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Growing My Own Plant Monsters 07/05/2011

by Joe

Well, I’m growing lemon balm plants. Maybe they’ll become monsters, though :D

I’m growing them from seeds and I’m actually excited to see them sprout in 2-3 weeks. Am I getting old and boring or are there other under-30ers out there who also enjoy a little bit of simple gardening?

Yes, apparently, a baby and and cat aren’t enough responsibility for me. Now, I have a plant to look after! :D

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I don’t think that makes you old at all! There’s nothing like some natural magic to make you feel warm and tingly on the inside

EmoKirby on July 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

lol i sense some kind of ” never want to show anyone else moment becuase it is probably horrific or very..very..secret”
or just that he is actually using or captured some machine and jacked some of its equipment to create the perfect machine destroying weapon…wtf is him and getting angry iver a weapon anyway?
and yes i know its rude while they were eating but seriously?
everyone usually talk during a feast

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

oh and also forgot to write…First
and also the part that he may be working with a machine..cant believe i forgot to add that part….oh and good luck with the plants Joe
my fav are Sun Flowers…they grow huge!
to bad i just can’t grow any right now D:

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Wow Joe this comic rocks and happy independence day to you too!(im late too!)

Josh on July 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Actually, I was first :3
And I have this funny feeling that Gregory and Scott are cannibals. I get the same feeling from them that I did from the old couple from The Book of Eli (Another excellent post-apocalyptic story).

EmoKirby on July 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Not first

Anyway, no comment (for some reason).

aattss on July 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Weird, I don’t like this character at all. I definatly get a villian vibe from him. He’s a bad egg.

Jarman on July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Seems like the old man is trying to set his son up with annika.

Alex on July 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

And I think he’ll set them up one way or anthoer.

Alex on July 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

well oh well then…secondXD
when i put the comment up for some odd reason ya comment wasnt up yet
guess it was a late load for me thenXD
oh and yes the set up thing seems true…but cannibuls seems strange…he has machine hunting gear not human hunting gear…unless he kills em during their sleep:P
either way i guess women are non-food to those 2…or just him
and also the silent one is sometimes of very skilled killer or sometimes…MYSTERY TIME

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

“I refused to evacuate when the the swarms came in and we just made the best of it.”
There are two “the” before “swarms”.
Just wanted to let you know.

Tschipi on July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Joe has a cat? Since when?

Squizzel on July 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m good with the cannibal idea since it does make sense to save people he sees and earn their trust but since he’s so interested about Annika only it isn’t very likely.So i’m guessing his son is a vampire since he did not talk or show his face to anyone and his father just want’s Annika to be his food.

Dagzter on July 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Man, gregory is so goddamn creepy.

Time to revive my old chant, with new lyrics!

Gregory’s gonna diiiieeee~
Gregory’s gonna diiiieeee~
And I’m gonna laaaaaugh~

Delta Pangaea on July 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Gardening is always fun~ My favorite flower is the passion flower, everyone always say they look fake. xD That part of why I like them.

That guy is a bit scary, and is he trying to set up an arranged marriage of sorts? He says that he has always been and will be there, so I bet that he is making Scott do the same thing, so uhh, just add everything up. XP

Booieann on July 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Dagzter-i dnt think he is a vampire since well…every vampire we have seen on this comic has pale skin..werewolf..possibly
since greybane is one then the son might be one
but vampire is a no since i have never heard of a vampire that keeps its skin colored then go pale
although the not talking part might be hiding fangs which might give proof of a werewolf…or if possible…fangs
lol i guess if its 2 then vampire..somehow
if lots then gotta be a werewolf

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

gardining is fun I grow sunflowers in the summer sometimes
and for the comic it look better with the day the candle looks great dont think we ever saw those before one question have we see hisgrain field befor it looks familiar

ryan on July 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Happy to hear that some of you enjoy gardening, too! :D
@Tschipi – Thanks for the catch! Fixed! :D
@Squizzel – Yup, we have a two-year-old siamese/tabby that we adopted over a year ago :D Her name is Yuria!

