What if, instead of a bunch of badass survivalists, it was a gang of incredible nerds struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse?
The germ of this idea comes from Michonne, the black ninja character from the Walking Dead. She's a great character, but that ninja katana she uses is actually pretty inferior to a medieval broadsword. So I was reading it whilst en route to a rennaissance faire, and I thought--but what if it was a bunch of people who were at a Renn faire when the zombie apocalypse happened? They'd have swords and bows and arrows and armor and basically they'd actually be surprisingly well-equipped to handle a zombie apocalypse.
So that's this. A group that were at Canterbury Renn Faire in Oregon--hence the trees in the background--and actually were having a fake zombies-vs-knights battle when real zombies interrupted the performance. We still have some badass survivalists in the group--Scott, on the far left, actually was just visiting the Renn faire and is kind of disgusted by the nerds he's been thrown up in, and Kevin and Joan--the black guy and tall girl--are both medieval reenactors who are really good at swordfighting. But the rest of them, particularly Greg(ory the Great) in the front, are just typical nerds.
The other exception is Natalie, the red-haired girl in the front. Her dad was killed at the Renn faire, and she hasn't said a word since. The rest of the group keeps telling her that her dad is fine, and that they're playing some big medieval game--hence why they refer to each other with stage names--Gregory the Great, Joan the Whoreson, etc., etc. But they're also doing it because, as geeks, they're scared out of their minds, and the best way they can deal with it is by sort of play-acting their way through the whole thing.
I'm not totally happy with this picture. The original sketch wasn't bad, but the coloring made it pretty noisy, and while I tried to make it more unified in digital editing, I'm not wholly sure it worked. But this is as good as it's ever going to get, so here it is.
I also have a black and white (ala Walking Dead) version that I'm planning to stick up in scraps afalstein.deviantart.com/art/R…