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Page 48: Tired

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

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61 Responses to “Page 48: Tired”

  1. Sylvia Says:

    Oh noes… I hope this is leading where it looks like it is leading! heh, anways, love the comic, keep it up.

  2. OLLLie Says:

    is it right to put graphic sex scenes in a comic?

  3. Chris Says:

    subtle. I have no idea where this is going. :)

    I hope Murdo gets to live and Val doesn’t snap and kill him in her desire for fun filled bloodlust moments. That would be sad.

    The need for sleep for Math is interesting. in most literature, the blood would give a vampire energy and replace normal sleep requirements. Though this comic doesn’t follow the “normal guidelines” we are expecting for some reason I thought they would be able to go without sleep.

  4. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “in most literature, the blood would give a vampire energy and replace normal sleep requirements.”

    They’ve had far less blood than normal in the past month, though, and they’re trying to conserve the little that they currently have.

    Minor spoiler: No graphic sex scenes in this comic. No nudity even probably.

  5. Nate Says:

    Why is there a very lavish looking bed in a library? I would have assumed they were all kickin’ it refugee style and sleeping on mats, or cots at the very best.

  6. Jim Says:

    Go Murdo. You are my Hero.

    As for the bed, probably taken from her house or another house close by. They are at a school, so, it stands to reason there’s a town with useful furnishings and such nearby that they probably managed to scavenge and pick up to make thier stay at the school more comfy. They could be there a while, so… makes sense.

  7. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Jim has it right. They all live in the town, with their houses very nearby, but, as April says on Page 44, they decided to all move into the school to help each other out, for protection mostly, and they moved everything they needed into the school.

  8. Paul Cowan Says:

    Panel three, invisible sandwich!

  9. Mr. W x Says:

    Heh, “even probably.”

  10. Lil' Hanna Says:

    “Well, that’s my bed,” Classic. Esp. after a lovely convo about others getting busy, hahaha.

  11. Lydia Says:

    I love how Math handles the Murdo x Val thing.

    “They’re very close right now, to say the least.”

    Followed by..

    “Well, that’s my bed.”

    Smooth, real smooth.

  12. Euphoria Says:

    It would be so typical if they were just about to have some fun when everyone starts screaming and the alarms are raised =]

    Here’s hoping Val doesn’t kill Murdo, that would kinda ruin the vampire’s chances of gaining the human’s trust…

  13. Mewt Says:

    Lawl @ ‘InvisibleSandwich’.

    If we see Vampire/Hy00man action between Math and that lil’ runt, I’ll be so disappointed… It’d cheapen the characters… :/

  14. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Minor spoiler: Mewt will not be disappointed at all.

  15. Nara Says:

    I thought Val would think having sex with a human would be beneath her (since she sees them as nothing but food, i mean would you bonk a cow? I know there are some ppl that do that but its still a no no!) Of course Val was once human, whereas cow-bonkers were never cows.. so I guess that makes it different, but for a vamp who really doesn’t like humans to… 0_o oh well….. go Murdo! XD

  16. xeno Says:

    Very philosophical Nara :P

    Can’t wait to see what happens :)

  17. Yanson Says:

    I think that bitings are going to happen :P It would add some drama xD

  18. Nara Says:

    Hmm.. Murdo as a vamp… would be.. interesting.. i mean hes genuinely nice guy so hopefully that would carry through? It would be nice to have a vamp who actually cared about the people was saving, and the emotional complications him being turned into a vamp would create!
    Bovine Philosophy was my major in college ;)

  19. Bluefinger Says:

    Well, with Val, she may see humans as food, but what’s stopping her from playing a little with her food? I mean, she said it herself, she wants some fun before the end. So if Murdo is the only one to offer her some fun, then I think she’s the type to just say “to hell with it” and get on with it. Of course, it could introduce an interesting angle by which she could make things more complicated, just for her own entertainment.

  20. irish Says:

    It would be great if April wanted to get it on, and Math fell alseep on her instead.

  21. Sara Says:

    -Has a sneaky thought that Murdo is geting more action in one night then he has his entire life- Im not shure if he can keep up with her lol!

  22. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Minor spoiler: irish pretty much guessed it.

  23. Yanson Says:

    “minor spoiler” I love ‘em xD

  24. Bumtown Says:

    So, how does one become a Vampire in your mythos become a Vampire?

  25. Bumtown Says:

    *Sorry, was distracted. How does one become a Vampire in your Mythos?

  26. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Minor spoiler: You’ll see later.

