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16  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Elected Zombies on: July 13, 2017, 11:20:41 pm
I hear that in AZ there are entire towns where everyone is over the age of 70.
17  TZH Discussion / TZH Fan Fiction / ARC Interviews with Survivors on: July 13, 2017, 11:14:54 pm
I doubt many people will read this. I just felt like doing some creative writing. This is a transcript from the ARC processing department as they evaluate new arrivals.

ARC Processing Transcript

One of our scavenging teams contacted a group of five individuals in the Wasteland last week. After making arrangements with the scavenging team, the group arrived at a rendezvous yesterday for pickup. Each of the five will be interviewed separately, after which they are to be processed.

Applicant Name: Adam Horton
Age: 40
Origin: Sandusky, OH
Occupation: Cook (insists on being called a saucier)
Status: Uninfected

ARC Officer: We want you to understand that this is not an interrogation. We just want to hear your experiences.

Horton: Yeah, I get it.

ARC: Your group is relatively healthy compared to most people who arrive here. Did you prepare for the outbreak?

Horton: Not really. Like most everyone else in the US, I was convinced that the virus was a Third World problem like ebola. I saw the tearjerker human interest stories of decimated villages in Liberia or Bangladesh. The newspapers showed photos but always cut out the more gruesome ones so they'd avoid angry letters to the editor. I just shook my head and turned the page.

ARC: So did your community fortify itself when the outbreak started?

Horton: No. Sandusky pretty much emptied out when the outbreak came to Ohio. We evacuated to Cleveland because it was supposed to be safe.

ARC: Cleveland?

Horton: Yup. And whatever you heard, it was even worse. I was lucky to have a friend there who had a sailboat on the lake. We got out the day before the Air Force dropped fuel-air bombs over the camps.

ARC: And what happened after that?

Horton: We mostly just drifted from island to island, trying to scrounge or fish what we could.

ARC: That sounds like many other stories we get, and those people are usually in terrible shape. What do you think you did differently?

Horton: Police tape.

ARC: What?

Horton: Yellow police tape. Early on, the authorities treated zombie attacks like any violent crime. Witness statements, CSI, blood spatter analysis, the works. Not that it mattered because things went to shit before the first zombie was arraigned. To be fair, it looked like a lot of attacks were domestic situations or burglaries gone horribly wrong. Or maybe someone under the influence of a scary new drug. The cops would show up at a house thinking they were going to tase a wife beater. Instead they found themselves face to face with a zombie, when they didn't even know what a zombie was. They'd try to talk it down, then subdue it by non-lethal means. Pepper spray did jack shit. Tasers slowed them down a little. Eventually the cops wrestled it down and cuffed it, but not before it bit who knows how many of them. If you want to see one of the original zombies, find an abandoned police car and check the back seat. Chances are there's a cuffed zombie that's been stuck there since the first days. As the attacks became more frequent and we finally knew what we were dealing with, the cops stopped caring about a zombie's Miranda rights. Eventually they just shot it, bagged it, and carted it off. No investigation. When things started to get worse and everything broke down, the cops stopped responding to calls. Then the phones went dead and you know the rest.

ARC: So what's the point?

Horton: Oh yeah, the police tape. If we could find a taped building, we went in. Cops guarded crime scenes until the neighborhood evacuated to a "safe zone." The mass looting just didn't happen in policed areas. And since those folks evacuated on the understanding that emergency services would provide food and shelter, they left a lot of necessaries behind. Afterward scavengers mostly targeted the big box stores and shopping malls. Seriously, who tries to hole up in a shopping mall? A single apartment or house was beneath notice. So yeah, it's that magical sweet spot of decent, untapped loot. Aside from the chalk outlines and the old blood smears, it's like there was no outbreak. There's still toothpaste and soap by the sink. There's usually several days' worth of canned food in the pantries. And let me tell you, there's nothing like finding a place that still has clean sheets and charged batteries. Heh, and sometimes we find condoms in the sock drawer. There was this one time-

ARC: We don't need to know that.

Horton: Okay.

ARC: We've heard enough. We will now give you over to another officer who will work out the specifics.

ARC Note - Entry: Granted. Assignment and living quarters to be assigned later.
18  Forum Community / Introductions / Re: Hi everyone! on: June 16, 2017, 01:32:26 am
Welcome to the forums. I pop in now and then.
19  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: October 12, 2016, 04:02:16 pm
You really, REALLY wouldn't want to be the first person to kill a zombie when the outbreak starts. Everybody's going to think you just shot someone in the head. Actually, that's exactly what happens in the first season of Fear the Walking Dead. A zombie bites a cop, and the other cops kill it. But every witness thinks the cops just killed a homeless guy. That's when the riot starts.

