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When there's no more room in hell, the nerds will walk the earth. LARP nerds vs. zombies Another entry in the long tradition of nerd mashups (via boing boing)
posted by Gamblor (60 comments total)

 
You know, as much as I love zombies, I can't help but thinking that the "local hipsters" are really just local assholes.

You don't see local nerds going en masse into clubs with no air conditioning in $200 recycled clothes and fake glasses talking really loud about some band that no one's ever heard of that were influenced by even more obscure bands.
posted by shawnj at 9:03 AM on July 6, 2005


Yeah, "hipster" = "different kind of nerd", really.

But still- so, so awesome. I would have paid to see that.
posted by mkultra at 9:07 AM on July 6, 2005


I propose that the next person to use "mashup" in an extra-musical context have his face smashed.
posted by kenko at 9:10 AM on July 6, 2005


I propose that the next person to use "mashup" in an extra-musical context have his face smashed.

A concrete/flesh mashup?
posted by shawnj at 9:12 AM on July 6, 2005


those movie "mash-ups" are usually called fictional crossovers. Also, the term "zombie hipsters" frightens me.
posted by puke & cry at 9:20 AM on July 6, 2005 [1 favorite]


Simple enough, kenko, we can settle this like men. Duct tape swords or nerf war hammers? Your call.
posted by Gamblor at 9:24 AM on July 6, 2005


Duct tape swords, totally.
posted by kenko at 9:28 AM on July 6, 2005


I hope the nerds stage a counter attack at the next Belle And Sebastian concert.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:53 AM on July 6, 2005


Who would win in a fight, Aragorn or Batman? Cause I mean, Aragorn has that huge sword and is like, super fast and strong and stuff, but couldn't Batman just run him over? Ok, so no Bat-car. Do you think Batman's armor protects from swords? When was the last time he was in a sword fight?
posted by muddgirl at 9:54 AM on July 6, 2005


As much as I find the whole I made my armor out of my futon and duct tape crowd giggly (a flagon of mead with thee, fair lady? That's fucking Juicy juice in a promotional plastic goblet from A Knight's Tale Chylde Roland, get a history book) those hipsters are just hating, I mean go there and laugh at them if you like, but who are they hurting? Why disrupt their fun? I'm siding with the nerds on this one, remember you have to destroy the brain, nothing else works. Plus Hipsters are already zombies and real hipsters would be too lazy to go to all the trouble, so they are fake-wannabee-redundant-hipster-zombies, pshaw.

However, setting aside the zombies inability to self-examine (talk about layers and layers of meta-meta-pomo) this could be theatre of the most amusing kind. I wish there were more pictures.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:56 AM on July 6, 2005


From dictionary.com:

zom·bie also zom·bi
n. pl. zom·bies, also zom·bis
1. A snake god of voodoo cults in West Africa, Haiti, and the southern United States.
2a. A supernatural power or spell that according to voodoo belief can enter into and reanimate a corpse.
2b. A corpse revived in this way.
3. One who looks or behaves like an automaton.
4. A tall mixed drink made of various rums, liqueur, and fruit juice.
posted by rush at 9:58 AM on July 6, 2005


Do you think Batman's armor protects from swords? When was the last time he was in a sword fight?

He was in like 20 sword fights in Batman Begins. And yes, I believe his armor is sword-proof.
posted by puke & cry at 9:59 AM on July 6, 2005 [1 favorite]


Wow, that looks like the funnest day ever. A shambling mob of zombies doing just about anything is a great idea.

Hmmm ... I think I should contact the LA Bunny Hop (bar hopping dressed as bunnies, the new monkey, in Los Angeles) about this.

Oh yeah, and btw, many taco stands actually serve brains

Anyone?
posted by redteam at 10:00 AM on July 6, 2005


Divine_Wino- actually, the LARPers seem to have enjoyed it. I've met my share of folks who do LARP, and I can tell you they'd all take it in stride. I think it's a safe bet that everyone involved had a blast.
posted by mkultra at 10:03 AM on July 6, 2005


... if only someone would do this during a production of Mamma Mia!...
posted by mkultra at 10:04 AM on July 6, 2005


Mkultra,
I was just wondering about that. I can set aside that I cannot stand the cooler than thou crowd for the fact that they wanted to mix it up and everyone had a good time, I recant one third of my outrage and add another dash of it looks like fun.

... if only someone would do this during a production of Mamma Mia!...

The more I think about it the more I feel like there is really no situation that cannot be spiced up with zombies, it's like pot or twister.
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:07 AM on July 6, 2005


i too, hate the now-popular use of the word "mashup." why are you doing this? this is wrong! stop it!

batman would win again aragon, no doubt. were you to pit the great detective against god himself, i'd place my bet on bruce (provided he had time to prepare, of course).
posted by lotsofno at 10:09 AM on July 6, 2005


...remember you have to destroy the brain, nothing else works.

