Saturday, July 20, 2013

Zombie Ranch, By Clint and Dawn Wolf

Clint Wolf and Dawn Wolf have created an ongoing zombie webcomic with a premise that takes readers far past the initial phases of the zombie apocalypse.

In the Zombie Ranch universe, the Great Zombie Plague happened many years ago. Although it "wiped out a fair portion of civilization" Susannah Zane and her compatriots are thriving in spite of the challenges. This protagonist  makes a living by raising specialty livestock: the zombies themselves.

From the creators' summary-
Zombie Ranch, Episode One
"Meet Susannah Zane. She’s a rancher. She raises livestock.

Only thing is, her stock isn’t technically “live.”

The Great Zombie Plague wiped out a fair portion of civilization, and humans weren’t the only victims of its ravenous hunger. But that was years ago, and where cattle, pigs, and sheep got scarce, practical sorts found a new herd to market: the zombies themselves!

Zombie Ranch, Episode One
Now a crew has come out to film a new reality television series on the subject. To the viewers in the Safe Zones, it might be an eye-opener; but for Suzie and her compadres it’s just another day in the unlife.
Welcome to the Zombie Ranch."

There's much more to learn at the  Zombie Ranch World FAQ page. Be careful, though, there are some spoilers in the explanations.

Readers can enter the story in a number of different ways.


Use the ARCHIVES page to see all episodes listed in reverse chronology. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to begin with Episode 1,  which was published in September of 2009.


Begin with episode one and page through each comic using the navigation buttons beneath each graphic. You can move page by page, or jump to the following episode. Take note of the "comment" button- some pages have multiple comments from readers and fans. 


 There are several enhancements to the story. Clint Wolf regularly updates the Writers' Blog. In it, he discusses everything from writing techniques to personal philosophy. All the posts are interesting and on point in the context of this web creation.  Extras include fan art and podcasts. There's background on the authors  and a page of related links. Although the comic is free online, there is also a Zombie Ranch store where readers can purchase individual issues as desired.


 Start with the current issue and pick up the story in progress.  You may want to do this if you've read many of the extra features already.  Use the calendar feature in the upper right hand corner find  previous blog entries and earlier updates.

Zombie Ranch, Episode 5
The Zombie Ranch storyline is on summer break until August 21, 2013. The site still updates every Wednesday with fillers and related information. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the story before it resumes in the Fall.

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