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Golden Week Incoming! 04/30/2011

by Joe

Golden Week in Japan starts this weekend! Most people have the week off of work and droves of tired and deserving workers leave the busy city to relax in the country.

I’ve heard that Tokyo is a “ghost town” during Golden Week, so that’s where I’m headed! I’ve never seen Tokyo NOT busy, so I’m looking forward to walking the streets of the most populous metropolitan area in the world without bumping into fellow pedestrians.

Enjoy Scene 16 – “Follow the Plant Puppy”!

Please continue to vote! :D The Mystery Mutant’s sketch is still the incentive! Thank you for voting everyday!

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Have a great weekend!

EDIT: Sorry, couldn’t resist :D Inspired by the Nyan Cat meme, I give you Nyan Plant Puppy:

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FIRST!!!

Evil Monkey on April 30, 2011 at 9:35 am

For being a flash comic, this gets updated pretty quickly. Way to go Joe!

Oh, and btw, I will murder you if you start trying to follow in Hussie’s footsteps in the whole “lets leave a cliffhanger here and then go follow another set of characters just cause I can!”

Raging Reaver on April 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

What? Either the zombie-part of the virus of zompyres can only be transmitted by pure zompyres or R-Joe is trying to bring down all comments of the vamp=girl being Rosa…

BTW- pure zompyre is a vampyre bitten by a zombie, Cross is a human bitten by a zompyre so maybe the zombie-part of the virus does not travel to the hosts…

NeoWarrior on April 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

PS- I’ll agree with RR(Raging Reaver) in that said practice is annoying; but will have to admit that it brings forth more suspanse…

NeoWarrior on April 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

Lol I love it when it leaves me at a cliffhanger gives me all the more reason to start thinking of what is going to happen next. Bernie you are right Joe can’t rap for the life of him…although having a hot tub with hot water in it would be pretty cool. Plus whats gonna happen when they go in there and see greybane holding rosa to a wall? With other survivors too!

sykes on April 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hey, I’m not going to tell the author how to do his job, this is officially one of my favourite webcomics, just overtaking DrMcNinja :D Well done there :) I love the comic and will donate when possible…Stupi bloody bank pin umber grumble mumble…

MrNumbers on April 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

Someone, please rap about Joe’s bad sleight of tounge. This will make me happy.

Infinite Virginity on April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

his name is joe. he is a hoe. guna get his ass kik. by a d*ck. he trys to rape. but he is crape. trys to be cool. but he is a mule. (sorry joe your the best!!!!)

mutant hunter on April 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The dog is smelling…ROSA! Naw just kidding. I’m pretty sure he picked up Greybane’s scent. Which leads them to finding Rusty, Annika and the kid. Which forces them to accompany the group of Greybane back to New Hammerston(spelling?). Which means they’re search is delayed again. Which means I should stop here :P

Anon on April 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

@Neo

Uhm..NO. You’re theory of the Zombie part of the Zompyre virus not being transmitted is wrong. Two examples are Cross, who got bitten by Andrius. 2nd example would be the Vampire Elder who got bitten by Cross. The Elder’s blood got “tainted” as he called it, meaning the virus WAS passed on.

Anon on April 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

You’re really pushing the suspense, aren’t you, Joe? :)

SatyreIkon on April 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

@Anon

There’s a variable Rosa is woman while all other zompires are male

Ashendant on April 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Blast you golden week from cutting me from my weekly dose of One Piece

Ashendant on April 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

@Ashen
That shouldn’t really matter. Women can be Zombies and women can be Vampires, so I really fail to see how combining the two would somehow keep vampire women from becoming zombies as well… and really… that last post really just sounds like you’re digging for ANY possible reasoning that vampire could be Rosa. I would make more sense to say that “Rosa makes great tacos, so maybe she wouldn’t be effected by the zombie virus” Seeing as there are no other characters who have become vampires or zombies that we know of that make great tacos. The whole gender thing, because of what we already know, makes less sense than Rosa being immune because she can make a taco. Kinda sad that I can make that case.

Willy on May 1, 2011 at 1:25 am

oooo… Something I thought of after rereading my last post… :\
Joe… we already know that if a Zompire bites a Vampire, they will also gain Zompire-hood. What would happen if a Zompire bit a Zombie or a Mutant? Something similar?

Willy on May 1, 2011 at 1:38 am

I doute that the Vampire is Rosa…. And now that I’ve said that, if that is the case then I can say the line ^^

Squizzel on May 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

@Anon- The elder was already a vampyre, so passing on the vampyre curse was impossible, while passing the zombie virus was still possible. Rosa was human, so passing on the vampyre curse was possible.

