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Store Tour | Emerald City in Clearwater, Florida

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

This week’s store is Emerald City Comics, located at 4902 113th Ave. N. in Clearwater, Florida. We spoke with general manager Chad Rivard.

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‘The Walking Dead’ gets ‘blood-drenched’ pop-up book

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Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore — and if that wasn’t apparent already, a new pop-up book based on “The Walking Dead” looks to make that abundantly clear. “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book,” based on the massively popular AMC TV series based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, is set to feature five two-page spreads, described as “uniquely terrifying” and depicting “blood-drenched action,” words never thought to describe the likes of “Richard Scarry’s Biggest Pop-Up Book Ever.”

By Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock (paper engineers), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (illustrator) and Stephani Danelle Perry (words), “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Books” will focus on the show’s fearsome walkers — lots of pop-up gore potential there — and depict locations like Hershel’s farm and Terminus.

Published by Insight Editions — the same folks behind last year’s “Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros” — “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book” is scheduled for release on Nov. 10.

Have a thirst for the apocalypse? Official ‘Walking Dead’ beer is coming

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Survivors looking to quench their thirst after a long day off fending of walkers will soon be able to reach for a bottle of official Walking Dead ale.

According to the Beer Street Journal, this fall Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Company will release The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA, which, as the name suggests, is a red India Pale Ale made with blood orange peel.

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Store Tour | Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, New York

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

This week’s store is Comic Depot, located at 514 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. We spoke with owner Darren Carrara.

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Store Tour | Downtown Comics in St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

This week’s stop has the distinction of being the easternmost comics shop in North America, Downtown Comics, located at 141 Duckworth St. in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We spoke with owner Jason Conway.

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‘Walking Dead’s’ Daryl Dixon hits the bricks in LEGO stop-motion short

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Fan-favorite Walking Dead character Daryl Dixon goes solo in this stop-motion animated LEGO short by Marc-Andre Caron (aka “MonsieurCaron”).

The wordless and surprisingly bloody (well, for LEGO) video follows Daryl as he takes a detour into the forest to investigate smoke, only to discover a man besieged by walkers. “It’s not really a Walking Dead story,” Caron explains, “more of an homage to Norman Reedus character and the zombie genre.”

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Comics A.M. | ‘MAD’ veteran Tom Koch passes away

From "43-Man Squammish," written by Tom Koch

From “43-Man Squamish,” written by Tom Koch

Passings | MAD Magazine writer Tom Koch passed away March 22 at age 89. He was a writer for the Bob and Ray radio comedy show in 1957, when MAD was trying to broaden its reach by featuring work by popular comedians. Koch adapted some routines he had written, and editor Al Feldstein realized his work was a good fit and asked him to to become a contribute. He wrote for the magazine for nearly four decades, contributing more than 300 pages, but he said he was proudest of a 1965 work, “43-man Squamish.” It’s still the magazine’s most requested reprint. [News from ME, MAD Magazine]

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‘Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Invasion’ cover debuts

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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:

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‘The Walking Dead’ reimagined as a retro arcade game

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If you’ve somehow missed out on the ratings juggernaut that’s The Walking Dead, there’s probably no faster (and funner) way to catch up on the first two seasons than this new video from 8 Bit Cinema, which reimagines the AMC drama as an old-school arcade game.

The story is super-condensed, of course, spanning Rick’s emergence from a coma to the flight from Hershel’s farm in less than five minutes. If only the search/wait for Sophia had taken as long …

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No-brainer: When zombie apocalypse strikes, head for the hills

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As readers and viewers of The Walking Dead well know, secluded farms, penitentiaries and gated communities will only protect you for so long from the undead hordes shambling across the post-apocalyptic landscape. But short of plunking down $113,000 for a zombie-proof log cabin, what’s a person to do?

According to researchers from Cornell University, you should start packing for the Rockies.

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Comics A.M. | CBLDF responds to ‘Palomar’ library challenge

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Libraries | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has responded to the recent removal of a copy of Gilbert Herandez’s Palomar from a high school library in New Mexico following complaints from a parent, who called the acclaimed graphic novel “pornographic.” Taking a local television station to task for its “biased reporting,” the organization notes the removal of the book by Rio Rancho Public Schools officials appears to violate the district’s own challenge policy. [Comic Book Legal Defense Fund]

Manga | Here’s an interesting insight into the Japanese publishing industry: Deb Aoki, in Tokyo as a judge for the Manga Translation Battle, collects a series of her tweets and the responses of others (including a number of pros) to the symposium that followed the awards reception. The juxtaposition of two charts is startling: Manga sales are sharply down in Japan but rising in the United States, although of course the orders of magnitude are different. In keeping with the theme, she also discusses what makes a “good” translation, with actual manga translators weighing in with their opinions. [Storify]

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It’s ‘All Out War’ with latest ‘Walking Dead’ Minimates

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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:

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‘The Walking Dead’ cast reimagined in cartoon style

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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.

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‘Walking Dead’ artist Charlie Adlard draws ‘Charlie Hebdo’ tribute

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The Hollywood Reporter has debuted a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings created by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard.

The illustration, which appears in the Jan. 23 issue of the Hollywood trade, depicts Rick Grimes holding up a pencil in his remaining (if bloody) hand to salute the dead. Adlard and the Walking Dead website unveiled a different version of the same image.

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Quote of the Day | Robert Kirkman doesn’t regret his mistakes

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“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.


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