This has been my third year in writing this blog for the Dead Future website. Through that time I have learned so much about writing in general, and my knowledge specifically about zombies has grown so much. Often times when I go to write a blog I will go into it thinking one thing, and then after a bit of research I will learn something completely different. So every time I sit at this computer to share with you I learn new and exciting things.
I wanted to take this time to give my thanks to everyone who has supported this blog over the years. First I want to thank the hosts and starters of the site, Raven Warren Studios. Specifficly this site was started by Martin Brandt as a way to show off his zombie comic anthology Dead Future. As the project was reaching it’s end and new material for the site was starting to become sparse I started to take over the update duties for the site, and as the comic took back a seat we moved full throttle with the blog. I doubt that any success I have had with the blog from that point would have been achieved without that comic or Martin’s direction in the beginning or his continued support over the years. This is often why I place a plug to the book and often point out that you can still get copies of it not only at the conventions we attend but now at Amazon.com.
Further thanks needs to be given to Martin’s amazing wife Tiffany. I met Tiffany at a pivotal point in my life, and it was her influence that lead me to learn about zombies in the first place. Throughout the years she has been a wonderful friend and supporter not only encouraging me to continue writing but readily introducing me to new ideas that help fuel my creative fires. She has shown me what it means to work hard for something you love and how to handle a variety of things in a way that helps me be more productive. Beyond that, she is an excellent friend whom I could not imagine not having in my life.
Beyond behind the scenes people I also have to also give thanks to my readers. You guys who stop by every week to check out the blog, some of which I have received feedback from at my email address at email@example.com. The readers of this blog have been fantastic, and I appreciate everyone who stops by every week to read my ramblings. Please feel free to contact me about your questions, critiques, suggestions or just to say hi!
And to everyone I want to wish a very happy holiday season.
Till Fate brings our Future…
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
I admit to you here and now… I’m not a regular watcher of Doctor Who. But even the news about the 50th anniversary of the BBC show Doctor Who reached my ears and opened my eyes. For a show to air regularly for 50 years and be as popular as Doctor Who is, well it’s amazing. Extrodinary.
I do remember the first time I saw the Dr. I was at a friend’s house, I believe it was for his birthday party. I must have been around 7 or 8 years old. I saw my friend’s dad watching some TV show in black and white. In a time of color TV, and being a young kid who really didn’t know any better I asked him what he was watching. This was about 20 years ago now, so I can’t tell you all the details, but he did mention that it was called Doctor Who and it was about a time traveling person who fights aliens and robots. Given the young age I was, that was all I needed to hear. I can remember wanting to watch this show… and I didn’t even care if it was in black and white.
Unfortunately, this was not the kind of TV my parents watched, and the closest thing to Sci-Fi my parents would watch was Startreck: The Next Generation, which they did watch on the regular. But I never did get a chance to watch the TV show that caught my imagination that night. I guess being such a young kid I quickly forgot about the good Doctor until more recently. With his overwhelming popularity among nerds in America recently I couldn’t help but remember that one night, where for five short minutes, I would watch a TV show that 20 years into the future would be such a huge success and such an influence in conversations of people of my peers.
Thankfully my friends whom I live with had the Doctor Who marathon on this weekend, and I had the chance to watch some of the latest stories from the Time Lord. I have to say I’m kind of hooked now. Mercifully my housemates have been patient with me and have answered my questions as they have come up and have given me a brief run down of the history of the Doctor. I want to start watching the older episodes on Netflix, can anyone suggest a good starting point for me? I’m told that not all of the original tapes have survived so I can’t watch it from the very beginning, so a place that would make sense would be a welcome suggestion.
Anyway I just wanted to give my congratulations to the show’s continued success and my well wishes for many seasons of original and thrilling story telling yet to come.
Till Fate brings our Future
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
Looking for the right home post apocalypse? Your local prison might be a good choice.
A prison has always been a popular choice among zombie enthusiasts. These things are built to keep people from getting out. Today’s prisons are designed with many different sections, each of which can be locked down separately. This makes it convenient if you need to shut off a section for access for whatever reason. Maybe as a punishment to keep someone away from your group. Maybe as a place to lock in people that are sick to keep them away from the rest of the population. Or maybe someone turns into a zombie and infects a cell block. You lock down the block, and the rest of your population is safe.
