Everyone has their calendars marked for December 21st, right? No, that’s not the last day you should get your Christmas shopping done – it’s the day the Mayan calendar stops – the purported Doomsday.
Whether life as we know it will end in nuclear war, a zombie pandemic, or a galactic alignment that causes severe solar flares and earthquakes (as the official 12/21/12 website suggests), people are preparing for it. I for one don’t believe anything significant will happen that day, but as the apocalypse has always been one of my favorite themes, I’m willing to play along.
The apocalypse and disaster survival have gained more popularity recently due to the upcoming date. There are shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers showcasing fanatical survivalists and $80,000 and up bomb shelters. The CDC even has a zombie preparedness blog with emergency kits and tips on how to react in case those brain-eating corpses invade your home.
My own love of post-apocalyptia began long ago and was heavily influenced by the Fallout series, particularly Fallout 2. My allure of the apocalypse I think is best summed up in this quote from “The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)” by John Varley: “There’s something attractive about all those people being gone, about wandering in a depopulated world, scrounging cans of Campbell’s pork and beans, defending one’s family from marauders. Sure it’s horrible, sure we weep for all those dead people. But some secret part of us thinks it would be good to survive, to start over.”
The artists on DeviantART and Etsy seem to feel the same. Check out the amazing art below.