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Posted By John Sears on July 6, 2014
We’re big backers of the Undead Right to Vote here at The ZRC. However, it is good to remember that Zombies aren’t a monolithic bloc when it comes to politics, so we were pleased to see this recent comic on the possibility of Zombie voting challenges in the future.
Not sure about that ‘conquest’ language though. Just because the world ends up Undead it doesn’t mean it was through an apocalypse!
Via our good ZRC pal Wayne West.
Posted By John Sears on July 6, 2014
Recently, as discussed on the ZRC’s twitter, I binge reviewed all of ‘The Walking Dead’ up on Netflix, in anticipation of the upcoming release of the fourth season in August.
There are a lot of things one can say about the world of ‘The Walking Dead’. (Mild spoilers below)
–Skulls are very, very soft. Be gentle! Everyone should wear helmets. Especially the Zombies. Err, Walkers.
–The CDC has a spiffy headquarters apparently modeled after the War Room in Dr. Strangelove. There’s a lot of that going around lately though.
–Everyone is really, really bad at spotting lies. It’s a schemer’s paradise! At least until a Season Finale.
As for characters, I mostly found myself wondering why everyone trusts Shane, nobody watches Carl, and nobody tells the Governor that it’s easier to recruit people to your budding civilization if you don’t shoot them repeatedly.
And then there’s Michonne. Oh, Michonne and her magic sword. Which never chips, never needs sharpening, never even seems to need cleaning.
Still, Michonne’s pretty likable compared to the rest of the cast. She may be a paranoid, violent, sword-toting carnage machine, but at least she keeps the monologuing to a minimum.
It hardly needs to be said, but ‘The Walking Dead’ Seasons 1-3 easily earned our lowest rating, that of Living Supremacist.
Posted By John Sears on June 6, 2014
Here at the ZRC, we like to take occasional breaks from reviewing Anti-Zombie media. As previously mentioned, we’ve been steady players of the Bioshock series for a few years now (despite the potential Zombie-adjacent nature of some of its ‘Splicer’ adversaries), but the latest full-length game in the series seemed to move firmly away from potential Undead prejudice so all was good, right?
Well, the second (and last) DLC package for Bioshock: Infinite came out recently, and during our playthrough we discovered more than a hint of Zombie-bashing:
Really? The Zombie Rights Campaign understands the potential risk and drawbacks of Necromancy better than most, but we also believe lots of people might want a slightly moldy puppy! Zombie puppies are cute. It’s a known fact.
This is where I’d say, ‘For Shame, Irrational Games’, but they’re sort of out of business now, so…
Wherever you guys end up, try to do better by the Zombies next time, ok?
Posted By John Sears on May 31, 2014
The Wil Wheaton Project, a new variety/entertainment review program on the SyFy Channel, recently debuted and in that debut included its take on what a Zany, 80s-style theme song would be for the grisly and highly offensive TV program ‘The Walking Dead’.
The song/video does an admirable job exposing the wanton and casual cruelty of The Walking Dead, I think, but because of said explicit cruelty and the many, many spoilers contained in the video, you should watch with caution.
Posted By John Sears on May 24, 2014
Hello Zombie Rights Allies! The semester is over for your ZRC President and it’s time to get back to some serious fighting for Undead Equality.
And what do you know, but the Pentagon (yes, THAT Pentagon) is giving us some particular heartburn this week:
Washington (CNN) — Never fear the night of the living dead — the Pentagon has got you covered.
From responses to natural disasters to a catastrophic attack on the homeland, the U.S. military has a plan of action ready to go if either incident occurs.
It has also devised an elaborate plan should a zombie apocalypse befall the country, according to a Defense Department document obtained by CNN.
Now, the CNN piece makes it clear that this is not an actual contingency plan the US military thinks it will have to use in the event of an, ahem, ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. In fact, the military brass readily admit that Undead Americans pose no actual threat…
They just feel that it is ok to use them as the fictional antagonists in a training scenario. Because it’s politically okay to exploit the Differently Animated, even though everyone actually knows no attack is forthcoming:
“Training examples for plans must accommodate the political fallout that occurs if the general public mistakenly believes that a fictional training scenario is actually a real plan,” the document says.