Joe on July 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

@ryan they were outside the grain feild when they ran into the machines, and Gregory came and saved them.
I was origionally thinking canibles, but being vampires or werewolves actually makes more sence… and that might be why zombies or other things dont mess with them… but dont think he wants Annika for food, I think he sees her as a potential mate for his son. To keep the line going.

Leviticus on July 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

It would also explain his obvious anger issues… Im just wondering where he got the weapon from? Stole it off some unwary traveller?

Leviticus on July 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

iwas thinking the same thing leviticus i going with he was a employer once in a factory were the made the robots or experimented with things and he took one of the experimental weapons but he had to kill someone to get it and he has been a shamed of it ever since and for the kid not having any social interaction with anybody but your father for years really messes you up

ryan on July 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

repost for grammar resons
i was thinking the same thing levitivus i am going with a long time ago he was aemployer in a factory were the made the robots or experimented with AI tecnologie someone whent bad and the machines which we orignily made to protact humans from zombies and monsters alike turned bad started killing all that moved around so he had to take one of the expirimental weapons but had to kill someone who found it first and now he is a shamed that he killed for the weapon and for the kid not having any social interaction for probebly years really messes ou up

ryan on July 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

lol ryan still had some errors but its not as if anyway cares…as long as it is understandable
i swear to god i think my friend writes in ancient egyptian becuase he somehow made a P look like a 4 and a d look like a c
it was kinda funny
and also i could only understand almost like 13% of what he writes…just 1 paragraph and only 13% is understandable XD

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I also agree with Lev since vampires are known to be calm sometimes and of course pale skin but werewolfves if i am correct could get angry fast
yet the gear he has…yet again i dunno but i literally agree that they could be werewolfves….

scavenger on July 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Ive been growing plants since I was a kid, Im 27 now and still love it just as much as I did then, There is something special about caring for plants…lol…sorry if that sounds weird, although I think with your excitement over waiting for the seedlings, you probably get what I mean ^_^… Although im sure it pales in comparison to having a child:)

Curator on July 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Joe, if you let Bernie, or any of the other survivors get hurt, you better hide yo kids, hide yo wife….nah just kidding. I have this bad feeling somethings very wrong in that place. My first something-bad-is-gonna-happen alarm was set off by Scott, and the next was by his secretive attitude about the weapon, and the third by no one deciding to stay. I tell you, somethings very wrong with that place. Very wrong.

Anon on July 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I’m sticking with my android theory. If not then it may be an associate of Bernie’s dad, who developed some kind of anti-zombie chemical, a force field, and some high powered EMPs. But android is more likely. The machines are setting up an act in order to take Bernie away.

Pat on July 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

He’s territorial, protective of his secrets, but has a soft spot for people who come to his house.
He ain’t nothing but a hound do~g
Howling all the time.

Pat on July 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I think he wants to capture them all so his son can perpetuate the species while the others work at his farm… And I think the EMP is fake as well as the machines, that was just a trap to capture them. Please Joe tell me I’m wrong, if not, I won’t enjoy the next chapter of this story! =0(

pabechevb on July 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I think Bernie is being a little hypocritical. Remember how he refuses to let others know the secrets of his father’s technology?

One thing though. Gregory says he and Scott go hunting for meat when they are in the mood for it. Where do you find meat in a city? Sounds to me they’ve been eating some zombie flesh. Unless they hunt other survivors and eat them, or vampires. Although Zombies sounds to me the most prolific and closest source of meat that Gregory and Scott would be able to find.

I for one though would love to know more about the history of the machines. Anyone think Bernie’s dad played a critical hand in their creation?

acorn on July 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

@pabechevb that’s actually a good idea. The only reason to get that defensive about your weapon is if you’re worried about losing it or if it’s a hoax. Personally I’m leaning more toward them being cyborgs or something and using other people for parts.

