Dang vampires and there gosh darned vampire blood cults. Always trying to sacrifice someone to La Magra, you know… The blood god.
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True Tales Of A Cartoonist: Con Flu of Eldritch Doom! The Con Flu, the result of spending a weekend shaking hands, talking non stop, stress, and getting very little sleep. The con flu is very real and will knock you on your butt when you least expect it.
The Con Flu starts as a slow dull throb in just behind the eyes. Suspiciously it feels the same as when otherworldly Eldritch creatures beyond mortal understanding grow in your brain. Or so I have been told. The pressure builds and your vision swims with images that mankind was not meant to witness.
The con flu very often sucks the energy out of your body. My theory is that it is siphoning it off to accelerate the unholy abomination that is now living in your skull. You must seek professional help before this otherworldly eldritch spawn is birthed from your swollen melon. If no doctor is available I recommend a strong decongestant and a nap.
My Own Con Flu
I recently came down with the con flu shortly after Horror con in Portland, Oregon, and again recently at Paraconwest In West Valley, Utah. I would love to just be asleep right now, but savage skull pain or not things must be done.
After Horrorcon my wife sent me to the doctor who barely looked at me and pronounced it to be a case of allergies. Come on man! At the very least give me some placebos. I like sugar and I’m really good at convincing myself that things work, or that they don’t, or that I’m sick… or not. Look it gets complicated. But my head hurts and I would like it to stop now.
The point of this is that con flu is real and my doctor is a jerk.
Also I need to get a buffer going as I hate missing posts. Sorry about that, guys. The comic itself will resume Wednesday.
I found a box of Girl Scout cookies in the back of my freezer. I told no one.
They are gone now. I have no regrets.
I did the right thing….. Sharing is for suckers.
Much apologies for the lack of comics. No, we haven’t died, and no the comic is not gone.
Here’s where I’ve been spending my hellish days lately.
I have a rental property and my last renter screwed me horribly and left me with a huge mess to clean up. Sorry, but that’s what I’ve been trying to fix every night recently.
All done now and I’m ready to get back on the comic.
I hate being a landlord. It really sucks, but thank you all for your patience with me.
Dead Island 2 has been announced by publisher Deep Silver. The release date for this zombie survival game is set for spring of 2015. The announcement was made during Sony’s E3 news conference. Dead Island 2 is currently being developed by Yager Development. Several features of the game were highlighted such as:
- New handcrafted weapons (Quickly becoming a staple of zombie games)
- Multiplayer for up to eight players
- Sand box environment for players to cooperate, compete or simply coexist (Yeah, Now you can coexist with all your friends. I am so dieing to coexist. Who highlights “Coexistence?”)
- Character Classes from the action-oriented berserker to the stealthy hunter (I’m assuming they’ll have more than two.
- In-depth skill system
Dead Island 2 is set for release in spring 2015 on PS4, Xbox 1, and the PC. PS4 users will get a 30 day beta testing period and exclusive content.
Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start. Combining the classic Dead Island elements of immersive close combat, action and role-playing, Dead Island 2 features crazy, never-before-seen handcrafted weapons and over-the-top characters in taking players from the iconic Golden Gate to the celebrated beachfront boardwalk of southern California’s Venice Beach.
I like the trailer for Dead Island 2, and I am starting to hunger (pun intended) for another zombie game. But as this appears to be set in California can they really Call it Dead Island 2? Maybe Dead Continent would have been better. Okay no that sounds stupid.
I’ll live with the title. As long as I can fight zombies I’m good. The trailer for this one is good though. I still remember the trailer for the first Dead Island and how it made me cry.
Don’t make me cry damn it!
Bub the zombie from George Romero’s “Day of the Dead” is still one of my favorite zombies. “Day of the Dead” is probably not the best of Romero’s zombie movies, but it is the goriest of the original three and that’s why I love it.
Tom Savini worked on the makeup and special effects for this movie and he definitely brought his A game. These days far too many zombie movies resort to crappy CG special effects rather than practical effects. They may be cheaper but they don’t look as cool.
Still, the star of “Day of the Dead” is clearly Bub the zombie. In the movie Dr. Frankenstein (No not that Doctor) is trying to figure out a way to domesticate the zombie hordes and convince them to not eat all of us pesky humans. Bub the zombie is his star pupal.
I liked Bub the zombie, Romero does a really good job of making you care about the creature. Bub enjoys music, remembers his past life as a soldier, and genuinely cares about Dr. Frankenstein.
When the poor doctor gets killed by Lieutenant Rhoades it’ Bub the zombie who has the honor of shooting Rhoades who is then promptly torn apart by the zombie horde. That was actually a pretty gruesome scene that’s been done to death these days. But in 1985 it was truly gut wrenching. Now that pun was intended.
He thinks, he reasons, he has emotions, and best of all shooting the detestable Lieutenant Rhoades seals the deal. Bub the zombie takes the number two position on my list of the Top Ten Zombies of Badassadness.
Maybe I should have worried about spoilers for “Day of the Dead” but come on! The movie is nearly thirty years old. Just go see it. But be warned it does have possibly the worst soundtrack you have ever heard.
Drawing chibi zombies in the weirdest most confusing way possible. I was going to continue the comic today, but I’m buried in freelance work and having to fix up a rental property. It’s eating me alive, no pun intended. But rather than have nothing to post for the comic today and neglecting my entertainment duties as a cartoonist I made a chibi zombies drawing tutorial.
These are always fun to do and I admit I get a little sillier than I should with my descriptions. I don’t care, it’s late and it amuses me.
Steps to drawing Chibi Zombies
- Step 1. I use Illustrator’s brush tool set to low opacity to rough in my character.
- Step 2. On a new layer above my sketch I switch to the “Blob Brush Tool” to ink the image.
- Step 3. I use the paint bucket tool to fill in the shapes of my chibi zombies.
- Step 4. I add a few special effects and text to finish the zombie drawing off. Pretty simple.
Here’s some links to some of my previous demented efforts on making tutorials for drawing chibi zombies.
Eventually I’ll do the whole cast of the comic this way print them up and have them as a set.