Anonymous asked: I never thought about this till now but, why is it called dead winter if none of it (thus far) takes place in winter?
Seven years ago when I was starting my comic I needed a name for the website which was going to be the name of the comic. I figured at first that there weren’t m/any zombie webcomics so I’d hit that angle and a zombie thing has to have “dead” in the title- Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Dead Rising, Night of the so on and so forth- so “Dead” had to be in the title somewhere, but it also had to be a URL you could speak out loud and not have to clarify quirks in the spelling so you could say it and people would understand. I checked a bunch of URLs for cool-sounding names but most of them were taken (in an alternate reality I actually got www.deadpla.net). I like winter, it’s a thematically evocative season and “dead of winter” is a real term, and .cc was an available domain that looked cool, thus www.deadwinter.cc became mine.
As I wrote the comic I started to care less and less for the zombies and more and more about the collapse and reconstruction of human civilization and the various intersecting motivations of the characters caught up therein- it’s always been about the people but in retrospect I sort of regret the z-word element to it, since I feel like that dissuades people from giving the story a shot when they might like it otherwise! I’ve been sort of phasing out the “dead” part in the story’s slow crawl of progression but that’s the origin of the name. It was the coolest-sounding available URL in 2007.
edit: The story currently takes place in late Fall, some time in November. It’s only a matter of time before I get to draw snow everywhere and cute fuzzy coats on everyone.