George Fan's Sketchbook
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It's About Time


George Fan/Plants vs. Zombies




Capable of turning specific plants, vegetables, and flowers (peas, clover, sunflowers, etc.) into animate creatures.


Plants will attack humans except the person holding the sketchbook, thinking that they are zombies. Plants like Snapdragon and Coconut Canon can cause serious damage


Drawing in sketchbook nearby plant life

Collected by

Consultant Nikki Nola & Tyler Lepido







Date of Collection



2009: PopCap Studios[edit | edit source]

When the game Plants vs Zombies came out, it quickly became the popular tower-defense series it is today, having spawned a sequel, a spin-off, and a Facebook game.  While working on it though, lead designer George Fan took inspiration from several different games, such as building a deck from Magic: The Gathering and tower defense mods for Warfare III.

In terms of art, Fan was aiming for a hybrid of gritty and 'sickeningly cute', and the result was what we know today. 

Today: Italy[edit | edit source]

"Somewhere there's a mixed metephor for 'Don't play with your food' and 'always eat your veggies in all of this'..."  --Nikki Nola 

During the 'Once Upon a Warehouse' case, Tyler and Nikki were sent to Italy when a ping of plants coming to life and attacking people hit.  During the investigation, it turned out that an exchange student had picked up George Fan's Sketchbook that still had the original PvZ concept art in it.

Plant List:[edit | edit source]

  • Peas 
  • Sunflowers
  • Mushrooms
  • Cactus
  • Venus Fly Trap
  • Snapdragon
  • Coconuts
  • Marigolds/Daisy/Clover
  • Corn
  • Spring Bean
  • Watermellon
  • Cabbage/Lettuce
  • Cattails/Reeds
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