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“zombie economy” question in Delaware Senate debate

The coverage of Senate debates on CSPAN2 is really awesome. Right now on TV is yesterday’s Delaware Senate Debate between Senator Chris Coons (D) and Kevin Wade (R).

Lindsay Hoffman asked Kevin Wade about his use of the phrase “zombie economy“, he affirmed his sentiments but did not repeat the phrase.

Also in this debate, a balanced budget is described as a “unicorn” and the sequester as an “elephant”.

(Also the hashtag was #DEDebates - ded!)

some recent zombie lies

Yesterday writing about the ideas of the Millenial Dead, mentioned issues of veracity and authenticity. In this post let’s revisit zombie lies. Recall Paul Krugman has been using it for years and Bill Maher recently made it a repeated sketch on his HBO show, that I mentioned in ZombieLaw’s 1000th post.

Maher used the term again on his show last week to refer to trickle down economics and global warming. See Daily Beast: “Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims” by Marlow Stern:

I was like, “Really? We’re going to trot out that old canard?” We did a bit on the show where we talked about Republican zombie-lies—that when Republicans tell lies, they just never die. Take “trickle-down economics.” Even after it’s been disproven, it just continues to live! And it’s like, “Really? You’re just going to give me the zombie-lie on global warming?”

Last week Krugman rephrased his ideological definitions in Truth Out: “Conservatives Revive the Canadian Fantasy“:

Josh Barro tells us in a recent New York Times article that conservatives are once again touting Canada as a role model, in particular using the country’s experience in the 1990s to claim that austerity is expansionary after all.

I think this qualifies as a “cockroach” idea (“zombie” ideas just keep shambling along, whereas sometimes you think you’ve gotten rid of cockroaches, but they keep coming back). I thought we had disposed of all this four years ago. But nooooo.

That doesn’t strike me as all that different but ok, it’s a shift in the timescale of the awareness of the ongoing problem. Recall the connection of zombies to insects, and particularly cockroaches.

Meanwhile in Media Matter: “Fox News Uses Abu Khattala Indictment To Resurrect Benghazi Video Zombie Lie” by Ellie Sandmeyer. The humor of this article is that it claims to call out Fox News but also has the Streisand effect by propagating the Benghazi zombie connection. What role will Benghazi have in 2018? When will Hillary announce she’s running?

In US News: “No Means No (Even in Politics)” by Susan Milligan about politicians who keep getting asked if they’re running and say ‘no’ but keep getting asked.

All of this recalls the old “Saturday Night Live” sketch where John McCain, playing himself, rejects every possible version of that “are you running?” question – including whether he would run in the future against a zombie Jimmy Carter:

If this were sexual politics it would be a scandal. Consent is a big topic for feminism and the modern idea that only ‘Yes means Yes’ is at odds with a political reality where ‘No’ doesn’t always mean ‘No’. Politics is itself a practice of negotiation and skilled negotiators simply will not take ‘no’ for an answer. Recall also the “Cosplay is Not Consent” sign from NYCC. And with ebola, a concern of experimental medications for indigenous Africans has been whether there is really an informed consent across the cultures.

How can there ever be informed consent when we are surrounded by zombie lies. We never really know what we are saying Yes to until after it happens. Sometimes there is a fine line between “Getting to Yes” (book by William Ury and Roger Fisher) and date rape, just as there is a fine line between cockroaches and zombies, comedy and news, or a riot about a movie and a terrorist attack on U.S. territory. Are they lies or just subtle differences of scale and awareness?

Millenials Love the Dead

Apologies, this is a long post, but the media has been questioning why “Walking Dead” season 5 premiere had such ratings dominance this past Sunday. Here’s some thoughts, and thoughts of the Millenial Generation, writ large.

AVclub: “The Walking Dead broke ratings records again” by By Sean O’Neal:

This year the debut of the AMC’s show fifth season pulled in 17.3 million viewers, which is around a million more viewers than watched the fourth season premiere, the last time it was breaking records. Some 11 million of those were adults 18 to 49, giving it an 8.7 rating in that demo—and putting it in the running to be the most-watched television anything of the week.

E!online: “The Walking Dead Premiere Breaks Ratings Records—Again!” by Chris Harnick:

“It’s a Dead man’s party. Who could ask for more?” Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement.

The Walking Dead is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing. Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?”

