Q:Will we get any more info on Schtein's dad in the future? Is there anything you can tell us now?
Haha, man, every time I get an ask like this the first thing that pops into my head is to be a douche and go “NOPE.” hahaha. “Tooootttally never gonna revisit any of that ever again, no sir.”
Anyway, to be serious, there’s not much to say, personal data on him is moot at this point.
He was a psychologist specializing in child psychology, it is how he met his wife. He worked part time in Orville’s lab keeping tabs on the children’s development, fighting a losing battle keeping them sane. Probably did the best job with Cain.
Other than that is all spoilers.
Q:I wouldn't mind an Alice poster if that's an option.
She’s been in the comic like once. Also she’s 13 so that soooorrrta makes me uncomfortable, haha. Sorry. Maybe if there was a poster with a large group of people or something.
Q:I don't know if you watch any Food Network, but one of the judges on a show called "Chopped" always reminds me of Abel. His name is Marcus Samuelsson!
Whoa, yeah, pretty strong resemblance, especially in the nosal area, haha. Neat!
Lookin’ real somber about this particular webcomic update!
ALSO, I’m gonna shout this here, too, but I have posters up for sale in a society6 store, so if you wanna help out the comic and ALSO get a cool poster Click this second link!
There are currently 4 designs up and I plan on adding more this week, and I am open to suggestions as to what I should add. I’ll even redraw old panels to print if there was a particular page that enough people found print-worthy. So yeah! :D
Q:Dr. Schtein and Armastus: what degrees do you have?
Schtein: “I have a doctorate in particle physics. What can I say, there’s just something about the standard model. You know. Making sense of the universe. All that jazz.”
Phineas: “I didn’t get very far in college, compared to princess here. I don’t have a family fortune to blow through, nor the attention span for study. I suppose I’m lucky that I got as far as I did, it was rather a struggle to maintain interest… But something kept me going. To answer your question I have an associate degree in nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience because I used to entertain the idea of studying and correcting nerve damage and things of that nature. I cannot even imagine why that would be an interest of mine… Again, I do consider myself lucky, that even though I only managed to attain a career in education it did enable me to pursue… other interests, and to meet my lovely wife, light of life. My only reason for living.
And SOMEDAY I’m going to get the doctor here to allow me to examine his eyes, one way or the other. I simply must know how they connect to his optic nerves. If he’d just allow me to remove one to poke around… Well, a boy can dream, yes?”
Q:Um Orville, can you spare how your zombie creatures get energy to walk around and generally appear alive? I mean, do they eat, can their intestines digest things in such a seemingly deteriorated state or are they photosynthetic or what? Is this part of "your business", as you put it. Please, I'm very curious.
"It is not that complicated. The life cycle goes thusly:
- Spore infection: The Host is unaware, as the Fungus spreads to non-vital soft Tissues throughout her Body, consuming them, converting to Mycelium. The host will feel, perhaps, a little like they are coming down with a bit of sickness. A cold? The Fungus continues to spread to more Organs during this yeasting stage, releasing Enzymes that change the Hosts behavior subtly. A calmness comes over them. No anxiety.
- The Fungus begins to replace more and more major Organs, while also releasing antimicrobial agents because Bacterium would not be very good for a home, ja? It is why they do not rot. They dry up a bit. Slow down. The Zombies are rubbery in feel, if you must know. Like Leather. The original person is essentially dead. Gone. All of them replaced. Their organs are now dedicated to storing dirt.
- At this point majority of their Body is no longer Cellulose, and it now comprised of Chitin, and the Haustorium has exhausted available Carbon within the Form, but this is okay. You see what they do is they bury themselves in the Earth during the daytime and they also happen to ingest a lot of old plant matter, storing it within pouches in their abdomen, secreting enzymes into the substrate
- Upon maturation they are commanded to climb as high as possible at which point the Sporocarp erupts from the easiest passage available. Usually the Mouth. It releases its Spore to the Wind. Usually they climb back down but sometimes they lack the energy to do so and will perish after the fruiting stage. The Rooftops here are disgusting.
- Bonus fun Fact: They can regrow Limbs! It takes a long time (average three months, depending), and the new Limb does not look at all Human, but, still, very useful. I think so!
- More fun Fact: the best way to combat this Fungus is with more Fungus. There are Parasitic Fungus that exist purely to prey upon other Parasitic Fungus. I developed one such strain myself. Maybe someday the US Government would like to have the secrets to such a strain? I do not think they can contain this City’s contagion forever…”