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9th Jan 2012, 1:00 AM
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He finally snaps.
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey there, I hope you had a great weekend!

Ahhhhh, second last page for this section... It's so cloooose! Someone is going to post most of the contents of the next page, so if you don't want to be spoiled, and haven't figured it out already, you might want to be wary of reading comments on this one ;)

I am tired! I'm looking forward to a decent sleep (I hope!) and then building dressers tomorrow... We thought they'd come pre-assembled, but it turns out that this was not the case.

Oh, in case you didn't realize, the title refers to RZ, who has clearly had enough. I guess Chad technically did as well, since he finally went for RZ, but he's been snapped for a long time. It's not like this is a big change of state for him.

I watched Memento (or at least portions of it) last night. It's good, because I love the fact that the Anterograde Amnesia seems to make the idea of John remembering skills without remembering his personal history a little more reasonable. From what I read on it, my ideas about John are rooted somewhat in science as opposed to just crap I made up ;D

Have a great week everyone, and we hope that you'll join us on Thursday for this chapter's finale. Oh, and go back one to see a fanart from Ryan C. if you missed it.
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Hello.
User comments:
Redifi (Guest) edit delete reply
Is it just me, or is RZ in panel 2 suddenly much bigger than usual? xP
Cyrian (Guest) edit delete reply
when I started reading this I did not think i would find this comic that thrilling. I want to know whats going on nect.
And: Beth's hair looks just amazing in the last panel. You have come a long way since the beginning.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
So why didn't Beth want to tell John that she was RZ's mum, back when he asked?
model S edit delete reply
model S
i'm not gonna post any guesses this time. but i want to say i like how you did R.Z.'s attitude in this, it's really fitting of him. i hope john doesn't get eaten.
PhilC edit delete reply
PhilC
Beth is beautiful when she's angry! She's actually pretty good looking all the time. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
@Phil: Beth is insanely hot no matter what her emotion, anger just makes her hotter.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
I officially nominate Chad for the Father of the year Award, his compassion and loving care knows no bounds. He is my Idol. ;)
BHurricane69 edit delete reply
I just discovered this amazing strip a couple of days ago purely by accident and I love it!! I have always been a big zombie fan and love the way you have gone with it, making them normal (if that could be the term used for intelligent undead that survive on tofu-brains). Sitting on the edge of my sea waiting for the next one! Thanks for all of the hard work you have put into this!
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
@bhurricane: welcome-to-the-horde.png (i don't have it on my phone sorry)

@June: we're making another pumpkin cheesecake! Gramma id helping this time! Thanks again for the recipie.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Dat Hair !! :D
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Redifi - I'm not sure... I'm assuming it was just an artistic choice. :)

@Cyrian - Well I'm glad that we surprised your low expectations :D

@aok666 - And why does RZ call her Beth? Hmmmm... ;)

@model S - Thanks, I'm glad you liked it :D Like I said, John's not going to get eaten for at least the next comic ;)

@PhilC - Of course she is! She's the best credits can buy :O

@model S - Ohohoho ;)

@T.Gatto - Wait... All this time you've been being sarcastic? :O

@BHurricane69 - Our pleasure ;) What's 'completely by accident'? I'm glad you're looking forward to the next strip, I hope it lives up to the hype :D

@model S - Yay cheesecake :D Now I want more cherry cheesecake :O

@Sheela - She's certainly getting her credits worth ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Magravan: oh come on, lots of kids call their parents by their first names. It's not much of an indicator about anything.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
it came out delicious. MWAHAHAHA!
Redifi (Guest) edit delete reply
@Magravan - When you say shes the best credits can buy, what exactly do you mean? Omg... THOSE ARE FAKE!?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - It's nothing spectacular, and I'll probably have Beth and RZ have a chat in the earlier parts of Book 4. I think it makes sense the way I've written it based on my understanding of the situation and the characters.