Time: “Why The Walking Dead Is So Brutal–and So Popular” by James Poniewozik (with a really neat javascript that blurs spoilers):

Extreme is the new mainstream… It used to be, in TV, that you had mainstream entertainment and then you had edgy entertainment. Mainstream hits, generally, offered familiarity and security… The Walking Dead, on the other hand, is a nightmare–which millions of people want to visit every week. So what gives? I see a few factors:

* Nothing is really mainstream anymore. You have to look at any ratings story today in the context of shrinking audiences generally.

* The youngs love their zombies! … viewers under 50–also known as the chief reason advertisers pay money for ads

* America loves dark. … truly ugly stories of sadistic, often sexually charged violence that imply we all live in a sick, sad world filled with predators.

* These are dark times. … an apocalyptic drama lets us face the end of the world once a week and live.

* Authenticity pays off. .. I haven’t always loved The Walking Dead as a drama–its characters can be one-note, and its ambitions as a character drama can get lost amid the kill-quotient-of-the-week. But I will say this for it: it freaking commits. It’s dedicated to showing the raw implications of its premise, … In an age of extremes, no one wants to settle for half-measures.

In response to the Time article, in BloombergView: “Millennials Are Living ‘The Walking Dead’” by Stephen L. Carter:

The show is true. Not the zombie business, but the coming collapse of authority. She and her friends don’t believe that the government will able to protect them if great disaster strikes. That disaster will strike is a given. When it does, she said, young people will have to look out for themselves

The Time article says we live in a dark age, but the deeper truth is that we live in a frightened age. Even if one believes, as some do, that things are getting better — that it’s a combination of media hype and the availability heuristic that makes people fearful — the concerns are nevertheless real.

young people in particular.

fewer than one out of five millennials believes that other people can generally be trusted, according to the Pew Research Center. (For baby boomers, the figure is 40 percent.)

No faith in government, no optimism about the future, no trust in other people. That’s what we’ve bequeathed to the young. Record viewership for “The Walking Dead”? The only surprise is that the ratings aren’t higher still.

Speaking of Millennials consider the article in Vanity Fair: “Generation Wuss” by Bret Easton Ellis. Ellis is also writer of the movie “The Canyons” which I have said I think is a movie with significant zombie themes, and also the movie “American Psycho”. In the Vanity Fair piece, Ellis wrote:

my reaction stems from the fact that I am looking at Millenials from the POV of a member of one of the most pessimistic and ironic generations that has ever roamed the earth—Generation X

Oh Gen-X’s pessimistic irony. The idea of being upset at the loss of authority makes no sense to those who have made irony their authority. The zombies of “Walking Dead” are not ironic zombies. They are actual fucking zombies. This is the bravado of some Millenials, see in AsiaOne: “From zombies to demon possession” by Alison De Souza of The Straits Times:

Graphic novelist Robert Kirkman may be singlehandedly responsible for the zombie revival in popular culture

“I can be cocky,” says Kirkman,

Singlehandedly! Ha! Just like Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, right? It is the return of Great Man narratives, an insistence on a master narrative where individuals act to do great things. But it’s always more than one person, a wild collaboration of all sorts of conscious and unconscious conceptual blending. Some Millennials are able to displace the irony and demand self-validation. They are able to appear as if to create themselves. But others are easily less successful or more easily deflated. The same phenomenon that creates these amazing individuals makes what Ellis sees as wussy. That’s the contradiction that propelled Michael Cera’s early career. But it’s hard to keeping acting as one coherent individual in a world of so many overlapping old dead symbols.

Vulture: “Why Do People Watch The Walking Dead? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered” by Margaret Lyons:

I cannot explain the popularity of The Walking Dead. I don’t get it at all.

Are people ultimately good? Does humanity crave society? What is the difference between consciousness and sentience?

if you tried it and it wasn’t for you, don’t feel compelled to take another look.

This is the attitude most people have towards those deep unanswerable questions of human nature. Some people enjoy indulging in these questions, others find them uncomfortable. And largely, people think it’s ok to ignore them if you don’t enjoy it. The zombie questions are for a cult academic audience only.

The Vulture article continues with answers to some other questions and the answer become somewhat related to zombies. One question is about the confusion of new media distribution models (see cable wars) and the difficulty finding shows on which service. The next question is about the limits of disbelief in watching unrealistic television:

Even if its entertaining, can you reconcile judging a show that basically purports to be realistic as great when it is totally unrealistic?

