Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Or perhaps a Merry Zmas.

Over 140 zombies down and many more to go. Service will not be interrupted over the holiday period. Quite the opposite - I should be adding just a few festive zombies over the next few days.

Thanks as always to everyone who has stopped by to appreciate the horde. I hope you have a great Christmas/holiday/insert tradition here and a fantastic 2010.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

100 Days of Undead

Today, I posted the 100th zombie - Bob Umptious. Went for a very red background there and blogger doesn't compress that very well. Looks a little nasty.

100 shambling undead things. Their numbers grow and they show no sign of stopping. Well, that's zombies for you. That's their thing.


Well, that and eating flesh, shambling and groaning.


Thanks as always to everyone who has stopped by. And thanks to everyone who joined the Facebook page. There's 60 members there, which is fantastic. You guys don't outnumber the dead just yet but it's an impressive number.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


Although is happiness something we should be wishing one another on Halloween? I don't know.

I'm right in the middle of my little hospital zombie series on Too Many Zombies and really had a hard time deciding what to do for Halloween. Part of me wanted to do a special Halloween zombie, but then I didn't want to interrupt the flow of what I'm doing at the moment.

I eventually decided not to do any special seasonal zombies at all. And then, yesterday, changed my mind. So I have added Hector Hallows, a seasonal victim and yet, hopefully, one that fits with the current flow of undead. But, for numbering purposes, I'm not counting him in the general order and will do the same if I decide to do any other seasonal zombies.



I do hope you get to watch some good movies this Halloween. Sure, there's Halloween itself I guess but why not pull out a zombie classic? Day of the Dead, perhaps.

Or, if you're feeling truly masochistic, Fulci's (sort of) Zombi 3 (Zombie Flesh Eaters 2). I haven't watched that one in a while. Maybe it's time I went back to it. After all, who doesn't love the zombie head scene?

Anyway, whatever you watch, I hope you have a good Halloween! But don't let your guard down. The zombie apocalypse could happen at any time. The undead don't break for holidays.


One last thing. There's a stunning zombie a day blog that puts mine to shame, from artist Timo Grubing and you'll find it here. Timo finally made it to a full year of zombies. What a journey. If you've got some time, browse his archives. There's some amazing work there.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Zombieland

I finally got around to seeing Zombieland, the horror-comedy zombie movie with Woody Harrelson. Some have called it America's answer to Shaun Of The Dead.


And I guess it is.

It is the brash comic take on Zack Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead in the same way that Shaun Of The Dead was a far more subdued take on Romero's original slower and deeper Dawn Of The Dead. And, like the Dawn remake, it's actually best if comparisons are left behind because it's a whole other movie.

It's loud, funny and gory in places with a modest yet enjoyable helping of zombie violence. The characters, for the most part, are great with Woody Harrelson stealing the show as Tallahassee, zombie-killing redneck twinkie-fan. He managed to nab most of the good lines and, with the character, most of the good action and he does it well.


The actions of the two female leads are sometimes baffling and I'm not sure either of them thought through just about anything they did in the movie but I guess I can forgive that. And, while I'm in a forgiving mood, I need to forgive that the movie really dipped in the middle. For a while, it seemed like the zombies vanished. That made way for some more human revelations in the characters but this felt a little clumsy and they swept it all away quite quickly.


In a way, it felt like the filmmakers actually got a little embarrassed by touching on some more human emotions in the movie and they just didn't commit.


That left the film with a bit of a void where the heart should have been but it was made up for by an initially jarring appearance that very quickly won me over.

In terms of simply how the movie is made, well, it looks great. A special mention must go to the opening sequence, using ultra slow-motion to great effect. What I loved from then on was that the destruction and collapse of society was rarely forced. It just sat there in the background, each location telling a story. Very nicely done.

One thing worth mentioning is that the zombies run. I have issues with running zombies but I can get past that seeing as its origins seem to be more the Dawn remake than anything else.

And it all leads up to some nice zombie action towards the end and a pretty satisfying climax. And one that, in one particular way (which I won't mention), I think is absolutely unique in the genre.