@model S - Awesome, glad you guys are enjoying the recipe ;D

@Redifi - Everyone's fake!
model S edit delete reply
model S
@redifi: those are not fake!! they're real. but her hair is more akin to a wig, and her eye color is contacts, the body parts are real, look at the arm Beth is messing with earlier. their bodies ARE real, as in not silicone or whatever.
PhilC edit delete reply
PhilC
Beth is a nice zombie and I would like her no matter what she looked like.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@model S: they're probably constructed like real ones for efficiency and ease of use, but out of artificial materials. No cells or anything. They're not living/ex-living tissue.
@Magravan: was it safer for RZ to act like he didn't remember, so that Chad wouldn't realise? I can actually picture high-Two Beth picking through rubble and hitting Ones with a baseball bat (haven't we all wanted to hit a teacher in the face at some point?) to find RZ, then taking him to the morgue/stealing freshly-killed humans from Ones and feeding RZ corpse brains (after all, Chad said she gave RZ brains, but she'd have mentioned if that involved killing people to do so... surely? Though what she won't do for herself, she might do for her son) and being all heartbroken when the brains ran out before she could get him up to a Three. Would Chad hate RZ less if RZ were a Three?
neon5162 (Guest) edit delete reply
anyone notice that rz his holding himself up using her hair in panel 2 does she have some strange female hair contraption in there or is there some so much spray in it that its a solid object now or is it alive and able to be controled by her thoughts that last one would be cool be all i can kill you with my hair
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - It depends on what you define as fake :)

@PhilC - Well that's nice of you to say :)

@aok666 - Chad would like RZ less if he were a Three, I think... His problem is more that RZ ended up with brains that he feel should have been his. And while he was busy carrying himself up the ladder, Beth was busy offering brains that could have gone to him to RZ...

Now, if RZ had earned his own brains and essentially pulled himself up by his brain-straps, and achieved Three status, he'd be a lot happier with him.

@neon5162 - It's like Spawn's cape ;)
Jandalman (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh man I'm getting ready to mentally que epic fight music when the next page comes out! To the artist, I absolutely love how your art style has evolved as the series went on. As someone previously said, Beth's look has become way more gorgeous. I Always had a thing for redheads but she looks like a warrior goddess in the last panel. I am a tad dissapointed that John got his butt whooped so easily though, but he's only human after all...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
A part of me wanted to make John do better against Chad... But he's just not ready to do that yet. There's a difference between knowing a thing and doing a thing...

He still has a lot to learn, about himself and the world.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Where DID Beth get brains for RZ? Did she actually kill people on his behalf, or did she go to morgues and steal from Ones and stuff?
EnterTheNameHere edit delete reply
Magravan:

AD amnesia - from my own experience, after concussion You can lose memory which You don't regain back. Also don't forget drugs, diseases, psychological disorders - posttraumatic (a.k.a. what the hell was he doing to me), or more sci-fi like messing with DNA.
Many many possibilities for an hidden plot(-;
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - From John, obviously :) ... OH wait, you meant before? :O Man, you don't want to leave me any mystery to expand on in the actual comic, do you? :)

@EnterTheNameHere - It's definitely an interesting mental disorder... Not quite as fascinating as Dissociative Identity Disorder to me, but still really intriguing...

I think that the concept of memory is such a well spring of ideas for writers and philosophers to play with. I mean, it's such a subjective, mutable thing. Who is to say that the way that you remember something is the way it actually happened? Even now, half the memories I have were probably broken down and rewritten to some degree so that it still makes sense, but it might not match the actual event at all...

Except for kicking my brother's butt in Street Fighter to the point where he broke controllers. That's definitely how that happened ;)
BHurricane69 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Magravan - my discovering of this strip is what was completely by accident. I was just browsing the web and saw T.O.G.M. and thought "What the hell is that?" and clicked. Now I'm as addicted to this strip as a zombie is to sweet, juicy, delicious brains....
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
You could have ended up on True Oracles of God's Ministries :P

There's also BenTOGM, who we are more okay with sharing the acronym with ;)
BHurricane69 edit delete reply
*shudders at the thought* I think I'll take my chances with the zombies
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
BenTOGM is cool though :) We chatted back and forth about how frustrating it was that the TOGM twitter was taken by someone who had used it once and never again over 2 years ago :/
BHurricane69 edit delete reply
Have you tried getting the people at twitter to clear it up? If it has been that long they may do it
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Nah... We've got Greymeat now, which works considering the greymeat.com link...
BHurricane69 edit delete reply
Fair enough then :oP