Zombie Outbrick: Episode 61
Zombie Outbrick: Episode 61

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13th Aug 2012, 7:02 PM

Zombie Outbrick: Episode 61

blockcomics
13th Aug 2012, 7:02 PM

And so our "heroes" are finally almost to the elevators... but will they make it in time?

This comic was delayed by three fairly major issues - the first of which was yet another computer crash, in which I lost the script for this episode and had to rewrite it from scratch. (For some reason, although dektop icons would light up, the old standby, "CTRL+ALT+DELETE" would not work, nor would the newer "CTRL+SHIFT+ESC"...)

The second problem was perhaps nothing for me to lose my head over - I'd just lost someone else's. After replacing the Boss's face with a younger one for the flashback scene in the episode before last, I could not find his regular head until today. I could've tried to shoot around that issue, but showing his normal face is an absolute necessity for the next few episodes, which I shot all at once.

And of course, the third issue was something for which there was no "workaround"
- I hadn't built the exterior of the elevator seen in the last panel of this episode.

But now that those problems have been solved, the next few episodes should come out on time, as usual.




Hopefully the zombie in this episode will hold you carnage-hungry readers over for a little while, at least... ;)

As always, let me know what you think of this episode.

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a monkey
13th Aug 2012, 7:12 PM

Or shoot him, you know, you do have guns.

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blockcomics
13th Aug 2012, 7:40 PM

That's a good point, Monkey - although Officer Peterson has already used an entire magazine, and hasn't reloaded yet, and the Boss is by no means a gun expert, so it's unlikely he'd waste one of only two bullets his gun has left unless it really came down to it. ;)

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Silver Fox
14th Aug 2012, 12:49 AM

Yes, clock him Officer Peterson!

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blockcomics
14th Aug 2012, 7:07 PM

Don't forget, he'd have to reload first. ;)

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Silver Fox
15th Aug 2012, 10:17 AM

Ah, but depending on the movie or story, a hero never has to reload. It's like a trope that's over looked or over used.

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blockcomics
15th Aug 2012, 12:21 PM

Hah, that's very true.

Although another trope has our hero running out of ammo at a critical moment - say, just when a zombie has gotten close enough to be life-threatening. ;)

Oonie
13th Aug 2012, 7:46 PM

Too many issues for a comic if you ask me. ;-P Hmm, four "heroes" and possibly more than one zombie. I hope nobody's killed off just yet. Although the undead Mr. Ross looks pretty menacing!

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blockcomics
13th Aug 2012, 10:50 PM

Yeah, no kidding! How many other comic authors can say they've misplaced the head of one of their main characters?

And you never know in zombie stories - it seems like this group might be able to deal with a lone zombie, but then again, for the time being they are cornered. ;-)

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a monkey
14th Aug 2012, 12:54 PM

Me.

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blockcomics
14th Aug 2012, 1:26 PM

Hah, that's true, Monkey. But I'll bet the majority of authors of the other 11,000 comics on ComicFury couldn't say as much.

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L3m0nm4n
13th Aug 2012, 7:59 PM

This episode is really good. Just one thing I would like to ask,can you give any explanation of how you make decals?

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blockcomics
14th Aug 2012, 12:40 AM

Thanks L3monm4n!

As for my decals, I begin by printing them out at the correct dimensions (which I can't remember off the top of my head), using a color printer and printing on regular white printer paper.

Next, depending on the color of the decal, I might cover the decal with a piece of clear, shiny packing tape (the kind you'd use to seal a box to send in the mail) - since shininess/reflections are more noticeable for darker-colored Lego pieces, the Policeman and Chris have tape on their torso "decals," while the Boss's is just plain paper. (I find shiny tape isn't necessary for head decals.)

Then, using regular scissors, I cut the decal out of the sheet of printer paper.

I apply some washable glue-stick to the back of it (this allows you to remove it if necessary, and avoids damaging the fig), and press it onto the minifigure.


If you're asking about how I go about designing my decals, that's a different story, of course. ;) (That's mostly done in Photoshop.)

Anyway, I hope that answers your question.

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l3m0nm4n
14th Aug 2012, 6:52 PM

Thank you, good sir! Most people I've asked about tell me that it is either to difficult to explain, or point me to custom printing places.

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blockcomics
14th Aug 2012, 7:06 PM

You're quite welcome! :)

As for others who say it's too difficult to explain - they're most likely talking about actual decals (i.e. something that puts permanent ink/color directly on the plastic of the minifigure, like Lego does). My "decals" are not technically decals, because they're printed on plain paper (and can be peeled off) - but I find it's a simpler process that gives you a very similar product. My process has worked well enough for the purposes of this comic, I'd say.

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blockcomics
17th Aug 2012, 5:32 PM

For those of you wondering and hitting "refresh" on this page, Episode 62 will be coming out soon today!


EDIT: I apologize for my incorrect estimation - I was not able to get Episode 62 ready before I had to leave for my vacation.
If all goes well, it will be coming out tomorrow (Monday) instead.

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