What's your favorite page of the comics? [Comic spoilers all up ins no doubt]

seanvanamanseanvanaman Telltale Alumni
edited March 2011 in The Walking Dead
Hey guys, some of you might know me -- I'm Sean Vanaman, TTG Designer and Craft-Services. I'm lead designing the game with Jake Big Bird Rodkin and thought it'd be cool for people to either describe or even post their favorite page/memorable moment from the comics. If you don't want to go through the rigmarole of posting an image, just say what trade and what page and give us the general gist of what's going on.

I'll try to get mine up this weekend. A healthy use of the spoiler tags in here I imagine.


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    All of the cliffhangers where the best scenes in the comic, but I love the one when Rick is eating an apple and they see a whole army coming for them, with the Governor on the tank (I didn't think I'd ever see him after what Micchone did to him) screaming: KILL THEM ALL!! That was AWESOME!
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    Oh man, so hard to pick! There are TONS of pages that have earned a place amongst my favorites....

    And really any page that depicted the Governor's relationship with his daughter. It was this really twisted and subverted family relationship that I absolutely LOVED. One major thing that is amazing about The Walking Dead is its ability to stop for a moment to focus on some of the really screwed-up shit that can go down when the world has no rules and has gone straight to Hell, and this was one of those things that I loved.


    This one and the page before it are also favorites of mine. Absolutely BRUTAL. Beautifully detailed and dramatically poignant, because his friends are RIGHT there. They have nothing they can do but watch. It's simply gut-wrenching. I love it!


    I was AGONIZED having to choose a page between this and its kin, and I wouldn't be surprised if others picked up the slack in this regard. Do I go for the drill in the shoulder? The fingernails ripped off the hand? This, which comes right after that, and maybe "flows" from it too much? The eye being scooped out, or the eye coming out of it that doesn't really make sense on its own? There's the castration, of course, but is that really graphic or detailed enough to be considered my favorite?

    SO MANY choices, but in the end I picked this. A good mix of dialog, story, gore, and sheer vengeance and loathing. It simply gets to you when these rape/revenge stories cause the victim to go absolutely nuts. The rape sequence was able to be gut-wrenching while remaining relatively understated and, honestly, wasn't terribly graphic. This, on the other hand, is decidedly NOT understated, and gives the reader imagery that is graphic enough to FORCE a reaction in a situation that was already tense and dramatically fulfilling. This is probably my favorite sequence in the entire series, which is incredible because it could have been done completely without the zombie element. I think that's part of it, this is an entirely human concern, where a far greater enemy than the walking dead is a human that has full control of their own mind. That's what makes it so powerful, and what makes it work so well.

    ...also, I'm noticing a running theme: I love the Governor. Way too much. I simply REVEL in the atmosphere he exudes.

    Oh man, there are so many other great, amazing pages, but I should probably give somebody else a turn.
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    That moment when Rick states the obvious. When he asks everybody "Can't you see it? WE are the walking dead!"

    I think that's a pretty powerful statement... they're GOING to die, eventually. By zombies, by being shot, even natural causes will eventually kill them - and all of us.

    Apocalypse or no, what everyone's doing is just trying to stay alive one more day.

    I'd like it if the games shared that sense of hopeless survival.

  • seanvanamanseanvanaman Telltale Alumni
    edited March 2011
    Dashing: all good points concerning how the worst stuff that happens in this book, or the most dramatically interesting, really has nothing to do with the zombies. In fact, I really dig that as the story progresses and time goes on, the zombies just get sad: they evolve from the sort of bloated rotten monsters hiding in closets to sad sacks of bone that are still trying to eat you but are certainly not the most evil threat in the world. Here's a good look at one:

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    Mine is from the beginning of the series. (the coloring was done by someone named "Mr. Dodson". Personally I greatly prefer the black and white, but this was the only version I could find on google)


    This was one of the best moments in the television series, too. What amazes me about this scene is that, in hindsight, it almost seems naive and simplistic. Knowing what Rick has in store for his future, this act that had so much meaning before looks futile and meaningless now.
  • seanvanamanseanvanaman Telltale Alumni
    edited March 2011
    What amazes me about this scene is that, in hindsight, it almost seems naive and simplistic. Knowing what Rick has in store for his future, this act that had so much meaning before looks futile and meaningless now.

    Totally, right? That's a lot of what I like about comics and long-form content, is that you can go back a bunch of issues or episodes or what-have-you and say "oh God, that character has no idea what's coming in 500 pages."

    Context and narrative scale are all really interesting when a story is being told over a long period of time.
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    I blocked my comment with the spoiler thing b/c I mention Abraham's fate in the comics, but someone posted a pic of Glenn dying, so I guess my spoiler thing is unnecessary... haha

    I thought the pages where they don't really show rick's group slaughtering The Hunters was really cool. I can't find the pic online, and the version I have is in pdf format and I can't upload it. then the pic where Father Gabriel is up against the wall looking terrified, while rick, andrea, Abraham, and michonne and standing there watching the fire burn, was also awesome. there are so many great parts of the comics, this was just one of the well drawn pages, and story arc with the hunters, that I thought was very well done... Abraham is one of my favorite characters from the comics, wish he didn't take an arrow through the head, from stupid Dwight of all people... what a sad way to let a great character go...

    also, Sean Vanaman, you are the man. wish you were still in on making The Walking Dead game... I mean, there has to be a season 3, and season 4, and then some, right? I know telltale has some good writers, and the story that I read (on the trustworthy internet) is that you and Jake helped write the season 2 story arc, but what about the future seasons? or is the story I heard not correct? are you still going to be involved in future seasons? I think they'd probably be much better if you were involved. so here is an ego boost for you... haha! I'm sure future seasons will be good, but, idk, just saying.

    this has been fun! i'll see if I can find some more comic story lines/pic of the story lines that I can post again later...

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  • I don't like comics.

  • The Governor on his Tank "Kill Them Alll!"

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  • Can't believe I forgot about that! That was a really good one.

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