Wednesday, 29 May 2013

So I Read Zombies Calling

A 250 word (or less) review of the Zombies Calling graphic novel
By Faith Erin Hicks, SLG Publishing

Zombies Calling is a silly book. It tells the story of Jocelyn, a dorky and naive young Canadian university undergraduate and her flatmates, the gothy Sonnet and the dudebro-y Robyn, as they try to survive university and an adorable zombie apocalypse. Luckily for the group Jocelyn is an expert on zombie fiction and plans to use her knowledge of “The Rules” of the genre to survive. It's overall a quirky, fun, and humorous read. Have I mentioned the zombies are adorable? The book also explores some deliberate themes about the zombifying effects of modern, for profit, diploma mill, university education and the awful terror that is student loans. As a graduate student I can relate to these themes, since I already view undergrads as filthy, shambling, mindless creatures. Overall I'd recommend Zombies Calling: it's a cute, fun comic that with an accessible story and inviting artwork. Also, if the "London University" decimated by zombies in the comic is standing in for Western Univeristy (the worst part of Canada) than this comic might actually be the greatest ever. If not, Zombies Calling will likely at least stand as the most adorable and Canadian zombie apocalypse ever depicted.

Word count: 196

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