Don't forget "removing the head." Haven't you ever seen Shaun of the Dead?
posted by Meromorphic at 10:27 AM on July 6, 2005


This guy has the right idea.
posted by kenko at 10:41 AM on July 6, 2005


The number one rule of determining who would win in a fight is that Batman always wins if he has enough time to prepare. Number 2 is that Indiana Jones always wins because of his luck. Number 3 is that Batman and Indiana Jones would never fight because they're too awesome to do that.
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:50 AM on July 6, 2005


What if they were tricked?
posted by kenko at 11:10 AM on July 6, 2005


Not to rain on the hipster hating, but the only reason to believe that the folks who dressed up as zombies are hipsters is because the dude doing the write-up called the participants that.

I didn't see any of the zombie horde riding Vespas, or wearing Buddy Holly glasses or ironic t-shirts.

From one of the guys who organized the whole shebang:

"to anyone who wants to be part of the undead army
i wanted to be clear that this isn't malicious. we're poking fun at them, but i'm the one researching D and D rules for zombies so i don't think geek finger pointing is appropriate."
posted by Gamblor at 11:10 AM on July 6, 2005


Then Indy would win. Either because his luck always triumphs over his foes' plans or because Batman would figure out that they'd been tricked and withdrawl from the fight.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:13 AM on July 6, 2005


Er, withdraw. Batman just says no to drugs.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:14 AM on July 6, 2005


The more I think about it the more I feel like there is really no situation that cannot be spiced up with zombies, it's like pot or twister.

Hmm... this gives me an idea for the next G8 conference...
posted by mkultra at 11:42 AM on July 6, 2005


What if they were tricked?

If they were tricked, Batman wouldn't know there was going to be a fight, and wouldn't have time to prepare.
posted by chickygrrl at 11:54 AM on July 6, 2005


What if they were tricked?

Thank you, kenko, and thank you again, Internets. Laughter makes today rock.
posted by rush at 11:56 AM on July 6, 2005


Then Indy would win. Either because his luck always triumphs over his foes' plans or because Batman would figure out that they'd been tricked and withdrawl from the fight.

But let's not shit ourselves. Two issues later, there'd be a rematch and Batman would smear Indy. And then the two of them would smear whoever tricked them.
posted by COBRA! at 11:58 AM on July 6, 2005


If they were tricked, Batman wouldn't know there was going to be a fight, and wouldn't have time to prepare.

He'd know there would be a fight, but he'd have been tricked into thinking that Indy went rogue, or that Indy was someone else, or that he'd be fighting someone else (thereby throwing off his preparation), or some such.
posted by kenko at 12:18 PM on July 6, 2005


He'd know there would be a fight, but he'd have been tricked into thinking that Indy went rogue, or that Indy was someone else, or that he'd be fighting someone else (thereby throwing off his preparation), or some such.

Horseshit. When you're ready to have a serious conversation about Batman fighting Indiana Jones, you know where to reach me.
posted by COBRA! at 12:30 PM on July 6, 2005


COBRA! writes "But let's not shit ourselves. Two issues later, there'd be a rematch and Batman would smear Indy. And then the two of them would smear whoever tricked them."

Natch. Batman's good, if not unbeatable, at the rematch. But really, who could get them to fight in the first place?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:34 PM on July 6, 2005


while he may not have every possible plan immediately available to him when thrown into the arena, it would be foolish to assume that batman would be completely unrepared when fighting indy.

this is a guy who spends his weekends at home, perfecting his gadgets and ninja abilities against a ridiculous amount of situations or enemies that've yet to even exist. while you're busy making out with your girlfriend on her parent's couch, watching that bridget jones 2 dvd you two rented, batman is practicing his jump kicks against combat figures of alien octopi with laser eyes, just to make sure he's in some state of readiness if alien octopi with laser eyes ever do decide to invade gotham.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again: this batman guy doesn't fuck around.
posted by lotsofno at 12:41 PM on July 6, 2005


But really, who could get them to fight in the first place?

M.O.D.O.K., of course. It'd be crossover madness.
posted by COBRA! at 12:43 PM on July 6, 2005


... or Paul Anderson *shudder*
posted by mkultra at 2:10 PM on July 6, 2005


Batman just says no to drugs

Not in the latest movie, matey. He's purposefully sniffing the hallucinogens like a Whole Earth Catalog subscriber on holiday in Thailand.

And everybody knows Batman is DC whereas Indy is Marvel, so the evil supervillian who'd get them to fight in the first place would have to be...The Publisher.

And after Indy flukes an escape when Batman tries to protect some ancient artificact or another, Batman would totally donate huge amounts to Indy's university and threaten his tenure.
posted by Sparx at 2:47 PM on July 6, 2005


The important thing to remember is that Rowdy Roddy Piper from They Live could beat the crap out of Batman *and* Indiana Jones, and make them put on the fucking glasses.