Even if the outbreak is contained, people would take advantage of it by just killing anyone they don't like. All they'd have to say is "he turned and I had to kill him."
20  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: October 12, 2016, 11:09:51 am
Yup, it's been a full year. I wonder if this will continue into next January, because that's the last time Jenny posted on the TZH Facebook page.
21  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: October 09, 2016, 10:22:09 am
Sid Meier's Pirates! from 2004. It still holds up. I'm also playing The Sims 4 because there's a Dia de los Muertos event going on right now. Need to collect those sugar skulls.
22  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: October 07, 2016, 12:56:38 pm
I'll bet money that the same people freaking out over these clowns are going to extend their freakout session to Halloween. They're the ones who will post stories about finding arsenic/ecstasy/rusty needles in their kids' Halloween candy. Those are all hoaxes, but naturally anxious people buy into that.

Man, I miss how these forums used to be around Halloween. Everybody was talking about horror movies, costumes, and jack o'lanterns.
23  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: October 06, 2016, 06:46:52 pm
Man, a lot of Americans are overwrought about clown sightings. They can't just laugh at a prank anymore. Sure, I get it. There have been a lot of mass shootings this year and there are a lot of agitated, anxious people who are worried about everything. Still, they ought to just relax. I just want to walk up to one of these stressed, emotional people and offer them a balloon. Oh yes, it floats.
24  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: September 27, 2016, 05:17:18 pm
I thought World War Z was a decent zombie film, all things considered. The book was MILES better.

There's a reason the studio didn't follow the book when it came to the virus origins. In the book, the outbreak originated in China. It spread because the Chinese government maintained a media blackout. In addition, the Chinese black market for donated organs unknowingly sent organs from infected donors to everywhere. That's how the outbreak started in Brazil. It eventually got too big for for China to contain and refugees fled overland to neighboring countries or took a plane or ship abroad. Many of those refugees were infected.

The Chinese government only allows some 34 foreign movies into the domestic movie market annually. In order to make the cut, those films have to abide by some rules. Chinese censors will not allow any films that portray the Chinese government in a negative light. Remember how the Red Dawn remake was delayed for months so they could replace the Chinese villains with North Koreans? Nor will the censors allow a film that contains supernatural elements such as ghosts and bona fide zombies. Supernatural monsters are occult and therefore superstitious and counter-revolutionary. There was no way the studio could make a WWZ movie based on the book wherein the Chinese government was responsible. Neither could they portray traditional Romero zombies.
25  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: September 07, 2016, 05:09:55 pm
Oh I'm not taking it personally. I just think a small update would be nice.

If you're trying to lose weight, stay away from fruit juice. Too much sugar.
26  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: September 06, 2016, 10:01:41 am
I've followed webcomics before where the author was frequently late. Sometimes they'd take weeks between strips. But in all those cases, the author or one of the author's friends or relations posted on their site and explained the situation. Depression, financial difficulties, going through a move, too hungover from the night before, etc. For example, Order of the Stick had no updates for about two months when its author severely injured his thumb on his drawing hand. Again, there was an explanation.

But we're approaching a year between strips now. And there hasn't been anything posted on Facebook since January. This is getting ridiculous and it's a tremendous disservice to those who are still waiting on their books. I get that depression really screws with one's productivity. I also understand that Jenny needs to concentrate on getting better. But it's just a few lines on Facebook. Just a simple, "sorry guys I'm still not up to it" would suffice.
27  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: August 18, 2016, 09:04:19 am
This is like dating a girl who suddenly ghosts on you, then comes back a few weeks later saying "sorry but this is a really bad time for me right now."

And yes, she was dealing with some crap in her life. So she wasn't lying to you. But then you hear that she's been doing things with other people so she definitely had time to call.
28  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: July 17, 2016, 06:19:57 pm
Well, 9 months is a long time between comics. And she hasn't even updated the TZH Facebook page since January.
29  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: June 30, 2016, 08:50:12 pm
The worst is when you hold it during a flight. The noxious gases seem to ferment inside. When you finally get a chance to let it rip, that gas is potent enough to kill small animals.
30  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: June 15, 2016, 10:18:58 pm
I've been a fan of several webcomics series that prematurely ended because the writer got depressed. Seems to be fairly common among artistic types.
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