This is a common objection to zombie stories but Lyons points to how much non-reality some people are willing to accept in other TV drama:

I don’t think The Good Wife purports to be realistic about the practice of law, though, any more than in purports to be realistic about being set in Chicago when you can see the Empire State Building in the background and there are yellow cabs everywhere. It’s not that I don’t share your frustration — watching people with spaghetti arms do CPR on TV makes me want to cry into 10,000 Red Cross certifications — it’s just that so little of my enjoyment of shows relies on their ostensible veracity.

Is that applicable to other parts of real life too? Is truth and veracity not really as reliable as we may expect? Is there a better measure of reality? (consider zombie lies) Lyons continues:

Are there real emotions? Do people have coherent points of view — not ones you agree with or ones that are good necessarily, but consistent ones, at least? Do all the characters seem like they’re in the same world? Does it seem like the characters do things when they’re not onscreen? Do different characters have different voices, or do they all sound like variations on one writer? Does anyone make jokes?

Jokes are dangerous without a coherent frame of reference. Lyons concludes the Q&A article with a recommendation to watch one of the most wholesome zombie shows still around, suitable for all generations:

You seek Degrassi (sometimes known as Degrassi: The Next Generation). The show returns for its 14th season at the end of October, but there’s no real need to catch up on the previous hundreds of episodes.

Kirkman would suggest you check out his new show, see again the AsiaOne article cited above which quotes Robert Kirkman about future plans for a project about demons:

Zombies are not real and they’re never going to be real. But there is this phenomenon with demonic possession where there’s this huge number of people worldwide who actually believe this could be a real thing, and that makes it so much scarier and so much more tangible.

Haha, that’s funny that he said zombies aren’t real but demons could be. That’s smart marketing but what makes Kirkman think that? Has he sold his soul to a demon? Is that how he knows? Is that how he became the figurehead symbol of this cultural movement?

At 35 he is an elder Millenial or a baby Gen-X. It doesn’t matter. If zombies are not real then neither are generational differences. Except of course, zombies are real. Just like hippies, and freaks and geeks. Acclaimed psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asked in 1968, in Modern Times: “Are Hippies Real?” He concluded that regardless Hippies would affect the future. In 1978, Russell Baker suggested the freak was being replaced by the zombie. And not long after, the Millenials started being born.

Still, the question of authenticity in any of group is difficult. Modern authors have to spend a lot of time in public playing the part of the author (consider George RR Martin for “Game of Thrones”). Their appearance adds authenticity to the product, they are as much writers are they are actors (also consider again Brett Easton Ellis and the all those of the Gen-X poser irony camp). Some people find a way to appear as if existing in a state of flow (another Csikszentmihalyi concept) but like access to a network stream, flow doesn’t come cheap (Faustian bargains are more expensive than Comcast). Is it any wonder that many Millenials enjoy Anonymous? Otherwise like Harvey Milk, GoT Dead?

got dead

Yet despite the appeal of Anon, we cannot deny that we are people in bodies with histories. See this piece in io9: “We Are All Living Among the Dead” by Annalee Newitz. Newitz is dealing with some personal grief but let’s consider her thoughts more metaphorically. She is writing about dead people but consider the dead as all the symbols of language that surround us, all the old memes, and all the ways of interpreting and reinterpreting the world, she writes:

The longer you live, the more likely it is that your everyday life is inhabited by the dead. You see an old friend, who died last week, disappearing into a crowd. You hear your father, dead last year, cracking jokes you once loved. It’s like a zombie movie, only more melancholy — and with fewer obvious ways to survive.

I think our fantasies of zombies and ghosts are ways of explaining this feeling, this sense that the dead are still out there broadcasting and walking around. Just because someone has died doesn’t mean they don’t continue to shape our lives.

If only it were as easy to dispatch my sadness as it is to shoot a zombie straight through the eyes.

Hey you, out there — please stay alive with me. There are no zombies to fight. We only have each other.

Follow the Money – Halloween Debts Decorations Foreclosures

Halloween spending expected to hit $7.4 billion” By Lauren Cappuccio:

According to the National Retail Foundation’s annual Halloween Consumer Spending Survey, which polled 6,322 consumers, more than $7.4 billion will be spent with more than two-thirds, or 67.4 percent, saying they will buy a Halloween costume this year. The average person is expected to spend $77.52 this year on the holiday, compared to $75.03 last year, according to the survey.

