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Hold My Keys, Scrufflebeck! 07/14/2011

by Joe

We picked up some Perler Beads after seeing a lot of awesome real-life sprite characters online. Google “perler bead nes” and you’ll see what I’m talking about! :D

I wanted to try it out, since I’m somewhat familiar with pixel art :D

My wife made the first three recognizable video game legends. I made the fourth one. Can you tell who it is? :D (Though the title kinda gives it away!)

Enjoy Scene 18 – “I Swear”!

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Great work as usual, I love your comics alot and keep it up :)

Coolman920 on July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm


Oh, and Lemme just say. That’s some scary shiz that’s goin down.

Jack on July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

the kid dissappers for a litle bit…

Anonymous_Jr on July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Awwww hell. Craps getting REALLY real now.

I totally saw Bernie doing that from a mile away. Totally. :P

Delta Pangaea on July 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I’m sorry but bernie you fucking liar and why joe such a dark turn was like a slap in the face. this was just a very dark turn and I’m kinda disappointed in bernie.

Zerotech68 on July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

HA!!!! Gregory deserved to die and im happy Bernie killed him. One thing i dd not understand was why gregory got so excited over annika being a female because there must have been many other females to come to his “bed and breakfast”

MrHappy on July 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That was rather dark for Bernie, I’d almost say it was out of character honestly.

Xanag on July 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

It was definitely not out of character. Bernie is an idealist. In an ideal world, assholes like that guy don’t get off because of favors and luck.

In an ideal world, they get their brains splattered all over the wall.

Frank on July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

It might’ve been a tad dark and almost out of character, but I can see why Bernie did what he did.

And frankly, I fuckin’ applaud it. Rock on, Bernie. Now go find the others and do the same to them.

Johnny WHoa on July 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I don’t think it was out of character, or even a dark turn. What he saw was an atrocity, like the nazi concentration camps. For God’s sake, Gregory was harvesting humans! And he was planning to do the same to Bernie and his friends. He has all the reasons to be mad about. No mercy for the wicked. I would have done the same.

Sefrin on July 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Excellent chapter!!!

Cristian on July 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love how incredibly human and realistic Bernie really is as a character. Also, your Scrufflebeck is one of the cutest key chains I’ve ever seen ^_^

Mr Rawr on July 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

So Bernie’s dad is the ‘Slayer’… but from the Elders’ wording, it seems that they are HOPEFUL that the ‘Slayer’ will be defeated by Bernnie: ” I can think of no one better…” So if the Slayer’s on their side, why would they want him defeated? And if the slayer ISN’T on their side, then why would Bernie try to defeat his own father?

Also, Greg was worknig for the vampires, but using machines. Unless they were decoy machines, this is also puzzling, as vampires fear machines.

I don’t doubt that Joe has reasonable answers to all these quiestions. But I want to know now… lol.

Zach on July 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

whoa! Bernie goes insane… awesome xD
excellent chapter and the key chain!
is the fourth one Scrufflebeck? i love it ^^

Emmanuel on July 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

*Bernie and *working, obviously. Oops.

Zach on July 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

That was pretty hardcore Bernie…

Yoinkinator on July 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

OMG JOE PLEASE STOP WITH THE AWSOME CLIFF HANGERS!!!the suspense is killing me slowly like the pods that joe and rosa are in. And sorry about the caps lock im very passionate about this webcomic it is to be zombified for

ryan on July 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

“My wife made the first three recognizable video game legends. I made the fourth one. Can you tell who it is?”

I can only recognize 1 “legend” on the laptop. GO SCRUFFLEBECK

Btw, I haven’t commented in a long time. But I can tell you this, I check back at least once a day for the comic, let alone the comments etc.

Great job bud… great job!

Beadan on July 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

OK, NOW this is getting interesting. There seems to be some huge secret about the vamp elders and Bernie’s father? Whoa..

Professor on July 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

“The slayer will not harm his son” so if Bernie is the son…

YoYoDude on July 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

WOW! This is the first tima I feel compeled to write a comment on your already great comic. Why this time? Because this was the best chapter so far!!! Amazing! I really enjoyed that tip of iceberg, and the cliffhanger. Your are improving very fast (not that your comic were any boring before!).

I will procede to recomend this to everyone:


efes on July 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Theory: Bernie’s dad is the Slayer. To insure that Bernie and Jess would not be hunted down and slain like their mother (whom might have been turned into a vampire as a hostage instead of slain) their dad became ‘the Slayer,’ hunting for the vampires. The vampires think that this threat will only hold the Slayer for so long so they constantly try to find entities that can topple the Slayer via subtle manipulation such as enemies of their’s finding things they shouldn’t things they set the Slayer to guard.
Also a (possible) threat to Bernie’s dad: if you disobey Jess will be turned.

sh4d0wfl4re on July 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I’m going to be honest here. I wanted that Bastard to die more than the john and vriska pairing in homestuck. That being said, He had all the reasons to do so. Gregory was a sick and evil man, hell bent on farming for the vamps and possibly doing questionable acts to the females. The world is probably a 200% better place with that Insufferable Prick out of the way. What I’m hoping is that the humans that are being farmed can be saved. Possibly new characters?