The most off putting part was when he said that “Zombies know not to fuck with me”. Zombies don’t know anything, they’re just attracted to potential food. Doesn’t matter how many or how effectively you kill them they just keep coming.

Raziel Star on July 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Hmm…I think his sons a vampire but since grown food isnt for him, he kills visitors for his son. OR hes a spy….for something….CIA? MI6?….
thats a good point actually, can we have James Bond in this? It would be awesome!!

Jon on July 6, 2011 at 12:27 am

@Alex ORLY

Edward on July 6, 2011 at 12:40 am

maybe hes the guy who made the robots, by accident or purpose, and is trying to cover it up? :P

YoYoDude on July 6, 2011 at 12:56 am

This was a good one. even there was no action. I think Gregeory is trying to set up Scott with Annika. Something tells me that there’s more than meets the eye with these two…plus Gregory scared the crap out of me. hahah.

Pocalypselove0001 on July 6, 2011 at 1:07 am

And now Gregory has taken first place for creepiest character. My skin started crawling every time he spoke to Annika. I REALLY want them to get the hell out of there, like, NOW.

volpethrope on July 6, 2011 at 1:09 am


MorganrBan on July 6, 2011 at 1:15 am

so i have a feeling that gregory is some sort of cannibal or a genius inventor, and his son is a robot that he invented

Steven on July 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

Ithink that they are people who somehow made a deal with the machines. THey turn over all the people they meet in return the machines patrol around there farm to keep all the swarms of monsters away. Also he wants to set up annika with his son scott. machines he took out are not dead course I could be completly wrong.

eric on July 6, 2011 at 1:22 am

Well if he does kill people I have a theory as to what he uses them for, after all where can anyone in an apocalyptic world find fertilizer to help the grain field along, after all you need nutrient rich soil to grow food

SpiritOfAdventure on July 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

@Edward Indeed good sir, indeed.

Alex on July 6, 2011 at 1:23 am


*ahem* Anyway yeah, Bernie’s not the asshole here :3

Anonymous_Jr on July 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

I have a bad feeling about this… and why does he keep asking annika so much? hmm i dont like this, it can’t be eny good,

frida on July 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

plants are easy to take care of unless they crave blood and squeak “feed me”

leaderofstars on July 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

@Joe-> you’re not exactly getting old… I’m 18 and my future house dreams are to live in a two stories high house with a back garden for fruits and veggies, a tank of fish in the second floor, and a white bunny or hare in the first. Of course, I also want my house decore to be dark rather than light, seeing as what colors do to the mood, but everyone considers that bit unrealistic…… People here have no consideration for those kinds of things actually…

Anyways, that new guy’s a total perv, trying to force Annika on his son… I’d guess that was his plan all along! As for his fight with Bernie… I’ll have to side with him on that one… Bernie DOES NOT share the secrets of the suits with anyone, so why should anyone share their secrets of weaponry with him?->Is what I’m thinking…

NeoWarrior on July 6, 2011 at 2:55 am

i agree with jr he has to be working with the bots

neokill on July 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

dude, im freakin 19 and i enjoy simple things, you would consider me boring, so dont worry about it ;)

Rasmus Nielsen on July 6, 2011 at 3:33 am

ok so all ive seen today is what those 2 might be
werewolfves-yet again possibly…anger and the son not talking might show fangs if he talks
vampires-vampires have pale skin people so stop saying that
androids-i guess that is bit more likely since they look human
or just working with the robots
we will soon find out i bet
but seriously the vampire thing is off the list so no one talk of them being vampires…seriously…pale skin
never heard of one without pale skin-zompires dont count either

scavenger on July 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

My two cents are that Gregory is going to become a reoccurring villain.

Lukesf on July 6, 2011 at 5:37 am

Is it sad I only just now realized that ‘Mindcrafting’ is a poke at minecraft?

