Zombie Fans Have a Place to Rest

We all know that your first stop in the zombie apocalypse is going to be the mall, the ZombieMall. Okay, okay, I want that to be the first place because I’m that full of myself, but let’s get serious for a moment..

Social Media has done much over the years in getting major information out. It would appear that Facebook and Twitter would be the leading sites for this. Instagram is heading up the charge (but I’ll be honest, I just can’t figure it out).

Okay, enough of that, what’s the point of this post?

Zombie Information on Social Media.

Sign in to your Facebook account and hit up this group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/zombieworld1

It’s run by a fine and friendly, zombie info slinging, group of people.

Trust me, you won’t be disappointed in what they have to offer.

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Ministry of Zombies Omega Man Desert Survival

Sean T. Page, Head of Ministry of Zombies – Author of the Haynes Zombie Survival Manual, Author of The Official Zombie Handbook (UK) , Author of War Against the Walking Dead, Author of MetaHorde, has run amok into the Sinai Desert. Why? The answer is pretty simple. Sean is a zombie survivalist. How many of you claim to be the same? Yes, I’m sure you have your gun loaded (your first mistake – guns are loud and attract more zombies), you probably have your water pellets on standby, and you probably have a “safe zone” that you think is zombie proof (your last mistake, nothing is zombie proof).

Sean, however, is the real deal. This guy seeks out places and situations and actively pits his body and mental prowess against the elements and surroundings in order to survive. Yes, they are lacking in zombies, but make no mistake here, he will have the one up on everyone because he is living the survival, not just thinking about how to.

About a year ago (the week of May 12th, 2013) he survived alone in a Cold War Bunker for 5 days. You can read his blog about it here (and watch some videos): Omega Man Blog

This year, he has travelled to the Sinai Desert for his 2nd Omega Man Blog.

Originally I wanted to wait for all of the videos to be posted, but as you guys know, sometimes I just cannot contain my secrets.

To check out what he has posted so far, check these out:

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 1 – The Sinai ( a quick overview of what Sean is doing )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 2 – The Bedouin ( Sean acclimating to the environment and a tour of his base camp, as well as mentions of several apocalyptic survival locations )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog – Mental Dancing! ( sometimes you simply have to keep your mind active to survive – those that watched the 1st Omega Man Blog will get this reference too)

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 3 – Mount Sinai ( near the top of the mountain – just watch out for donkeys )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog – An Oasis ( desert dryness, when you find water in the desert – drink it )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 4 – Ibrahims Garden ( dragonflies, moving plants, and true survival in the desert )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 5 – Camp Bastion ( how in the hell do you build a fire without any wood? ..and macaroni tea? )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog – Haunted Ruins ( amazing views )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 6 – Desert Dawn ( sunrise, cold nights, flies, and an unnerving fortress )

Omega Man Desert Survival Blog 7 – 7 Days Later ( cooperation )

I hope you enjoyed the tour as I did!

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Zombies in the Cold & How the Work: 4 Survival Tips

Zombie tips and Cold Temperatures. I realize the sound of the car is loud, I’m trying to figure out how to fix that with this new camera (gopro hero3+) while still being able to maintain a decent loudness for my vocals.

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Zombie Advice on Ice

Just a small bit of advice for you Zombie Apocalypsers out there during the winter season.
Sometimes I like to take walks and on this particular day I got to thinking about zombies and snow.
This is the result.

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Zombie Talk, Over Ice

Just a short random musing over Ice about Zombies.
To most, it won’t make any sense. And, yes, it is dark. Was shooting for some artsy lighting effects. It didn’t work out quite as planned..

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Sean T. Page’s Zombie Survival Manual – a review

I’ve been meaning to write a review for Sean T. Page’s Zombie Survival Manual for a couple of months now, but in my business this time of year gets to be very busy for me. Busy… That’s such a BS word.. busy.

Busy keeps us from doing what we really want, and in most instances need, to be doing. In the end, in the zombie apocalypse, busy gets boiled down to its most basic and simple task; survival.

The first zombie survival guide I read was Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide. It covered various topics and really set the benchmark for what other writers would attempt to convey with their own zombie survival guides in the years to come. The problem is, all of the zombie survival guides that came next were pretty much just regurgitated versions of what Max had previously done, and they weren’t that good.

A couple of months back my friend, Sean T. Page, from the Ministry of Zombies in London, sent me his own book on Zombie Survival.

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Zombie Survival From the dawn of time onwards (all variations) Owners’ Workshop Apocalypse Manual.

