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Zombies Calling

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  653 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
"Survival is usually ambiguous in a zombie movie, but we have the rules to protect us. We will survive."

Joss' life sucks. She's in the middle of university exams and student loan debt when she'd much rather be watching the zombie movies she loves. So it's no surprise that when she tells her roommates that she's been attacked by a swarm of real-life, brain-hungering zombies
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by SLG Publishing (first published November 7th 2007)
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Aug 01, 2008 Gretchen rated it it was amazing
Shaun of the Dead meets Scott Pilgrim for girls. This one rocks.
Jul 29, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, zombies
I really like Faith Erin Hicks. And I'll be honest, I doubt that I ever would have read this particular book if I didn't already know that I really liked her. It wouldn't have been a great loss. Think of this book as a B-movie, and you'll be satisfied with what you get, because it very much reads like something that could follow Sharknado. That said, the plot is paper thin and the best part (using zombie movie rules to survive actual zombies) isn't given as much development as I'd like. Hicks im ...more
David Schaafsma
I am a Faith Erin Hicks fan, and if this is the first you have heard her name, read her best (so far) (imho), Friends with Boys and Adventures of a Superhero Girl. Great drawing, great characters, and very funny. Humane and warm, likable chewy carmel center to it, at its best, yum.

Zombies Calling I think may be her first book, a college setting where roommates playfully lay out zombie rules (which is what this should have been titled, I think) for a skeptical roommate amidst discussions of stude
This was entertaining and charming in moments. Cute as far as zombie invasions go.

Two people into zombie flicks who have worked out a list of zombie movie rules (for example, one rule is that a not all that kick-ass mundane kind of person winds up all of a sudden being able to kick zombie ass as if they've been training for it all their lives) live with a third person who isn't into zombie movies and isn't as excited about the rules as they are. Before long narrator/protagonist, Joss, stumbles u
Another delightful Faith Erin Hicks' graphic novel, and I think this one was her first (?). Much like "The Adventures of Superhero Girl," "Zombies Calling" takes a tongue-in-cheek look at a classic genre.

The protagonists are three college roommates: Joss, Sonnet, and Robyn (who is male). Joss has a self-processed love of all things British and zombie films. I enjoyed the "rules" which Joss created from her extensive knowledge of zombie films, but they did remind a bit of the rules from the movi
Jan 24, 2010 Becky rated it liked it
This was an adorable, funny, and surprisingly dramatic zombie movie parody. To my surprise, at some point it also turned into a character-centric meditation on how how being an ordinary college student is actually scarier than any zombie attack.

A couple plot things could have been tweaked (one of the characters, Robyn, seemed to spend a lot of time standing around while the other two talked, and the ending was slightly cheesy), but I thought the pacing was excellent, which conceals many sins whe
Apr 16, 2016 Kit rated it liked it
Faith Erin Hicks' Zombies Calling is a quick romp for any horror or zombie fan who doesn't take themselves too seriously. Zombie-obsessed Joss is a student deeply in debt who finds herself in the middle of one of her zombie movies at college. Using what she has learned of zombie movie tropes to try to escape with her friends, she jokes her way through monstrous circumstances in hopes of achieving her dream of visiting London. Great comic for YA horror comedy fans of Shaun of the Dead and Zombiel ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Hayden rated it it was ok
Eh. I agree with Tim that this zombie movie spoof is a decent way to spend ten minutes. But I didn't really like the drawing style very much. Also, this zombie plague takes place on a university campus, and I was disappointed that all the zombies look exactly the same--like old men with boils. It seems like a waste of the potential for hilarious college kid zombies in belly shirts or whatever.
Feb 06, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Zombies Calling is cute.

Things that are in comics and fiction by young authors all the time and are *usually* annoying - like, characters that are American but use lots of British slang terms, and characters with names that are ridiculous and trying to mark them as "cool" - are present here but with... explanation within the context of the story, that makes them more tolerable I guess.