Overall, I enjoyed it. This is a fun movie.


I'll award Zombieland 3.5 bites out of 5.

Monday, September 21, 2009

1-50: Who's your favourite?

Today, I hit zombie number 50.

Sure, it's less than two months but, for some reason, getting through 50 already seems like a landmark to me.

Only three-hundred and something left to go!

So, if you find yourself wandering around this little companion blog, what I want to know from you is this - out of the first 50 undead, have you any favourites? If you do, let me know in the comments.


Don't be shy! Who is your favourite?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Zombies Don't Run


POLL

Well, the latest poll on the Too Many Zombies site took me a little by surprise at first. You see, I was pretty sure there was only one correct answer. If it runs, is it a zombie?

Runs? Zombie? Of course not.

But... the first few votes were cast and they begged to differ. I saw several yes votes. That's odd, I thought. Something's not quite right there. Maybe I'm out of the loop. Maybe Zack Snyder beat George Romero over the head and the Dawn remake is now the definitive zombie epic. Who knows?

Little by little, the vote shifted. Normality was restored. And a sense of peace washed over me. 12 votes to 4. Zombies don't run.

Nice to finally have that sorted.



FACEBOOK

The Too Many Zombies Facebook page now has an overwhelming 6 members. 6 people can't be wrong, can they? So if you're thinking of joining it or are one of those 6 people, tell me what needs to be done with a Facebook page.


LAYERS AND BRUSHES

Layers, the app I've been using to create the little zombie pics, is giving me a pain in the ass at the moment. On my first gen Touch, it seems I'm having a real problem just opening the app and getting it to stay open. I think I may have too many images in progress for the app to load and it's just not stable enough to handle them. And, being on PC, there's no way for me to dump the full images off my device. I'm not sure what the status of the app is right now but, if you're using it too and having any problems, head here to the Layers site and ask for some help in an update so I'm not alone here!

In the meantime, however, Brushes has added layers functionality. I love Brushes and was using it for quite a while before Layers. So I may switch to Brushes. But the look is quite different, mainly due to the difference in brushes available. That image above was created in Brushes, not Layers, so you may see the difference.

I'm not sure what way that will swing.


Thanks again to everyone checking out the undead and passing on the page!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Polls, titles and updates...


The poll over at Too Many Zombies has ended. I wanted to know if you preferred the numbering system in place for the post titles or names. Or both. I thought, given the sheer amount of undead that will eventually make it here, a clear title system would help locate favourites.

Well the votes came in and it seems having both is the popular choice. So I'll be retitling the original posts and, from now on, using a new title system. I hope it all works well.
Another thing I'll be doing is adding categories for the labels and family names, in case particular types want to be found.

I set up a Too Many Zombies Facebook page here. I'm not much of a Facebooker to be honest so, if it's something that interests you, feel free to join up but also feel free to suggest anything you'd like to see on the page or let me know just what goes into a Facebook fan page.

Hope you're enjoying my little zombies!

Friday, August 28, 2009

About the Too Many Zombies Companion Blog

Welcome to the Too Many Zombies Companion Blog.

Why do I possibly need another blog? Well, it's just that, if there are things I want to mention about the blog, I don't want it going in between my collection of zombies. I want to keep the Too Many Zombies blog pure - it is simply one zombie after another.

So, if there's anything I need to mention, it will be here.

I don't expect it will need to be updated all that often but if there's anything you want to know about the Too Many Zombies blog, just ask in a comment and the answer will end up here.

But the first thing I just wanted to say is a big 'thank you' to everyone who has visited the blog and to those who passed it on to others. My little blog was featured on Drawn!, a fantastic illustration site with artists far greater than I will ever be and that brought a lot of people to my collection of the undead. But also horror fans have posted it on horror blogs too (I'll likely mention a few favourites in other posts) and that's just amazing - I'm hoping horror fans will get a real kick out of it and so the more the merrier.

So thanks to all the visitors!

If you've stumbled here by accident, the actual Too Many Zombies blog is here!