  27. Brendon Says:

    “Minor Spoiler: You’ll see later.”
    Translation: Sorry, no more spoilers, you will just have to wait.

    I love/hate when people say nothing by saying something.
    Translation: Me being weird

  28. Courtney Says:

    It gets really annoying when you say “he could’ve done it a trillion ways, anyway he wanted” whenever someone asks how TFZ took over so fast, but I guess it gets really annoying that we keep asking, so that’s probably fair…

    It’s not fair though, with all the spoilers, if you don’t read the posts and things you might not really know what’s going on. You know and we know what’s going on, but it might make things more confusing as a movie. Here, you can say “yeah, I already said that,” but as a movie, if you don’t make sure it’s really mentioned, no one has any clue. But, to unnofficially quote you, everything’s always easier in the movie, isn’t it? :)

    I just read the last three or four pages and posts, and I wanted to comment that it’s obvious the zombies went underground and are now digging towards the school, because TFZ has something agains some person/people in the school, and when someone mentioned underground bunkers you said “it would be easy for them to just dig their way in, which we’d see later.” (another unnofficial quote :P )

    I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a vampire v. zombie action scene. I’m all for the action, but there’d better be some drama when we find out why TFZ is targeting them.

    I doubt they would yet, but do the vampires know TFZ’s targeting the school/town they’re in right now? They definately wouldn’t know if they didn’t know who TFZ is, so do they know at least who he is? They know what he is and how he came to be, but that’s probably all assumption because the vampires know what zombies are.

    I hope I’m not repeating questions that have already been answered. I think there were only like two or three pages a long while ago where I didn’t read all the posts, too.

  29. Courtney Says:

    I meant that I hope it doesn’t turn out to be JUST a vampire v. zombie action scene. :P sorry.

  30. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “It gets really annoying when you say ‘he could’ve done it a trillion ways, anyway he wanted’ whenever someone asks how TFZ took over so fast . . .”

    Why? I also gave tons of specific answers for how he could do it, but it’s obvious to anyone with a working brain that it would be extremely easy for him.

    “It’s not fair though, with all the spoilers, if you don’t read the posts and things you might not really know what’s going on.”

    Huh? Totally incorrect. All of this will obviously be explained at the appropriate time in the comic, you know, LOL. This is all just SPOILERS for LATER, because some people keep asking questions about things that they think are impossible because they’re too impatient to wait for later in the story when they’ll obviously be explained, and I respond and explain now because I don’t want people thinking that it’s a stupid story filled with errors, but I’ve still hidden lots of important aspects of it, all the most important parts. The issue of “How did TFZ take over the world?” is almost POINTLESS. It boggles the mind that so many people keep asking about it and very stupidly saying it’s impossible. Once again, it’s extremely easy and he could have done it in a trillion ways.

    “You know and we know what’s going on, but it might make things more confusing as a movie.”

    Nothing will be confusing in the movie and I don’t see anything as being confusing at all in the comics.

    “. . . but there’d better be some drama when we find out why TFZ is targeting them.”

    Targeting them? If he was targeting them, they would have died on the first day. As I’m 99% sure I’ve said before at least once, he’s PROTECTING them obviously, choosing to keep them alive longer than anyone else for some reason. I’ve also said that he’s testing them. And you’ll find out why he’s doing all this later on. He’ll tell you himself around Page 90.

    “I doubt they would yet, but do the vampires know TFZ’s targeting the school/town they’re in right now?”

    They have brains, so they’re guessing he or she is intentionally keeping the remaining people alive for a reason.

    “They definately wouldn’t know if they didn’t know who TFZ is, so do they know at least who he is?”

    Why would they definitely not know? When there’s only about 230 people left alive in the world and when these are the last 33 in America and when they know from the news that it’s very possible that the First Zombie was an American soldier from World War II, they must assume that he’s keeping this town alive for a reason. Also, no, they don’t know who he is.

  31. Courtney Says:

    It’s annoying because you say things like “anyone with a working brain” :(

    I don’t ever remember you say the word ‘protect’ in relation to TFZ and the town everything’s happening in. ‘Intentionally keep them alive,’ yeah, but keeping them alive doesn’t mean he’s protecting them, it just means he’s saving them for later.

    Why would I think they’ve good reason to think he’s an american soldier from WWII? I thought TFZ looked pretty much like every other zombie, except for the part where we know he came up from the ocean and was watching while Math and April were talking. We know he’s special, but why should news people?

