Jan 15

The fifteen day zombie epidemic in media clippings creator posted a last installment in his 15 day creation today, January 15th. On reddit, the creator called Vidzilla explained that the 15 day series that gripped reddit’s zombie fans was created with no advance planning. He was inspired by a conversation about how people would react if a crowded place were “ground zero” for a zombie outbreak, and after his Day 1 post on January 1st got a big reaction, he decided to continue his story for two weeks.

Tomorrow Vidzilla will post a “Director’s Cut” including the zombie story in full on reddit.com/r/zombies. Read his latest comments on reddit to find out more about his awesome zombie storytelling. And thanks, Vidzilla, for a really creepy two week ride. Can we do this again sometime?

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Jan 06

I’ve been filled with a sense of growing dread watching this series of media clippings and screenshots that has been posted on reddit.com/r/zombies. The series of images shows a snowballing zombie epidemic in social media, personal messages, and news outlets. Check out days 1-6 below.

I can’t help but think this method of storytelling is something of a throwback to some analysis of modern information overload and the zombie pop phenomenon we talked about in 2010. But mostly, I can’t wait to find out where this story is going. I’m going to be following what I hope continue to be daily updates by Vidzilla on reddit.

And don’t forget to update your 2012 preparedness plans. This is getting real.

Updates: Day 7 (comments) | Day 8 (comments) | Day 9 (comments) | Day 10 (comments) | Day 11 (comments) | Day 12 (comments) | Day 13 (comments) | Day 14 (comments) | (comments)

Note: Check out Day 5, Day 9, and others for secret hidden messages. See reddit threads for spoilers. Could this be a viral marketing campaign? For what?

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Jun 30

HBO’s Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy based on George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books. After watching and loving the first few episodes of the TV series, I started reading the books. I only needed to read the prologue of the first book to make an awesome realization: This is a story about zombies.

Now, it’s not just about zombies. It’s also about war and dragons and sorcery and people. But I found the zombie part really compelling. In the prologue of the first book, A Game of Thrones, we are introduced to a creepy race of beings called the Others, which the characters speak of but don’t believe to exist. Then they meet one. It is gaunt and pale, with eyes that are blue and glowing. That is all well and creepy, but then we get to the part that caught my attention: After the Others kill a man, he comes back to life as one of them, also pale, gaunt, and with glowing blue eyes. Could the Others be zombies?

Game of Thrones - The Others

Game of Thrones - The Others


In truth, they’re not the typical zombie. It seems that these ones are capable of sword-fighting and talking, it’s unclear whether they eat brains, and of course there are the demonic blue eyes. But they’re definitely the living dead – and I expect that they’ll be coming in hordes.

The first season of Game of Thrones is a pretty faithful adaptation of the first book, and I’ve only just begun to read the second. So, if you haven’t seen the series, some of what I’m about to say might be spoilers, but not much. I’ll mostly be talking about the world Martin created, not the actual plot. You’ve been warned.

Game of Thrones - The Wall

Game of Thrones - The Wall


In this world, there is a wall cutting off the northern part of the continent, which is so ancient that no one knows quite who built it, or how or why. It’s almost 700 feet high and is simply called the Wall. The Others are a legend south of the Wall, spoken of mostly in jokes and children’s stories. But north of the Wall, we’ve seen that they’re real.

So, this situation seems rife for an epic zombie battle: We have an ancient wall that was likely built to keep the Others from infecting those in the south of the continent. We have the unexpected emergence of the Others in the north, though they are generally believed to be creatures of fairy tales. And we have them creating new Others – a swarm that must travel south to feed. I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m expecting some zombie mayhem.

Game of Thrones is a great series, regardless – but I’m happy to find a little living-dead action in there. Because everything is better with zombies, right?

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Apr 04

"Bad Republican, No Brain" by OnTask on FlickrLast weekend, Wisconsin protesters organized a zombie walk to bring attention to an important cause: The lack of brains in the Tea Party-led state legislature. Dozens of hungry zombies stumbled around Madison, Wisconsin — no Tea Party brains could be found.

This video of the zombie walk is pretty epic — watch till the end for some killer zombie action.

via Dangerous Minds

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Mar 23

Using a humdrum landscape painting from a thrift shop and an active, zombie infested imagination, a Richmond, Virginia artist created this:

landscape painting with zombies

Zombies in the Meadow by Tracy Kennedy

It’s already been sold on etsy, but there are more on the way. Check out her short YouTube movie of the painting, complete with a creepy audio track:

You can follow happatk’s etsy page here.

[source: reddit]

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Mar 22

zombie slayer wedding invite
By Manuel Morgado, found on reddit

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Mar 22

I saw these great zombie movie posters on reddit today:

Living Dead Strike Back

Something about Han Solo as the living dead really works …

Toy Gory

… and I really dug how Mr. Potato Head has lost several parts in Toy Gory. He is the perfect zombie toy candidate.

Find a few more on the zombies subreddit.

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Feb 25

Get chased by zombies in your own neighborhood! Streetview Zombie Apocalypse by Mike Lacher lets you enter any address and try to evade the zombie horde in Google Streetview. Spoiler alert: You will inevitably lose. But hey, we all know the zombies will win in the end.

Streetview Zombie Apocalypse - Losing Screen

via Boing Boing

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Oct 23

The folks over at reddit.com organized a video interview with Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. In the interview, Brooks answers ten of the top questions submitted to reddit, some of which are intriguing, some absurd, but all elicit great responses from the famed zombie aficionado.

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Oct 18

The bad news is that Natalie Portman recently backed out of the leading role in the upcoming film based on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The good news is Scarlett Johansson is now rumored to be considering the role. We’re expecting her performace to be some combination between her roles in The Other Boleyn Girl and Iron Man 2 — holy hot zombie-killing action!

In addition to killing zombies in P&P&Z, Johansson might soon be playing a zombie on screen. The actress is also rumored to be attached to the film adaptation of Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament. In the film, Johansson would presumably play Rita, the main character’s zombie love interest and attendee of Undead Anonymous. Killer!

To celebrate these awesome occurrences, we share with you this video of Scarlett being photoshopped into a zombie:

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