Pffff on July 6, 2011 at 5:41 am

Dear Annika. Sleep with a gun under your pillow tonight. Berie, don’t be afraid to shoot the place apart because this guy is probably worse than the zombies, plants and machines out there. Because he’s a human being with no conscience. D=

Yinello on July 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

Does anyone ever get it when the loading progress bit doesn’t appear and your just left with a zombie trying to do the moonwalk?

Noble 7 on July 6, 2011 at 6:14 am

Pretty good chance they’ve been drugged, IMO.

“We could always use more hands around here” has put my money on slavers, again. Although “We go hunting when we’re in the mood for some meat” could also be interpreted for cannibals. Of course, they might be both, catch a band of survivors, eat one, make the rest work while the first one digests, etc. Scott might not even be his son, could be a housekeeping slave that’s too scared of Gregory to speak, which would account for the shyness, and how he’s… not eating at the table.
The only thing that doesn’t add up for me is the lack of zombie attacks on the farm. Do machine patrols wipe them out, or what?

Aethrys on July 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

Do that sound of the dish again and I will go to Japan and KILL YOU!!! My stomach hurts for the scare

Erik on July 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

I think that they’re robot related. Mabye they were accidentally the cause of the robot part of the pocalypse or something.

aattss on July 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

Noble7-> just refresh the page… The Zombie MoonFreeze happens once in a while here now that I think about it… Every time I leave a messege ihere it happens too! Worry not, because it’s NOT your comp that is troubled!

NeoWarrior on July 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

I say they’re terminators…Any arguments to this theory?

MrNumbers on July 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

Well that Gregory sure is sketchy.
I’ve been gardening for years and I’m 29. It’s my favorite hobby. Nothing more satisfying than growing and spreading living things. You should check out permaculture philosophy and techniques.

Geoff on July 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm

my moneys on cannibals planning to use Annica for mating purposes… i saw sumthing like this situation in a zombie movie, the group of ppl hiding out in a safe house tryed stealing the wemon from the main charictors group until thay found thay wer all infected with the virus. then they stole all of the main charictors suppleys and sent them on their merry way… assholes

lemon4384 on July 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

What’s the name?

Edward on July 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

name of movie please…i like zombie movies

scavenger on July 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Can anyone say SHOTGUN WEDDING?

MeowMeow on July 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Shotgun Wedding… there, I said it..

Leviathan on July 7, 2011 at 3:11 am

No, but I can say EMP Rocket Launcher wedding.

Aethrys on July 7, 2011 at 4:43 am

I don’t think they set up a robot attack, cause Bernie made the comment that even his suit felt the effects of the EMP and also @acron- Bernie doesn’t know the secrets of his fathers tech only his father and Harry before the mind wipe knew how to make Obliteration, true he is hiding the secrets to his new suit Arbiter but there is a good reason for that like say Cross stealing his Stinger suit? Yet I am agreeing with Greg there being a slaver and scott may not be his actual son too. We just have to see what Joe does next unless he leaves us with another cliff hanger of death!

sykes on July 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

Cat? Garden? All the facts are starting to pile up.

Alexander Campbell Heath on July 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

dont feel bad im 22 and i have a green house that 53 by 53

Redcnversation on July 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

Why do you all think that they’re cannibals or that they’re takig slaves. I dont think that author Joe has something as senseless as this in mind for them.

Tschipi on July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

don’t ruin the idea tsch
let everyone think
but its absolutely clear they not vampires…yet again they got color skin not pale
but other things they are called are possible….although the android or cyborg part does seem interesting
can’t tell if they both same or bit different

scavenger on July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

I don’t think he is a slaver… after all, there aren’t any slaves around. No, I think that the others who have stayed over have either been killed, or left because something horrified them.

Zach on July 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

The guy is a robot i’m callin’ it.
he didn’t make the emp he was made WITH it.
his son i probly just some crazy-mute-rapist-thingy.

George lutech on July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

oh and zombie don’t attack do to the lack of meat
on robots.

George lutech on July 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

@noble7 and Neowarrior
when the zombie is just moonwalking there, right click on him, and go to play. that will bring u into the sound/nosound screen.

Leviticus on July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm