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21st Nov 2011, 1:00 AM
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Fanning the flames
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Magravan edit delete
Hey there, hope you guys had a great weekend! Mine was tiring, somewhat stressful and had a couple disappointing parts (Mainly plans with June not working out..), but overall, it was a great weekend...

Well, the Convention is over. It was great to see the people who came out for it, and I enjoyed myself a fair bit. I think that the people who attended enjoyed it for the most part as well... But I am sure glad that it's over. 17 or so hours of panels is a lot to worry about... :) If you want to check it out, most of them are posted at the uStream site.

We're getting closer to the end now, so we'll be bouncing between viewpoints a little faster now.. I'm not sure if it'll work this time, but I'm hoping that it'll ramp up the speed of the narrative a little bit to set up the final scenes... I don't think it'll work as well as the end of Book 2 worked, but I'm definitely interested in seeing how it goes.

I had two blue screens while trying to put this one together, and thankfully June stepped up and got it done. It seemed like that was the theme for the weekend: People stepping up and saving the day :)

Thanks to Clint Wolf of Zombie Ranch for being our special guest for the panel, as well as all the panelists who showed up, and those who took on extra duties to make things better. We only had to cancel 1 panel due to lack of panelists, so it was a pretty impressive feat on their part.

Have a great week, and we'll see you on Thursday!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Ouch, I see now that I drew Beth's neck weird in panel one. But I'm liking how she turned out in panel3! I also love Chad's face. It's an evil grin, for sure. I'm sorry that the security guard looks like Chad with darker skin. I'm using the same model as reference, and they just turn out looking a lot alike. :D
User comments:
MatthewJA edit delete reply
I think his face is about to be exploded

Also I think you'll find Chad is totally wrong if you catch my drift
FenBisher edit delete reply
You know Skrael you really are your worst critic... I find myself in awe at your drawing until you point out a flaw and i have to scroll back up to see it... Dont ruin it for me by ruining it for yourself...
Xenrin edit delete reply
I feel like I should counter each of MatthewJA's posts with Chad's face in panel 3...
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
please don't.
The gay Phantom pic is getting to be a drag as it is... don't add fuel to the fire :D

And Skrael.... what FenBisher said.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
Dooooo itttttt :D

e: Also @Skrael I felt like drawing a picture of you http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25894775/skrael.png
banelilith (Guest) edit delete reply
Chad so has it coming for him.
Thisguy (Guest) edit delete reply
Still loving beths hair, and yeah, Chad is a dick... I would so love to see Phantom vs Chad, and chad getting beat up by some sort of kung fu thing, I think Phantom would be capable of doing some sort of martial arts dont you?
Thisguy (Guest) edit delete reply
Also, dont worry if the bodies look the same, we all know chads body was produced as a top of the line tough guy body, the other guys is probably the same model, just with a different paint job :P ...sorry if that sounds racist, its really not meant to be
Thisguy (Guest) edit delete reply
yeah, 3rd comment
Also The other guy is smart enough to get a bigger shirt, think chad just wears smaller shorts to make himself look stronger? doesnt work, just makes him look like a doche
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Ooh could this be the start of Chad's Irredeemable Evil?
T.Gatto edit delete reply
Let them fight, then she could escape and add to the ensuing Chaos in the factory. ;)

If TOGM services get disrupted there will be some angry Zombies though!
DrJutFrigginKillThatGuy (Guest) edit delete reply
will my wish finaly come true? can you kill what is already dead? please find out :DDD
TanSpectra (Guest) edit delete reply
Hmm his pants seem to be tighter, does Chad now speek with squeeky voice?
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Only if he swallowed his squeaker....
ROFLMAO... I just pictured the puppet-version strip that Mag made, and combined it with the toy Penguin from Toy Story...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIVJ5MOlu2E (0:14)
I laughed my ass off.
Magravan edit delete reply
@MatthewJA - Whose face is about to be exploded?

@FenBisher - Haha! Yeah, I'm sure some people notice it, but I don't notice half the mistakes she picks up.

@MarshmallowGherkin - That's an arms race that can only end poorly ;P

@Muchacho NL - I second Muchacho NL seconding FenBisher.

@MatthewJA - I was going to say that it needed more bricks, but that's pretty awesome... Not sure how you got the video cameras in our house though...

@banelilith - I think I might be overdoing it to some degree, but I think that Chad is intentionally trying to agitate them... So the fact that he's ramping it up trying to get a reaction makes sense to me...

@Thisguy - I don't think Phantom would enjoy a Chad vs Phantom fight nearly as much as you think you would :)

Security Guard Guy has a similar body type, but it wouldn't be the same level. Chad's body would be a better model.

The other guy works as a Security Guard. It's not rocket science to have a properly sized uniform when that's your regular job. Chad lacks that, because his proper uniform is the PSO outfit ;)

@aok666 - It's been progressing to the point where he's going to have to make the decision which path he's going to take... And his crisis moment is coming up, though I'm not sure how quickly we'll see his choices afterward...

@T.Gatto - If TOGM services were disrupted, things would get very bad, very quickly... (Ohohoho, you can almost see the "Eventually this will happen..." there, can't you?)

@DrJutFriggenKillThatGuy - Haha, well, crack the cranium and it's certainly possible ;)

@TanSpectra - Maybe that's why he's so pissy lately :P

@Muchacho NL - Bwahaha.. You think I drew that Puppet Strip? Heck no! I can't draw even that good... That's the "June doesn't have enough time to do the strip properly due to ... whatever was going on that day" look... No, if I did it, it would look waaay more terrible.
Joobaloob56 (Guest) edit delete reply
Wow, it looks like Chad is trying to clench every single muscle in his body at the same time. No wonder he's such an ass, he needs to calm the heck down.
Magravan edit delete reply
I think it's working ;)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
I love it when my sons (4 and 6) do zombie drills. They lurch around and growl and will bite me if I do not pretend to shoot them in the heads. I'm just waiting for the call from the principal's office.

Earlier Today I was talking to a guy, who has an 18-month-old daughter, if you say Zombie to her she growls and slumps over in her car seat carrier, then pretends to bite at you until her dad says bang and she laughs and stops for a few seconds.

Does anyone else have Zombie kids out there, or should I have mine committed?

BTW @Magraven what you talking bout that the Phantom doesn't have secret Chad Stomping Ninja Skills? He's The Phantom, he probably hacked into Chad's chip, and after he mops the floor with him, using Kung Fu and Jujitsu, he will turn him off and punt his head into a TOGM vat! At least the Phantom I know and love would! ;)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
Also if Chad does beat up The Phanton, Sylene would definately scratch his eyes out, and eat them!

The Phanton is more than just a zombie, he is a legend, and a symbol, and can not be defeated! :|

Sorry for the long comments.
Magravan edit delete reply
@T.Gatto - That's just it... The Phantom isn't going to fight hand to hand. Chad would curb stomp him in a hand to hand fight, regardless of his potential ninja skills ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@T. Gatto: my sister's zombie impression is based on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4qTs3mGKQc This zombie is from the original (British) version of the TV series Being Human - she's a Welsh chav rugby-WAG, who was texting while driving and got her comeuppance. Not sure what category she counts as - mentally she's at about Sylene's level, but physically... well, watch the video.
Magravan edit delete reply
Categories are entirely based on functional ability :) If she's at Sylene's level mentally, she'd be a 3 regardless.

R.Z., for example, is a well maintained 2.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
I guess she's probably a Three then. Watch the episode (it's on YouTube) and decide - you and June are the bosses!
BTW, anyone know what "those drinks were DEAD" actually means? (though coming from a zombie, still utterly hilarious - Sasha the Welsh zombie chav can still get drunk, get a hangover the next morning and eat breakfast)
Magravan edit delete reply
At least a 3 ;) She could be a 4 under the effects of heavy alcohol :D

I went and watched (what I presume was) the next scene... It looked pretty entertaining... I think that we have a similar show here, but with different actors... A ghost, a werewolf and a vampire? I didn't really get into it too much, but that version looks pretty funny. Or at least that one character :D
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
I remember the TOGM New Year extra showing Sylene pretending to be drunk while John got stuck into the champagne, and everyone commenting that Sylene would be jealous of John's "better ability to fake drunkeness" (right down to the side-effects). Will John give himself away through drunkeness one day?
There's another clip on YouTube of what happens once Sasha has ended up inside the Being Human house (to stop the public seeing her - a "shouting p*ssed corpse on the doorstep", as one character terms her, does tend to attract attention) - it involves straighteners, thoughtless (drunken) insults and a lot of squelchy crunching as Sasha moves. And everybody else holding their noses...
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh you watched it while I was commenting! The US version is based on the UK, but isn't as good according to most people who've seen both. The UK show IS very funny (start at the beginning) as well as very dramatic sometimes. It's one of my favourites so I can't give an objective view, but I'd suggest giving it a go. Watch the first three episodes of Series One before making any decisions, because it takes a little while to get going (and get past the annoying guest in Episode 2 and on to Gilbert the 80s ghost).
The Phantom (Guest) edit delete reply
WTF I would to stop Chad into the ground with my Ninja Jujitsu Skills!

I just don't want to embarrass him to badly, so I'm giving him time to train more, or reconsider!
Chad (Guest) edit delete reply
If Magravan says you be getting a curb stomping phantom you be gettin a curb stomping :/
Sylene (Guest) edit delete reply
You better check yourself before you wreck yourself CHAD!
The Phantom (Guest) edit delete reply
Bring it Roid Boy, I've seen all 4 (or is it 5) Karate Kid movies, and Bruce Lee's Gardener is on my speed dial!

Magravan edit delete reply
@aok666 - I am not a huge TV person, do they have the episodes on the computer? I find that between people watching TV or playing on the video game systems, I don't go out of my way to watch TV very often (even at work, where we have a TV we can watch, I usually let my co-worker dictate the shows and just watch if it happens to pique my interest)

Aside from a few TV shows that I watch with June, that is. But even that I'm enjoying the company and the fact that we're doing something together, which helps :)

@The various characters - You guys are weird :P