Aside from costumes, it’s also decorations and that can lead to some community land use and free speech issues, see MyFoxPhilly about a house in Minnesota: “Halloween Decorations Cause Controversy In Minneapolis Neighborhood“:

Neighbor Monica Paquette is worried about the children in the community.

With no city ordinances banning the frightening Halloween props, the owners can keep their bloody decorations on display.

Speaking of zombie houses… FORECLOSURES see this Reuters story at The Fiscal Times: “The Foreclosure Nightmare That Won’t Go Away“, and at CNBC: “Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized“:

Using a legal tool known as a “deficiency judgment,” lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years, and sometimes decades, to come.

DSNews: “Zombie Foreclosures Result in Millions of Delinquent Tax Revenue Dollars” by Brian Honea:

zombie foreclosures, which are properties that have been deserted by their owners but are not yet owned by banks, so they sit in limbo.

Main Street: “Zombie Foreclosures Are Haunting Towns Across the United States” by Robert McGarvey:

Zombies suck the life out of nearby real estate.

Zombie foreclosures happen when a lender goes through all the steps of a foreclosure except for the last which is registering the deed that moves title from the borrower to the lender.
A zombie home is an eyesore, usually.

A zombie home is ugly, usually it’s a health hazard, and it may also be a fire trap.

the former owner long since fled the scene of a zombie home and even if he lives across town, typically he doesn’t have the money to repay the city.

So cash-strapped cities sit on their hands and watch zombie homes rot.

banks see no percentage in taking ownership of a home that needs repairs to be up to code and that will likely languish on the market for months, even years, meaning there will be thousands of dollars spent on upkeep. Even New York City has zombies. RealtyTrac numbers show 3,700 zombies in Queens and Long Island.

But we need to clarify this terminology. Zombie foreclosures are NOT always abandoned or blighted property. Abandoned homes are part of the problem for sure, and yes many homes were abandoned because the foreclosure crisis but some owners are still trying to negotiate with their bank. We have two separate (but related) problems, there are foreclosures and there are abandoned homes. And then a third issue we have blighted property but there are already ways for towns to seize or condemn blight using eminent domain. Abandoned homes present a set of problems that are not entirely the same as blight and could be prevented from going that far if steps could be taken earlier. But foreclosures is it’s own problem.

We need ways to force the banks to negotiate with the owners. Instead, the media’s zombie rhetoric is designed to make us think all these limbo foreclosures are blighted property and to blame the slow foreclosure process instead of the stubborn banks. The banks caused the crisis by using collateralized debt to fuel an illusory market. When their insurance-reinsurance schemes failed, we bailed them out with tax dollars. So why aren’t they passing that money to provide principle reductions on the non-performing loans? Reposition the owners so that they can afford to re-occupy and maintain their home or at least sell the home at a marketable price. The goal must be to put the assets back into the hands of the pre-crisis homeowners, not to help the banks foreclose faster.

It is tempting for struggling towns to want to help banks foreclose faster so that they can then charge the banks for the taxes and property maintenance. But this might have the possible effect of doubling down on the injustice against some of these homeowners. The banks were part of a conspiracy to defraud. There are people who want their homes back if the banks would negotiate. Unfortunately, the banks are not negotiating from the perspective of helping people who were hurt by the banks’ own actions, they are negotiating as if it’s just a regular refinance. That might be fair lending in ordinary circumstances but it’s unfair because it ignores the history. It ignores the banks own role in forcing these homeowners into default in the first place.

Let us never forget that economics is war. See in The Guardian: “What kind of ‘war games’ is George Osborne playing in Washington?“:

like a zombie survival thing? No, … It’s a multiplayer simulation of a transatlantic bank crisis.

Back to reality

Four days of Comic Con, it’s time to return to the real.

A zombie performer was accidentally killed when he was run over by the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus”, that real enough for you? See Daily News: “Washington man, 18, dressed as zombie, killed in Idaho corn maze attraction” by Joel Landau NBCnews: “Teen Role Player Killed by ‘Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus’ at Corn Maze“:

Jeremy T. McSpadden, 18, of Washington state, tripped and fell under the rear wheels of the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” as it slowly rolled through the “Incredible Corn Maze” in Hauser, Idaho …

“Many of the patrons believed it was just part of the ride,”

Meanwhile, an article in the Inquisitr mention that death and an: “Ohio Fire-Breather Burned While Performing At Halloween-Themed Event” about performer Ashley Keach:

Her first post about the incident was, “Big woops tonight.”