This is a sad reflection of our national political reality, friends. Our military trainers know Zombies are not a threat, know that what they’re ‘preparing’ for is a non-issue, and most likely know how hurtful these stereotypes are to the Undead, and yet, they continue.
Because there’s no appreciable political cost.
Well, with your help, we just might be able to do something about that.
Posted By John Sears on April 5, 2014
Hello out there, Zombies and Zombie Allies! Apologies for the relative dearth of content the last few months; it’s the end of my second year in the school of the law and there are midterms to take, finals to study for, and my law-related job is training me to handle actual clients and their cases.
So far, no Zombie clients per se. Bit of a letdown there.
Other than that, we’ve been biding our time. The art director got a new day job recently, learning the ins-and-outs of a different kind of activism with a firm here in Madison. We also took a trip back to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, which H.P. Lovecraft had previously indicated might be home to lost, ‘deformed’, possibly Undead humans.
We didn’t see any, alas.
Speaking of known Anti-Zombie author H.P. Lovecraft, we’re making a trip to New England this summer to get a better feel for the man’s work. As is fairly-well known, Lovecraft was the author of ‘Herbert West, Re-Animator’, which was made into a classic but tragically Anti-Zombie film.
However, H.P. Lovecraft wrote many other stories dealing, mostly unkindly, with the Undead in one form or another. ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ involves extensive necromancy, for example, and serious Undead labor rights violations. ‘Cool Air’ is a more sympathetic take on Undeath, perhaps; ‘In the Vault’, ‘Pickman’s Model’ and ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’ also feature the Differently Animated in one form or another.
So the ZRC will be hitting the Massachusetts area to get a feel for the plight of the Lovecraftian Undead. We encourage any in the area to contact us; we’d love to network a little.
As for longer-term and larger-scale plans this year, as previously announced, the ZRC will be going to The Diabolique International (Formerly Dark Carnival) Film Festival this fall, and undoubtedly making a trip to Nightmare on Chicago Street around Halloween.
We may work in a convention during the summer, and I have some projects to get underway once the school season is out.
In the meantime, keep using our resource page and speaking out for Zombie Equality and the Differently Animated! After all, you, dear readers, are the real, if not necessarily beating, heart of this movement.
Posted By John Sears on February 24, 2014
Yes, you read that correctly; the makers of foamy toy weapons that have endeared themselves to generations of young people (including myself, at one time) have decided to jump into the lucrative market of catering to those afraid of Zombies.
In the process, of course, they help to indoctrinate the next generation against the Undead. Observe:
You’ll be the ultimate zombie hunter with the Crossfire Bow blaster! Load one of your powerful Zombie Strike darts and draw the string back so you’re locked and loaded when a zombie crosses your path. Take your shot with a quick pull of the trigger and load another dart! Get ready to bring down the zombies one by one with the Crossfire Bow blaster!
This latest affront to our shared humanity has The Walking Dead’s odious influence all over it. I don’t think Hasbro is making NERF crossbows to cater to fans of Resident Evil 2.
(Yes, it had a crossbow in it. No Norman Reedus though).
It’s so sad to see capitalism misused this way. What about toys for the Zombie Children? Won’t somebody think of them?
Shame on you, Hasbro.
Posted By John Sears on February 24, 2014
As the seemingly endless winter here in Madison comes to a close, ever-so-gradually, the ZRC staff are pondering outdoor projects. Gardening. Putting up a bat house (we’re Bat Friendly too!). Going after invasive weeds.
Others, it seems, are busy preparing for the end of the world, and at least some internet wags think that might come from, yes, Zombies:
If you fear a nuclear war (or even just the future), then you probably think of a few backup plans for emergencies to protect yourself and your loved ones. You may not have the money to build an all-out zombie fortress, but if you have less than $40k on hand, you’re in luck.
The actual product in question seems to be geared more toward a nuclear war, chemical spill, or sudden, complete, inexplicable collapse of the fabric of human society, than a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ per se.
The nexus between the survivalist community and casual Anti-Zombiism has been well documented on this blog the last few years, however. Anti-Zombie ammunition, targets, bladed weapons of all stripes… fear sells, apparently.
Still, the ZRC encourages you to skip the doomsday shelter and get to know your zombie neighbor.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll even help you put up a bat house or something.