Hick's drawing style is what I originally thought was impressive for someone's first work, but apparently she'
Carrie Wilson
I really enjoyed The War at Ellsmere, and I LOVE zombies (ew, no, not in that way!)so I thought I'd love Zombies Calling. I was disappointed--the characters weren't very well developed, the dialogue had a sitcom feel, the zombies weren't scary, and the ending was anti-climactic. I did think the reason behind the zombie outbreak was pretty funny and unexpected. What the evil professor said about college students was hilarious (and sometimes true)! The artwork was good, and this is what kept me re ...more
Peter N. Trinh
Dec 20, 2008 Peter N. Trinh rated it really liked it
A greatly amusing tribute to the zombie apocalypse phenomenon, it brings into light what everyone in today's young generations tend to think about: will zombies destroy us all in the end, and are we ready for it? In an almost metaphoric way of shattering the fourth wall to dust Joss, Robyn and Sonnet live the exact moment, putting the Rules to play and going for a comedically epic assault against the undead.

Being a fan of Hicks' webcomic Demonology 101, I had high expectations for her first publ
Feb 22, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Fast, funny and not at all scary. I'd read more by this author.
Jul 05, 2010 Suzie rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Zombies Calling started on the internet, where I first encountered it, and was rewritten and completed for print when Hicks got herself a publication deal. It should've stayed where it was. The artwork is engaging, but the story is practically nonexistent and the characters are two-dimensional with one quirk apiece slapped onto them in an attempt to make things interesting. There is a single joke that carries the whole plot and it was done better the first time around.

Still, her Demonology 101 w
2 stars.

Well that was underwhelming.
I guess I understand that it was supposed to be more humorous and a play off of zombie movies, but frankly I thought it was boring. The dialogue seemed kind of random to me and everything happened quickly and ended just as quickly. The characters weren't really interesting. I felt like we didn't learn enough about them to actually care what happened to them.

The book wasn't terrible. I just didn't see the point to it.
Aug 01, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Three sort-of-heroic college flatmates face both the undead and final exams, playing out familiar horror movie tropes. With an appropriately limited vocabulary (Yargh! Argh! Brains!), heavily outlined black-and-white drawings, and no ominous soundtrack, the zombie caricature is hilarious. A light and fun graphic novel, unless they're coming to eat your brains and you don't even have a spork.
Jun 01, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
This is a fantastic book that is thoroughly entertaining and highly amusing. All the classic zombies rules are there with the added twist of the zombie source (it's not the usual one thats for sure) and there is plenty of detail in the illustrations to add to the depth of the characters without taking over the story itself. And of course the spork cover is fab!
May 09, 2016 Dufus rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's building-to-building mayhem on this fictional Canadian university campus in Faith Erin Hicks' cute riff on the zombie genre. University student Joss thinks she knows all the rules to the classic zombie flick, until the evening she runs into a group of brain-eating zombies in her dorm building and Joss' survival mode kicks in. In addition to worrying about student loans that will put her in indefinite debt, Joss now has to worry about getting her and roommates Sonnet and Robyn to safety whil ...more
3.75 stars

cute, quirky, charming and zombies. One of FEH earlier works, which is always harder to come back to after you've read the more refined later work of an artist.

She seems to always add a little bit of the fantastical in each of her books.
Aug 14, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Fun, fresh - an authentic voice in her characters, and nothing too contrived or phony. Good little zombie takeover.
Oct 23, 2009 Jack rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comix
A wee bite-sized morsel. Of braaaaaaains
Skye Kilaen
May 06, 2016 Skye Kilaen rated it really liked it
The popcorn of the zombie comic world. Hicks is one of our favorite comic writers and artists. We found out about her from her Wolverine short story pitch and we've bought almost everything she has in print.

In Zombies Calling, her first book, she gives us Joss, a Canadian university student who (a) wants to be British and (b) is obsessed with "The Rules" of how to survive in zombie movies. That obsession becomes quite useful when her campus is invaded by the undead! Just like in the movies, her
College students versus zombies. What chance do they even have? With the rules of zombie movies on their side they're bound to survive.

Funny, not too gory, and filled with zombie know-how I read this book in one sitting. The author's unique wit shines through and the characters are delightfully quirky. I loved the random conversations that took place in the midst of the zombie apocalypse.

