I think we can all acknowledge by this point that I love a good pun. I can’t help it! Good word-play, however groan-worthy it actually sounds once the joke is made, makes me tick. Manipulation of the English language into humorous forms is just plain awesome. And it is often really hard to explain when trying to teach it in another language.
Oh, there are puns incorporated into humor in other languages too. It isn’t that uncommon to see a joke confusing ‘hana’ (meaning flower) and ‘hana’ (meaning nose) in Japanese, for example. But trying to explain how, ‘A horse walked into a bar and the bartender said, ‘Why the long face?” is funny to someone who doesn’t natively speak English and isn’t aware of the cultural context surrounding the traditional role of the bartender-as-therapist in Western culture is something else entirely. Even after explaining how the joke works, even in English you’re likely to still ask why someone let a horse into a bar anyway. Surely that violates a health code or two.
So yes. I make no apologies for my pun today, groan-worthy and lame as it might be. Puns may not be the height of humor, but they’re still pretty awesome to me.
Part two… because it was so requested by someone!
The next player in our little zombie adventure: Brittoni Hittaker. Plucky zombie-fighting companion to Jimminy Jonestown, she’s a lawyer by day and a hip-hop enthusiast by… well… all the time. She just can’t play it in court unless she finds a way to sneak it in as evidence.
When Zompocalypse strikes, Jimminy is the first person she’ll seek out… especially since he works right next door. Forget the blackberry though – that’s not gonna do squat against the zombie horde. She’ll make a move straight to the nearest liquor store to set up a base of command.
Hey, if you’re facing fairly inevitable demise, you might as well go down happy and just a little bit tipsy. Rather a bit tipsy. Ok, ok, let’s be honest here – blindingly drunk with a grenade in one hand, a wine bottle in the other, caches of artillery strewn within easy reach and Monty Python blaring on the nearest big-screen tv.
And hey – if you get holed up in there too long, at least you have something to drink.
Jimminy and Brittoni make a good team too – mutually derisive, neither of them are hesitant about bringing the other down a few notches when necessity dictates they should… and even when it doesn’t. There’s no pulling of punches between those two.
Never fear that there will be a budding romance between them though – even the end of the world doesn’t make that a good idea. Just think of all the mutually destructive vodka-swilling they would get up to!
This picture is most definitely not based on anyone real. Any resemblance is entirely coincidental, and of course, have no basis in fact. I know no-one with a red beard who works in IT, who is often carting around a blackberry and forming plans on how to kill a horde of zombies should the situation necessitate that zombie-killing (en-masse, mind you) may be required.
No-one at all.
So, now that that is out of the way, meet Jimminy! With his trusty screwdriver (good for fixing things and for stabbing), long-life Blackberry (it has Google Maps!) and well thought out plans of how to survive come the Zompocolypse, he’ll be the one to follow when the zombie horde appears because some screw-ball scientist decides to go one step too far and inadvertently invents the living dead.
Jimminy has lived his recent life with constant nightmares of the impending Zompocolypse… he has fortold its coming, with visions of a mad scientist populating the world with zombies only to attempt to flee on a skateboard to their own certain and inevitable demise. Only his great forward planning, blackberry and collection of custom-built zombie pulverizing weapons stand between life… and living DEATH.
Will Jimminy defeat the legions of the undead?
Will his Blackberry prove useful when the Google servers explode, leaving behind a charred mass of twisted metal and zombie-geek remains?
Will this b-grade storyline turn into a romance at the last second as he finds true love in the arms of a decaying and rotting (though oddly attractive) corpse?
Only time will tell… on… ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR: The Jimminy Jonestown Story (coming 2012).
Phew… done… at least for now. I’ve been working studiously away today, trying to get a good amount of the sketches here up onto my Flickr account so that it doesn’t go un-used. As a visual artist, it seems silly not to take advantage of Flickr for all that it’s worth. Although I haven’t gone through and tagged them all or sorted out proper descriptions, at least I’ve now got a good amount of pictures up with links back to the site.
I’ve also installed a new little filtery thingie, to hopefully stop so much spam getting through to be caught by Akismet. I hate to think of legitimate comments getting caught by the spam filter, so I do also go through them by hand just to make sure. With upwards of 100 comments within 24 hours getting into the spam queue though, it’s getting a mite ridiculous. Here’s to hoping that this reduces it by a little. If not, it’s time to move onto the next attempt at a solution.
Some of you may have noticed that the gallery has been taken down from here for a while – the tab is still up, but there is nothing in it in the way of, uhhh, pictures! Never fear – I’ve been looking into new gallery systems to improve upon the one I had up. The one I had up had no option for nested galleries and seemed to error when pictures were not utilizing a specific sizing system. Therefore, it was doubtless time for a change. When it is back up and running (hopefully soon), I will let you know!
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