Let me state this right here and now; this book is beyond original. Whatever benchmark Max’s book set, this one sets a new standard. First off, it’s published by Haynes. Yes, the very same Haynes that publishes all of those car manuals for you do-it-yourselfer car mechanics. I speak from experience that my two Saturn cars and my Chevy van have had their lives extended by several years due to my Haynes vehicle manuals. I point that out only to express the amount of detail that is found within the covers of Sean’s book. Simply put.. The quality is beyond exceptional.
Ian Morres does the illustrations in this book. Take some time and look up his works; the guy is a master at Information Graphics. The illustrations in this book are, like the quality, beyond exceptional. I’m not talking about a couple of drawings scattered throughout the book, no sir. I’m talking about multiple detailed illustrations on pretty much every page. It’s a feast for the eyes.
The Content
What makes this Zombie Survival manual different? Sean presents the information in a very unique way. Most books read from beginning to end. You can certainly do that with this one, but you don’t have to. It is a manual after all, and as such you can open to almost any page and devour the content without it being out of context.
It covered such topics as what a zombie is, zombies in history, how to prepare your home to defend against a zombie attack, combat techniques and much more.
Towards the end of the manual are two exams.
The first is a basic exam. Passing it grants you the knowledge of knowing what to expect when the fit hits the shan.
The second is an advanced exam. This one is less of a pass/fail but rather is more of a … how will you measure up against the zombies and what type of survivor you will become (should you survive).
Both exams come with their own Ministry of Zombies certification document. Don’t cheat yourself; learn the lesson first by reading the manual, then take the exams. This is knowledge you really need to know.
I can’t rave enough about this manual.
Read it. Absorb it. Learn what you can from it to help you survive when the zombies begin to attack.
You can thank Sean later when you run into him, his vast knowledge of zombies and survival will save your skin, all you need to do is read this manual.
It can be found on Amazon here:
Zombie Survival Manual: From the dawn of time onwards (all variations)

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Blood Jam – the Smartest Stage Blood EVER

It’s not often that something comes across my desk that really blows my socks off.  I’ve seen pretty much everything in the horror industry.  Some of it has been flat out stupid, some of it pretty cool, some of it just okay, hell, I’ve even seen things that just simply cannot be unseen.  I understand that what I’ve just said is a pretty bold statement, but facts are facts.  My point is; it’s gotta be pretty damn wicked cool to impress me.

When I opened up a mysterious box from Gravity and Momentum the contents did just that, I was totally blown away by this product.

Blood Jam.

No, it’s not something you put onto your toast for breakfast (although you might could trick a vampire with it).  To the untrained eye it may appear to be just some simple stage blood.  But I knew better.  I knew that there was some deep other-worldly intelligence going on inside these vials.  What I held in my hand was the Smartest Stage Blood Ever.

What makes it so smart you ask?

Please allow me to quote a few of the other brands of stage blood that are out there..

“Like real blood this product will stain clothing and certain surfaces.”

“Please test for staining on clothing before applying.”

“only apply this blood to people, clothing you don’t mind having blood-stained.”

“May stain some fabrics; test before use.”

See the common thread there linking all stage blood together?  IT STAINS!

Blood Jam knows how to dodge and weave with mad ninja skills and it just refuses to stain!

I took a shirt from the closet (sadly the website shown on it is no longer around), and went to town with some of this Blood Jam…

bloodjam1First I wanted to check it’s look and consistency.  It’s thick and has a deep color.  It flows nicely, leaving a trail of blood behind.  A lot of other stage bloods will “bead up” and they end up making “dashes”  instead of lines of blood.  Blood Jam leaves a definite trail behind allowing you to drop a good amount on one spot and then “trail” it across your skin.

bloodjam2Next I splashed some into my palm to check out it’s “spreading” factor when very little is used.  It didn’t bead up at all, in fact it spread out and clumped giving it an uneven appearance, which is what you want.  Quite a few stage bloods out there spread evenly and just tend to look the same uniform color all over.  Blood tends to get darker in areas where there is more concentrated; and this Blood Jam does exactly that.

bloodjam3Next I went right for the shirt test, after all their website claims:

“It’s the only stage blood made with food grade ingredients that is safe for the mouth, eyes, and skin AND washes out of any fabric. (most with just hot water!…”

bloodjam4So here I went and started smearing it into my shirt, I mean I ground that Blood Jam into that fabric (Gildan 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester).  I dripped some more onto the shirt.  I even took the shirt and rubbed two sections together until it was bleeding from one side to the other.

bloodjam5But I didn’t stop there!

