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Mind Over… Everything. 03/19/2011

by Joe

Yup, early post, since I didn’t get any sleep last night! There are just way too many things on my mind and it won’t let my body sleep. The few cups of coffee I had last night aren’t helping either, I guess :D

Speaking of the mind’s effect on the body, check out this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12785274. I found it interesting and agreeable that the psychological effects of the looming Fukushima nuclear plant are more damaging than the radiation spewing from it (speaking as a person who is outside the recommended evacuation zone). I know how mentally and physically taxing stress, worry, and negativity are. I remember times when I’d be so stressed (back in my good ol’ school days, mostly) that my body would actually be sore the next day from involuntarily flexing muscles and body shivers.

Since those days, I’ve learned how to deal with tough situations (for the most part) and I feel that, nowadays, I’m able to take more risks under the mantra of “Everything will always work out.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go sky diving without a parachute or anything, but I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to ignore the negative what-ifs that your logical mind throws at you and just go with your gut. Heck, I wouldn’t have started The Pocalypse if I listened to the negative what-ifs like, “What if no one reads this? You’re just wasting your time.” or “What if this actually gets popular? That’s a lot of work on your plate!”

Anyways, I don’t even know if my sleep-deprived ramblings are making any sense :D Good thing I wrote today’s scene yesterday, eh?

Enjoy Scene 1 – “Ugly Monsters”! Yay, Chapter 3! :D

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Have a great weekend!

Cute kid, new characters, new plot? looks promising

ashendant on March 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

super heros who needs him when we have both oes

mikelord356 on March 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

ah. another asshole. when is he dying?

momo on March 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

No Superheroes!? Just wait ’til Team Powerfist and Scrufflebeck arrive!! With their trusty sidekick Arbiter, of course

Timmy HarleQuin on March 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

foreshadow much?

anon on March 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

superheroes? You just left it open for Joe to contradict him… Or else Arbiter as he looks way more heroic than Powerfist…
That asshole is a bad influence… But somehow I feel he is a good person… inside???
Maybe he’s acting like this because of their situation? Joe would be the same in his case…
The little kid is sooooo cute! He has a bit of a resemblence to Joe though… Is he Joe’s detested cousin who Joe will cry and yell about when he sees he hasn’t died yet?

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

Joe i hate to be a critic, but the zombies standing makes it slightly dull… hope there is no offense

ashendant on March 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

@ashendant – None taken! There is destructive criticism and constructive criticism. You have definitely given me the latter, so thanks! :D

Joe on March 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

I think I like this Rusty character, but possibly because the idea of ruining a kid’s hopes and dreams at every turn is just my kind of thing. Or maybe I’m too sick of stupid YouTube comments. Either way, he’ll probably die heroically.

Infinite Virginity on March 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I am just now reminded of Left 4 Dead.

bobbaganoosh on March 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Actually Rusty makes me think of a man whom is tired of false hope, wants to live, wants those around him to survive, and doesn’t see those around him living long with any delusions of how dire their situation is. (he probably likes the kid, maybe envies him too)

sh4d0wfl4re on March 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Haha, the “Oh, hi Mark!” reference. This is gold.

PolarWarrior, Destroyer of Yukon economies on March 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Superheroes maybe unless you count powerfist, arbiter and jess(sorry forgot the suits name)
maybe they’ll come unless real joe wants to keep these stories separate

Zerotech68 on March 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

zombies should have tryed to walk thourgh that fence.

defuse on March 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

Rusty is a jerk but he also speaks the truth, whether the kid likes it or not he should be told whats going on so that later on he can learn from it
Now lets see if Joe makes his appearance, kicking ass and proving people wrong

SpiritOfAdventure on March 20, 2011 at 1:58 am

I hope that this kid is gonna be devoured by these zombies soon. Cute things must die.
Just to make sure that this won’t turn into another “the walking dead” cold-cowboy-survivalist-kid ;)

Ziggy on March 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

I just have one question; how did they stack the cars like that?
Mass hotwiring and driving over each other? Pretty dangerous.
Awesome forklift? Idk, how much do they lift anyways…
Lifting? Only with lots of people, or some REALLY strong guy.

Uh-oh…was this supposed to be a plot point? ;)

Ant1pr0t0n on March 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Suden news about the inminent Nuclear meltdown make me wonder if things are still okay on your side Joe…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 21, 2011 at 4:49 am

@PolarWarrior – “Oh, hey Johnny, what’s up?” ;)
@Ant1pr0t0n – Heh heh, nope not a plot point! Yes, all of those possibilities could be correct! :D
@NeoPhantom – Sudden news? “Imminent”? Do you know something that I don’t? Yes, everything is okay :D

Joe on March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

Frankly, I’m with Rusty: It’s better if the kid knows.

Tenyo Sciurus on March 21, 2011 at 9:25 am

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the author of another comic I read has started a project to help Japan, details here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1932174840/japan-needs-heroes

aurelianShadow on March 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

@aurelianShadow – Yes, I was aware of Japan Needs Heroes, thanks to another commenter :D Thanks for the reminder and I hope that they reach their goal!

Joe on March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

I like Rusty, kind of like a realist and tough. But I always liked anti-heroes hehe

John on March 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Also Tenyo is right… in times of dire need and despair its best if noone is cloud-walking

John on March 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

i think that the zombies need more sprites then the generics and edits of said generics

Lukesf on March 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Heh, Cross and Rusty must go to the same hairstylist, lol.

Draconita on March 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Is it just me or does it look like Rusty’s carrying a crossbow?

kim jo-el on March 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

Joe- some news here about some of the nuclear plants on verge of degenerating the security measures… Probably just an innofensive rumor as you have heard none of it…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 22, 2011 at 10:29 am