Ok, this is what I would file under the gimmicky zombie. Late in season 6 of the The Walking Dead we encountered a zombie who, when attacked, just sort of pinged metallically. He had died, apparently when a batch of molten metal landed on his head.
It makes sense that an accident at work like this could happen, or maybe he survived the initial days of the outbreak but was killed trying to do some metalwork on his own.
It’s the second time I can think of off the top of my head TWD has done this. There was another where a zombie had something, a metal rod, sticking out of it like the porcupine zombie I wrote about the other day. The survivor attacked only to be rebuffed with a resounding ping as metal hit metal.
So you’re not likely to encounter a lot of these guys in the end of days but it’s maybe a good reminder when going near factories or power plants that the nature of the environment you’re entering is likely to dictate the kinds of walkers you encounter.
Personally, I just love Metal and was delighted to have a zombie that was a true metalhead.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re taking down zombies left and right when your weapon suddenly gets jammed in the oncoming zombie. You pull and you tug but you just can’t get it free. With all the other zombies swarming towards you, you run off losing your pointy stick or whatever it was.
Hey, everyone has to cut and run some time but your beloved crowbar or pool stick is still out there somewhere, jammed in a zed head wandering about with it.
Some zombies will take a lot of hits and keep on going. This is especially true in the early days of an outbreak when people haven’t figured out they should be aiming for the head yet. So you might come across zombies that are riddled with bullet holes or stuck through with tons of weapons like sticks or arrows.
They can pose an extra threat in that they are harder to get close to just like a porcupine with its prickly spines sticking out all over. The best policy for dealing with them is to keep your distance and pop them in the head from there.
Catching up on the Walking Dead comics recently and was reminded of something from Max Brooks World War Z. In WW-Z there are people who aren’t actually dead, but run around like zombies trying to feed on the living. I don’t mean they are cannibals per se, but that they are humans who are acting like zombies. Maybe their minds snapped or they just like the idea of being zombies but they run about like the dead.
In TWD comics characters very like this were introduced recently, called whisperers. They carry knives and whisper to one another to keep quiet. But what’s special about these rotten bastards is that they wear the dead skin of other humans over them so that they look and smell like walkers. They move and blend in with the walkers. This isn’t so unlike what we’ve already seen with Rick and company covering themselves in dead muck to blend in. But living like that seems impossible to me. Who knows what we’ll see from the whisperers on TWD but I’m sure whatever it is won’t be fun.
(It never is.)
Note: I actually wasn’t sure how to classify these guys at first but I think the belong firmly in the survivors category. They aren’t really dead, just pretending. Like Bill Murray in Zombieland. They might look dead but they aren’t.
This one speaks for itself, don’t you think?
I’m off for the holidays and won’t be back till early January so until then, have a safe happy holiday season and do yourself a favor, unplug and unwind for a while.
Yeahhhhh, I’m gonna be that guy.
A little while back I signed up with the Line Creator’s market. If you’re not familiar with it, Line is a chat application where people use “stickers” alongside emoji to spice up their conversations. There are LOTS of different sticks and I made a set of zombies.
Actually when I say a little while back I mean over the summer (2014.) I signed up then with the intention of selling a set of zombie “stickers” during the Halloween holiday season.
After a VERY long time I FINALLY got a response from the people at Line saying that due to the similarity of this image to Elvis and another image that looked like MJ I wouldn’t be able to use their service with that set. Just in case there were any copyright questions.
I thought was fair and they invited me to resubmit my images with replacements which I did the same day as I had extra images in the set which I could easily use to replace the images that were in question. Unfortunately they never got back to me so I messaged them, and they never got back to me so I messaged them again and guess what? Thats right. They never got back to me. Pretty bad customer service department there. Eventually I cancelled the ticket and started a whole new submission.
So far it’s taken MONTHS for them to get back to me on my second submission. All in all it’s a pretty disappointing experience just to sell a small set of images in a market where Line takes 50% of the money made.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever get them out there but for now, I’ll share a few of the images though here.
Have you used the Line Creator’s Market?
How was your experience?
Did you have trouble getting a response?
I’d love to hear your experience.
A buddy of mine went to the beach the other day and had an amazing time. While I was busy working on my illustrations and getting groceries he was having fun in the sun with all the hotties on the beach. So this one is for him.
I’ve mentioned this zombie type before and called them beauties. More on that here.
But I was never really happy with the original illustration which you can see in the post I linked to above. So when I made this new image I just fell in love and new I had to use her for the “beauties” type of zombie.