A prison has all the essentials you need as each prison has to be an independent community where people live without ever leaving. Most prisons have libraries, work out rooms, commissaries, yards, and let’s not forget the series of fences that would protect you from the zombies on the outside. There would be plenty of cots and supplies to keep you warm and relatively comfortable. And because each prison has to keep it’s patients healthy, there will be medical supplies. Don’t forget weapons. The prisons come stocked with weapons and riot gear for the security guards. Now these weapons are usually non-lethal, just enough force to quell a riot, but they are something. And you can’t act like the riot gear would not be an advantage if having to go out to face the living dead.
With a prison you are almost guaranteed safety. And there is so much more you can do to even make it safer from zombies, and other people too. Most prisons have two walls surrounding them, like a castle. An outer wall and inner wall. The space between, a no mans land, is perfect for setting up extra defense. My favorite idea… build a moat. A moat around 10 feet deep that has no way to get out. If zombies do break in that first wall, they will get stuck in the moat. Then you have a zombie pit surrounding your prison. No one would be brave enough to try to get past a pit of zombies to attack you. And lets say the moat becomes a bit too crowded… light them on fire! It would stink. But not much more than having rotting corpses surrounding your abode. They should burn down enough to make it safe enough to keep using.
But there are draw backs to prisons as well. Ask almost any inmate and they will tell you the horrors of prison and why you wouldn’t want to be there. The place can be a big buzz kill. They aren’t cheery for a reason, and that could make some members of your group uncomfortable. Not to mention the zero amount of privacy you would have. Most prisons are designed so that the inmates can be watched 24/7. In fact the only places you would find private may be solitary confinement, but I wouldn’t want to be there for too long. Strong men go weak in solitary. It’s designed to break your spirit. Sure, there is no reason people that would choose to stay in those cells would need to be alone, but often times these cells are just large enough for one person with no belongings. Not a lot of room to make a home.
You can still find reasonable places in a prison, a side that the show The Walking Dead fails to point out. The offices in the prison are pleasant enough. There is no reason that the people who work in the prison should feel like they are on lock down, so you may find some of the behind the scenes places quite posh. You could turn some of these offices into living quarters for a few of your population so there is that. The outer yards can be prettied up with gardens a small farm, and flowers to keep people’s spirits up. Maybe on some of your runs you can find art work to hang up or paint to give the place some color instead of the drab grey and white you will surely find. And maybe if you get comfortable enough and have enough resources you can start upgrading the furniture and bring in some carpet… but I wouldn’t count on it.
One other draw back to this go-to for survivalists is the sheer size of a prison. Every prison varies in the number of acres it occupies, but small facilities can be on as little as 25-50 acres, with larger ones going well beyond 1,200 acres! No matter which size you pick, you are going to need a lot of people to help make sure your facility remains secure. Checking the parameter for break ins, or over crowding of zombies, or even just debilitating defenses is going to be a full time job that will require 24 hour surveillance. You can’t be guaranteed you will have electricity to help with this job either, so camera systems may become useless. Not to mention the communication issues. Without even simple walkies talkies you are going to need some pretty ingenious methods of communicating emergencies in a hurry.
All in all, a prison would still be an excellent place to hold up from the zombies for a while. just don’t let the surroundings get to you. Make sure you have enough people to handle the job, and make sure any current residents will have you before trying to storm the gates.
Till Fate brings our Future,
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
You may have heard of a little zombie race called Run For Your Lives. OK, I exaggerate. Run For Your Lives is the LARGEST and well known zombie 5K in the united states. They go from area to area setting up their run and have been going strong for 3 years now. It only continues to grow.
I got the chance to run this race this last October and had a blast. I did not finish with my health or my dignity in tact. I, like so many others died out on that course, and I will wait another year before I can try to run this race again.
Luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to get the same thrills. Thanks to HGL Productions, LLC, and Reed Street Productions, LLC, you get to experience the thrill of this run right in the comfort of your own home. Enter “Run For Your Lives” the comic series. I got a chance to meet the writer for the book , Kevin Chilcoat, and editor Brian Chilcoat at Southern Maryland Comic Con and have a chat with them about their series. While an official interview is pending (which I will be posting on this site, I did get a chance to pick up the first issue of their comic and find out a few hints at what the comic had in store. I will save that info for the interview, but I will talk about the first issue.
