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He Can Hold Your Keys, Too! 07/16/2011

by Joe

I’ve gotten a lot of interest for the Scrufflebeck keychains! :D If I started making more, would enough people be interested in buying them? I’m thinking CDN$10, which will include shipping and a signed thank you note from me :D They are handcrafted by me, bead-by-bead! Please let me know :D

Enjoy Scene 19 – “The Plan”!

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

You can follow The Pocalypse on Facebook (check out our paper doll pictures! Send me your own pics, too!), Twitter and RSS, too!

Have a great weekend! :D

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FirSt!!!

Shade Person on July 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Nice work! I’ve been a fan of The Pocalypse for a few months now and i always look forward to the next chapter.

Daniel on July 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I would love a key-chain sir. I hope that covers shipping to the US. :D BTW amazing chapter.

Tom-Bomb on July 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Well, it looks like we have our first literally unwilling hero character. At least Rusty is just trying to get to safety for himself, Annika, and Nathan, but Scott is completely different! Great job, Joe, can’t wait to see more!

~Mike

Oh, PS, if you’d like to name a character after me, that would be epicly cool! :D I would even be willing to give you personality snippets of myself so I could be a developed character! :)

KingBreaker on July 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I swear I still don’t understand this obsession with all this First bullshit. At least leave a damn comment.

*On topic* This was a really story heavy comic. I love it when we can get a lot of explaining down without taking 2 damn weeks.

I just know Bernie has a badass cyber voice when he’s in Arbiter. Honestly he’s one of the most intimidating characters right now.

I’m really surprised that the vamps have that kinda hardware to deal with machines. It’s really impressive. I wonder how well they deal with mutants and plants. Probably not very good on plants considering Scrufflebeck.

Raziel Star on July 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

EPIC. Love how the back flash was all old like. Keep up the Epic work.
P.S. no i wouldn’t like one i don’t get stuff off the internet sorry.

mutant hunter on July 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Why is this so good…??

Mister Dark on July 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

i wouldnt exactly want one of the scrufflebeck keychains, it just isn’t…that good

Alexander Campbell Heath on July 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hmmmm… I guess I actually feel bad for Gregory. He was tortured and forced into the blood harvesting, and the guilt eventually turned him insane.

The only truly evil characters in this story are the vampires. The machines, plants, and zombies have no concept of good or evil (except Scufflebeck, but he’s good), the mutants are just trying to survive, and the werewolf is a hero.

Even Cross is just greedy, selfish, and histrionic, and not so much evil.

Zach on July 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Hey, long time reader, first time comment-er, love the comic so far, everything is great,the only thing i have a problem with is that i can’t go back, sometimes my mouse double clicks the next button and it skips comments, kinda anoying since i have to watch the whole comic again just to catch like 2 lines that i missed. Please fix it so we can go back, i’m sure i’m not the only one with this problem.
Thank you

Dantheguitarman on July 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Wow that was an surprising episode. And their finally gonna save GreyBane.I also might buy a scrufflebeck

Josh on July 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Wow that was a really long and awesome one (aren’t they all? :D).It explained very much and the idea of saving greybane from the machines with EMP rocketlauncher is just epic since i like greybane alot.

Dagzter on July 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hmmmmmm the truth spills, nice, i think we should leave to Joe with the others in suspense! Like Harry Potter 7 p1. It would be great for ratings. I ofudn the game before the comic and i have been hooked ever since!

Leinahtan on July 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I have recently thanked the creators of the comics I read for making the comics and updating them so I woud like to thank you for making the pocalypse I look forward to the next so thank you good luck and so on

Arkrilyoth on July 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

as Duke Nukem says “Convienient!”

tWiCHY on July 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I think Scott was right to call Bernie a murdering bastard since he did get angry and shot his father several times after all. Yet I think this shows that Bernie is one for humanity and doesn’t care for vampires and I think there is a reason why. He has to have a deep hatred for them, I doubt it’s just cause they attacked the colony once in the past I think there is something else.

sykes on July 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Oh, delicious, delicious plot! <3
I was super scared that Bernie was going to shoot Scott the entire time because of his huge gun. Yay for not shooting people!
I really loved this chapter. I love it when things get uncovered and stories get explained.

