from the Lincoln Journal Star
To give you a little insight into what cartoonists go through to get an idea into the newspaper, the original sketch of this cartoon included the zombie organist demanding more brains — not hot dogs — in his bucket. My editor was concerned that the average reader was not as big of a dork as I am, and would thus not understand why the zombie wanted brains in a bucket. I swore that people would understand, using the SAT analogy that brains are to zombies as blood is to vampires. He was not convinced of the pop culture permeation of this sci-fi / horror dietary staple, so I was confident enough to declare that a newsroom survey would prove my theory.
I told him to ask Brian Christopherson — a Journal Star sports reporter, former pop culture reporter, clever man and cool guy, and normal enough to pass as a representative of “regular people” — what zombies eat. He had no idea. The second person shook her head no before the question could even be uttered. The third person didn’t fail me, giving both “brains” and “people” as answers (I argued that “brains” was a subset of “people” when you’re talking about food). Knowing I was down 1-2, I tried to put all my chips on L. Kent Wolgamott, but he was sadly out of the office at the time. So I lost, and the cartoon says “hot dogs” as a result.