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Page 36: Principal Howard

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Mustache Man has a title and name (last name at least).

56 Responses to “Page 36: Principal Howard”

  1. Bric Says:

    Woot! Math is a bad ass. Principal Howard is a panzy. He’s all talk until he is actually confronted, then he cries like a little girl. Like the name, reminds me of my high school principal (he also had two first names). Keep up the great work.

    Bric

  2. Matt Says:

    It’s the quiet ones that you need to keep an eye on…

  3. MB Says:

    Hahaha ^^ funny page
    the 3rd panel is pure genius.

  4. Lil' Hanna Says:

    Hahaha, I love the turn to the audience! (though, now that I think about it, it might really be to April, haha)

  5. Brellchild Says:

    I like Math too. You can tell he was just waiting for that comment to come up. Heehee.

    Question for the eventual FAQ: While First Zombie could easily get islands and even surface navy with the aforementioned zombie paratroopers (Gah! What a concept) and a complete indifference to casualties, how the heck did he manage to get the atomic submarine fleets? Those people are supposed to be able to hide from their OWN navies, and (if I recall correctly) are designed and trained to survive even a full scale atomic war.

    Mind you, if any time one surfaced they got a MIRV on the area they wouldn’t last forever, but it’s still their mission to survive almost anything.

    Hmmm… First Zombie’s use of technology also covers one lingering question I had about why the survivor pockets didn’t have radio communication. If they broadcast they can be located – something that several pockets might have been tricked into doing during the ‘mop up’ phase.

    I expect the eventual Q&A session between the vampires and the locals will cover or at least reference a lot of this backstory.

    Pretty scary stuff. I’m just waiting now to find out First Zombie’s history. And if the zombies can reproduce as a race. Keep up the good work! I want to see this movie when it comes out!

    On a side note for friends of the genre: ’28 Days Later’ is getting a sequel called ’28 Weeks Later’ about the attempts to rebuild civilization after the zombies are gone… but are they really all gone?

  6. NickGXZ Says:

    Math suddenly has gained more of my respect.

    This vampire rules.

  7. Schon R Boll Says:

    So now he has a name……….. Must still die…… But Math get cooler and cooler ever time……….. I think some accidental pay back from Murdo and Grady for him leaving them…… That sounds like something good………

  8. Nara Says:

    i think this is very possibly my favourite page so far :)

  9. Dakini Says:

    Poor Principal Howard… he’s terrified and uncertain, and April’s mocking him instead of trying to help at all. And how peculiarly she’s behaving with Matheson! Has she not realized the vampires will require the humans to be breeding stock in order for them to survive? I doubt they’ll care much for individual rights if one of the women doesn’t really want to be pregnant almost all the time. Has April perhaps not considered that yet?

  10. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Has April perhaps not considered that yet?”

    Um, what’s better — having zombies eat you and/or turning into a zombie yourself . . . or having some babies and being very well taken care of? There is NO LOGICAL CHOICE other than to just trust in the vampires and do whatever they want, as I explained in a comment in the previous page –
    ————-
    Some of you also seem to be forgetting that the vampires already saved their butts and saved Grady and Murdo’s lives, and all the rest of them basically, when they showed up just in time to do what Mustache Man and the others wouldn’t — fight the zombies. Grady and Murdo were starting to get surrounded and needed help bad, and while Mustache Man was comfortably watching from inside a building, the vampires fought and saved the day. They showed superior strength as well, and April SHOT MATH IN THE CHEST and he didn’t even FLINCH, so that tells them that fighting the vampires would be pretty pointless, so what other choice do they have but to trust them? There is no other choice. It’s very stupid to do anything other than trust them and hope for the best. But there’s a lot of stupid people like Mustache Man.
    ————–

    ” . . . how the heck did he manage to get the atomic submarine fleets?”

    I’ve given a lot of spoilers, but who knows, I may also just be intentionally tricking you guys at times (rarely, though). Keep in mind that when the First Zombie was buried at sea he knew nothing about atomic submarine fleets, and perhaps it’s difficult to smell blood through a trillion pounds of water, among other things.

