2 thoughts on “Equal Rights After The Apocalypse: The Zombie Rights Campaign

  1. Although zombies as a mass phenomenon (the viral/ supernatural zombie ‘plague’) may be demonised for the most part, the shift has already begun.

    Take the end of Shaun of the Dead, where the zombies are put to work (admittedly as little more than slaves). Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion makes you care about the zombie protagonist.

    In Romero’s Land of the Dead (ignoring the fact that it wasn’t that good…) the zombies, although still antagonistic toward humans, are starting to evolve into something more than brainless shamblers.

    Look at Frankenstein, the original fictional zombie. Much like the gods and demons comics have belittled to the status of superhero he too is a DC character. Frankenstein was one of Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers. He has recently appeared in Mike Carey’s outstanding The Unwritten too.

    My fear is that we will be so prepared for ‘traditional’ zombies, and the heartbreak of having to headshot our loved-ones, that when they announce a cure a few weeks in we’ll be standing around knee-deep in the corpses of friends and family looking just a little sheepish…

  2. John, that’s a disturbing and realistic possibility. I always wonder about thing like that at the end of movies. But never as a possibility to my post-apocalyptic life…

    Would be be looking at huge Zombie internment camps to avoid having to either kill or live with them? Would we have to feed them and provide them with the basics like food, water, shelter, warmth? Would they get visitors?

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