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Monday, January 5, 2015

Interview: Roger Ma -THE ZOMBIE COMBAT FIELD GUIDE: A Coloring and Activity Book for Fighting the Living Dead + giveaway

Today we have zombie killing expert Roger Ma visiting the flock. His book The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead was released a while back. If you plan on surviving a zombie apocalypse then you need to read it. Now you can brush up on the techniques you learned in the Z.C.M. with the THE ZOMBIE COMBAT FIELD GUIDE: A Coloring and Activity Book for Fighting the Living Dead. Who says learning can't be fun? Not Roger!

Sharon: You wrote The Zombie Combat Manual to help ordinary citizens prepare. Why on earth did you make a coloring and activity book about it? What is your stance on children fighting zombies?

Roger: I feel a deep sense of responsibility in educating people on how to defend themselves against the undead without the aid of a firearm. I devoted a section in my first book, The Zombie Combat Manual, to addressing the situation of having children in tow during an outbreak of the living dead. I realized that a necessary next step would be help children of all ages learn how to fight off a flesh-hungry corpse. And if someone can be entertained while learning this essential skill, so much the better.

As far as my stance on children fighting zombies, it’s no different than my stance on full-grown adults fighting zombies. It should be required knowledge. When it comes to the living dead, there are no signs that say “You must be this tall to be eaten by a walking corpse.”

Sharon forgot to tell Katie
Roger wrote this one too...shhhh!
Katie: As the Vampire Queen of my district, I'm alarmed you're teaching the humans how to fight us. I mean, why waste your time? We got this.
Roger: Sorry, but it’s precisely that type of arrogance that will be your downfall. To paraphrase Thomas, we will not go gently into that good night.

Sharon: 10 coolness points for the Independence Day reference! I just watched that last night.
Katie: Yes, but in the end they die. Humans can fight, makes it all the more fun. Muahahaha. Sharon, I think he also meant Dylan Thomas. But, ya know, that works too!
Sharon: Not President Thomas J. Whitmore from Independence Day? *quietly takes back 5 coolness points*

Sharon: If when you walked into a room a theme song/tune started playing, what would it be?
Roger: I’d love to think it would be something uber-slick like Komodo Dragon from the Skyfall soundtrack or Bahnhoff Rumble from Hanna, but I’m just not that cool. Probably Save Yourself from Stabbing Westward.

Sharon: What is your weapon of choice if you don’t have a gun?
Roger: “If?” I count on the fact that I most likely will not have a firearm when I need it, and even if I did, would probably miss. That said, flanged medieval mace.
Here’s a pic of a present from the holidays:
someone must love Roger a lot :)
Katie: You don't have to lie, this is a safe place. How many episodes of Buffy have you watched? 
Roger: I’m not ashamed, it’s “research.” Although I fast forward to the kills.
Katie: Uh-huh. And who's your favorite character? 
Roger: I’m partial to Rupert Giles. I have an affinity towards the “educated ass-kicker” character. Plus, I’m an old male fart, so it’s a natural inclination.

Sharon: Which fictional characters would you want to have your back during a zombie apocalypse?
Roger: John Matrix, played by Arnold Shwarzenegger, from “Commando,” because it seemed like he never ran out of ammunition. That’s the kind of guy you want on your team. Plus, great one liners when you need them.
Katie: Let off some steam Bennett! 
Roger: Let’s Party!

Sharon: Reading about combat and actually doing it are two different things. What about having the Zombie Combat Club sponsor a zombie boot camp where people can learn and practice the techniques in your book?
Roger: Great idea, and if I had all the time in the world, that is exactly what I would do. Like all martial arts, zombie combat requires live training to make it intuitive and automatic. Will you be my first disciple?

Sharon: One step ahead of you! I’m already a second degree black belt in Taekwondo and a purple belt in Hapkido and Judo. But I definitely need some endurance training…so yeah, I’ll join.
Roger: Awesome! I’m a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I think martial arts should be mandatory PE in schools. I believe you’d see a whole lot less bullying going on, contrary to what most people’s notions about martial arts training.

Sharon: If you could own any piece of art in the world what would it be?
Roger: When I first graduated college and moved into my tiny apartment, I bought a framed print of Rothko’s “Blue, Green and Brown,” not knowing much about the painting or Rothko himself. I just liked it. I still have it to this day. It would be great to trade up to the original.
Sharon: *tilts head left then right. Turns painting upside down* I expected something…bloodier <G>
Roger: I like blood in my work. In my art, I lean towards more the interpretive and abstract. And who’s to say I don’t see blood in that work?

Katie: If you were a unicorn, what would your appearance be and would you have any special abilities?
Roger: Titanium horn, full leather barding, and tungsten shoes in a mirror polish finish. I would have the ability to fire the horn at will and have it regenerate immediately.

Sharon: 10 more coolness points for Roger!

Rapid Fire:

Sharon: Mexican food or Italian food?

Roger: Can I mix, because chicken parm enchiladas would be the f’n bomb.

Katie: Hot and steamy or Cold as ice?
Roger: Cold as ice, and willing to sacrifice our love.
Sharon: 10 more coolness points for Roger for the Foreigner reference!

Sharon: Coke or Pepsi?
Roger: Diet Pepsi.
Sharon: YES! I knew I liked you.
Katie: Lame. *boos and hisses*
Sharon: Don't worry Roger. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate...

Katie: Drink blood or Eating brains?
Roger: Fighting both and beating their asses.

Sharon: dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Roger: Milk. Dark is “healthier” but let’s be real, Milk tastes better.
Sharon: Awww, that’s too bad *takes away 10 coolness points*

Katie: Slap fight or Thumb war?
Roger: Slap fight, back-hands allowed.

Sharon: Aries or Mars?
Roger: Mars. Passion Rules.

Katie: Blondes or Brunettes?
Roger: Brunettes, definitely.
Sharon: Back to being best buddies!

Sharon: Manga or comics?
Roger: Comics. Too influential in my upbringing to not be.
Sharon: now the true test of your coolness…DC or Marvel?
Roger: Wow, this is a tough one. If I were to think about my entire comic book lifespan, it would have to be Marvel. Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men era and Grant/Zeck’s Punisher series had such an impact on my psyche (and my writing.) But then, 1986 happened for DC with Frank Miller and Alan Moore. I guess I’m going to have to go with Marvel
Katie: Roger for the win!

Katie: Kittens or Puppies?
Roger: Awwwz. If I have to choose, kitties then.

Sharon: mop or vacuum?
Roger: Vacuum, preferable a Roomba so I don’t have to do squat.

THE ZOMBIE COMBAT FIELD GUIDE: A Coloring and Activity Book for Fighting the Living Dead
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade; Act Clr edition (January 6, 2015)
Roger Ma’s The Zombie Combat Manual provided potential zombie fighters with comprehensive instructions on how to do battle in the inevitable outbreak of an undead plague. However, even the most comprehensive advice is useless without study and practice.

THE ZOMBIE COMBAT FIELD GUIDE is an essential field handbook to help combatants of the walking dead hone their fighting skills, ensuring maximum preparedness for the zombie apocalypse. This interactive guide includes:
· Detailed technique illustrations, anatomical diagrams, and zombie combat drawings you can color
· Puzzles and brain exercises to help remember key combat terminology
· Work pages on making the right choices during an undead outbreak
· And much more!

About the Author:
Roger Ma specializes in hand-to-hand combat against the undead. He is the author of The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead. His new book, The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead, focuses on surviving an attack from a hunting succubus. He is the founder of the Zombie Combat Club and the Vampire Combat Club, organizations that focus on battling the undead without the aid of a firearm. He was recently featured as a zombie expert on the History Channel documentary "Zombies: A Living History." He currently trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Berkley Trade is giving away 3 copies of Roger's new coloring book + crayons!
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  1. I think I need to give this to my daughter to help her with better identification in her man choices, bwahaha. Or I might use it to get rid of them!

  2. First I want to ask if that's Scooby Doo's van ;)?
    He should write a guide to surviving seminus demons.

  3. oh my even my teenage son would LOVE this!! Sirens need their own color book and guide!

  4. I need these to add to my survival kit! Seriously, I have one and it also works great for hurricanes. LOL
    I think he should write a survival guide about killer spiders. One of my favorite movies is Eight Legged Freaks. Spiders are really creepy and did you know there is a spider within six feet of you at any given time and place. Creepy!!!

  5. While a guide to battling shifters would be important, shifters are not only innately cool; they are probably not the biggest threat (though their coolness may make them even more threatening). Most of the world is made up of water. Our biggest threat will surely come from there. What form will it take? Hmmm...maybe that's where the shapeshifter issue really comes into play...

  6. What about cryptids? Sasquatch, Yeti, Chupacabra, Loch Ness Monster, and so on

  7. I'm on a ghosts kick right now so... I gotta go with spirits and spooks.

  8. How To Deal With Hostile Aliens should be his next guide. We will need it one day if the zombie apocalypse doesn't get us first :D