Issue #1 is a set up to the Run For Your Lives mini series. It basically tells you what’s going on, what the race really is, and how the world got to be in the twisted cracked up position that it is in. You can say that from this point on their may be spoilers to the book, so if you want to get it for yourself skip down to the section after the words -SAFE TO READ- below in big letters. However, I can promise you that if you that as this is just a set up issue, it’s nothing that you can’t guess for yourself knowing what you may already know about the race.
-Spoilers Start Here!-
Basicly after the world goes to pot the government tries to set up safe zones for survivors, but ultimately fail. Why? What can we say? It’s the government. An under compensated security guard fails to do his duty and plague gets inside. But where the government fails, private corporations succeed. Go figure. Capitalism.
Of course company’s can’t just give you everything for free now can they? How do you capitalize if there is no economy? You find resources other than cash to find a way to profit. I could go on an on about what the economy would be like in the end times, but I’ll save that for another blog. Instead, I’ll just let you know more about the book. Anyway these safe zones become overpopulated quick and instead of letting freeloaders just eat up the save zone resources the companies decide to run a little contest to prove who was worth keeping and would be loyal, and who was not.
So from this point on the company decides to put on a little race for the survivors who make it to their front doors. To be honest, it may not be too much worse than what they did to get to their steps, except that they are locked into the race, with no where to escape except the finish line. And the zombies are trapped in their with them. And for every survivor who fails, the population inside the race grows and grows. Now it’s up to those runners who dare to risk everything to have a chance at living the rest of their lives in a safe zone.
-Safe To Read-
Let me just say, Kevin Chilcoat knows how to ramp up suspense. Because it’s a set up book some people may find that it starts slow, however as you get to the end you are on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. His writing is not only informative, but works supremely well with the graphics to add flavor to a story that could very easily have been lack luster and possibly over done. Zombie comics out there aren’t new, and it’s nice to know that this one was written so well as to stand apart. Chilcoat get’s a reputation boost from the popular race it’self, however this book would just as easily been as entertaining if I had never even heard of the Run For Your Lives race.
As for the art for the book, I feel conflicted about it. Something seems off with it I fear. Not that it’s horribly done. Just that I don’t think it would have worked really well if it hadn’t been a zombie comic book. It’s obvious that a lot of detail was put into some humans, and then others that are supposed to be no names seem a little bit slapped on. As if because this person doesn’t matter, neither does his face or anatomy. Here’s the kicker, the zombies are done the same way as the non important people, only made to look more zombieish.
You can see that some of the basic anatomy rules were ignored. One of the more prominent female zombies looks as if her torso is shifted to the left of her hips. I can see the look that Kyle Strahm was going for, trying to make the zombie look a little hurky-jerky, but it fails to do that and instead looks just like her spine was dislocated somewhere along the way. Other zombies are made to look as if they are running fast, but are hunch backed and leaning over their feet. Maybe I’m being too critical. When you have to draw hundreds of zombies in an issue, you have got to be given some leeway because otherwise all zombies would still look the same. However, basic biology should not be ignored just because it’s the living dead. If the spine is deformed or dislocated, the zombie should not run for the same reasons a person could not run. I think I may be able to overlook the anatomy issues if it were limited to the zombies. However, I found the same issues being present for people who were thrown off balance, or were considered bad, or unimportant.
Otherwise, the scratchy, deformed way the zombies were drawn work well for the story. It somehow makes the zombies scarier. In the same way that the special infected zombies from Left 4 Dead look scarier because of their malformations. In a way it clarifies for the reader the horror it would be to live in this zombie reality and how those left alive would be crazy to think that they are better off outside the safe zones rather than inside. No matter how twisted the method of entry was, it was worth taking that risk.
Overall, the artwork does what it’s intended to do, and it does work well because of the type of comic this is. It’s just unfortunate that the artwork seems rushed when you can clearly see the talent that Strahm has, especially when you compare this to other work that he’s done. I do like his ability go convey emotion in every character he drew, even the zombies themselves show emotion, however quickly it may be covered by unquenchable rage shown in the very next panel.
The long and the short of it:
Out of 5, I give Run For Your Lives #1 a solid 4. The writing was expertly compelling, I would say to the point of a 5. The coloring would get was beautifully done and deserves a 5 in my opinion. The art itself is the only thing that leaves things to be desired in this issue, and I hope to see improved in issue #2. Still, a 3 out of 5 is deserved because, as I said, it works for this comic.