  11. Chris Says:

    though I imagine there aren’t that many submarine fleets after a nuklear war nor would their supplies last that long.\

    Math’s expressions in the 3rd and 6th panel are truely precious, I know he’s faking his love of humans but I could see those moments when could enjoy messing with the principal’s head.

    April is also acting interestingly around Math too, more comfortable probably since they at least opened up a bit between them. It will be interesting to see if Math can keep up the charade or will the facade crack and April be repulsed by his truer nature. Though I remember Math is supposed to develop some feelings for some of the humans as the plot goes on. Still, sometihng to look forward too.

  12. Chris Says:

    If the first zombie was buried before atomic subs(I hope we find out how long), much of the new technology should be very hard for him to learn how to use, especially in a month. Jets, boats, bombs should all be quite tricky and cost him tons of weapons and soldiers in accidents. Unless he can absorb the information from people or something…

  13. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Early World War II warfare and warfare knowledge is easily good enough to kick the shit out of Earth when you have a zombie army numbering in the billions which you control with your mind.

  14. MaxwellEdison Says:

    If his name is Principal Howard, is his first name Moe? I.E. Moe Howard of three stooges fame. Really both were pri**s who acted like they knew everything. Perhaps our M. (Mustache) Howard is a decendant?

    Also, he may have wet himself when Math touched him (vampire cooties!).

    Anyone else wondering when we’ll get to see some more of Mac’s escapades? I mean Math is cool, and we need to learn more about the situation at hand, but we’ve only had about two panels of Mac since he left.

    I’m also left wondering what TFZ’s motivation is beyond the death of all life and unlife on the Earth. What are the zombies going to do if they wipe out everyone? Stand there and rot? Crossword Puzzles (8 across: Blaaaaaaaarg)? Perhaps they’ll take up Origami.

  15. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Unfortunately we won’t see Mac again for a while. Gotta cram in a billion things in the next 20 pages so the cover image can take place before Issue #2 (Pages 35-56) ends. Mac’s story would make yet another good sequel, though, seeing exactly what he did in all this time.

    “What are the zombies going to do if they wipe out everyone? Stand there and rot?”

    They don’t care.  The First Zombie just wants to torture all the vampires, but he’s having conflicting thoughts now.

  16. Brellchild Says:

    Ahhhhgh! The writer admits he might be deliberately misleading us! ARRRGH! Is there nobody we can trust?

    O well. This is Hollywood – sort of.

    I did think that sequence looked like the end result of a Navy burial at sea. If he had dogtags that didn’t rust away from all the years of seawater (both in casket and walking) he couldn’t be from *too* far back, could he?

    Wouldn’t do this cluster of survivors too much good in any case. Isn’t this North Dakota? About as far as you can get from the ocean and still be on North America?

    Hmmm…. Navy wetsuits are watertight. Might cut the range they can be smelled at down to a fraction. Something to think about.

  17. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Isn’t this North Dakota? About as far as you can get from the ocean and still be on North America?”

    It’s South Dakota, but neither of the Dakotas are anywhere near as far away from the ocean as you can get and still be in North America. Tons of land past them — thousands of miles actually.

  18. Brellchild Says:

    Actually South Dakota pretty much *is* as far as you can get from seawater in North America. If you start drawing lines from the Atlantic coast, the Gulf coast, the Pacific coast and Hudson Bay you end up in the South Dakota area. Or possibly Nebraska/ Iowa…

    Of course ships can get up through the Great Lakes or the Mississippi River, but not with zombies everywhere.

  19. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Oh, my mistake. I thought you meant from the PACIFIC OCEAN specifically, from where the First Zombie showed up.

  20. Brellchild Says:

    Nah, I was talking more about potential Navy survivors from my previous message. If the town is in the middle of the continent, it would need a pretty darn good explanation to have them show up here. Not completely impossible – but it would be a real stretch.

  21. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Well, no need for them to actually show up at the school. It’s not like they could help much against a billion zombies. But just in general in terms of helping with blood and re-populating the species, more people is better and they could all meet up eventually probably. I’ll go ahead and give another spoiler, though: There aren’t any other survivors! I only said the thing about “Maybe I’m tricking you guys” for fun basically, in a feeble attempt to stop all the repeated questions about other survivors and people speculating on how other people might live. It’s really this simple: The First Zombie straight up murdered everybody on the fucking planet except for the 200 in Mexico which he’ll take care of shortly and the 33 in America, which he’s been keeping alive on purpose for the moment.

  22. Zyb Says:

    I WANT MORE

  23. MaxwellEdison Says:

    Well now we need T-Shirts

    TFZ Brute Squad
    Straight Up Murder the &%$#ing Planet

  24. Bobby Crosby Says:

    LOL.  That might be good actually.  It could say “THE FIRST ZOMBIE” at the top, then have a cool drawing of him, then below that it could say “STRAIGHT UP MURDERING THE FUCKING PLANET SINCE A MONTH AGO.”  Ha.

  25. MaxwellEdison Says:

    lastblood.net

    When your population absolutely, positively, has to be wiped out in about a month.

    On the back:
    Yes, even the people on the damned submarines.

    Get with owen, scribble something together and shill them to the unsuspecting masses. I’ll only take a small per-shirt royalty. . . say 80 cents on the dollar? :-Þ I keed, I keed.

  26. Tori Says:

    XD Oh well, no Italian goomba. That’s what I get for coming in late.

    I should definitely pull the “Can he [insert verb here]?” insult on my friends. It’s something I would say.

    Or at least call my friend George a vampire now, because he’s very condescending, especially towards my other friends. Once another friend was talking to me while George was next to me, and he leaned over and murmured, “She talks, yet she says nothing!”

    I’m only telling you this because it seems to be a good line for Math.

  27. Tori Says:

    And I will say this in my asshole of a friend’s defense:

    My other friend was making no sense the entire time she was talking.

  28. Colt Says:

    so you’re either tricking us or not, or not not tricking us. My head hurts now even worse than thinking about wiping out all the humans in only a month. I was hanging out on the thought that maybe there was someone, even only one person who at least made it up until I did my first post – but now I’m not so sure.

    I do have to mention though that the 6 billion zombie figure can’t be right, thats roughly the entire human race zombiefied, surely at least a portion of them were killed in the general panic or those quaint little bomb things meaning not quite 6 billion zombies (though still quite a lot of the little pests), or can zombies zombify dead as well as not yet dead?

  29. Colt Says:

    also if there are no other survivors why are the zombies doing what looks suspiciously like patroling for survivors a few comics back, or was that just aimless zombie shuffling?

  30. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Not tricking, no, but I’m still holding back several big spoilers.

    It’s around 6 billion zombies, maybe a little less. According to this site, the current population of the Earth is over 6.6 billion, and growing all the time obviously, close to 7 billion by the time the movie would come out. Anyway, it’s safe to say that 6 out of every 7 people were probably zombified, with only about a billion dying of other things, like nuclear bombs and such. And no, zombies can’t zombify people who died of other causes in this story. Also, keep in mind that it took way less than a month to kill almost everyone. I’d say 99% of people were killed or zombified within the first week, and then the last three weeks were spent finding all the well hidden survivors, mostly rich people.

    “also if there are no other survivors why are the zombies doing what looks suspiciously like patroling for survivors a few comics back, or was that just aimless zombie shuffling?”

    Not sure what you’re referring to exactly. Maybe that shot of Mac? Anyway, I don’t see how that can suspiciously look like patroling for survivors. They’re just walking. What else are they supposed to do? And keep in mind that there IS a survivor near those zombies, like five feet away from them (Mac)! With over 30 more about 50 miles away.

  31. Lydia Says:

    Why do I have a really bad feeling about that dog? I hope my plot senses are malfunctioning right now.

    Anyway, I really like this panel. Kinda starting to wonder where Val and that guy went to. Already got married, perhaps? In Oklahoma? :p

  32. Bobby Crosby Says:

    You’ll see Val very soon! Monday actually.  Also, edited your post to make “Oklahoma” a link to what you were referring to!

  33. Colt Says:

    Yup it was that comic with Mac hiding from the zombies I was refering to. Got what you mean about the population, those zombies must be efficient little guys, though I guess no matter what the zombies are gonna outnumber the humans by a tad at this point. Boy tfz sure knows how to hold a grudge.

    Just had another thought too, you mentioned there would be a happy ending (more or less) trouble is now I’m wondering happy for who? (insert ominous thunder sounds here) Can’t wait to find out.


    dial a zombie for all your humanity depopulating needs

  34. Vo Says:

    The T-shirt should have just a large pic of TFZ on the front, and the back should say,”I FUCKING murder people, becaue I care……”

  35. Brellchild Says:

    Waiting anxiously to find out why TFZ is screwing over the human race. Got to be a doozy at this rate.

    A week to kill of the majority is even scarier. Possible (I suppose) if TFZ has just the right set of zombie powers and knows exactly how they work. By the third day you have ‘people’ on every continent, and at least one in every really big population center like New York and Shanghai. After that they couldn’t stop you.

    So what happens if someone manages to kill TFZ for real?

  36. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “By the third day you have ‘people’ on every continent . . .”

    By the FIRST day you definitely have people (zombies) on every continent. As I’ve said many times before, it’s extremely easy to get these people on flights going everywhere. Just gotta give them a small bite before they board a plane, or bite a whole group of people in an airport bathroom or whatever and then control their minds to act like nothing happened and get on their various international flights. Within 18 hours or so there would be zombies on every continent. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if 99% of the population was dead/zombified within three days. Also, I was watching this news report on vaccines last night and it said that 125 million children alone were vaccinated in India on ONE DAY. If groups of doctors can give vaccinations to 125 million children in one day, just imagine what freaked out zombies can do.

  37. Brellchild Says:

    Ah. You just answered (probably again, sorry) a question I had. Since I had not gone deep into the archived comments from previous pages, I had missed any previous mention of how fast the spread hit except where you said something about the disease having a 24 hour incubation period.

    If the infectees were immediately under TFZ’s control then it really can’t be argued how fast the planet went to the crapper. Even if TFZ only found out about the mind control abilities when he took that first bite then it still works.

    Now you have me wondering if TFZ was a mutation or a genetic experiment of some sort. That is an astoundingly nasty set of abilities.

    Say… did you ever explain how TFZ became a vampire? Or would that be giving away too much?

  38. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “If the infectees were immediately under TFZ’s control . . .”

    I actually misspoke there, but it wouldn’t matter either way. They’re not under his control until they die and become zombies, but TFZ and some of the other people who he makes zombies from the start, like on the way to the airport (s) and such, could give many small bites to passengers about to board international flights, probably while in disguise, wearing hooded jackets and such to hide their deadness, and there you go, simple as that. And then, yes, if it’s not a fatal injury and just a regular bite, it takes about 24 hours to “die” from it and become a zombie. By that time their flights have landed all over the world and then it’s just a matter of time.

    “Now you have me wondering if TFZ was a mutation or a genetic experiment of some sort.”

    Um, neither — he was a blood starved vampire, as Math explains in the comic.

    “Say… did you ever explain how TFZ became a vampire?”

    You’ll see that later in the comic.

  39. DracoPsycho Says:

    Well, actually MM didn’t dignify Math with a response as he said earlier ;)

  40. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Ha, I didn’t even notice that aspect of it.

  41. Colt Says:

    Hmm, could some of the weaker willed people fall under the control of tfz while only mostly dead rather than all dead.

    also its good to hear a little of how your vampires work in this comic.

  42. Bric Says:

    How exactly is someone “mostly dead”? What are they doing, just holding on for true love and waiting for a miracle pill to bring them back?

    Incase anybody is wondering, all the above are refrences from the movie “The Princess Bride”. Specifically the Miracle Max sceen.

  43. Brellchild Says:

    Hmmm. Does that mean TFZ could make people he bit not notice they had been bitten? People are scared out of their minds about AIDS and such these days, so if they got bitten by a stranger they would generally have it checked out immediately. Some small percentage wouldn’t, and some would get on the plane anyhow, but if reports started spreading about strangers biting people the CDC (or equivalent for that country) would pull out all the stops trying to get the bitten people into the hospital for testing – doubly so if tourists were involved.

    Still wouldn’t help against a ‘disease’ this nasty, but with the current terrorism scares it can’t be discounted either. About all it does for the timeline is slow down the first day or two. You still have the shambling hordes in full force worldwide on Day Four, and the first hordes forming Day Three.

    The question about TFZ being an experiment/mutation was in reference to his set of abilities/powers. Since vampires have different sets of abilities I was assuming vampires that had ‘gone over the threshold’ had differing sets of powers as well. TFZ seems to have the perfect set of abilities to kill the planet, and that will strike some viewers as a stretch.

    If on the other hand TFZ was the result of someone’s deliberate attempt to create a Vampire of Mass Destruction…

    Braiiiinssss…. must… pick… braaaaiinnnssssss…..

    CSI: Zombie Armageddon. Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting installment!

  44. Northstar Says:

    LOL too funny! Thank you SO much for putting mustache man in his place Math!

  45. Owen Says:

    New page soon gang, I sent it to Bobby about six hours ago but he or Chris (the letterer) must be out/sleeping. Should be soon. It’s a sexy one.

  46. John Says:

    Though bringing up the point of disguized zombies biting people it could be very easy to wipe out the entire population quickly as you could keep on having newly dead zombies disquize themselves and go out biting people, the zombie population would spread exponentially before anyone actually knew that anything was going on (besides a rash of bitings and increasing missing person’s reports.)

  47. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Since vampires have different sets of abilities I was assuming vampires that had ‘gone over the threshold’ had differing sets of powers as well. TFZ seems to have the perfect set of abilities to kill the planet, and that will strike some viewers as a stretch.”

    I’m not sure what you mean exactly. He simply retained some of his vampire powers while also gaining the zombie powers after the 65 years of torture he went through.

  48. Outshined Says:

    ” Math’s expressions in the 3rd and 6th panel are truely precious, I know he’s faking his love of humans…”

    “It will be interesting to see if Math can keep up the charade or will the facade crack and April be repulsed by his truer nature. Though I remember Math is supposed to develop some feelings for some of the humans as the plot goes on.”

    What makes you think he’s faking? I don’t remember him expressing any genuine dislike for humans earlier in the comic.

  49. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “What makes you think he’s faking? I don’t remember him expressing any genuine dislike for humans earlier in the comic.”

    That’s because he was acting. I’ve explained this in a few comments and it will be explained in the comic itself starting with the next page (38).

    HERE YOU GO.

  50. Outshined Says:

    Ah, I must have missed the commentary. He had me fooled, anyway, haha.

  51. Wil Says:

    Hehe … this page is the answer to my question about the reflection in the mirror … ??? if yes … glad to have contributed to this comic ;-)

    This page is useful to avoid any ambiguity.

  52. Tegu Says:

    THIS IS THE BEST PAGE SO FAR!

  53. Mattz Says:

    Just a quick note: Maybe add a bead of sweat to Howard’s face in 3rd panel?

  54. Niach Says:

    I know Principal Howard is meant to be a prick (good name choice for him, by the way), but I can’t help but feel that Owen draws him rather sympathetically at times. The bastard must have a very violent death a’comin’.

  55. moe Says:

    Why howard that’s my last name. So im no better than some jackass principal. By the way I got the comic like a year ago and im late on the website

  56. Atan Says:

    ypu just made him more scared lol, I like him ^^

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