    And I say you’re annoyed because you sound annoyed. In your entire post you sound annoyed that I bother asking such stupid questions. I love reading the comic and finding out all the cool plot details you’ve got, but I don’t really like reading your posts anymore because you always sound (to me) annoyed and tired of listening to us wearisome mortals act stupid. :(

  32. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I’m annoyed by almost everything related to LB, since I think I’ve done a horrible job with it, and I’ve said this same thing before in the comments too. Let me find it actually –

    Page 43: “That’s because I’ve been extremely disappointed with the book so far and think I’ve done a horrible job with the writing of it, so when people point out things that they think are errors but actually aren’t, it’s extra annoying, because it’s bad enough as it is without adding fake problems to it. If someone just said, ‘The writing sucks,’ I’d say, ‘I agree with you.’ But if someone says a specific problem which they’re wrong about, I’ll correct that.”

    And another one from Page 44: “I’m not getting bent out of shape about criticism AT ALL — I’m merely RESPONDING to people who are saying incorrect things and I’m saying what the actual situation is. It is annoying when people refuse to believe obvious things, though.”

    “Why would I think they’ve good reason to think he’s an american soldier from WWII?”

    Um, because of Page 5:
    http://www.lastblood.net/main/2007/01/03/murdo-and-grady/

    Which is one reason why everything’s easier in the movie, because you don’t have to remember over four months back to when you heard that on Page 5 — you just have to remember from 30 minutes ago.

    “We know he’s special, but why should news people?”

    Because he was the first reported case and the media looked at the timing of it and knew that this was the first reported case of a zombie like figure biting someone to death (undeath), so in those first however many hours/days before the news went off the air or the power went out (for everyone), the news focused a lot on him, trying to figure out how/why it started. They had pictures of him, I’m sure, and had surveillance cameras that picked him up at airports and such. Murdo saw these things in Aberdeen on their trips there in the first few days to get supplies, but Grady was too busy fighting people for supplies to notice apparently.

  33. Bluefinger Says:

    Don’t get disgruntled over stupid people finding your comic hard to grasp. People will be people, and if anything, can be likened to the zombies themselves when it comes to collective intelligence.

    Anyway, I like your comic, its interesting to read, and the artwork is good. I can’t fault it, and regardless what other’s say (unless you are a perfectionist), the comic is pretty solid. I mean… vampires having to protect humans from certain annihilation by zombies! How can anyone say no? ;)

  34. Courtney Says:

    ((“Why would I think they’ve good reason to think he’s an american soldier from WWII?”

    Um, because of Page 5:
    http://www.lastblood.net/main/2007/01/03/murdo-and-grady/))

    *I* know he is, I just meant the vampires. But thank you for clarifying about the news reports. You’re right, it’s really hard to remember because the comic’s stretched out much further. I have the same problem writing roleplays, because you can’t remember things that would have happened only seconds ago, but you wrote them days ago.

    I’m sorry you don’t like your story. Like I said, I’ve only skipped one or two pages of comments – that must have been one of them. I personally think it’s good, and that people only nitpick because we like it. But I don’t like being lumped in with all of the people that “refuse to believe obvious things” I don’t refuse to believe anything. I’d like to say any comment I’ve made has been about something no one’s mentioned yet that bothered me, except for when I was worried about your zombies-take-over-the-world timeframe, and you cleared that up with just an example of how it might have gone. I read a lot of things that unintelligent people write, so I make a habit of letting things slide when they only kinda make sense. I’m sure that’s not a reassuring thing to hear, but neither is “I’m OBVIOUSLY right and you’re OBVIOUSLY wrong,” which is what I hear from you a lot. I know you’ve thought a lot about this, so I’m not saying that you’re unintelligent by any means, though. Just that sometimes it would be easier if I were able to see into your brain, where all this thinking goes on. We’re not all mind readers. We don’t know your thoughts. Something obvious to you isn’t always obvious to everyone. Like that thing with the ‘group’ of zombies Math mentioned that some people thought was a group of humans? I knew it was zombies, but you can’t get mad at someone just because they were thinking along different lines than you were at the time.

  35. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “. . . unless you are a perfectionist . . .”

    I’m a huge perfectionist, which is horrible, and the reason why I’ve written almost nothing in the past seven years until finally doing these comics. I’ve had a very horrible case of writer’s block, mostly because I hated the first screenplay I wrote, which led to being even more of a perfectionist. I write extremely slow too. The main reason I’ve been able to get any writing done recently is because I’m working with artists and on deadlines, so I need to get them the scripts by certain times (which I sometimes even do!), so that forces me to actually write something, but it’s nowhere near as good as it would be if I wrote the whole thing first and then was able to go over that and do a second draft. I wish I could do that, but I’m not able to yet. The screenplays will be the second drafts, hopefully after the ideas have already sold to Hollywood.