I honestly can’t wait to read issue #2. I highly recommend issue #1 for anyone who may be interested in pursuing this book or who is a fan of zombie comics. For your own copy of this book you can purchase it from the Run For Your Lives website here. If your looking for other works by Kyle Strahm visit his website.
Till Fate brings our Future…
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
I know. It was a busy weekend! But I would be doing people a wrong by NOT wrapping up this great convention. First of all I want to just clarify, yes this is a small convention. Does that make it any less great? NO! Not in the slightest! Sometimes you don’t have 4 day’s to party. Sometimes you only have one day on one weekend. And that’s what this convention is about. One great day to spend with friends, maybe get dressed up, debate about comics, meet really cool people, and maybe, just maybe get John DiMaggio to sing you “Bacon Pancakes.”
Yea it’s that kind of a good time.
The day started like any other convention with the set up of the Raven Warren Studios booth. After that it was a flurry of activity with con goers coming in to the rink. Did I mention this convention is all held in an ice rink? Sweet right? It turns out an ice rink is a great size to hold a comic book convention with a good amount of room to maneuver through the aisles. And on the dealer side you get a good amount of space between you and the table behind you too so it’s comfortable.
The morning seemed to go by rather quickly as most of my time was broken up between visiting some of the familiar faces I saw at other booths or running errands. Before you knew it however we were at noon and time for my panel Comics Court.
I admit that this idea is kind of plagiarized from a panel I’ve attended at Otakon. The gist of it is that people get to have a stage to bring up a grievance they have with comics or pop culture and we get to debate it with other fans that share similar interests. The prosecutors state their case and another member of the audience sits in as a defense. Once both sides have said their peace, I gave one more chance for each side to counter argue and then I gave a verdict, and if necessary, a sentence. So what was discussed? One person felt that DC Comics should give up their rights to all of their characters because they really haven’t turned out anything good since Infinite Crisis (his words not mine). Another wanted to put Joss Whedon on trial for killing off Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the movie Serenity. One fan was angry that DC hasn’t done enough for Green Lantern John Stewart and that Hal Jordan should be given less comic time in favor of Stewart. All in all, I felt like everyone had a good time with this and I hope to be able to do it again at future conventions.
Another highlight of the convention was a panel featuring the guests of honor John DiMaggio and Jim Cummings. Any time you get two experienced voice actors working together to entertain people, you are in for a good time. Fielding questions from the audience both guests shared stories on how they got into voice acting and some of their experiences. Advice was given, jokes were made, and songs were sung. Don’t believe me? Watch it for yourself!
I spent the rest of the day volunteering for the convention itself including running errands, controlling the line for the guests and helping break down the convention. You would think this would be boring but how many of you can say you had the chance to “get dangerous” getting Darkwing Duck cough drops? That’s right… none of you. I rest my case.
Thanks Southern Maryland Comic con and the folks at Awesome Conventions for hosting a great show and for all the other great shows you put on this year! I can’t wait for 2014 and their biggest show ever, Awesome Con. This show will be hosted at the DC Convention Center and will be April 18th-20th. This show is already boasting great guests such as Jewel Strait (Kaylee, Firefly), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Hercules), Nicholas Brendon (Xander, Buffy), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, Star Wars), Melissa McBride (Carol, Walking Dead), and Dirk Benedict (Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica). This list is sooo much longer than that already and they promise there is more to come. If you want to see the full list and get more information about the convention check out their website at www.awesomecondc.com.
Till Fate brings our Future,
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
All images provided by the Southern Maryland Comic Con’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/somdcon
I thought I loved zombies. But what this showed me was that I love zombies even more when I can share them with others.
This past weekend I was honored to ask to be a special guest at the Waldorf West Library Zombie Prom/Lock in. The event was open for teens who had a passion for zombies. I was surprised with the rather large turn out for the event! All kinds of activities were planed for this event and we had a blast helping to put this on for the kids.
Shortly after the teens arrived they were sent to search the dark library for 3 survival items they would need to make it in the apocalypse. Food, medicine, and information. The catch was that some lucky kids who came dressed as zombies for the event had the chance to hide and scare those that were looking. All of the kids had a blast doing this scavenger hunt and afterwards were rewarded for their efforts with pizza.
The next event was zombie dodge ball. It was a lot like normal dodge ball except instead of throwing balls, they got to throw rubber dismembered feet at each other. The group were split up to two teams, zombies vs. survivors. When they would hit limbs of the opposing team they were no longer allowed to use those limbs and a head shot or torso shot was an automatic out. Eventually they were able to whittle down the ranks and the victors were the survivors.
After another brief intermission I got to host a game show where the teens got to show off their creative thinking skills and survival knowledge. We chose 5 participants who took turns answering scenario questions on what they would do in specific situations during a zombie outbreak. After each round of questions the other chaperons and I would discuss the answers and pick the best and worse answer of the group and the worst answer was thrown back to the zombie hoard. The most interesting question and answer? “If you got to choose one superhero to be on your zombie survival team who would it be and why. You can not choose Superman, Supergirl or any of their Superpets.” and the best answer was Deadpool because he had survived a zombie situation before, has a zombie him in an alternate universe, he is the best assassin in the world so he defiantly had the killing skills, and finally he would provide plenty of comic relief.
This was followed up with a zombie impersonation contest. The teens were judged not only on their zombie makeup, but also their best zombie impression. There were some great performances including one girl ripping up a skeleton as if it was a dead body, however in the end there could only be one winner. You can see from her picture below her makeup was outstanding and she played her “injuries” quite well in her zombie hobble.
At this point the lock in had started and we lost a few kids. Those that remained got the opportunity to play zombie hide and go seek in the dark library. It seemed like they really enjoyed this because they did not want to stop playing! We followed this up with some dancing and then wound down the evening with a viewing of Zombieland.
All in all I would say it was a very successful event and everyone had a blast. I would like to thank the Waldorf West Library again for hosting this event and inviting me to participate. I think I had just as much fun as the teens did, and really you couldn’t have asked for anything more than that.
Till fate brings our Future…
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
This week it looks like we are all about hooking you up with cool things to do. On Monday I mentioned that teens in the Waldorf Maryland area were invited to a week long celebration of zombies at the Waldorf West Library. Just in case you did not see yesterday’s announcement I was asked to be a special guest at the Zombie Prom/Lock In on Friday afternoon. I hope to see you there. Feel free to come up and talk zombies with me!
For those of you who may be a bit older than your teens (or younger for that matter) I haven’t forgotten about you. This Saturday, November 9 Waldorf will again be hosting Southern Maryland Comic Con. This show is going to be a blast with something for everyone!
For you gamers High Tide Games will be hosting Magic The Gathering Tournaments from 11 AM to 3 PM with prizes for all winners. For those who aren’t into MTG, they will also be hosting Fluxx tournaments all day long. Again, prizes for all winners including a drawing for a grand prize, 3 in stock Fluxx games.
Anyone looking to meet cool celebrities, you won’t be disappointed. John Dimaggio was just announced yesterday as being a top guest of the show. If you aren’t familiar with his work, you have been living under a rock and kiss his shiny metal… well let’s just say he’s the voice of Bender from Futurama. Other equally impressive credits include Marcus Fenix from Gears of War, and Jake the Dog from Adventure Time.
Another celebrity you should be familiar with is Jim Cummings. If he wasn’t a part of your childhood, I feel really sorry for you. As the voice of Dr. Robotnick from Sonic the Hedgehog, Darkwing Duck, and the current voice for Whinny the Poo, Tigger, and the Tasmanian Devil, he should be pretty recognizable. Not to mention the slew of movies and video games he has been credited for including Aladin, Antz, Shrek, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect… I’m not going to list all 400 credits so just come on out and say hi. The SMCC website also reports he will be signing 1 free autograph per person… so bring your swag!
And this doesn’t even cover the comic book talent that will be at the convention. Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers, Pathfinder), Steve Conley (Bloop, Star Trek – Year Four, JLA-Z), Charles Dowd (Lilith Dark), Leanne and Rod William Hannah (Blue Milk Special), you will be sorry if you miss this event. I even heard that Raven Warren Studios own Martin and Tiffany Brandt will be there. You know they worked on a little comic book we call Dead Future which was the inspiration for this site.
I will also be attending the convention, assisting at the RWS booth for the first part of the day and will be involved with volunteer work at the convention for the latter part. Please feel free to stop by and talk zombies with me!
The convention will also be hosting a day full of fun panels as well as costume contests for both kids and adults so come dressed in your super hero best!
Check out the Southern Maryland Comic Con’s website for more details and a list of all the Guests, Vendors, and Artists that will be there. The convention will be held at the Capitol Clubhouse at 3033 Waldorf Market Place from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for only $10.00 and children under 10 get in FOR FREE!