NeoWarrior on May 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

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niko on May 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

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niko on May 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

Neo… You originally said that only pure zompires could pass on the zombie part of it. Thats what Anon was getting at.
And this recent post doesn’t make sense either. When the lieutenant was attacked, he got both the traits of the Vampire AND the Zombie.
Really I’m not getting how people think that when you combine both a Zombie and a Vampire, the rules for passing them on somehow get more complicated.
Zombies: Pass on their trait usually by a virus. Virus is usually transmitted when the Zombie eats the victim.
Vampires: Pass on their trait by biting others to drink their blood.
So because Zombiism tends to work like a virus in most every zombie flick I’ve seen, it would be spread easily by the same bite that a Vampire would use to drink blood/spread Vampirism. Some vampire stories have it set up that a vampire CAN drink blood without actually turning someone into a vampire… but usually this amounts to them simply killing the victim instead due to the blood loss. Of course, if a Zompire had this control of actually spreading their Vampire powers, they would still be spreading the zombie virus via the bite.
So what I’m saying here is that the only way that vampire is Rosa is if Rosa was bitten by someone who was a simple Vampire, NOT a Zompire. Which would require a backstory including some kind of amazing kidnap/assassination attempt that Rosa would be in the middle of or something. I guess the Vampires might do something like that… but I’m wondering how likely it would be that writer Joe would kill off the lieutenant OR that a vampire would somehow free Rosa and the lieutenant would somehow let her get away.
The whole “The vampire is Rosa” theory isn’t one I would want to back at all.

Willy on May 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

i just read what someone said about joe and it was horrible

niko on May 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

double double toil and trouble fire burn and couldren bouble eye of newt and wing of bat toe of dog and tongue of cat that was made by william shakes spear i like the poem it sounds good with all the righmes william shes spear is awesome thats why i said that

niko on May 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

shakes spear i wrote i wrong

niko on May 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

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niko on May 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

@Willy Your right about a pure Zompire transferring everything, but I think Cross was an incomplete one power wise until he drank the Elder’s blood. So a hypotheses either

Zompires (impure) have an incubation period where, the virus spreads sporadically when feeding and the powers of Zompirism are slowly gained, that can end with the feeding/infecting on a powerful entity

Cross didn’t have the full Zompirism and Rosa got less of it as the blood diluted this sort of thing happens with vampirism

that -or- it’s not Rosa
I just like guessing with plausible theories

sh4d0wfl4re on May 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

@Sh4d0w Again, I really don’t see how the rules have to somehow become more complex when you combine both a zombie and a vampire. When Cross drank the Elders blood, he did get more powerful, yes. Could it have been because the zombiism hadn’t fully taken effect until that moment? Maybe… The actual scene along with other knowledge about Zombies and Vampires suggests something completely different but regardless that wouldn’t make sense to explain what would be happening here if this vampire were Rosa bit by Cross. Cross didn’t suddenly change his appearance at that point to look any more like a zompire than he already did. This Vampire shows no signs of zombie in them at all. As Zombiism usually operates like a virus, it can’t really be “diluted” seeing as Viruses tend to reproduce. That explains how a bite from a zombie turns into a full blown case of walking dead after a while.
Now, if that weren’t enough to make this theory less plausible, consider this. When Cross drank the Elder blood, Andy said he would feel the power of a true “Vampire”. This suggests that Cross was simply absorbing the power of the elder, not that it was fulfilling some kind of ritual necessary for full fledged Zompirism. Personally, and allow me to nerd out here a bit, I like this idea. Either this is something all Vampires can do, or it’s something exclusive to zompires, but either way it’s an awesome ability for any character to have. Especially someone like Cross. And it makes sense too. Blood is often used as a symbol of the source of an ability or something. When someone has a knack for something their parents could also do well, it can be said “It’s in their blood”. So it would make sense that if a Vampire could drink someones blood, they might also gain those abilities. At least in a cool, fictional, superhero with mystical powers kind of way.
But I digress. A Zompire is exactly what it sounds like. The combination of a Zombie and a Vampire. Why would it require someone to do something extra to become one? Unless what made them a Zombie and what made them a Vampire were somehow at odds with each other. Either way, the whole “Impurity” thing makes no sense to me. It’s not like Zombies and Vampires are races or something. Like a Vampire and a Zombie somehow mate to make a Zompire baby in the same way an Irish person and a German would have a kid that would be half and half. It’s as simple as infecting someone with both Zombie and Vampire.
However, both the kidnapping theory and the Taco theory still stand.
Which brings me to my next thought…

@JOE… I need to know… If Cross actually DID drink Rosa’s blood, would that mean he would have gained her ability to make awesome tacos? This could seriously be a story changing revelation.