And, in other real horror this past week, see Arkansas Business: “Damage to Cotton Crop Now Estimated at 24k Acres” by Associated Press:

an estimated 24,000 acres of cotton crops were damaged by a recent hail storm.

Mississippi County Extension Staff Chairman Ray Benson says some farmers are “walking around like a zombie,” not knowing what to do.

I have no idea how this will effect cotton prices, which have been low recently. Cotton futures have been on a wild ride this decade:

Today in NY Post, Andrea Peyser reminds us: “The Department of Defense is prepared for a zombie attack” with references from ConPlan 8888 and CDC survival preparation materials.

And Missouri is offering free prep classes, see LakeExpo: “ Zombies in the woods: Conservation department uses the undead to teach survival skills“:

what if a zombie apocalypse really did occur and the world was taken over by evil creatures bent on destruction? Would you be ready? Do you have the skills to survive?

the naturalist staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can prepare you.

sign up for Survival Skills 101: Zombies!, being held at MDC’s August A. Memorial Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

But the 8888 plan may be too optimistic as regards zombie animals (particularly chicken zombies). See io9: “Even Animal Planet Is Making A Zombie TV Series Now” by Rob Bricken:

Animal Planet has announced that it’s optioned The Other Dead, the IDW comic book about a world where a zombie virus appears that only infects (non-human) animals.

It is an ongoing question of whether animals can be zombies because many people don’t believe animals have any kind of higher consciousness in the first place. However, in terms of a public health risk, a disease that could pass across multiple species would be very dangerous. And recall the plot of “Planet of the Apes” movies in which the apes are taken as pets after a plague wipes out the dogs and cats. But I also wonder what kind of corporate pressure Animal Planet must be facing, it’s a network of animal pictures in a world full of internet cat pictures. How well does Animal Planet stand to fair in the new TV business models? Would they survive if networks were unbundled so viewers didn’t have to buy a whole package? Is Animal Planet itself a zombie network?

Also, in legal news, see Inman: “Would you rather face RESPA-TILA disclosure rule, or zombie apocalypse?“:

The 1,888-page RESPA-TILA Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and taking effect next year “isn’t a brain-eating zombie,” but “it certainly feels like a monster.”

it will integrate information currently provided to consumers in four separate documents to satisfy the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), boiling it down to two documents: a loan estimate and closing disclosure.

respa-tila tila-respa zombie

Sometimes simplification isn’t simple at all. And whether you are hunting zombies or fireblowing, we want people to be aware of risk with suitable disclosure. So, consider this fair warning that pets may be involved in the apocalypse, be prepared (stock up on extra pet food, which should help sell ads on Animal Planet).

Finally, it seems that the “Zombie Pub Crawl 2014 Sets World Record“:

According to Zombie Pub Crawl organizers, the event – which had an official number of 15,458 zombies walking through the Warehouse District – set a Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as zombies.”

Bravo to them. The zombie meme just keeps spreading and getting more real.

Day Four: The circus closes #NYCC

I only went up for a few hours at the end. Even then I couldn’t resist buying more stuff. It’s like the greatest mall ever. Just so many pitches for great creative products, one after another after another. I have been so overstimulated for four days.

Here’s a “Monster Haiku” by Jason Deeble he said I could steal for the blog:

monster haiku social media

Perhaps I should have bought one of those portable batteries they were selling. If only they had a device that could store up human sleep. But another novel piece of technology actually being sold was a device to turn any object into an audio speaker (just connect it to the surface and the vibrations make the object into a speaker). There is some irony in selling this device that “turns anything into a speaker” at a convention full of artists struggling to sell their voice to people dressed for display.

More art: Dave Ryan’s Manticore Stencil Art is pretty cool. Some stickers from Your Faith Looks Familiar, the whole Comicosm from Ray Sumser, “Indestructible“, “The Red Baron“, “VUDOG“.

Also, though I don’t really understand anime pin-up digital art, there is something a little different, nontraditional and intriguing about Jazmin Ruotolo’s work in that genre. Now this is evidence that I have been walking around the Comic Con for too long when I can start to identify stylistic variations in this kind of art but there is something different about her ponies and pinups than the more more traditional, for example see the excellent work of Centimetre who had prints at the Con too (particularly this one and others like it). Centimetre’s prints are stunning modern updates on this genre but further emphasize the somewhat unusual nature of Ruotolo’s grittier work (grittier in a grit-glam sort of way).