I hope to see everyone there!
Till Fate brings our Future…
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
October has come to an end and Halloween has passed us. But that doesn’t mean that the zombie fun has to end. If you look around you may find that there are loads of fun zombie stuff left to do. This time of year is great because lots of organizations will be trying to gather food for food drives the closer we come to Thanksgiving so you may find some zombie events that come around that you can participate in for just a small donation!
If you will be around Waldorf, MD this week teenagers will have a whole week of zombie fun coming at them. For Free! The Waldorf West Library is hosting Zombie Week with activities geared towards teenagers. See below for a list of the events and times. (Note: The Waldorf West Library does not endorse me or this blog. This is just an announcement of the event because I thought it was a cool thing that they are doing.) You can find out more by visiting the Charles County Public Library website at http://ccplonline.com/. I found the full listing of their Zombie Week events (and others) through their Schedule of Events Calendar. Be sure to check it out for more details!
Monday (11/4) 6PM-8PM: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Come see this awesome film for FREE. Directed by Zach Snyder, this is the tale of a group of brave individuals who become trapped in a mall when the world around them became overrun by the living dead. Based on the original story told by the legendary George A. Romero, this cautionary tale shows us all the value of putting aside our differences to work toward a common goal, enjoying the tast of bitter-sweet success, and ultimately, the dangers of what happens when you let your guard down.
Wednesday (11/6) 6PM – 8PM: How To Make A Zombie Survival Kit
Planning makes all the difference. The fine line between survival and zombie chow will be drawn by how well you are ready for the end. Learn how to make your own zombie survival kit before it’s too late. (Note: Kit may not be as shown)
Friday (11/8) 6PM – 8AM: Zombie Prom and Lock In
First I want to apologize to Shaun Blann. I was supposed to have his sketch for today’s blog post but I got caught up in Halloween, job interviews, and so on and so forth. He also won last week’s This or That post as well when he voiced his opinion for Army Camo pants over leather pants. So I’m going to modify my original design to include both the shot gun and camo pants. Thanks for being patient Shaun and I’ll get your sketch done as soon as possible.
Now on to today’s really weird This or That.
Zombie survival sometimes takes a turn for the strange. When you ran out of bullets two towns ago, and you lost that machete to the chest of that last zombie, you have to improvise. Plan B may not be pretty, but you have no choice but to get the job done. In this case, the job is just about staying alive. So if you were in a zombie situation which would you rather have? A sleeping bag or a comforter?
Sure they both should keep you warm at night if paired with some type of barrier between you and the cold ground, and they both will take up about the same amount of space in your bag, but which would you prefer to have?
The Sleeping Bag
The choice for most campers. Its design traps in body heat and you will never accidentally pull off the covers and freeze your tush off. Most camping grade sleeping bags are cold rated, so when you purchase them you know which one will be appropriate for which weather. Some are even designed for below 0° temperatures. Because they were designed for camping and hiking the material is usually tough enough to survive long trips and the occasional bump or scrape, so they are tear resistant (at least the good ones are). Some bags are designed so you can open them up completely, turning them into a large blanket if need be. Thus those bags can get hung up to act as a privacy screen, or can get set up with some sticks to insulate you from the hot sun. A sleeping bag should only really get dirty on the outside, making it easy to clean off if it get’s dusty or dirty, and if you get a water proof bag, you can jump right on in as cleaning the outside should not prevent you from being warm and dry on the inside.
Let’s look past all this shall we? Let’s say you’re snug as a bug in your sack, and your camp is attacked by zombies. First, the watch guard better be eaten, or your going to kill him. But second your wrapped up like a brain burrito and the zombies are already falling on your tent. Your arms are trapped inside and getting up to run is out of the question. That’s one thing to consider here. Another thing would be “How am I going to use this as a weapon?”
It would be humorous if you could fit it over the head of a zombie, wrapping it up in a cocoon. Guaranteed escape, just remember to take a picture for posterity, because no one will believe that story. More likely you could use it as sort of a wrap mat, providing a shield between you and the zed so you can push him to the ground. Maybe you can boot stomp him at that point, only you just stepped out of your sleeping bag so you probably don’t have your boots on yet. Better just to take those seconds you bought yourself while the zombie is struggling with the sleeping bag to put on your boots and high tail it out of there.