Willy on May 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Willy technically vampirism in the webcomic is a race, but it also has a evolutionary trait that enables it to turn regular humans into partial blooded vampires (take the elder vampires for example).

lukesf on May 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

Yo yo yo, my name’s Joe
My little leaf-dog knows the way to go
My main man Bernie has got my back
So we’re gonna check out that shitty old shack
Don’t know what we’re gonna find when we go inside
Bernie says this is the kind of place a vampire could hide
But I don’t care I mean I’m fucking POWERFIST
Can take care of some monsters if you get my gist
So let’s see what’s got Scrufflebeck in such a state
Man, I hope it’s Rosa, that would be great
Marry her and have babies and tacos forever
Oops did I say that out loud? …Whatever

Snerky on May 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

Technically Race has many different definitions. By my example of the German and Irish or whatever it was I was clearly referring to the genetic definition of race. The one that would allow that vampires would pass on their traits to children of theirs (Assuming they can reproduce through traditional methods. However because vampires are technically not alive it’s implied they can’t in most writings). In the same way, Zombies also wouldn’t be affected genetically. That would require both Vampirism and Zombiism to alter their entire genetics. Vamirism could do that, but Zombiism as a disease really couldn’t. Even if it could, as I said above for vampires in parentheses Zombies really shouldn’t be able to reproduce through traditional methods because they’re not alive. Neither of these would need to because they can reproduce simply by consuming another human. There’s no need for these traits to be genetic, so I don’t see why they would be.
Not to say there aren’t fictional writings that stick to the “norm” or what would make sense. I’m just giving a likely scenario in this post.
To sum it up, No. Vampires aren’t a race in the sense that I was using the word. In the sense that they generally have similar customs and traits, yes. Otherwise, as far as I’m concerned, Vampirism and Zombiism are both states of being. Like death. But I’m failing to find where in the comic Joe indicates that Vampirism was evolved, and I don’t feel like digging for it right now.

Willy on May 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

Oh god this whole “vampire is Rosa” thing is getting out of hand. How many of us must explain that there are no complications or any kind of special features of the virus being passed? Vampire virus is one thing, zombie virus is another, you combine both and it’s a whole different one. Zompire virus gets passed on through bites, so lets just stick with the theory that that vampire is someone from Greybane’s past.
@Evil Monkey
This one is kinda late, but please, if you have nothing to say other than “FIRST!” when you get the chance to be the first to comment, just save it. Say something substantial at least. Jeez..

Anon on May 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

MrNumbers – Thank you! I’m flattered :D
mutant hunter – Haha! I didn’t think people would follow Joe’s lead ;)
SatyreIkon – I try! It’s hard keeping the story a secret, lemme tell ya! I suck at keeping secrets :D
Willy – Haha! Maybe! I’ll have to think of a situation that puts Cross in the kitchen :D
Snerky – Nice! :D You’re a much better rapper than Joe. You deserve the hot tub!

Joe on May 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

http://www.halolz.com/2011/04/30/video-space-core-follows-nyan-cat-into-space/

Sorry Joe, but I think I prefer this adaptation.

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Aethrys on May 3, 2011 at 12:28 am

@Joe

Awwwww yeahhhhh.

B :)
B:)
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Haha, thankyou. More raps incoming (maybe) on future pages! They are fun to write.

Snerky on May 3, 2011 at 3:15 am

Truthfully I think it is not Rosa and agree with Willy, as I said I like making theories
For Rosa to be more Vampiric than anything interesting theories can be made
also the it is Rosa side was flagging and the not Rosa side (which was winning the argument) would of gotten bored if that didn’t change

sh4d0wfl4re on May 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

Vampires have a small phenomenom called the diminishing of power… While an original vampire and it’s descendants by blood have unchallenged power, those who are bitten by them gain only a small portion of their power. Those who are bitten by those who were bitten gain an even lower ammount of power. In other words Andrius is powerful with vast vampiric/zombie powers, Cross has only a portion of Andrius’ powers, and Rosa has an even slimmer ammount of powers of vampirism… Since at the time of Andrius transformation the vampiric venom and the zombie virus fused as a single germ/venom, the powers and weakneses of either affects the other, no? The sun would easily affect zompyres because of their vampiric side, so is it really that improbable that the power diminishing of the “bites” also applies to both the venom and virus?

NeoWarrior on May 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

I await tonights update in which the theory that the vampire is Rosa gets strangled by the throat and left to die in a ditch.

lukesf on May 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

MOAR CLIFFHANGERS! MORE! I HATE THEM BUT I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEM!

Asparagus on May 3, 2011 at 11:54 am