I was gonna call Gravity and Momentum’s bluff and let this shirt sit outside for a while before I even considered trying to wash it.

So there the shirt sat, in the sun, day after day.  There the shirt sat in the moon, night after night.  It probably wondered what it did to deserve such harsh treatment.  For two weeks I left it outside.

I kept wanting nature to rain down upon the shirt, but it never did.  Instead it just got up to a hot 105°F for a couple of days.  I went to check on it about a week in and saw that the Blood Jam was dry.  I mean this stuff was caked into the shirt.  The shirt was almost stiff because of it.

bloodjam6This morning I brought the shirt back into the house and tossed it into the washing machine, didn’t even give it soap.  In fact, I was gonna go totally against what the website said “most with just hot water!” and I used only cold water because I’m such a rebel like that! When the wash cycle was done I grabbed up the shirt, didn’t un-wad it to look and tossed it into the dryer.

What came out was.. just.. magic.  There was no stain what-so-ever on this shirt.  It was just as clean as the day I took it out of the closet.

bloodjam7Those in the industry will know how revolutionary this actually is.  That’s THE biggest problem with stage blood: the stains it leaves behind.  As I stated, this Blood Jam is simply the Smartest Stage Blood Ever!

Gravity and Momentum makes 3 different versions of stage blood.  Blood Jam, Blood Syrup, and Blood Caplets.

Blood Jam

Blood Jam is what it is; stage blood that does not stain.  It can be thinned with water if so desired.

Blood Syrup

Blood Syrup is exactly as it sounds; it’s the same product as the Blood Jam, it’s just oozier.

Blood Caplets

Blood Caplets is also the same product but in a powder form and placed inside a clear dissolvable capsule.  Designed to be used in the mouth, these are great for vampires and other mouth bleeding effects.

Armed with this cool product I had to ask the maker some questions..

ZM: What is the shelf-life of the product?  IE.. if I use some and store the rest in it’s container, how long will it last before it starts to chemically break down?

Greg: The shelf life is indefinite as long as it is not mixed with water. Over a very long period of time (over 6 months) the red dye will slowly start to brown a bit. All other components will be good to go however!

ZM: The Blood Jam; your website states that it needs to be disposed of after it’s been used, especially after it’s been mixed with water – that it has approximately 12 hours before it needs to be disposed of.  Why is this?  Is it because of the above; the chemicals will start to break down and separate and stand a chance at setting a stain?  or will tiny blob like creatures start to form and attempt to take over the world? what exactly will happen?

Greg: Tiny blob like creatures are the more likely scenario. The base ingredient is Corn Syrup, which is basically sugar. When water gets involved it becomes a very nice environment for life, especially if its been on the skin and picked up some stowaways. If you want to premix the blood for a show or event then its best to either freeze or refrigerate the mixture. I also use cheap vodka to thin out the blood when I need to premix for a show, nothing will grow in that! This would be unpleasant if it gets in the eyes but not necessarily catastrophic. Your best clue is smell (or gremlins). If it reeks then it has to go.

ZM: The caplets; with them being powder, how do they work?  Do you open the caplet in your mouth and the magic of saliva turns them to blood; or are the caplets supposed to opened and mixed with water?

Greg:  The powder took forever to figure out how to make! Caplets are designed to be broken in the mouth and the saliva will do the work. Sugar is mixed in for taste (way too many unpleasant spit takes until I got that right…) and to attract more saliva into the mouth. 2-3 caplets will create quite a bit of fluid for a nice effect. If you manage the caplet right it can be spit out to look like a tooth or piece of your lip too! You are also able to open the caplets and mix the powder in any liquid medium to turn it red if you wish. If any of the powder is swallowed it will be ok, I just don’t recommend putting it on cereal or on your coffee.

ZM: Do you have (or will you be working on) something to add to this to make it “dry”?  For example, perhaps prolonged use on a Halloween costume, or a consistent (non-drippy) look during filming?

Greg: I do know that the Syrup and Jam both have drying effects when left out in the air for a long period of time. Each will get even thicker and more gooey as the very small amount of moisture evaporates away. If the product is smeared into the fabric it will dry with a starchy feel to it and have a consistent look. It’s sort of what happens when I use bar towels to clean up while making the blood and let them fully dry (doubles as a quality test when I wash the towels out!).

