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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:
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.
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.
“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.
Gone are the days of Highways of Agony, The Last Prom and other antiquated (yet still horrifying) short films some of us were subjected to in driver’s ed classes. In their place, the Illinois Department of Transportation now has The Driving Dead, a web series starring The Walking Dead alum Michael Rooker.
Set in a rather familiar post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world, the series depicts the dangers of not wearing seat belts and driving under the influence … even while being pursued by the undead, or the gun-wielding living. For instance, in the second episode, which debuted last week, survivors end up having to weigh the greater risk: remaining in the range of a sniper, or getting into a car with a buzzed driver. Decisions, decisions …
Their dilemma may come off a little more humorous than it was intended, but overall The Driving Dead is pretty good, with stronger acting and production values than you’d probably expected from a state-sponsored driving-safety initiative.
If you’ve been holding out for a musical parody of The Walking Dead set to the tune of the classic Queen anthem “Another One Bites the Dust,” then it’s your lucky day, as that’s exactly what The Hillywood Show delivers in its latest video. It’s pretty good, too, with all the gore you would expect from Rick Grimes & Co., with all the dancing and slow-motion flips that you wouldn’t.
For Supernatural viewers, there’s also a cameo by fan-favorite actor Osric Chau (plus, for everyone, a behind-the-scenes video).
The pieces, some of which can be found in the “Comic Bricks!” gallery, range from classics like Detective Comics #27 and Adventure Comics #445 to modern issues like The Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Invincible #63. Ewoks, from Marvel’s old Star Comics imprint, even makes an appearance.
Passings | Dr. George Slusser, co-founder of the University of California, Riversides’ renowned Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, passed away Tuesday at age 75. Curator emeritus and professor emeritus of comparative literature, Slusser expanded the Eaton holdings from 7,500 items to more than 300,000, making it the largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world. It encompasses novels, journals, manuscripts, comics and manga, fanzines and anime, and includes first editions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Action Comics #1 and The Fantastic Four #1. “Over three decades, George Slusser built the Eaton Collection up from a small core of titles into the world-class archive that it is today,” Rob Latham, co-director of UC Riverside’s Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program, said in a statement. “The field of science fiction scholarship owes him an incalculable debt.” [UC Riverside]
As if you needed a reason to believe that zombies should be depicted as lumbering reanimated corpses rather than ridiculous sprinting wraiths, there’s now scientific support for that.
Neuroscientists Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek have written Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain, which shows “how zombism can be understood in terms of current knowledge regarding how the brain works.” The book includes chapters like “Hungry, Angry and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Unlife,” “There’s No Crying in the Zombie Apocalypse!” and … “The Neural Correlates of Lumbering.”
When The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira appeared last week on Live! with Kelly and Michael, the took a couple of minutes to show the co-hosts the finer points of zombie-killing, Michonne-style.
During a commercial break, the actress impressed the audience by demonstrating with a wooden katana how to slice a zombie in half. But then she was given a real blade. “I feel like I’m cheating on my girl here,” Gurira said, referring to her sword from the AMC drama.
Michonne, who had been without her signature weapon for a couple of episodes of the series, was reunited with it last night. Watch the video of her Live! appearance below.
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.
This fall has been particularly exceptional television adaptations: The Walking Dead season premiere pulled in more than 17 million viewers, while more than 8 million watched the first episode Gotham, making it Fox’s best fall drama debut in 14 years. More than 6 million raced to see The Flash pilot, giving The CW its highest ratings ever. About 5 million are regularly tuning in for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and nearly 3 million for the third season of Arrow.
It’s not limited to live-action series, either: 2 million people watch Teen Titans Go!, and more than 1 million tune in to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon.
On the big screen, all four feature films starring Marvel characters — X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — each grossed more than $700 million each worldwide. So far, comic book movies have generated more than $3.8 billion dollars this year. While it’s unknown how many of those dollars are from repeat viewings, that’s still a lot of people.
If we’ve learned anything from The Walking Dead, it’s that during a zombie apocalypse, no nowhere — and no one — is safe. Not a gated community, a secluded farm, a prison, a fortified town or an abandoned factory. But what about a Zombie Fortification Cabin?
CNET spotted what Tiger Log Cabins touts as “the world’s first zombie proof log cabin,” designed to withstand any attack from the undead.
“Not only is the building strong and secure enough to stop any zombie from getting inside,” the description states, “but even zombie invaders were to breach the boundaries of your land, the design is intelligent enough to give you fantastic and safe vantage points to use any artillery you have whether it’s light or dark outside.”
During her three seasons as Andrea on The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden killed a lot of zombies, annoyed a lot of viewers and shot Daryl. However, now the actress has a new role, fighting a real-world threat: child sex trafficking.
ABC’s Nightline reported this week on Operation Underground Railroad, an organization founded by former CIA agent and Homeland Security investigator Tim Ballard that specializes in cases involving child sex trafficking. For a recent sting operation in Cartagena, Colombia — launched in cooperation with that country’s government — Ballard relied on “a ragtag group of volunteers” to help stage a bachelor party, with the goal of rescuing child prostitutes brought to the event and arresting the traffickers.
You wouldn’t think a company that sells dried spiced meat would want its products associated with decaying human flesh, but Slim Jim — “a leading brand of meat sticks” — has snapped into a partnership with AMC’s The Walking Dead that sees its Carne Asada strips temporarily renamed … “Carnage Asada.” Get it?
“Slim Jim’s bold flavor pairs perfectly with AMC and The Walking Dead,” Jill Dexter, Slim Jim’s brand director, says in a statement. “In a post-apocalyptic world or in your living room, it’s important to be prepared with the right snack, and our Carnage Asada Steakhouse is just that.”