. But I can tell you the basics and give you ideas to build from there.
So the basics:
Extra Food: High carb, high protein food to keep you running for a while. Carb bars and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are high in nutrition, last a long time, but are compact so they don’t take up much room. They don’t taste good, but they got to be tastier than brains. If you get eggs, better make sure you get the pack with hot sauce.
Extra Water: A platypus works well in this situation. They make different kinds of platypus, so you should be able to find one for your pack. Also look into a canteen that you can carry on your belt. Every extra drop helps.
Extra Ammo: Here’s the thing, this one is a hard one to pack. It’s heavy and cumbersome. If you plan this correctly and choose your weapons correctly, you may not have to carry a lot of this. If you can, have your safe house stocked with weapons and ammo, and try to carry something small. A single handgun with a few clips should be able to do in a pinch. Also remember blades are quiet, quick, relatively light, and never need reloading, so pack a machete as well.
Shelter: Again another tricky item. A light tent will do. It’s small and cramped, but set up right will keep you dry. Note; only use a tent if you are with a group so you can put a man up as guard. If not, you should maybe just sleep in a poncho. At least you can run in a poncho, but caught off guard in a tent and your nothing but a polyester wrapped burrito.
First Aid: Hello! You’re fighting infection here. Try to at least carry a basic first aid kit. It may tide you over until you can get to more skilled hands. You can look up basic first aid kits and peace them together yourself, or purchase one pre made. Make sure to also take any prescription meds you may need with you. No you won’t be able to rely on them long term but deal with that after your at the safe house, not while you’re running away from the zeds.
Pocket Knife: All purpose tool. Keep one with you at all times. They are handy for making things, cutting things, and repairing things.
Extra Cloths: Not many mind you and this is not for fashion time either. If your cloths get wet, you will want a second pair to wear to keep dry and keep healthy. This goes double for underwear. Take a few extra pair of underoos and several pairs of socks. Keep your feat healthy by changing out your socks several times a day and dry your old ones out before using them again.
Map and Compass: Just like in the Legend of Zelda you can’t use one without the other. You will need these items to navigate because that gas station might not be safe enough for you to ask for directions at anymore.
Extra Small Survival Gear: Flint and steal to start fires, a whet stone to keep you knife in good repair. A signal mirror. These things are small, light in weight but immeasurably useful. If you have extra room you may want to pack a Boy Scout Handbook. Hokey I know but you can rip the pages up about merit badges and use them as kindle for fires and keep the parts about how to keep your gear in repair, how to tie knots, and how to survive in the wilderness. A Boy Scout Handbook also is great because it’s written for tween boys to understand, so it usually has many illustrations to follow to make it easier to learn your knots and proper basket weaving techniques (don’t knock the basket weaving, there won’t be a Longaberger around to help carry all your scavenging stuff).
Now after all of this, hopefully you will still have some room in your bag. If you have several people in your group you can now start allocating “luxury items” to each member. Luxury items should be things that will still be useful, but you won’t be screwed if a person becomes Sunday brunch to a roving pack of zombies. Don’t count essential things like the map or anything else previously mentioned as a luxury item. Everything we previously mentioned should go in each person’s bug out bag. This way you’re not keeping your eggs in all one basket so to speak. Instead luxury items should be some of the following. Or come up with some of your own. Again this is not an end all list and not everything will be right away useful, but could make for a valuable trade item later.
•Tarps • Extra Rope • Signal Flairs • Cigarettes • Hard Candy • More Ammo • Trash bags • Non-essential medication • Journal • Wilderness Survival Notes*
You get the idea. I asterisked the wilderness survival notes because you don’t want to be carrying a big book with you. Instead to save room you should make a small journal or notebook of notes of survival stuff that you find. This way you have a Cliff Notes version at your disposal and it will only carry the stuff you won’t know off hand. Maybe focus this on edible plants, or first aid techniques.
Guys plan carefully, pack lightly, and pack smart. A good bug out bag may make the difference between getting there, or getting eaten.
-Till Fate brings our Future
What time is it?
I said what time is it?
No no no. You doing it wrong “caw”. It’s not Meal Time “caw”. It’s Epic Meal Time!