PerfectlySteamedTie on July 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

“Sorry?! You cost me tree bodys and a female! […]”
At this point Scott disappeared for two chatboxes.
You should correct this Joe.

Tschipi on July 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

@Anonymous_Jr & Tschipi – Thanks for the catch! Fixed! :D

Joe on July 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm


zixi on July 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

guys guys erm the elders talked about ‘THE SLAYER’ and ‘THE SLAYER’s kid
so didnt the father of bernie killed a shitload of vampires?
so maybe ‘THE SLAYER’ is bernie’s father. could be right ?

zixi on July 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

with the interrogation i thought asassin creed, ASSASSIN’S CREEEEEED!
also one of the vampire elders says like father like son… 0.o

hypnokrit on July 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Now if only I could shoot Avery 5 times to death. Muahahaha.

PerfectlySteamedTie on July 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

This makes alot more sense now.For some reason the vampire elders wanted Bernie to find Gregory’s farm.Probably the one that contacted Bernie through mind world was a vampire.Oh also @sh4d0wfl4re ummm in some episode Bernie or Jess told that their mother was taken by zombies.

Dagzter on July 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hmmmmm blood farms AND crop farms. I knew he couldnt be trusted from the BEGINNING. Now i believe we should get back to Joe. Leave the others in SUSPENSE. Read this Joe!

Leinahtan on July 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Whoa Bernie! …I would’ve done the same. xD I mean who lets a creep like that live?

Yinello on July 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm


Erik on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I did not read all of the above comments cause I am too lazy but I read a few, and did anyone else catch the hint that this “Slayer” is Bernies dad and that Bernie is going to be sent to kill him by the vamps. Some interesting stuff right there. Good work Joe and I love the dropped hints, but a quick question, how far ahead do you work? One chapter at a time or is there a bigger ending you already forsee?

Joshua on July 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Ha! I was right about farming blood for vamps.
@Dagzter You’re probably right about it being a set up.

It seems like they keep constant surveillance on the place. That also explains why Zombies don’t come around, their heads probably explode if they get within a certain range or they’re at least commanded to walk the other way.
Gregory must of been surprised as hell to not have the vamps backing him up.

Raziel Star on July 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Joe, you added “the Slayer”!!!! You are true to the family blood. How could I not have assumed you would add a Slayer. This comic just increased in it’s awesomeness by 120%. Speaking of which I just grabbed the first two seasons of Buffy from ajp3! Gotta rewatch that!

as most of you have stated, Bernie’s father is probably the Slayer. If not, it’s Joe’s dad. Either way, it’s one of their fathers. How I came to the conclusion of it might be Joe’s father. Well, seeing as the “dream world” vampire leaders have the ability to pretty much see any soul, I would assume that they know bernie and joe work together. (It’s kind of like the Emperor in Star Wars, he can predict things through strategic deduction + supernatural powers.) Considering that they are speaking in generalities, the Slayer really could be anyone’s father, but the fact that Bernie is missing his father and Joe has no recollection of his family it really leaves their fathers both at a standstill (of course, this is just a theory).

The Slayer will be “Blade” like. If it’s bernie’s father, the Slayer will have all the latest tech gadgets to hunt all kinds of creatures and machines. He will be ninja stealthy. Maybe even run a team of “Slayers”. Another thing, the Slayer is clearly a bad guy. He works for the Vampires (hence the dialogue at the end). He’s probably an Assassin that the Vampires use to quickly kill off opposing powerful foes. They clearly want the father and son to fight (whichever that combination may be).

Taking that into consideration, the fight between whichever father and son may be (referencing Star Wars again) like the Luke and Vader fight. If you’ve seen it, then I don’t need to explain.

KiDDa on July 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

http://deadwinter.cc/index.htm now has a link to here.

oliver on July 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Never thought Bernie could be that hard-boiled … Quite disturbing, really. Good episode.

SatyreIkon on July 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Bernine has finally lost it! I know he can be pretty hot headed but to go far as shooting a man in the head…wow.

sykes on July 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm


Dreamdealer on July 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

ok..So…gregory is dead shit, like i said, but now…what information is saved on the computer? and who is “the slayer?”….Bernie’s dad!?!…we’ll find out eventually..possibly

Pocalypselove0001 on July 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

those beads are awesome, but i have to say that your wife id a somewhat better job than you…

Alexander Campbell Heath on July 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

wow that was an amazing episode.. now im so psyched for all the up coming ones.. but why is it i have a feeling that bernies dad is going to be making an appearance….

