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Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hope you enjoyed Monday's TOGM!

I have to say, I really enjoyed the drawing on this strip. I think that she definitely captured R.Z.'s mannerisms over these last two, and I've really enjoyed them...

We're getting very close to 100! #99 will pretty much give away what's going to happen in #100, but I'm still pretty excited about it!

It seems 100 will show up on Monday. Hmmmm.. Guess a cliffhanger wouldn't work as well as if it was the Thursday upload... Oh well!

We made hallowe'en sugar cookies tonight :) They are yummy!

Oh, and Hedgehogboy5 - We'll be sending the shirt via cheapest mail tomorrow ;) It'll get to you ... eventually ;D But I've got the time tomorrow, so it will be sent out!

Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Hi people, glad to see you back for another TOGM! I hope that you've had a great weekend, and I hope you had the kind of nice weather, such as the weather we enjoyed today! Crisp, cool and sunny autumn! My favourite time of year!

As far as TOGM goes, I wanted to say that for scenes with R.Z., I am so glad that I have a life-sized model to gather inspiration from. Yes, he's a year older than R.Z. now, different hairstyle (a mow hawk) .. He has a different tooth arrangement, where R.Z. is frozen in the state of missing his front two, and he's grown taller and thinner. But he is very much still the go-to kid when I want to get an idea on how to draw R.Z.'s facial expressions and body language.

I've been working ahead on strips #99 and #100, and boy oh boy, I think that you are in for a treat! I won't spoil anything, but I think that a lot of people are going to be happy with these ones. I'm not talking art-wise, I'm talking plot development. I can't wait! And, we co have something special to share, commemorating our 100th TOGM strip! Look for this in one week's time!

Not much to say on a personal level. Except that this fall weather has been making me start to cook, and get the urge to bake as it always does. On Thursday, while James had game night, I whipped up a very tasty chili! And today, I made a home cooked chicken and vegetable stew in my crock pot. I look forward to lunch tomorrow! I plan to make some loaves of pumpkin bread, because the girls at a community group that I attend have been asking me to try it. Sooooo goooood!
User comments:
Kevin edit delete reply
Kevin
Nailed R.Z. yet again both from writing and art. The comic keeps getting better, and it was good to begin with. Looking forward to #100!
bbedlam edit delete reply
bbedlam
Really well done strip. I like how RZ was playing with his food to start with. And it looks like he got a little on Beth, so she can at least get a bit of a taste too.
Demus (Guest) edit delete reply
I see R.Z. subscribes to the Garfield school of eating.
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
the taste of real brain might make Beth long for more, and she knows just where to get more
3.4 (Guest) edit delete reply
Turns out whoever I bit must've bit him (or so on down the line)- that or there's more brains in them thar hills! Either way, do the words toddler and ice cream pop into anyone elses heads? "Looks yuckky!" "Just try it"-"Whered it go?" "You swallowed it whole" "Can I have anodder one?"
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
The first guess for a comic (that is, in-continuity, at least) for 100 would be whether R.Z. becomes a 3 or not. However, there are other plot lines which can be explored... ;)
(At least two others, if not three.)

Also, presumably, you'll be doing something else special for the hundredth? ;) (Gotta love bonus pages. :P)
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
Yeah, I remember when I first tasted brains. They were all pinkish and wormy-looking...not appetizing at all.

Boy, was I ever surprised when I ate them! Tastiest things on the planet!

Attaboy, RZed! Forget the cutlery and just down it!
Ant (Guest) edit delete reply
Well its either a 3 R.Z or Beth goes back and gives John some Dessert (or makes him dessert). Still dont class Beth as a Zomb, more breathing impaired:P The page in the clinic of her going zomb, shuffling and asking John "dont you love me any more" still cracks me up when i think about it.


Autumn weather over here (The UK) been less of the crisp more of the soggy. Apart from yesterday where we actually saw daylight for a change.

Frosty edit delete reply
Frosty
OM NOM NOM NOM
Demus (Guest) edit delete reply
@Ant: I can think of at least one advantage to not having to breath ifyouknowwhatimean. xD
hedgehogboy5 edit delete reply
hedgehogboy5
Alrighty thanks Magravan I'll keep an eye out for it thanks so much
Wit (Guest) edit delete reply
Making a zombie kid with aims at world conquest smarter is always a good idea ;)
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
@Ant: whait, what did you see?
daylight is produced by the sun isn't it?
I was told the UK has been banned by the sun (or is it the other way round?)

southern people seeing snow for the first time is comparable to english people seeing sun for the first time ;)
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
can't wait for #100!
Ant (Guest) edit delete reply
@Demus, yeah i was thinking that after i posted actually (but was having to leg it out the door to work!)

@Hagelander. Daylight is indeed produced by the sun, considering its been as gray as those old brains (mmmm brains) pretty much for weeks i am beginning to wonder.

And the Sun (as in the sleaze tabloid so called national newspaper over here) pretty much bans or unbans anything it finds popular. Ususally read by 1's and 2's methinks.

Dont talk to me about snow, meant to be getting some here tomorrow, though might not down the south here yet but will be dropping below freezing already.

Besides what can i say we are a wierd bunch over here
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Wow... Lots of comments to wake up to today, thanks guys!

@Kevin - Thank you for the compliments :) I got an email about the Kotaku website and confirmed it, so my comment should show up eventually. I hope you get added as a Sunday comic!

@bbedlam - Thank you :) That was purely June's invention, which is why I always call her the co-creator, even if she insists she's just an illustrator :) But no, Beth's portion will go to him as well. Can you imagine how heartbroken she'd be if it was determined that he was on the cusp of 3 hood and she had eaten a bit, no matter how small, that might have gotten him there?

@Demus - I think that Garfield subscribes to the excited kid method of eating :D

@Hagelander - Beth's not going to eat it.. Like you said, the taste might inspire more longing ;)

@3.4 - Wow, at this rate you're going to be a Six before Robert!

@ranger_brian_new - 99 will make it obvious what 100 is going to be about :) It's not R.Z. though, that's going to be something of a cliffhanger for now :) We'll be doing two special somethings.. First will be an extended strip, like we did for the 50th... The second thing will be a special feature that June's been working on :)

@Jrade - I think I'll stick with pizza :)

@Ant - I think that if anyone ever eats John, it will be at the end of a book with a cliff hanger ending... And at this point, I'm not sure where the story would go from there ;) UK weather has been weird lately, so I'm less inclined to say it's good, but if I recall correctly, you get less snow than Canada does most of the time, so ... Can't feel too bad for you ;)

@Ice the frosty cat - Damn right!

@Demus - Swimming? :P

@hedgehogboy5 - Congrats again on winning the contest, and thanks for showing up to the ustream :D

@Wit - Without a doubt! You want to make sure he has the brains to be more like the villain of Watchmen (The graphic novel, anyways... I don't think the movie version was as intelligent..) than James Bond / Old school Batman.

@Hagelander - When I visited the UK, the weather was nice :) Granted, it was late summer, but I'm pretty sure there was sun :)

@model S - Any particular reason? :)

@Ant - The UK has been having weird weather this past 2 years... El Nina ftw :)
Ant (Guest) edit delete reply
Its been wierd for at least last 10 years or more, one min they say its El nino then climate change blah blah blah, roll on the next day after tomorrow ice age i say and make mind up lol


Back to the comic though, personally i find this one of the most original and fun ones in a long time. Really good ideas and think you ought to tout the networks with the idea of a series :) hell if we have to put up with sparkly vamps and what nots then this is what we need to fill the gap to get some good undead back on the screen.

On other note, more i think about it, as he is pretty much the last human, and they are a new species, its less necrophilla and more necroiwannafeelya...go on John you know you wanna!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I think that I would rather get the story finished before I considered anything other than just self-published books.. Mainly because I've heard all the horror stories about people with money getting their hands on the stories and treating them like a 2 dollar prostitute...

At least if I finish and THEN it gets made into something, then people will hopefully say "The comic is so much better" :P
Kitmit (Guest) edit delete reply
stupid question...does animal brains count in this comic? are there zombie animals? im just kinda curious, since I know people eat monkey brains in this day and age.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I'm going to say tenatively no, because at this point, I don't want talking animals in the story....
PixieSingsBass edit delete reply
PixieSingsBass
Y'know, the exchange between Beth and RZ reminds me of a number of exchanges between my son and I when he was a kid. "Oh I don't know, it looks kinda yucky... Hey this tastes delicious!" LOL
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Yeah, that's why I enjoyed writing it... You get to see the humanity, but it's offset by the fact that it's aged brains... Which I'm pretty sure that everyone else would think is gross...

Had this scene gone the other way, Beth would probably have said "That looks disgusting..." and not eaten it ;)

R.Z... He'll eat anything!
taltamir (Guest) edit delete reply
she makes such an adorable mother...

also, I hope he doesn't get too much of a taste for real brains...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
She does! And it doesn't really matter if he does get a taste for real brains, since John's not sharing his ;)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Well, then, there's John (bunker), Sylene (gone), or possibly one of the PSO's. ;)
As for John getting eaten, I can think of about half a dozen Deus Ex Machina's, but few which actually make that much sense. :P
(And I don't think anyone here is going to *patiently* be waiting for 100, Magravan. :P)
*Insert any word but patiently or a synonym thereof*ly waiting for 100! ;)
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
it's gonna be awsome, of course. well every update is awsome. but it's gonna be even more awsome!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@ranger_brian_new - Or possibly a new character... :P And yeah, I'm not thinking of any good reason...

@model S - lol.. No pressure.....
Ant (Guest) edit delete reply
Aged brains.....hmmm kinda like a mature wine or aged cheese

RZ will need some crackers with his brains, followed by slippers, pipe and comfy chair
3.4 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Magravan
I doubt it. Ive just been too clumsy to get any further. I think getting that little extra bit smarter helped me to avoid earlier goofs. Well, I hope R.Z. isn't too disappointed that there isn't any more but I'm happy for him and I hope he does make it to the big 3. I wonder if 6 is anything like godhood.
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
tho only 5 is already seen as a godlike zombie
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Ant - That would be a cute picture.. I could just picture him saying "Right, right" with an english accent ;)

@3.4 - 6 is basically Godhood, yes...

@Hagelander - 5 is like ... Paragon of Humanity. It's higher than any normal human, but a far cry from a God... Becoming a 6 would give someone the ability to go beyond what we expect for people, and become so attuned with the universe as to achieve something that we would consider divinity :)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
*cue Epileptic Trees and Wild Mass Guessing that John IS or WILL become a 6* :P
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
He'd be the dumbest 6 I've ever seen lol ;)

By the way, I did think of a way that is no more deus ex machina than any other part of this story, that John could get eaten and still remain a viable part of the story ;) Mwahahaha....
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
TOGM: The only viable Zombie Outbreak, as determined by Cracked!

www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html

(They actually know nothing about TOGM, but TOGM's zombies would manage to overcome all the threats that they mention!) :)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Nah, I don't think it. (Yet. :P) I was just mentioning it, 'cause knowing the nature of fans, it'll come up eventually. (And in the one in a million chance it's true, or the one in a billion chance you go "Sure, why not?", I can claim credit. :P)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
If he ever is / becomes a Six, you can take credit for it :P
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
my thoughts is that robert outsmarted the zombies and is human just like tohmas. and that's why he's the only 5 which makes tohmas a 5 which would upset robert because robert wants to be the only 5.
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
@Magravan - Some people treat two dollar prostitutes with respect and dignity. Maybe you'd get respectful, non-controlling network executives...


...who flew, via pig, over the ice-coated wastes of Hades on their way to work...

@Model S - Does John really strike you as Five material? I'm not even certain he understands what TOGM is, nevermind being able to formulate it from scratch...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - It's an interesting theory ;)

@Jrade - When we get those pig flying execs, I'd be too afraid of their unorthodox methods :)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
I've got it! Who the six will be! It'll be Beth, of course! I mean, think about it--she showed self-control and stopped after two! And she didn't eat John's brains, no matter what (so far), something unique for her kind! And to top it off, she's known for charity to Zombies! It sounds PERFECT! Nothing can blow holes in this logic!
(...It's kind-of hard to destroy what's not there. :P
This theory came to me recently, but of course, I don't really believe it. Another thing to claim credit for if it turned out true. :P)
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
@ranger_brian_new - No, wait a sec...you might be on to something...I can't remember where RZed came from...do we know?

If he was made by Beth, or Sylene, or Chad, (or any of their underlings) then when he eats the brains their [Brain points?] will go up as well (it's like a pyramid scam, remember?). Beth only turned Sylene and Chad, but the people they turned counted in her favour and made her a four, eventually.

Maybe Beth will become a Five? Or - horror to think - Chad? Maybe in the office of the current presiding Five, Mr. Robert?

If I ruined a surprise, you honestly could not believe how sorry I am.

@Magravan - If I ruined a surprise, you honestly could not believe how sorry I am.

Also, what if they're really smart pigs?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@ranger_brian_new - I ... see? Yeah, I don't see any logic I can follow there :) She's going to be a 6 because she refrains from eating brains?

@Jrade - Well, so long as you believe Beth, she's only eaten two people. And I'm pretty sure I've stated officially who those two people are somewhere... And neither of them are R.Z. ... So someone else ate him.

Brain Points totally fits in with the TOGM game I was planning ... lol :P That being said, the people above him would only get a small percentage of what he gets, so unless they were like an astronomical increase, they probably aren't likely to notice much... It would be like me telling you that through my magical formula, you've gained .25 of an IQ point. Are you going to be able to tell the difference?

And really smart pigs, you say? Are you talking about the flight method or the execs themselves? :P
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
@Magravan - If, for instance, Chad ate RZed, though...then both he and Beth would get some increase due to RZed's brain-eating, right?

Maybe Beth's only .25 BP away from levelling up!

Beth levelled up! Beth is now level 5! Beth learned "Formulate TOGM"!

I want a copy of that game.

The pigs designed jetpacks so they could achieve flight. The execs just took advantage of the pigs' brilliance.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Yes, that would be correct. However, both would get a smaller amount than if they ate the brains directly :)

And I was genuinely considering trying to code a TOGM game, but I don't know what a good program is to make games like that.. Maybe Flash, but I'm not sure... And I don't want to waste the time learning Flash only to find it doesn't do what I want...

The premise is that you're a One, and there are a variety of humans around. Some are armed, some are not... You would basically have to stalk an 'easy kill' as a One, and then you become a Two, at which point you can use basic tools and such to stalk them. Once you hit 3, you get access to things like guns and such, then 4s give you access to neat little twists like reprogramming an escalator so that it goes down instead of up and things like that... :)

I think it would be a lot of work, but it could be entertaining if done properly...

And I must admit, if some execs came to me having harnessed the power of those pigs, I would be inclined to agree with just about anything they said, so long as one of those pigs came as part of the signing bonus ;)
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
That sounds like an awesome game! I'll see if I can dig up anything good for that...

Hey, you're the one they're negotiating with - you can get whatever you want in the contract.
Brandon Maxis (Guest) edit delete reply
Thank you for not actually letting us SEE the brains being eaten as it preserved the joke.