Everywhere you look in pop culture these days you’ll find a Zombie. Personally, I’m a robot type of guy; but I have to admit, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Zombie media invasion. I kinda like it. On Halloween I watched the premier of the Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead on AMC. It was…GREAT! Like I mentioned before, I’ve always been more of a robot guy. I never had the desire to pick up any of the Zombie centric comic books that have hit the shelves in the past few years (and there have been lots of them).
Blackest Night from DC, Marvel Zombies, The Goon, Fragile…the list goes on and on. Watching The Walking dead however, really spoke to me. It’s not about zombies at all, which at it’s core is probably what the zombie fascination is all about. It’s about loosing loved ones, it’s about being alone in the world and trying to find order in our chaotic society where it feels no one really wants to listen, just tear the very flesh from your psychic bones. It’s about survival at it’s most primal level. Yeah, I may be a little late with my dissection of the whole zombie thing, but when it’s becomes the highest rated premiere of the year on cable, it’s kind of hard to turn away. Now I have to go catch up with 72 issues of The Walking Dead. See, TV is good for comics. Congrats to Robert Kirkman!
Support your local art community! Jason Tamvakis (photographer of this weeks image) is a local artist here in the NYC with a taste for gore and…Zombies. Moving on with the Zombie fascination, there is another side to it. It’s not just about Isolation, it’s about being empowered and indestructible. Tamvakis’ book Dead Sexy: undead undressed captures this. In a nut shell the photo’s depict the Zombie female as fetish, which to me is a woman who has had enough and is not going to take it anymore. It’s sexuality as primal danger and fear. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I think it’s a relevant facet of our current social zombie movement. Survivalism.
Lastly, lets bring this full circle. We’re screwed and we taste like bacon! Last week Japanese researchers working on a robot that has a taste sensor which could identify wines, cheese meats and hors d’oeuvres got a taste for human flesh “when some smart aleck reporter placed his hand in the robot’s omnivorous clanking jaw, he was identified as bacon. A cameraman then tried and was identified as prosciutto.” Let’s prey skynet isn’t aware yet because the last thing we need are Zombie Robots!
Destroy your toasters!