Indy may have luck, and a big whip. Batman may be a badass. But only Rowdy Roddy is all outta bubblegum.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:15 PM on July 6, 2005


I think Yaphet Kotto would make them all cool the fuck out and smoke a bowl. Then they'd ALL whip Tom Cruise's ass.
posted by stenseng at 3:24 PM on July 6, 2005


Divine_winoThere's a flickr gallerys here .via mkultra's link
posted by coriolisdave at 3:55 PM on July 6, 2005


*blink* I swear that didn't make me look illiterate on preview. Please, insert grammar and punctuation as appropriate.
posted by coriolisdave at 3:57 PM on July 6, 2005


Yeah but there is a clear hipster zombie bias to those pictures.
posted by Divine_Wino at 3:57 PM on July 6, 2005


Ah, but isn't it oft said - those who win the war, write the history?
posted by coriolisdave at 4:06 PM on July 6, 2005


Awesome. I live in Montreal, and it's actually a lot of fun to watch the foam-sword kids fight. Endearing. They don't need attacking. Then again, this doesn't seem especially malicious, and I love the photos.
posted by ITheCosmos at 4:17 PM on July 6, 2005


Yeah, but where are the ninjas vs. pirates battles?

Really, I need to get some folks together to try something like this as performance art.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 5:04 PM on July 6, 2005


where are the ninjas vs. pirates battles?

When ninjas battle pirates with their swordses in a bottle, and that bottle's on a Batman and the Batman's fighting Indy, they call this a biting fighting ninja Batman pirate Indy bottle swordses battle.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:00 PM on July 6, 2005


Yeah, but where's the flagon with the dragon?
posted by kenko at 6:02 PM on July 6, 2005


en la mesa de mi tia.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:05 PM on July 6, 2005


Kenko: It got put with the chalice from the palace, dude. And I drank all the brew that was true.

;)
posted by ninazer0 at 2:50 AM on July 7, 2005


Now I wonder about team crossover fights between Indy and Batman. Say, Indy and Hellboy vs Batman and The Beast. Or nemesis fights! Indy and The Joker vs Batman and Mola Rom.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:15 AM on July 8, 2005


Ooh, what about Batman vs Dirty Harry? Their about as driven as each other.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:16 AM on July 11, 2005


Well, there would be the whole gun issue. Batman would be used to removing thugs of their firearms, so if he did that, then Harry would be in a tight spot. Indy vs Dirty Harry, though. That would be cool. Or at the very least, quick.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:06 AM on July 12, 2005


Didn't get much sleep last night. I kept dreaming about Batman fighting people. Man, he just kicks so much ass.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:51 AM on July 14, 2005


Didn't get much sleep last night. I kept dreaming about Batman fighting people.

Good to see I'm not the only one. Nothing beats a dream where Batman pummels and then keel-hauls the Pillsbury Doughboy.
posted by COBRA! at 11:18 AM on July 14, 2005


And then the Doughboy reveals that he's actually Clayface and then Batman reveals that he knew it all along and tries to freeze Clayface with gas but Clayface reveals that he knew about that plan and brings in Firefly to warm him up and prevent being frozen but then Firefly reveals that he's actually Robin in disguise but then Mr.Freeze shows up and he hates Firefly for screwing up a caper a few episodes ago and attacks Robin/Firefly and freezes him but robin was wearing his Batthermal Underwear and is immune but Clayface is still all frozen and geting pissed off and by now Batman has started lurking on a building with the moon at his back and he's all like "Stop there, Freeze!" and Freeze, who is the cool Animated Series Freeze, not the shitty Ahnold or mediocre-yet-decent-cuz-he's-Clancy Brown "The" Batman Freeze, is all like "You cannot stop me, Batman. Cold is inevitable" and Batman's all like WTF?!? before suddenly a cold bomb goes off and freezes the area and Freeze laughs a bit before Batman heats up some thermal device that melts all the ice including the stuff that trapped Clayface and so Clayface and Mr.Freeze team up against Batman and Robin-dressed-as-Firefly and the charge at each other and then I wake up.

Damn that's a good dream.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:36 AM on July 15, 2005


And, if Frank Miller is writing the dream, Vicki Vale will walk around her apartment in lingerie while dictating a news story, taking care to brandish her ass at the viewer whenever possible. Which may or may not improve the dream-experience, depending on proclivities and feelings about Jim Lee cheesecake.
posted by COBRA! at 8:59 AM on July 18, 2005


Pshaw. Trust it to Lee to turn a Boner Of Awesome into a Boner Of PG-13 Cheese.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:09 AM on July 21, 2005


Frank Miller should draw a version of "Take On Me." That would be badass. Badass and squiggly.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:48 PM on July 22, 2005


Frank Miller should draw a version of "Take On Me." That would be badass. Badass and squiggly.

Where the bad-guy racers beat A-ha's brains out with crowbars, and then ease their jazzed nerves with a slug of squiggly bourbon.
posted by COBRA! at 1:14 PM on July 22, 2005


Holy shit, the "Epilogue" episode of the new Justice League Unlimited series made me pop 100 boners. They tied in Batman Beyond and even Mask of the Phantasm!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:46 AM on July 26, 2005


Didn't sleep again last night. I was designing my cape. It's gonna be so rad, man. You can't even believe it.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:33 AM on July 29, 2005


Crime fighting is much harder than I thought. I was going to ease into things, but those jaywalking twelve year olds were tough! I think the cape is a liability. I will replace it with a bat. Let's see those kids laugh at me now!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:30 AM on August 4, 2005


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