All in all folks, this is some amazing stuff.  Halloween costumes, vampire effects, blood bags, theatrical applications, you name it; this is the stage blood you want.  This stuff can even be made into almost any color you want!  Imagine a bright green for trolls (or zombies!), pink if you want to gash open a unicorn, black for goblins, blue if you want to massacre a fleet of Vulcans!

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Check it out in our store here:  Blood Jam at ZombieMall.com

 

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World War Z – A Review

Hi.  My name is Brian and I like zombies.

I also run some of the biggest zombie websites in the world.  Well, okay, maybe not the biggest, but they do have their place on the web.  You may have heard of a couple of them; www.ZombieMall.com and www.ZombieUniversity.net ?  No?  Well.. crap.  That’s okay, I’m still trying to work on infecting the world with their presence.  I digress..

When a movie about zombies hits the theaters, it is simply my obligation to go watch.

World War Z is based on the Max Brooks book of the same name.  Yeah, I’ve read that too.  When I first heard that the book was being turned into a movie, my first thought was “huh?  how??!”

Those that have read the book know that it is more of an interview, a diary or journal if you will, of people who have survived the zombie apocalypse and are getting their story set down (for the record).

The movie was going to star Brad Pitt.  The book didn’t really have a main character, and Pitt is such a big name.  He reportedly paid $1million to Brooks for the rights to make it into a movie.  Pitt was also a producer of the movie, and of course is the main star as well.  So yeah, he’s kindav a big deal.   Surely he is not going to limit himself to just one segment?

Ahhh.. I was starting to be one of the “Oh Ye of Little Faith”.

The movie changes things up a fair amount from the book.  And that’s where a lot of reviews are going to get all negative.  I’m not.  I’m not even going to throw a fit like others have about Damon Lindelof being brought in to “fix” the ending.  I still can’t believe that people continue to give him grief over Prometheus (I for one loved it, but I digress).  He had a hand in the script for Star Trek Into Darkness as well. Though I will certainly admit that there is a very coherent change of pace about 2/3rds of the way into the film.  It is action, action, slow-down.   Which is not necessarily a bad thing.  It allows for the story to catch up with itself.  Let’s also not forget that Drew Goddard also helped with this movie’s script.

While World War Z moves a good ways away from the book, there are several Easter Eggs from the book for you to find, but blink and you will certainly miss some of them.

The zombies are actually referred to as.. well.. “zombies”.  I think that awesome!  So many zombie flicks shy away from that word, but this one embraces it.  Though I will admit that it did not appear that too many people had much zombie training.  Many people get munched, mountains of undead are made and they run fast.  Wait, let me rephrase.. they are Speed Demons!

Their origin …….  Oh, no, I’m not going to spoil that for you (that’s the McGuffin of the film).

The reviews on this movie are VERY mixed.  I’m among the ones that liked it.  It was fun, and if anything it certainly satisfied my itch for zombies until The Walking Dead returns this October.

You can pick up the Blu-Ray of World War Z here:
World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

And of course you can pick up the Max Brooks Book World War Z here:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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The Purge – Movie Discussion

I find myself sitting in my local movie theater (Carmike Oaks 7 Cinema in Batesville, AR) and tonight’s movie is The Purge.

You’ve seen the preview.  Crime and unemployment are at an all-time low.  The government has sanctioned an annual 12 hour time frame called ‘The Purge’ in which any crime is legal and will go unpunished.

While the concept is extreme, sometimes you simply have to go into a movie with an extreme suspension of disbelief.  Think about the first time you saw Ghostbusters, Joe Verses the Volcano, or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  Could the elements in those movies actually happen?  Have they ever actually happened?  Probably not and No.  They all require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief.

The Purge is such a film.  Could we really ever live in a world that was 99% crimeless and where 99% of us were employed?  Of course not.  Would we really ever get to a point where we all could bottle up our anger and save it for just one small 12 hour period?  I very much doubt that (and by me saying that I am in no way admitting to any crimes – just so you understand that).

SO.. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way now.  If you are avoiding this movie because of its concept, let go of that thought.  Sometimes you do have to let go, take a chance, roll the dice, and just have fun.

What’s fun about a film that depicts a night where any crime goes?   Yes, yes, the actions themselves are horrible to ponder, but leave that; this is just a movie.  Keep that thought in mind but also try to relate with the main characters.  That’s where this movie shines.

Put yourself into the shoes of the family in their home.  They don’t want to hurt anyone let alone kill anyone.  But what would happen when someone seeming innocent needs help?  Would you turn your head and let them suffer, knowing you could have tried to save them?  Or would you help them?