You have to give props to these crazy culinary mad scientists. These guys make the most epic meals on the planet just for your entertainment and they do it all funny like too. If you have not seen them in action you should check them out at their YouTube channel. I’m pretty sure if you ate even one of their meals you would die of a heart attack. But not these people. Why? Because they are epic that’s why! Every recipe has two mandatory ingredients required for epic food and those are bacon, and Jack Daniels. They have meals like Candy Poutien, Big Stupid Smore, and Fast Food Meatloaf. Just the sound makes my mouth water.
So why am I talking about these guys on a zombie blog? Well how would Epic Meal Time be epic without zombies? In a particular Epic Meal Time, the boys become zombies to show you how to eat brains. That’s right brains. Don’t believe me? Watch this.
Glad to know that when the world goes to Hell in a hand basket, at least these zombies will still be eating fly as “caw” (Ok enough of that). If you decide to try one of these recipes let me know how it went. I may be a zombie fan but I am not fan enough to try this.
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-Till Fate brings our Future
By now you know what The Walking Dead is. The TV series by AMC that was based on the super popular comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. If you haven’t seen the first season, it is now available on DVD so hit a Red Box and pick it up. The makeup and special effects are out of this world and as far as I can tell it follows the comics decently well. With the new season beginning Oct. 16th fans are waiting with bated breath. Well if you can’t wait any longer, AMC has provided for your viewing pleasure 6 webisodes that may calm your hunger for just a bit longer.
Even if you haven’t seen Season One, don’t fret. The webisodes give nothing away for season one and it isn’t necessary to have watched Season One to understand what is going on, although it would help if you’ve at least seen the first episode. In the first episode Rick Grimes, the protagonist of Season One comes across a particular zombie that in a way was moving. Without a lower halve of the body it was left to its limited mobility of its week arms to propel it forward. You can almost take pity on it for its deteriorated state. She has come to be known as Bicycle Girl Hanna, and she is one of those zombies that leaves you wondering… how did that happen?
To answer those questions the six 2-4 minute long episodes does a wonderful job of telling this poor soul’s tail. You can view the webisodes on the official Walking Dead Website. What I liked about the webisodes is that just like with the actual series you keep asking yourself, “What would I do in this situation?” Also just because it’s a webisode, doesn’t mean AMC went cheep on you. They use all the great special effects that they did in the actual TV show which will leave you creeped out and feeling that this is all very real.
While you’re at the website you can also see behind the scenes footage of the shows, see highlights from the first season, play some free games, and get some cool wallpapers. Here’s the one on my computer now.
This has me all geared up for the next season and I hope it does as well as the first season did. Share your thoughts about the Walking Dead Season 2 and the webisodes in the comments below or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and me on Twitter @PenguinPrince25. Also don’t forget to create your costume for our Dead Future Anthology Give Away! Deadline for the contest is November 1st so get those pictures in pronto! You can read more details about our contest here.
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Dear Gods! Two Conventions in a row. Any other comic people might have dreaded this, but we were ready! I must say although it was a small convention, and only one day, it was a great show. This was a classic comic book convention. No panels, no game room, just a lot of comics and some kick ass costumes! The guys over at Annapolis Comic-Con pulled off a great show with a full vendor room full of comic vendors with untold treasures waiting to be discovered, independent artists eager to show their work, and some live events to keep the crowd entertained. The best part of the convention though was the attendees. You can have all the comics you want, but without people to show up to your event, your just another comic shop in a large room. The people of Annapolis Maryland know how to dress up so we had plenty of photo ops for all of our favorite comic book characters. And as usual, Mort from Grim Furry Tales was there to act as the ambassador on behave of Grim Crew and Tummelvision.
Before I even get to the convention I was greeted by this. You do not even know my joy to see this sign posted in a nearby shopping center. It’s like the kids who punked the sign were Prophets or something.
- Mort hamming it up with Cat Woman
There was a gaggle of kids in costumes that kind of hovered around the booth. This was one of them. Most bought something so that was nice, but it also brought some photo ops so we were pretty happy.
Mort actually has a special relationship with other comic book characters. You should see his Punisher outfit. It’s quite a site to see.
The picture of Chicken Thor is courtesy of Dan Nokes. You can check out his work at www.21sandshark.com.
But wait there’s more! I have pictures of all the cos-players at the convention that I took while lining up for the costume contest. You want to see them? Well all you have to do is visit our Facebook page and look at our pictures. Believe me you don’t want to miss some of these costumes! Don’t forget you can also follow me on twitter @PenguinPrince25. Also you can enter our Halloween Picture Contest where you can win a copy of the Dead Future Anthology! Follow the Link for details!
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