Alex on July 15, 2011 at 1:33 am

I’m sure that Bernie will have such a nice reunion with his father.

bobbaganoosh on July 15, 2011 at 2:05 am

I sorta have a slight feeling that Bernie’s dad won’t remember him. Somthing will happen and Bernie’s dad will either die, or almost die when and if they meet up :O

Pocalypselove0001 on July 15, 2011 at 2:10 am

If i am right then i am going to be happy and pissed

Pocalypselove0001 on July 15, 2011 at 2:10 am

that was so cool!!!! i cant wate or the next chapter!!!!! o and great sruffleback keyring joe XD

theslayer on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 am

o i for got to say but ive whached the pocalypse since the beging and this was my first coment

theslayer on July 15, 2011 at 3:05 am

Why did Gregory get so excited over losing a female? There must’ve been more female guests at his “bed and breakfast” before that. Also why is a female so important? Maybe if he wants Scott to have a wife or something but like i said before there must have been more females that Scott couldv’e married.

MrHappy on July 15, 2011 at 3:14 am

lol wow that was cold blooded of bernie. couldnt he have dragged him to the colony and throw him into a dungeon or something? i know gregory was an asshole and didnt have to seem to regret what he did in the slightest. but he also seemed like he was scared and did that whole thing out of desperation.

Stone on July 15, 2011 at 3:21 am

they are: scrufflebeck,kirby,toad and pikachu.

natasha on July 15, 2011 at 4:45 am

I knew he was going to kill him as soon as he promised he would heal him…

Ariso on July 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

It is Bernie’s dad, “like father like son”

Pocalypselove0001 on July 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

“he knows of the farms” aka bernie

Pocalypselove0001 on July 15, 2011 at 5:57 am

Make more. Sell them.

Kaz on July 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

Well writer Joe you are a genius when it comes to writing stories that BLOW PEOPLE’S MINDS!! You get people thinking and theorizing and continuosly on the edge of their seats waiting for the next comic to be up and hoping that it doesn’t end up being filler, also you know when to switch stories to make people even more anctious. Lets hope an apocalypse doesn’t happen too soon or else I won’t be able to take the suspense

SpiritOfAdventure on July 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

Quote”Why did Gregory get so excited over losing a female? There must’ve been more female guests at his “bed and breakfast” before that. Also why is a female so important? Maybe if he wants Scott to have a wife or something but like i said before there must have been more females that Scott couldv’e married.
MrHappy on July 15, 2011 at 3:14 am ”

MAY BE, just may be, they lack the science to clone people, so if you want to keep harvesting crops you have to reproduce them. However, I doubt they lack that techno. I truly think that if Vampires want to keep power, they have to restore the humankind. Female and Male is Mother’s Nature way of breeding for humans. Farming is just a way to secure a food. As Vampires Elders they are conservative, they have laws, and when Chaos arrives they have to restablish the Cosmos.

raynard on July 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

inb4 Joe makes a farmville clone, except instead of farming crops, you crop people for vampires.

Willy on July 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Wow creepy

Josh on July 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm


frida on July 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Lol, when Bernie goes onto the computer and types in the password there should be a message saying “Wrong password, try again” and then he goes nuts

Jon on July 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

a scott drawing would be a good incentive!

jon on July 16, 2011 at 2:38 am

what about Joe, Rosa, and the plants?????? what happened to them??? I got to know about them!!!

Hein on July 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

I just had some teeth pulled…:( good thing the pocalypse is here to distract me!:)

Dreamdealer on July 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

Bernie’s dad is now a vampire, behind elders order. But when he sees his son, he wouldn’t hurt Bernie
Joe, if I see this in a comic I will know the end is close…
Did you see The Simpsons? 22 seasons, and 50% of world hate new episodes
Every history finish repetitive

Erik on July 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

Very good chapter, the creepy vibe really makes it seem like the end of the world. To the other commenters, Bernie’s father is the slayer, but not a vampire; I think what Author Joe is hinting is that the vampires have purposefully sacrificed their farming operation to enrage Bernie and bait him into a trap, then turn him into a vampire and use him against his father. Elder Dominik (sp?) tried to recruit Powerfist so it seems the vampires are spending most of their energy on trying to find someone who might, once turned, be able to stop the slayer/Bernie’s dad. About the importance of Annika, end-of-the-world scenarios tend to show the survival rate for women being much slimmer, 25% if we are going by left 4 dead so Gregory may have had no female “guests” at all, or the vampires might want women to turn as we have seen a grand total of 2 women vampires so far if you count Rosa. Excellent comic, can’t wait to see what happens next!

Phizle on July 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

maybe his dad is helping the vampire slay a greater evil, or something like that

hippitus hoppitus bunnius on July 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I was hoping he’d kill him anyway and HE DID!
fuck yeah

Geoff on July 18, 2011 at 1:06 am