    “*I* know he is, I just meant the vampires.”

    They also watched the news.

    “But I don’t like being lumped in with all of the people that ‘refuse to believe obvious things’ I don’t refuse to believe anything.”

    I’m not lumping anyone in with anything, just responding in general to everything. I’m horrible with names and I have no idea what you’ve specifically said. I rarely even look at the names. I don’t even know if this is the first page you’ve made comments on or the 20th. I just read and respond.

    “I’m sure that’s not a reassuring thing to hear, but neither is ‘I’m OBVIOUSLY right and you’re OBVIOUSLY wrong,’ which is what I hear from you a lot.”

    When it’s true, there’s nothing wrong with saying things like that. If someone said 2 + 2 is 5 and I said, “No, it’s obviously 4 and you’re obviously wrong,” what’s wrong with that? And what’s far worse is assuming things are incorrect when the story hasn’t even explained it yet but obviously will address it later. And again, I don’t know/remember if you’ve personally assumed things are incorrect are not.

    “Just that sometimes it would be easier if I were able to see into your brain, where all this thinking goes on.”

    When the entire graphic novel is done, THEN you’ll have seen into the brain. Some people like yourself keep wanting spoilers for things, and I’ve given many, often just to ward off false critcisms from people who can’t wait for the appropriate time in the story for the answers. The First Zombie will actually speak to current characters later on and you’ll learn a ton then.

    “We’re not all mind readers. We don’t know your thoughts.”

    Once again, the graphic novel is not done yet, is it? It will run about 104 pages and you’ll know everything important by then.

    “Like that thing with the ‘group’ of zombies Math mentioned that some people thought was a group of humans? I knew it was zombies, but you can’t get mad at someone just because they were thinking along different lines than you were at the time.”

    Please explain where I got “mad.” I’ll certainly call that a very obvious case, though. It’s obvious that it can’t be humans and it’s obvious that it’s not vampires and earlier in the story they’ve talked about “groups of zombies” often and Math also clearly acted like the group was a THREAT (saying that they’re 10 miles away, so “we’re fine”), so the only logical thing it could possibly be is zombies. It doesn’t matter either way, though. We’ll learn what he was talking about soon enough and see them. What I dislike is when people act like things are mistakes when they’re not, and some people act extremely sure about such things. Also, someone (Nara, I think) recently did catch an actual mistake that I made in a comment (not in the comics, but in a comment I made), and I totally fessed up to it.

  36. erik Says:

    Well you are doing a good work, It’s a captivating action filled story. I wonder if it will be more?

  37. Courtney Says:

    I’m a perfectionist with writing, too, so I know how you feel, I hate it when things turn out not to be what you want but you can’t fix it. It really makes you feel like you need to lower your standards or not write anything at all :(

    I’ve never assumed you’d made a mistake (but I guess I don’t mind you not knowing since you don’t pay attentiont to us and all :p lol) I just like to know what’s going on in people’s brains. I guess that’s why I can’t wait for you to finish the comic, so I can see into yours. 8)+)

    Yeah, the zombie thing Was obvious, when I read people asking about it, it was kinda like “what are you talking about, of course they’re zombies” I didn’t mean you got mad, either. I should have said ‘you can’t blame people’ instead.

  38. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “It really makes you feel like you need to lower your standards or not write anything at all . . .”

    That’s exactly the case and it’s very tough for me to actually force stuff out that I know could be a lot better, but oh well, better than nothing, I guess (hopefully). (The way it could be worse than nothing is if I would have actually got over my writer’s block eventually and then would have written these comics a ton better, and that would have been the difference between selling them for the big bucks and not selling them. But hopefully they’ll sell anyway.)

  39. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Thanks, erik.

    “It’s a captivating action filled story.”

    One of my main problems with it is that there hasn’t been nearly enough action, but I’m glad you’re liking it!

    “I wonder if it will be more?”

    More than just an action story, you mean? I hope so. Minor spoiler: I originally planned for April to be much more of a focus of the story and I wanted her to have a big relationship with Math, but that’s all gone to shit. Her character has turned out to be way too boring and pointless and there’s just not enough time to have a big love story there with all the other stuff going on, and with how brief of a time the story takes place in (shorter than I originally planned, for various reasons). But we’ll see what happens.

  40. Rob Says:

    I really am enjoying this comic, so first up: props for a great webcomic.
    However, I guess I got a few critiques which, although they aren’t quite harsh, do raise some issues for future comics and the movie…

    1) Why no nudity? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you emphasize the comic/movie on sex or gratuitous nudity. However, drawing people unclothed is a form of expression in itself and for visual learners like me (i.e. I understand concepts better when I see them rather then read about them) it makes the story so much more enjoyable. I’ll admit that in today’s media there is too much random (semi) nudity that has no correlation to plot or story, usually used as a sex-sells technique, which can sometimes make legit attempts of utilizing functional or artistic/meaningful nudity seem as ‘desperate’ or ‘perverted.’ As long as it serves a purpose in your art, comics, and movie, then I think it’ll allow you to tell the story correctly without forcing you to censor or omit things.

    2) Add a deeper sense of ‘science’ into the comic. Personally, when watching science fiction, I love when they add a scientific perspective instead of a whole “it just is” aspect. For example: they try to explain why an event happened via physical terms rather then completely ignoring it or letting the viewer use his imagination. Although the latter sometimes works, more often then not it leaves a feeling of frustration from the (confused) viewer. A relavent example: explain vampirism more in the comic, in terms of universal physical properties. Although the condition doesn’t exactly exist per se, use a model for the basis; vampire bats are the best one since they’re mammals and can sustain themselves by blood.

    3) The whole interspecial relationship concept. Can go 2 ways, although if you decide to seriously make this a movie and go against the idea of vampire-human relationship/mating then you might get the whole ‘political correctness’ crowd yelling at you for either being a bigot or racist. Pay no attention to them and do what you feel makes the story better, but from past experiences these things have happened before. Just a heads up.

    Anyways these are just my musings. Feel free to completely disregard them.

    /Rob

  41. Sleet Says:

    Hey. Love the comic, I’ve left a few comments before, too.
    I wouldn’t have posted this, but I have to say, I take exception to the frequent use of the word ‘obviously’ in the past couple comments.
    Nothing can be obvious to everyone. That’s why philosophers exist. I suppose some things seem obvious to everyone, but it’s pretty tough to understand that ‘obviously’ something will be explained later in the comic. I have no idea what you’re planning. If it weren’t for all the spoilers, it would be entirely possible that a nuke would be dropped on the town in the next comic. It would be pretty anticlimactic, yeah, and wouldn’t make much of a story, but it’s still within the realm of belief.
    However, you have made comments that indicate that turn of events isn’t too likely, but still, in the comic itself, it isn’t really obvious that anything’s going to be explained.
    “And what’s far worse is assuming things are incorrect when the story hasn’t even explained it yet but obviously will address it later.”
    That’s what I’m referring to.
    But.. I do like the comic itself, and I don’t mean to stress you out or get you riled up. I don’t think that it’s too terribly written, as you seem to, and you should probably stop ragging on yourself about it. You’re getting the story across, and people are constantly leaving positive comments about the comic. You say you’re just responding to people’s comments, but I think you’re only responding to the negative ones. Take some time and read through the positive ones, maybe? They are there, you know.
    Well, keep it up, after reading all the supposed ‘minor spoilers’, I’m interested in seeing what sorts of plot points you consider ‘major’.
    Keep up the good work.

  42. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Why no nudity?”

    There will definitely be nudity in the movie. I would have had some in the comic as well, especially with the big MATURE rating on the cover of the published books already (might as well take advantage of that and go for everything, I say), but Owen expressed some reservations about it. I’ll let him say why if he wants, but it’s no big deal. Certainly not a requirement for the comic.

    About #3: Murdo and Val will have sexual relations in the comic and in the movie. We’ll probably see more of that in the movie.

  43. Irish Says:

    We can have a big story! I’d be perfectly happy to have this continue on and on. I’d rather you take your time and clear up the little loose ends that exist than to try to fit it onto some timetable. Let the world adapt to your story, it’s been beautifully told thus far, just keep it going.

    … for me :)

  44. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “I take exception to the frequent use of the word ‘obviously’ in the past couple comments.”

    Yes, I’ve heard this before a lot, for many years. People for some reason hate my use of the word “obviously” and I do not care in any way that they dislike that. I’ll keep using it until the end of time.

    “Nothing can be obvious to everyone.”

    Well I’m not referring to everyone — only the ones with working brains. Many people, like zombies, don’t have working brains.

    “I suppose some things seem obvious to everyone, but it’s pretty tough to understand that ‘obviously’ something will be explained later in the comic.”

    Like what specifically? Many people have asked about the First Zombie and why he’s there and why he’s kept this town alive. Do you really think we’re going to lead off the comic with four pages focusing on the First Zombie and then see him periodically at the school, hiding, watching, and then have NO FOLLOW UP to that later to explain his story? It’s obvious to anyone with a working brain that his story will be explained later. If you’re angry at me for saying that, then I suggest you stop reading the comments.

    ” . . . in the comic itself, it isn’t really obvious that anything’s going to be explained.”

    I strongly disagree.

    “You say you’re just responding to people’s comments, but I think you’re only responding to the negative ones.”

    I respond to the ones that need responding to because someone asked a question or said something was wrong in the story that actually wasn’t wrong. Those types of things tend to come from the “negative” comments instead of the positive ones.

    “Take some time and read through the positive ones, maybe?”

    I read every comment.

    “I do like the comic itself . . .”

    Thanks. Glad you like it.

    “I don’t think that it’s too terribly written, as you seem to, and you should probably stop ragging on yourself about it.”

    My standards are very high. I believe I’ve also said that I think it’s probably better than any other zombie comics. And if I haven’t, well, I’ve said it now. I still think it should be a thousand times better, though.

    “Well, keep it up, after reading all the supposed ‘minor spoilers’, I’m interested in seeing what sorts of plot points you consider ‘major’.”

    Ha. There are some HUGE things I’ve left unspoiled, especially the gigantic thing at the end that will lead to the sequels. But there are a few gigantic things at the end actually.

  45. Jessica Says:

    Hi Bobby,

    I hope you get to read this comment and it doesn’t disappear from notice when the next comic is posted. I have a few things to say, so I apologize for the long-windedness of my first comment, but I’m a rambly type.

    First of all, I’ve been reading your comic for the past couple of weeks, and sort of skimmed the comments as I made my way through the archives. I’d just like to say I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a great concept, and I wish you luck with the movie. I’ll definitely be one of the first in line to watch it. Also, gorgeous art, Owen! I love the emotion in every panel. You’ve both made this world really easy to sink into.

    Now, I have a question that has nothing to do with this comic in particular, Bobby. Have you ever been part of any writers’ circles or other open critique groups/sessions? I’m just curious, because of the way you approach questions. I too am a slow writer, though not as much of a perfectionist as you, apparently, and I love it when people ask me questions which to me seem obvious. It makes me try to view the story from their angle. But then, I’ve generally been working with shorter works in those cases, so the questions generally don’t refer to things that will be explained later in the story. I guess that’s quite a large difference. As to your comments concerning your writing for this story — I don’t think it’s at all as terrible as you seem to feel. It’s a bit rushed, and I wish you had time to explore some of the subplots and relationships in greater depth. Any reason you’ve decided on only around 100 pages? But I think with the timeframe and space you’ve given it, you’ve done a great job. And hey, if you’re not happy with it, nothing’s set in stone. It’s your creation and your copyright after all. Even if it’s published, you can always do revised editions.

    Okay, this comment is more than long enough, but I have one more thing to add. Just a thought, but maybe people are so obsessed with questioning TFZ’s ability to eradicate humanity so quickly because it’s unsettling to think that their life could so easily and quickly be snuffed out, even in a fictional hypothetical. I know my first reaction was, “Whoa, that quickly? CANADA’s gone? But settlements in Nunavut are WAY more isolated than anything in the States…” and then I was trying to picture dominant wind patterns for dust filled with radiation to travel on, and really, what it was, is that I’m Canadian, and it’s upsetting to think that in this fictional world, I’d be gone. There I was, frowning at the screen, thinking, “What makes these people more out of the way and insignificant than me?” Silly as it is, it’s hard to accept that fictional-me would be dead. So go easy on these poor people recognizing their fictional mortality.

    Oh, and I think April’s an interesting character. So far, I feel the most warmth towards her and Math, followed by Murdo and maybe Mac.

    Thanks, guys, for putting this interesting world out there for me to think about. I look forward to your future updates.

  46. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Have you ever been part of any writers’ circles or other open critique groups/sessions?”

    I haven’t, no. I dislike such things.

    “Any reason you’ve decided on only around 100 pages?”

    Several reasons, but the main one is that I hoped to complete the entire graphic novel before filming the movie, with plans to film it by early October at the latest (before it gets too cold in South Dakota). I want to use the finished graphic novel to help raise funds for the film, and it would just be cool to have the whole thing on the set. It’s looking now, though, like it will be nearly impossible to film the movie myself this year and it may be pushed back to next April (if it doesn’t sell outright to Hollywood before then, which I’m hoping to do very soon). It’s far too late to actually now slow down the book, though, because the pace and flow has to stay consistent. The shorter the book is, the more it helps with selling “Last Blood” to Hollywood as well. They can’t see it as being too long for a horror movie, which usually run about 90 minutes. Various other reasons as well.

    “But I think with the timeframe and space you’ve given it, you’ve done a great job.”

    Thank you very much.

    “Even if it’s published, you can always do revised editions.”

    Well, that can be tricky and costly, and I wouldn’t care enough to do that anyway, especially if it didn’t sell in the first place. The screenplay will be key, though, assuming I ever find the motivation to do that (or if it’s bought and I’m attached to write the first draft, of course).

    “Oh, and I think April’s an interesting character. So far, I feel the most warmth towards her and Math, followed by Murdo and maybe Mac.”

    All right, cool. I pretty much only like Murdo, Grady and Mac. And Devian, I guess. The rest are super boring.

    “I look forward to your future updates.”

    Writing the next one right now, but I love taking excuses to stop working, so I decided to respond to your comment. Hopefully Owen won’t read this. I do type incredibly fast, though.

  47. Terry Says:

    Hi. This is only my second post, and the first one was on Marry Me, where I first realised you didn’t like Last Blood.

    I read your explanation, and almost all the comments on Last Blood (since I read them all in one go, I kind of skipped a couple of pages when the comments became too repetitive or boring :P ).

    So, I’d just like to say (since too I’m a writer and a language teacher, with a degree on literature, although I’m not from an English speaking country) that, yes, your perfectionism is distorting your perception a bit. I don’t mean this in a bad way, it kind of remembers me of a famous writer that would rewrite his “awful” stories everytime his publisher asked him to just check the mistakes on the first proofs. His stories are absolute genius, of course, but he always thought they were beneath his expectations.

    LB is good. It’s really good. At least so far. The lack of explanations is quite an incentive to expect great things ahead, in fact. If you start off with too much action, then you’re either writing about soldiers (or akin) or you just can’t handle the art of building up a story. I mean, if you’re going to kill off characters and want readers to feel sympathetic or happy (sadistic things, aren’t we :) ) towards them, you obviously have to let them grow – and that is especialy hard and usually happens during dead moments.

    Now, as for your dead actionless moments: they’re quite good. What’s happening with your story, right now, is that it’s building up. We know an attack must be impending (duh, these people are almost the last ones and they’re not aware they’re being protected by the enemy or anything, just by some sheer luck), but the low level threat is allowing the readers to just sit back a little. When the action returns, and I hope it will soon with a bang, we’ll jump right off from our seats.

    I know this won’t change what you think of it, but there: my two cents.

    Extra on the repetitive questions, either wrong or forceful: people should start to shake off the “immediate gratification” mentality that exists now-a-days. The best things are those that leave you on your toes because you want more. It’s like chocolate: if you never eat the amount you want, then you’ll always be dreaming for a chance to have more; whereas if you just eat it til you drop, you’ll get a stomachache and the magic is disrupted.

    Put your chocolate in your mouth and let it melt, slowly, deliciously: that’s how this story should be appreciated. (zen approach ;) )

    On the other hand, I don’t mean to say there shouldn’t be any questioning!! Hey, if you’re curious about details, go for it! Just try to *read* the story more intently instead of confusing it with your own wishes. It’s perfectly natural for a reader to make a story his, the moment he starts reading it, and reading things where there are none or vice-versa; but that can be a bit annoying for the author if he hasn’t even finished the story. Like Bobby keeps saying, later on it’ll be explained. Really, people: who likes a good suspense thing that gets explained straight on at the beginning!? o_O If it gets explained like that, I expect it to be debunked as the story moves on so that, in fact, you’re always on your toes trying to be one step ahead of the characters in trying to find out what’s going on!!

    Of course, I understand those who haven’t had the patience to read all or half the comments and ask silly or half silly things. They’re probably just tunning in and, excited about what they’ve read, they just want to know more and more.

    As for you, Bobby, I can also understand that you get annoyed on top of annoyed because of your relation to the story plus the repetitiveness in certain comments. But keep in mind that some (just some) are trying to offer constructive criticism. Even if you think they’re just reading too much (or too little) to the story. In some particular cases, I think there’s just been some misunderstandings on the way they express themselves or are understood.