Also there is some wonderful talent at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), their table gave a free portfolio book of amazing work from last year’s graduates and special shout-out to other prints from students: Gabrielle Gomez (particularly for the glowing longing of her characters’ eyes), Xvonge Wang (for her flower girl), and Kieran Judd (for colorful characters).

There are just so many ideas out there and even the most original stuff is subtle repeated variation of other stuff, and it’s all competing with each other but in a friendly way (recall Frombie, friendly zombies). There is an evolution of culture and the Convention is Petri dish.

Who will succeed who will fail? These questions that depend on much more than good writing, bold drawing or impressive colors. The booth location, the way you look, the way you pitch, sometimes the failures are legitimately better than the successes but that’s not just the luck of the dice roll, better luck next time. Sometimes the failures can become future gems.

At the close of the weekend the energy was rundown. The vendors were tired, the attendees were tired, the party was clearly over but no one really rushing to go home. Unlike the past three nights, it was still daylight out when we left Javits, a big difference on the vibe when the entire building is made of glass. It was like the lights were turned on bright for us to leave, but oh can’t we stay just a little longer in zombie consumerist fantasy land?

Day Three: again, again #NYCC

Got off to a slow start this morning, waited out the rain, but I did get back up to the Javits for a few more hours of New York Comic Con.

I went back to Eslinger Art and got two Wonderland prints (the rabbit and the march hare, no hatter because his third eye is scary), and that Green Lantern Rorshach! Yesterday I referred to the Rorshach concept of branding and today I read in the Leader Post a similar idea from yesterday’s: “Don’t dismiss it as a silly zombie show“, Alex Strachan of Postmedia News wrote:

The Walking Dead is many things to many people. To some, it’s a high octane adrenalin kick; to others, it’s an amorality play about our shared humanity. It’s a Rorschach test: We see what we want to see. It’s possible no two people will watch The Walking Dead the same way. One person will look and see Mad Max; another will look and see Canterbury Tales and Pilgrim’s Progress, set against the backdrop of a world gone mad, a dystopian future where technology has failed and nothing works. The Walking Dead asks the big questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?

I still think Eslinger’s Rorshachs epitomize the Con and the times. Read it how you will. The floating zombie brandname signifiers are everywhere.

At NYCC, many hot people with cosplay and many with zombie sores on their faces. A sort of ‘yes, I’m hot and hideous look at me’.

In the Press Telegram: “A semi-expert analysis of adults in Halloween costumes” by Josh Dulaney of Long Beach Press Telegram:

according to the National Retail Federation… a record two-thirds of Americans will buy costumes, and adults have gone super-creative, with the Top 5 in order being: witch, animal, Batman character, pirate, zombie.

Yeah, that sounds about right but if it’s NYCC we should add Deadpool, lots of various incarnations of Deadpool, and Spiderman, and Frozen, and video game armor and Wonder Woman, oh wonder woman…

TheSpec: “What is left unsaid” by Alex Good:

Strong emotion, of any sort, can be one’s undoing. Better to keep up appearances, to live life at the conventional rhythm, a rhythm described by the visionary story “Terminus” as “a mystery indeed … an aid to dissimulation, a guide to those who otherwise would not know how to act.” Marching to that rhythm may make you a zombie, but you’ll rue the day you break with it.

Frombies” are friendly zombies. Katrina Catizone draws hyperreal charcoal portraits. Adam Disbrow does expressionism. Aubrey Nolan, a child of the 90’s makes simplistic line drawings of the 80’s.

Some books: “Oxymoron“, “Dragonstorm“, “Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew“, “God the Dyslexic Dog“, Paint it Black Comics, “The Samurnauts“, “First Law of Mad Science” and drawn in to my new copy of “Dead Classic”:

See also the table for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

And I found dice! Three D20 acquired! Goal achieved.

One more day tomorrow. I really must try to spend no more money. But I sort of want the silver dice and maybe more issues of “High Fructose Zombies“.

Of course, the hungry homeless on the street would probably better benefit from my discarded dollars but these artists all seem so genuine. They are really noble in trying to create characters and build alternative worlds. It’s an amazing feat what these people do.


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