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How many people are still alive in the world of ‘The Walking Dead’?

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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.

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Norman Reedus fights hoverboard zombies in ‘Walking Dead’ spoof

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Appearing Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Norman Reedus brought with him a scene from next week’s episode of The Walking Dead that indicates the hit AMC series may be headed in drastically different direction. Well, as long as no stairs are involved.

In the clip, Reedus’ Daryl Dixon scours a parking garage in search of supplies, only to discover a delivery van filled with empty boxes that once contained hoverboards. Yes, the worst nightmares of the survivors have come true: The walkers are now “douchebags” on wheels.

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Watch ‘The Walking Dead: Michonne’ launch trailer

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Telltale Games has debuted the launch trailer for the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, a three-part miniseries starring the sword-wielding, fan-favorite character.

Announced in December, the game follows Michonne (voiced by Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black) during her time away from Rick and the other survivors in issues #126-139 of the hit Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

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Listen to ‘The Walking Dead’ theme performed a cappella

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You may recall The Warp Zone for its a cappella rendition of the theme to X-Men: The Animated Series. Now, to celebrate the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, the sketch-comedy group turns its vocal talents to Bear McCreary’s haunting main title.

The quintet once again dresses like familiar characters — here it’s Maggie, Rick, Daryl, the Governor and Abraham — only this time to to be joined by an unexpected guest.

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Do open, dead inside: ‘Walking Dead’ pop-up book is terrifying, beautiful

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As delightfully gory and deliciously inappropriate as you might have imagined the Walking Dead pop-up book to be when it was announced last summer, that pales in comparison to the product itself, which is a work of beautiful, horrifying art.

Based on AMC’s hit adaptation of the long-running comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, in just five spreads the book takes readers (probably not young ones) from Rick’s hospital and the Bicycle Girl to Hershel’s Farm and the Prison to Terminus. It’s pretty spectacular, not only in its gruesomeness but in its artistry, as you can see from the images and video below.

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‘Walking Dead’s’ midseason premiere was so realistic, cops were called

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The midseason premiere of The Waking Dead was so loud and so realistic that one Montana family drew unwanted attention — not from walkers, but from the police.

The Great Falls Police Department responded to a 911 call Sunday evening from a neighbor who heard “screaming from a house about someone having a gun.” A second caller helped the seven responding officers pinpoint the house, which they promptly surrounded, some with weapons drawn.

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Overkill’s ‘Walking Dead’ first-person shooter delayed until 2017

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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.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Fruits Basket’ manga to return from Yen Press

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Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1

Manga | Huge news for manga fans this weekend: Yen Press has picked up the license for Fruits Basket, one of the top-selling shoujo (girls) manga of all time. The story of Tohru Honda, a teenage orphan who becomes involved with a large family that suffers from an ancient curse, Fruits Basket was originally published in North America by Tokyopop and arguably helped create the manga boom of the mid-2000s. The series often made the USA Today bestseller charts, and together with Sailor Moon, it brought girls and women into the comics world in large numbers for the first time in decades. Also, it’s a cracking good read. Yen Press will publish it in deluxe two-in-one omnibus format with a new translation. [Anime News Network, Yen Press]

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‘Walking Dead’ Terminus map shower curtain is the end of the line for grime

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On The Walking Dead, Terminus advertised “sanctuary for all, community for all,” so probably somewhere in its pitch was the promise of a hot shower (it was likely covered in the welcome packet). And just as all rail lines led to Terminus (ahem, “The End”), this shower curtain will bring you to … zombie-free cleanliness?

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These ‘Walking Dead’ figures will bring a smile to any apocalypse

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While a fortified shelter, reliable water source and a stockpile of weapons are undoubtedly essential to surviving a zombie apocalypse, don’t discount a sunny disposition. As these new Walking Dead figures seem to demonstrate, a sunny disposition and a gun, machete or crossbow will get you a long way.

Rick, Daryl, Michonne and the walker (with a knife in its eye!) are part of Vinyl Sugar’s ever-expanding Dorbz line. They’ll arrive in January, with the toymaker also teasing a Daryl “bloody chase variant.”

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Man allegedly kills ‘zombie’ friend, blames ‘The Walking Dead’

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A New Mexico man who had been binge-watching The Walking Dead allegedly told police he beat his friend to death because he was changing into a zombie.

The Associated Press reports 23-year-old Damon Perry of Grants, New Mexico, is being held on a murder charge in the death of Christopher Paquin, also 23.

Police were called Thursday afternoon to an apartment complex, where Perry was allegedly wielding a knife. When they arrived, they discovered the brutally beaten body of Paquin in an apartment, and Perry being detained by maintenance workers.

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Dig into some Brain Cake for the “Walking Dead” premiere

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Hosting a “Walking Dead” season premiere party and looking to impress your friends? Well, worry not! This amazing Brain Cake recipe from How to Cake It gives you a step-by-step recipe and breakdown on how create a deep red velvet cake with fondant brain tissue and raspberry jam blood.

And all you’ll need is some simple ingredients, a taste for the macabre and extreme baking skills that I certainly do not possess.

‘The Escapists: The Walking Dead’ 8-bit game debuts launch trailer

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Trumpeting its Sept. 30 arrival on Xbox One and PC, Team17 has debuted the launch trailer for the 8-bit puzzle game The Escapists: The Walking Dead.

Combining the characters and settings of The Walking Dead with the gameplay Team17’s indie hit, the spinoff places in players in the role of Rick Grimes, who must lead a rag-tag group of survivors out of scenarios ripped straight from the comic series. Fans of The Walking Dead will recognize levels based on Harrison Memorial Hospital, the Greene farm, Meriwether County Correctional Facility, Woodbury, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia.

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Funko reveals ‘Arkham Knight’ and Daryl Dixon NYCC exclusives

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As we begin the countdown to New York Comic Con, Funko has unveiled its first wave of event-exclusive merchandise, including a Batman: Arkham Asylum (Detective Mode) 6-inch Dorbz, a Walking Dead bloody Daryl Dixon Vinyl Idolz, and a Tenth Doctor Pop! figure in a spacesuit.

They’re joined by the likes of the Star Wars Platinum Greedo Hikari figure, the classic Battlestar Galactica Commander Cylon Pop! figure, the Bravest Warriors Catbug Orange Glow Pop! figure, and the Futurama Alternate Universe Fry and Leela Pop! two-pack.

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Chinese police are fed up with walking dead and pooping Gollums

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Police in China have had just about enough of reports of zombies, alien corpses and, um, defecating monsters.

The New York Times notes that authorities have been cracking down on social media users who post about sightings of the walking dead, mythical monsters and electrocuted extraterrestrials.

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