If you don’t have a sleeping bag, grab one of these before you hit the road. They may not do as well in keeping the cold out, but it should work to keep you from freezing to death if used in the right conditions. This solution is big enough to share, but can be used by single occupants as well. Another advantage is there is no burrito factor (unless that’s how you sleep anyway), so getting out of bed at a moment’s notice is much easier.
A comforter would have the other advantages and uses I gave for the sleeping bag. It’s shape and size can make it easy for it to be used as a privacy screen or a make shift sun guard. But we will start going into some disadvantages for this equipment now. First, because of it’s design, it’s going to be harder to keep clean. A comforter will need a complete soak and scrub to get clean as it will get dirty on both sides. It’s materials will make it hard to stay clean in camping conditions and it will require a long time of drying before it can be used again. Also because comforters were not designed to be used for camping or hiking, the materials make it easier to tear or rip. This doesn’t mean your average zombie will go through it like toilet paper, but it does mean it may not have as much longevity.
You would be able to use the comforter in the same way you would a sleeping bag as a weapon. Use it as a barrier between you and a zombie and tackle them to the ground. Here’s the difference however. You don’t HAVE to take your boots off to get covered up by a comforter. Sleeping with your boots on is not always recommended as it could lead to poor health conditions for your feet. BUT if you do sleep with your boots on, it’s curb stomping time. Of course… I would not use the comforter afterward, but that’s just me.
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Till Fate brings our Future…
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
Halloween. Many people love it as a chance to show off your spooky side. Some people are thrilled with being scared, and scarring others.
I personally never enjoyed being frightened. My fight or flight complex generally turns to flight unless I’m backed into a corner. So if you jump out at me, I will look like the fastest man alive. If you jump out at me in a haunted house, you will look like you went a round with Mike Tyson. So you might ask why I love zombies so much… that’s for another blog post. This one is why I love Halloween.
Most of us have fond memories of Trick-or-Treating as a kid. I enjoyed dressing up, no matter how lame it probably was. I remember one year going as a pizza delivery boy. That memory was both fond and sad for me. Sad because the costume was my dad’s Domino’s uniform that I got to wear halve of, my twin brother wore the other half. But it was also fond because that was the first Trick-or-Treating I can remember. It also happens to be the first time my dad took me out for Trick-or-Treating. I had to be like 4 at the time, and my dad had just married my mom when I was 3, so in a way it was kind of a bonding thing for us.
Fond memories and silly costumes aside… there is another reason Halloween will be the best holiday in my mind. It has to do with the origins of Halloween. Halloween originates back to the times before Christianity started taking over the European continent. At that time there were many feasts and festivals that happened at this time of year. Romans celebrated their harvest feast of Pomona (dedicated to the goddess of fruits and seeds). The Romans also celebrated Parentalia, a nine day festival held to honor the dead, especially of family and friends.
The Celtic regions had Samhain which marked the end of summer and the start of their new year. Samhain is regarded as the true influence for Halloween and many of it’s traditions we follow today. It is the day that the veil between the spirit world and our world is the thinnest and it is said that fairies, and ghosts come into our world and play tricks or visit the homes of their relatives. Prayers and offerings were given to the dead to protect their homes and their crops. A big bonfire was customary to ward off tricksters and push back the oncoming cold and dark of winter. The children of the villages would take ash from the bonfire and cover their faces to look like spirits, and then go door to door asking for food. If a family welcomed them they would be blessed with good fortune. If however they turned them away they were destined to have bad luck.
When Christianity spread it’s influence over Europe, the traditions of local people started to migrate into the festivals and holidays of Christianity. Some scholars suggest that these traditions were adapted because it was easier to convert people if you let them keep some of what they knew. To make Christianity seem more familiar they simply took the traditions and applied their own interpretation of what they should mean in correspondence to the Christianity beliefs. Thus a feast was created on the evening of the day before All Hallows Day (A.K.A. All Saints Day). The feast also included children who dressed in costume and went door to door asking for soul cakes.
The origin of Halloween traditions are still debated to this day however one can simply take a stance that to celebrate Halloween, however you choose to do so, is to celebrate history. It’s a chance to honor our deceased loved ones and carry on traditions set by centuries of generations passed. Halloween may have a new modern feel to it, but I always take a moment to look back and see the historical significance of it all.
And to this I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween tomorrow.
Till Fate brings our Future,
A.K.A. Penguin Prince