Muffins on July 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

that was a big one, thanks for doing all that work so we could get that in on shot.

oliver on July 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Bernie says “What do mean?” after Scott explains the plan and mentions Annika.

Infinite Virginity on July 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

@Zach I agree with you on most vampires being evil in the story, but the machines are doing it for the sake of science and self preservation, the mutants are just trying to survive, and the zombies aren’t evil, they just want hugs.

Lukesf on July 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I would SO be all over buying a Scrufflebeck keychain!!

Mr Rawr on July 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Since there appears to be two “Josh”‘s, then I’ll be using this name from now on. Excellent work, cliffhangers are everywhere, aren’t they? I love this.

Josh (The Actmyname) on July 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

Hey Joe there is a typo on the first flashback panel ‘atacked’ rather than ‘attacked’ is displayed but maybe that’s just the way scott pronounces it ;-)

Hillbo on July 17, 2011 at 2:04 am

This whole chapter was epic. Joe. Thank you for working so hard to bring us this comic. I might even try to make my own comic. If i make one into a webcomic. i’ll come to you for help. AMAZING CHAPTER!!! + webcomic

Pocalypselove0001 on July 17, 2011 at 2:14 am

First;

Awsome chapter.

Second;

I’d like to take a brief moment saying that the choices we make really do have a big impact on our futures.

Think about it.

Exactly 23 panels ago, had Bernie tried to follow the machine, the chances of getting caught would have been extremely high. Thereore, everything that happened at that house might have been done without Bernie, and the three survivors would have found the “crops”. And the past scene might have played out differently.

So by not following the machine, Bernie got a weapon that not only stops the machines, but can make the machines their allies as well.

Let’s try to survive the pocalypse together.

Musleblast the Ultimate Gamer on July 17, 2011 at 6:14 am

Ooowaaaah explanationzzzz

First of all: POOR SCOTT. I CRY FOR YOU. But you have to be honest, your dad may be better off dead than insane. It sucks bigtime but it is the Pocalypse. x.x

And I can’t blame Bernie for being a hard-ass. Someone has to really. Not the kind of jerky hard-ass like greenshirt guy who only thinks of himself, but a hardass who can protect a community so humanity can keep on living.

Yinello on July 17, 2011 at 6:24 am

Do want key chain! 10.49 US? F*** Yea!

The Ghost on July 17, 2011 at 7:47 am

When Scott was about to tell the story, he screen went black before switching to the yellowish background. I was think “WTF! STUPID CLIFFHANGERS!” then i was like oh.

Nick on July 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

@Arkrilyoth – You’re welcome! Thanks for reading! :D
@Infinite Virginity & Hillbo – Thanks for the catches! Fixed!
@Musleblast – Yes! Your votes greatly impact the story! :D

Joe on July 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

wow i especially liked that one. sorta had a heart felt feeling to it. ya.. i felt bad for Scott but the way it was all put was amazing. i wonder though.. what is happening with Joe (in comic) and rosa..? and what of Bernies sister and the doc?

Alex apocalypse on July 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

I don’t know. While I admit Gregory deserved to die, telling someone you will spare them, and then outright killing them just doesn’t sit well with me. Is it bad it is the merciless strike that bothers me and not the repeated gunshots themselves?

Raging Reaver on July 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

“Create” more crops??? that basterd deserved to die

Lurker on July 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

Before this episode came out i tryed 8 more webcomics to pass the time.
long story short i wound up refreashing the page 56 times.

George lutech on July 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Will Scott help Bernie and rescue Greybane? What will come of Joe and Rosa? And will Bernie save the colony in time? Stay tuned for next week’s premier of The Pocalypse: Chapter 4; Scene 20!