The fun is in letting your mind go for a while and consider what you would do in that situation.  I approach most zombie flicks in the same way; and much in that way The Purge reminded me of that.  It’s a movie about survival.  Who will be your enemies, who will be your allies?

The concept within the movie has been around for literal years; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson comes to mind as does an episode of Star Trek (The Return of the Archons).  That’s not to say that The Purge is unoriginal, it absolutely is original; I’m just explaining that the theme is one that may not be as far-fetched as it appears.

If I haven’t stressed this enough, just go watch the movie with the mindset of simple enjoyment.  Avoid trying to explain why it could or could not happen and just enjoy it.

You can pick it up on Blu-Ray here:
The Purge (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

We give it 3 out of 5.

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Max Bemis’ comic Polarity

Have you ever read a comic where you can actually watch the Superhero go from regular person to Superhero status?  Yeah, you may know the story; Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and the like, but have you ever been able to go back and read the very first issues without knowing what was going to happen next and be able to take the journey right alongside them?

How about watching the regular person turn into a Villain?

What about getting in on the comic so early that you really have no way of knowing which path this regular person is going to take as he discovers his powers?

All of that is a rare thing to be able to do these days.  Comics today, in general, don’t do very well in the mass market unless it has a multi-million dollar movie attached to it.  Years ago, think mid-70’s here, comic books were the thing to spend your loose change on.  Even into the mid-80’s  comics were going very strong, but it was the beginning of the decline for the smaller press publications.

It is a smaller press publication that I want to talk about today; Boom! Studios.

Don’t get me wrong, they are by no means unheard of.  They have, after all, published such comics as Adventure Time, Garfield, Hellraiser, Planet of the Apes, 28 Days Later, among others.  They also are the ones to publish Polarity.

!!ATTENTION COLLECTORS!!

Polarity is going up in value!  It’s only been out for a few months and already issue #1 is going for about $80 bucks!  Albeit that’s for the limited edition cover version, but still that’s pretty damn good considering it’s only been out for a few months and was $3.99 to start with!

What makes it so collectible?

For one, it’s written by Max Bemis.  Yeah, that’s right, Max Bemis.  The frontman for the band Say Anything (which is a cool element as Max already has some built in followers – which pretty much guarantees sales of the comic).

For two, Boom! Studios has great marketing for their comics and almost always produce variant covers for each issue, and in some cases they make some very limited edition covers.

For three, Jorge Coelho does the artwork.  I say that as though I am knowledgeable about this guy, but really I’m not.  He’s damn good, I can tell you that.  I just don’t know much else about him except that he is not the basketball player of the same name from Portugal.  Though he is from Portugal.

For Four, it’s limited to 4 issues.

ABOUT THE COMIC

Enough banter!  What’s Polarity all about?

Directly from Boom!’s website:

Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art — better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania…it’s been suppressing his super powers! Now it’s time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world. Each issue comes with a free download for a new original song written and performed by Max Bemis!”

Fans of Say Anything can also find a few Easter Eggs within the pages of Polarity as well.  That’s not to say that the comic is a direct read along to Say Anything’s songs, it’s not.  There are similar themes that run throughout both the songs and the comic, however.

Variant cover art is probably what makes this most fun (well aside from the story within).

Issue 1 of Polarity came out in April and has 3 variant covers and 1 second edition printing.

Issue 2 of Polarity came out in May and has 2 variant covers.

Issue 3 of Polarity came out in June and has 2 variant covers.

Issue 4 of Polarity is due out in July and will have 2 variant covers.

Those are just the variant covers from Boom!  Hastings has exclusive variant covers, there is a 1st print Special Edition variant (both in full color and in black and white), Retailer Incentive variants (also known as Virgin Variants – they show just the artwork on the cover and have no text to indicate what it is), it’s insane how many variants there are for a 4 issue comic!

I was given Issues 1 and 2 by a friend who told me that these would be right up my alley.  He was 100% correct, I love em!  And now like the manic obsessive person I am, I must own all variants of this comic (gee.. thanks Charles).

Head out to your local Comic Shop today (always support your local place first), and if they don’t have it, good luck, it’s selling fast everywhere!

You can also find a copy of this article on our GameMasters.com page: http://gamemasters.com/?p=711

You can pick up issue 1 (but you better hurry while they are still in stock!) here:

POLARITY TP VOL 01 (Polarity (Boom Studios))

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