Recommended for fans of the author's work (even if you don't care about zombies) and teens grades 9 and up.
Feb 03, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
I love Faith Erin Hicks artwork and character development. After reading, "Friends with Boys," I picked this up with full confidence. It's a fun and short comic about a girl whose more afraid of her student loans than any zombie flick. Shortly after we are introduced to her flatmates the ACTUAL zombie apocalypse occurs. Will all the zombie movie marathons they've watched help this trio of college students survive? At the end of the book is a peek at some intial sketches as well as all three cove ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 02, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I was writing my review for Hicks' latest book "Friends With Boys" when I realized I only had one more book by the author left to read, her first one. So I put in a library request right away.

As I've said before Hicks has a certain style for people. One of the main female characters looks just like the main character in "War at Ellesmere" and "Friends with Boys". The male figure looks just like one of her brothers in "Friends with Boys". Of course this gives her work a distin
Mar 28, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
Joss is stressed over exams and her debt from student loans. She wishes she could just move to England and watch zombie movies all day. The stress of exams is no match for what she finds in the hall one day though. ZOMBIES! In the flesh, rotting flesh that is. Now Joss has to take her knowledge (from movies) of the walking dead and put it to the test. Can Joss's rules save her and her friends? Or will they all be zombie food?

This comic was ridiculous. Really it was pure entertainment. There was
Dec 15, 2009 Brendan rated it really liked it
Hicks crafts a delightful, silly little comic in which zombies rise up and come up against, Scream-style, an expert in zombie movies. Some thoughts:

* The shtick about the zombie rules is funny, but should have been a bit more played out. Two rules does not make a rule set.
* I would also have liked the movie they’re talking about at the beginning to be a real movie. At first it appears to be Return of the Living Dead, as the zombies are moaning “Brains!” and a character takes off her clothes. B
Jun 22, 2013 David rated it liked it
Recommends it for: British-obsessed zombie-kicking Canadian geek girls
This was cute but ultimately pretty meh. Although I'm fond of Faith Erin Hicks and her brushed-ink artwork, there are only so many ways to tell a zombie story, and Hicks doesn't really try anything new here. The "hook" is that Joss, the geek-girl protagonist, is an aficionado of zombie movies, so when zombies actually begin overrunning her university campus in London, Ontario, she's able to save her friends by sticking to "the Rules."

Sorry, but zombie stories with Genre Savvy characters are not
Feb 19, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
The best way I can put this is that this is Scream in graphic novel form. Totally self-referencing, paying tribute to zombie movies by having the heroine be obsessed with zombie movies. As a far, she has all the "rules" of survival tucked away in her mental toolkit so when her college campus is suddenly overrun by drooling monosyllabic cretins, she knows just what to do. (That sound you hear, by the way, is the sound of a million obvious punchlines being made.) There are some mildly amusing mome ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Mark Richardson
Zombies Calling is a quick, fun read. If you like zombies or zombie movies this book is for you. Not being a huge zombie fan, I think some of the niche humor was lost on me.

Hicks is a strong graphic artist. Her illustrations and layout are easy to follow and have a strong readability. Hicks' visuals redeemed her, just a bit, from an otherwise cliche, zombie-centric story.

There were a few jumps in the narration that felt random. This caused the story to stray a bit much for my liking. However, a
Basically a Canadian hybrid of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. This was hilarious all around, and gave me the much needed zombie fix while waiting for the next Walking Dead TPB release.

**spoilers ahead**

Loved all the rules, and Canadian references. I especially enjoyed the stab at fast-zombies, which was a complete geek-forum moment, and a comment that I wholeheartedly agreed with. :D

The ending was sweet, but a bit anticlimactic. I guess I was hoping for this to continue on as a series, but t
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Born in the wilds of British Columbia, the young Faith frolicked among the Sasquatch native to the province before moving to Ontario at age five. There she was homeschooled with her three brothers, and developed an unnatural passion for galloping around on horseback, though never without a proper helmet (because you only get one skull). After twenty years of suffering through Ontario’s obscenely h ...more
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