Yoinkinator on July 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

If that covers US shipping then count me in too! Scrufflebeck is so kyoot!

Pure on July 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

@Raging Reaver I know what Bernie did was back handed, but it makes me wonder what Bernie meant by “I will heal your wounds.”
Maybe he meant the wounds Gregory caused, not the ones that were inflicted upon him….
…… Still cruel though.

sh4d0wfl4re on July 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

@sh4d0wfl4re: Not as cruel as what Gregory did to all those people. D:

Yinello on July 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I say… bout 5 scenes or so, if Joe sticks with Bernie and the gang, until they save/ catch up with the machine.

Pocalypselove0001 on July 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

Is anyone else having a problem seeing the confirmation question when they try to register for the forum?

Mr Rawr on July 18, 2011 at 1:56 am

cant WAIT SCENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ MafiOsO on July 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

Original,very original,just can’t decide what kind of vampires are,modern vampires are like those of Twillight series,classic vampires are like Count Dracula one(used Google Tradutor),so,what kind of vampires fit in these kind?

(Sorry for my bad english,if you consider bad,I’m Portuguese)

Vasco Ji on July 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

can you make a hero of me my name kind of explane me redconversation

redcoversation on July 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

ps i dont talk much
pss scrufflebeck rules
psss when do you get back to joe and rosa

redcoversation on July 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hey Joe, I kinda like your webcomics because it Fuckin’ awesome! even my classmate and his sister likes it!!!! thanks JOe

happy77 on July 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

@Mr Rawr – Do you have a screenshot of the problem that you can send to me? And, if anyone else is having forum registration problems, please let me know :D

Joe on July 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Joe you created joe the powerfist and who is POWERKICK!

DJ MafiOsO on July 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

O.O this is gettin’ good… well t always is but still you get what i mean.. or?

frida on July 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Joe, I like how you keep these cute and happy updates when your comics are kinda dark…For reals yo.

Alex on July 19, 2011 at 1:04 am

@Joe – Can You Create PowerKick?

DJ MafiOsO on July 19, 2011 at 1:46 am

pls

DJ MafiOsO on July 19, 2011 at 1:46 am

wheres the new comic!!!!!!!! 2 days to wait i can handle but 3 days or more annoys me!!!! please update soon

theslayer on July 19, 2011 at 2:52 am

wait, Joe, can your wife make a mudkip?

ken2666 on July 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

Was that like, 5 gunshots?
I thought the old dude got killed after 4?

Geoff on July 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

@Geoff one in the nutsack >_>

Edward on July 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

@Geoff just rewatched the last scene Bernie shot each limb then killed him.

Also on my previous comments about Bernie’s promises to Gregory, Bernie did promise to save Gregory’s life *if* he told Bernie what he wanted.
So now my question is did Bernie not want to hear the truth, or was he just lying to get what he needed? Opinions?

sh4d0wfl4re on July 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Ok… he got the password then shot greg. I think that makes it obvious. He just wanted the information. At that point he saw greg as disgusting and planned to kill him anyway. It’s pretty obvious he wanted to know what was going on. He probably wouldn’t be a true robot wielding zombie hunter if he didn’t! Not the best way to say it, but surely you get my meaning.

Willy on July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Yes. Give the child who was clearly upset that you shot his father a gun. His father’s gun, no less. What could possibly go wrong?

Locke on July 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Heh… yeah… that’s a good point. Bernie is planning on handling the machines with
Annika- Hates guns and has a wounded arm
Rusty- already has shown a “fuck everyone else, I’m not risking my life for em” attitude
The kid- He’s a kid. What else needs to be said?
The guy who’s father he just killed
and scrufflebeck… a plant dog.

This plan seems legit. Who else thinks someone is gonna die?

Willy on July 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

@Willy, I will put £20 on Rusty dying. If I have to give a reason I will say a change of heart in which he sacrifices himself. Maybe to save the kid.

bobsickle on July 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Well even though rusty DESERVES to die, Joe is really changing the charecter. Its very common.