    OK, this is way too long. I’ll continue some other day… and I’ll try to keep it up in less words. :P

    God, I j

  48. Terry Says:

    Oooops. Those last three words/lettters was something I forgot to erase…

  49. Penguin Says:

    …has much time passed since Val and Math first showed up? I’m kinda getting the impression that April’s day starts off with being horrified to the point of being violently ill (and physically violent) and ends with “I want to jump the bones of the supernatural being I shot earlier”. O_o

  50. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Penguin: All the same day so far. About 14 hours have passed since Math and Val showed up.

    Good stuff, Terry, thanks. I welcome comments like yours and Jessica’s — and all comments, really. I get annoyed at times, but almost everything annoys me in general, so it’s no big deal.

  51. Penguin Says:

    Hmm. Well, 14 hours is a pretty long day, I guess. Heheh.

  52. AD Says:

    I like April as a character! She’s interesting to me, you just need some time to develop her. I hope you don’t give up on her. It’s hard to establish certain things you want in a comic since the pacing can be slow. You’re trying to put a world of information in 47 pages. But you’re doing well.

  53. Brellchild Says:

    Read the comment above about ‘TFZ will explain it himself about pg xx’ and my brain just went TILT for a couple minutes there. To say the least that is going to be a *very* interesting conversation…

    Egad, a perfectionist writer who reads and responds to hordes of commentary from all these strange people who read his comic. I know that syndrome. I have been an avid player of tabletop Role-Playing games for a couple decades, and the best Gamemaster I know personally is exactly like the writer of this comic at times.

    Skins will thicken a bit as time goes on, it really is inevitable. As long as nobody gets to the point where they are arguing just to argue (or to be a pain in the arse) it will all work out in the end.

    Muses love perfectionists for a reason – the end product comes out so good.

    Keep up the excellent writing. I can’t wait to read it in hardcopy.

  54. Courtney Says:

    I wanted to say earlier, but forgot to, what with being so annoyed with Bobby for being annoyed : ) but I think it’ll be really cute that Math falls asleep. : )

  55. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Skins will thicken a bit as time goes on, it really is inevitable.”

    Ha, no problem there, although for some reason many people seem to think there is, just like people think I’m “defending myself” in these comments. Once again, not defending myself, just stating facts and correcting errors.

    “Muses love perfectionists for a reason – the end product comes out so good.”

    Find me one.

  56. Nara Says:

    Id like to back up Bobby by saying when I got confused about the underground zombies he was perfectly courteous with his explaination and I didn’t feel patronised at all.
    Maybe sometimes it just comes out wrong with other comments (although it is perfectly understandable to be annoyed when someone asks a question that has been answered two comments above or something – which happens alot-)
    If you’re confused about something its nice to ask diplomatically, rather than throwing accusations (alot of these misunderstandings start because someone makes a comment accusing Bobby about the story’s lack of coherence). In a regular comic or novel one would have to patiently wait till the end to find out the answers to all the mysteries presented in the story, you should only complain about plot holes if the story has ended and they havent been explained.

  57. Nara Says:

    AH HA!! so TFZ can still talk!!!!! that is going to be an exciting page :)
    Bobby Im sorry you hate LB so much, I read ALOT of webcomix and I like yours the best (Girl Genius after that) but I know the feeling, I hate almost all my art from the moment I finish it, I start annalysing and noting flaws that grow bigger and bigger. But I dont really see any flaws with your writing, so please accept that its not as bad as you think :)

  58. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “so TFZ can still talk!!!!!”

    We even bought a fancy new font for him in December, before the first page was even drawn. Looking forward to finally using that.

    Thanks for your comments, Nara.

    I also want to point out (which I think I’ve done several times already) that I think I’ve done a very good job on “Marry Me” and that it’s been written well so far. So I don’t just hate everything I do or anything like that. It’s tougher with “Last Blood” because, among many other reasons, everyone needs to be so sad all the time, since about seven billion people just died and the remaining characters are assuming they’ll die soon as well, knowing that humanity will go extinct with their deaths. It’s hard to not have them be boring, really, in a situation like that. But I can’t have them screaming with rage all the time, either, since they’re trying to be strong for the kids, keeping it a secret from them. Still, though, could have been written a ton better, and the screenplay will be hopefully.

  59. Mewt Says:

    Bobby!

    It’s Friday, and I lack a comic for my amusement.

    Do you want me to be emo and crying about my pup?! No?! Then get me a comic!

    *Sits in the corner* Mewt will be good now…

  60. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I got Owen the script too late for him to do it last night, but it should be coming within a few hours, I think.

  61. Tegu Says:

    THIS IS THE BEST PAGE SO FAR!

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