This week’s comic was directly inspired by reality. Let me explain.
A few night’s ago, around 12:30 am, Jim and I decided it would be a really great idea to go to this local cemetery I love and do some photography. There is a particular shot I needed of him that conveyed a ‘dig’ theme so we grabbed a shovel and headed out. Don’t worry, we weren’t going to dig anyone up or even remove a drop of soil. It simply seemed to be the best backdrop for what we had in mind.
Because we don’t have fancy battery powered lights and tend to do things ‘ghetto style’, lighting was an issue. We did, however, have a car and cars have headlights so it quickly became a non-issue. The lighting was so cool against the tombs, headstones and grass that we were completely enthralled and after we shot the potential website images we started shooting everything else. The car headlights proved to be an interesting light source. Even the blades of grass were fascinating lit in this fashion, particularly if you laid down and shot them in micro. Anyway, we had a blast and before we knew it, quite a lot of time had passed…like 2 hours or so. You see where this is heading, don’t you?
We packed up the car, piled in and turned the ignition key. Of course it wouldn’t engage seeing how we had just drained the battery of all life. The absurdity of having your car die in a cemetery wasn’t lost on us, nor was the potential fun of being stranded over night among the dead. I was seriously tickled and luckily Jim’s motto is ‘anything for adventure’ so we laughed and had a wonderful night ‘graveyard camping’.
It was only a little bit spooky tip toeing among headstones in search of a place to pee that wasn’t disrespectful of the decomposing folk resting there. It was just so dark and your eyes naturally wanted to play tricks on you. I definitely had a few brief moments of the heebie jeebies, but for the most part, my quickening heart rate was due to other events. 😉
The view from the car window, lying back was of black sky and stars framed by Spanish moss lined branches. Really lovely. I remember thinking that if I were the sort of person to be freaked out by this situation, focusing on that sky would be the way to go. So that’s how this week’s comic was born.
As for zombies, have you noticed how popular they are? Are zombies the new black? Maybe it’s more like they are the new vampire. Vampires will always be popular, of course, but for a number of years they were all the rage. I credit Anne Rice’s books and films for making making the general public vampire obsessed. People like me were born that way. Seriously, every Halloween I wanted to be Dracula. My brother would make fun of me because Dracula was a man, but I didn’t give a damn, I just wanted the cape, fangs and fake blood. Anyway, I could go on and on about vampires and how their image has evolved but we were talking about zombies!
Okay, here’s some zombie related news. This week in Myrtle Beach, SC there was a zombie walk fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. A number of cities in the US and UK have done this in the past and I think it’s great. What a totally fun way to raise money not to mention a totally achievable act for us slackers. I mean who can’t manage to slowly shuffle along undead style? It beats running in my book.
Here’s a great photo of the zombie walk:
Mine came back as:
Sultana of The Night
Nemesis of Gypsies
A traveller of travellers, of good humour but dangerous.
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