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"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...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by SLG Publishing (first published November 7th 2007)
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Gretchen
Shaun of the Dead meets Scott Pilgrim for girls. This one rocks.
Sesana
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
Hayden
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.
Kelly
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...more
Becky
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...more
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
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...more
Suzie
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...more
Mary
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.
Lisa
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.
Wendy
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.
Jack
A wee bite-sized morsel. Of braaaaaaains
Samantha
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.
Laura
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
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...more
Megan
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'...more
Brittany
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...more
Brendan
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...more
David
Jun 22, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Susan
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
Rebecca
Oct 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Issam
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...more
Steven R. McEvoy
After reading The War At Ellsmere, by Faith Erin Hicks, I was eagerly anticipating diving into this graphic novel. But, it was not quite what I was expecting. I am not sure what I wanted, but I feel I did not get it with this book. It was well written, and the illustrations are amazing. The joke of comparing university life to being a zombie and stuck in a zombie film was charming at first but wore thin. I really liked the three main characters and hope Faith returns to them in a future volume,...more
Robert Beveridge
Faith Erin Hicks, Zombies Calling (SLG Publishing, 2007)

Amusing one-off that does something that's always seemed obvious to me-- have the protagonist of your zombie story be a fan of zombie stories. I mean, isn't it obvious that the people best equipped to survive are those who know how to handle zombies? In any case, the story takes place on a college campus, where a British-obsessed zombie fan and her two friends seem to do little more than sit around, watch TV, and talk. Until, that is, zombi...more
Jesse
Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks is a humorous take on a potential zombie outbreak. By incorporating humor the usual story is transformed into something much more creative. I usually hate all things zombies, but I had no problem reading, and enjoying, this book. I admit, I thought the ending didn't quite match up with the general tone of the rest of the story and I thought that with so much emphasis on the "rules" of zombie movies that there would be more than three included, but with such a...more
Roy Hudson
I bought this as an addition to this year's All Hallows Read offerings, and didn't know much about it until I started reading. The setting is London University in Ontario, and the heroine, Joss, has a "British thing." London ON, a trip to England, British slang, Joss's Union Jack tank top, and nods to British zombie films... it became obvious to me that the title is a nod to British punk band The Clash and their album/song, London Calling. Very clever, Ms. Hicks. The story is amusing, with nods...more
Jill
I've been a fan of the author/artist's online work for years, so I may be biased, but I think she's super-talented and I look forward to seeing more work from her that actually provides her with money.

Her art style is unique and sincere. By that I mean that she doesn't shove her art into some stylistic mold (anime, funky spiky digital art, or stuff that looks like Every. Other. Comic. Book). She has a real gift for facial expression and treats every part of every frame with the same care and det...more
Rach
The Shaun of the Dead of graphic novels. That's what I thought when reading this graphic novel. It's funny and smart, moves quickly, and the main characters miraculously survive by following the Rules of zombie movies. Even though only zombies die in this one, Joss is understandably upset by even their loss. After all, zombies were once humans, too.

The correlation between the mindless zombie-ness of university students and faculty these days and the actual zombie-ness of the, well, zombies, was...more
Kate
Take Shaun of the Dead, make it Canadian and starring female students. Joss has watched many zombie movies, so she feels uniquely qualified to keep her and her flatmates alive but can she? It's a fast read and a fun story for zombie enthusiasts.
Jeff Raymond
I've been keeping up with Friends With Boys online, and I saw that she had an earlier book. With zombies! So, naturally, I was in.

The book follows some university students who see their entire campus become zombified. The lead girl in this is obsessed with zombie films, so she knows all the tricks to survive, of course, but things still end up being a little dicey.

The book is short, and there's not much to say other than it's enjoyable, and is a nice reminder that zombie fiction doesn't always h...more
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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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