Leinahtan on July 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Rusty is a survivor who is trying to get the ones he cares about most to survive, at the cost of those he doesn’t much care for. He isn’t really evil, but his own personal relationships and his survival go far, far above everything and everyone else. Such as, Rusty would not hesitate to kill Bernie to save the kid or Annika if the opportunity presented itself.

Raging Reaver on July 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Raging Reaver-> or the other way around…

NeoWarrior on July 20, 2011 at 5:04 am

AHHHHHH where is my new chapter?

Mr Rawr on July 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Scrufflebeck keychains sound amazing, I would throw so much cash at it to make it mine
Also great work as always, your rightning is sound, well thought out, and brings out emotions for the fictional characters who easily reflect real people and how real people would react to situations
Of course I feel Gregory deserved to die and of course you have to think about what Bernie really meant when he said “save”, could mean patch you up or put you out of your misery

SpiritOfAdventure on July 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I recall a time when there was no comic update, it was just text saying “Sorry I missed the update!” Now we don’t even have that, I’m worried something might be going on D:

Xanag on July 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

@xanag i feel the same

red ja on July 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

@Xanag & red ja – I’m okay! :D Sorry about the late update, I’m super busy! Thanks for your patience! :D

Joe on July 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I know. I left the page a while ago, but came rushing back to state that I felt a bit worried that something might be going on irl… Nice to know other people are worried too. Joe is usually pretty good about letting us know that he just couldn’t make an update. Hopefully he’s just having issues connecting to the internet, or he just got really busy. I really hope nothing bad happened.

Willy on July 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Ok nevermind. Ignore that last big post there. Yep… that one. The one I posted 2 minutes too late. Yep… that’s joe alright… IT’S OK EVERYONE YOU CAN STOP FREAKING OUT. JUST CALM DOWN ALREADY. JOE WAS JUST BUSY SO
STOOOOOP
FREAAAKING
OOOUUUUUT

Willy on July 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

@Willy – Haha! Maybe I should have my webcam live at all times :D

Joe on July 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

hey joe when do you update your comic

red ja on July 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@red ja – I try to update three times a week whenever they get done (I shoot for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) :D

Joe on July 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm

thanks alot ps i LOVE YOUR COMIC AND I FOUND IT BY THE GAME WITCH IS PRETTY GOOD NA IM KIDING IT GREAT and thanks for your hard work

red ja on July 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

XD Haha… Well Joe, you know it only takes ONE late update without checking in. Then we’ll all be here in our hypothetical bathrobes at Midnight central time tapping our feet staring you down like “Where have you been mister! We’ve been up all night worried SICK about you.” Then the next morning we’ll be sippin’ our coffee with our lectures like “we only do this because we love you.”

Because that’s just the way a webcomic audience rolls. :P

(I don’t mean the above in a hassling kind of way. I just kinda felt like posting again. Anyway, I’ll keep looking forward to the next update.)

Willy on July 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

wheres the new update !!!!!! its been 5 days!!!! can you update soon i really want to see the next chapter

theslayer on July 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

the pocalypse comics are awesomme and the reason i got into them is because of the game pocalypse defense on andkon.com i introduced the comics to a few of my friends one of them mrhappy who made a comment on the last comic the pocalypse comics are freaken awesum nd i dont want them to end but its been a while since weve seen joe whens gonna be a comic about him and i think he shouldve stayed as joe because other joe is pretty mean artist joe please dont stop making the pocalypse comics they are sosososososososososososo awesome but seriously where have u been man make the next comic but man uve made over 101 comics not including fillers thats awesum stuff i wish i could buy a scrufflebeck thingy but im saving money for stuff on a vacation of mine and also ur canadian right because if u r its pretty sweet

please read this on July 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

can u go to an anime convention in florda plz and be a speaker

hi on July 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm