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Although the creators of The Walking Dead comic and its hit television adaptation have kept the story fairly narrowly focused a ragtag group of survivors, questions about the state of the rest of the world gnaw at us like, well, ravenous walkers. How many other groups like Rick’s are there in the world? Heck, how many people are there?
Matt Lieberman at SourceFed takes a stab at the latter question, cautioning that there’s “a fair amount of assumption involved in my final number.” That said, he does some pretty impressive work in establishing a timeline for the zombie apocalypse, arguing that the outbreak began in January 2012.
Starbreeze Studios has quietly shuffled the release of Overkill’s The Walking Dead first-person shooter game from this year to the second half of 2017.
The news arrived in a press release touting a $40 million investment in the company by South Korean publisher Smilegate. Starbreeze suggests the delay will allow The Walking Dead to launch simultaneously in Asian markets through the Smilegate platform.
Auctions | A rare drawing of Tintin by Hergé from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus was sold at auction Monday in Hong Kong for $1.2 million. The black-and-white illustration, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being pulled in a rickshaw through the streets of Shanghai, is the only original piece from the book that remains in private hands. [BBC News]
A Kickstarter campaign to fund an immersive (and official) theatrical experience based on The Walking Dead has rocketed past its $60,000, just days into the effort.
A collaboration between the The Walker Stalkers, the organizers of Walker Stalker Con, and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, “The Walking Dead Experience” is designed to bring fans into the world of the hit horror franchise, and put them in a situation in which they must use skill and teamwork to figure out how to escape before getting eaten.
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover for Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Invasion, the sixth prose novel expanding upon the universe of the long-running comics series.
Written once again by Jay Bonansinga, the book follows the events of last fall’s Descent, with protagonist Lilly Caul struggling with a ragtag group of survivors struggling to carve out a new life after the fall of Woodbury. Here’s the synopsis from publisher Thomas Dunne Books:
Lumbering into Toys”R”Us stores next month, the new assortment of Walking Dead Minimates from Diamond Select Toys will feature characters from the “All Out War” story arc of the acclaimed comic series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.
Inspired by Adlard’s artwork, each 2-inch minifigure features 14 points of articulation, interchangeable parts and character-specific accessories. The assortment features four two-packs, each with a human paired with a walker. Here’s the character lineup:
Next week will be big for Thief of Thieves artist Shawn Martinbrough on two fronts, as not only does Thief of Thieves #26 go on sale Feb. 25, but on the following day he’ll discuss his career and his noir-influenced approach to storytelling as part of the Society of Illustrators’ celebration of Black History Month. He’ll be joined in the conversation by comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth.
In conjunction with the release of Thief of Thieves #26, ROBOT 6 asked Martinbrough to rank his 10 favorite covers, and reveal a bit about the creative process for each one:
With comics, live-action television, prose, video and board games, and collectibles already covered, it’s only a matter of time before Robert Kirkman & Co. complete their conquest of popular culture with a Walking Dead animated series. Not Saturday-morning cartoons mind you — hey, that era came to an end in October — but possibly a late-night show; Adult Swim maybe.
Whatever the case, there’s a pretty good chance it’s coming, and artist Edward Pun may have a pretty vision of what it would like. He’s drawn terrific animated-style versions of the central cast of the hit AMC drama, capturing the actors’ likenesses without losing his own artistic flair.
“You know, I don’t regret my mistakes, but I don’t know that I liked them. I certainly don’t want to publicize them. I did draw my very first comic book, and that was a mistake. I am not a good artist. I spent three months and I was going to write and draw a comic book and I worked on this thing and it was terrible. I sent it to the distributor and they were like, ‘This is not of professional quality, we will not distribute this.’ That was a mistake, but I learned from it and it led to me realizing that drawing comics is a fool’s game. I think it led to good things.”
— The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, recalling his “favorite mistake” in a brief Q&A with Playboy. Of course, “I think it led to good things” may be a bit of an understatement.
Like a particularly stubborn zombie, there’s a Walking Dead fan theory that simply refuses to die: The events of the bestselling comic and hit television series all take place in the mind of Rick Grimes, who never awoke from his coma.
It staggers to life every so often on a message board, or in a YouTube video, before disappearing, Sophia-like, into the wilderness of the Internet. However, when the theory reemerged last week, with the help of Uproxx, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was on hand to strike a killing blow to the head.
To celebrate the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, comiXology is holding an apocalypse-scale sale on the comic series created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.
Through Oct. 13, digital editions of the first 126 issues are available for just 99 cents each — the three specials focusing on the Governor, Michonne and Tyrese, too. If you prefer to devour the series in larger chunks, the collections are also discounted, with the majority of the volumes priced at $5.99.
For weeks fans of The Walking Dead have been parsing quotes from the producers and stars of the hit AMC series, searching for clues as to which characters won’t survive the upcoming fifth season. However, despite their diligence, it appears a significant casualty has already slipped by them.
When The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12, it will be without one of its fixtures since Season 2: the kiwi-green Hyundai Tuscon found by Rick Grimes & Co. on the gridlocked highway after they left Atlanta in hopes of reaching Fort Benning. It quickly became the survivors’ most frequently used vehicle, participating in supply runs and the search for Sophia, herding walkers and fleeing Hershel’s overrun farm (the Hyundai even received its own backstory, in the web series The Oath).
Telltale Games has released the trailer for the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, which will be available beginning July 22.
Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman,Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the episodic role-playing adventure game takes place in the same fictional setting as The Walking Dead. In Episode 3, “Amid the Ruins,” the group — now free of its brutal captor — continues its journey north: “But hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully.”
Titan Publishing has revealed Charlie Adlard’s cover for the special Comic-Con International edition of The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine #9. The limited-edition cover, featuring the tyrant Negan and Lucille, will be available exclusively at the Titan booth (#5537) during the July 24-27 convention.
The issue features an interviews with The Walking Dead TV star Norman Reedus (featured on the standard cover) and creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman.
Those die-hard fans who can’t get enough of The Walking Dead, even with the comic books, television series, video game, special events, clothing and collectible toys, now have an opportunity to kick up their devotion several notches: the Hyundai Tucson Walking Dead Special Edition soon will be arriving at U.S. dealerships.
Announced in November, the release of the limited-edition model coincides with the 10th anniversary of the comic series created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. Featuring an Ash Black exterior with red accents (including surprisingly subtle walker hands), the Tucson comes with decals representing the comic’s four factions — Hilltop, Kingdom, Saviors and Survivors — and a 72-hour custom zombie survival kit/backpack, branded with the Walking Dead logo, naturally.