Oct 04

978 zombie things posterby freakingaweso.me

Today I had a chance to explore a “ridiculously detailed” poster of 978 zombie movies, books, and games. It’s an oddly meditative experience for zombie fans.

The creators also apparently run the DailyZombieFilm twitter feed which tweets a new link to a zombie film every day, featuring pretty much all the zombie b-movie titles you can imagine, from Kung Fu Zombie to Zombie Bikini Squad and many, many more.

Go check out the poster here.

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Sep 27

The new Walking Dead AMC TV series premieres on Halloween, October 31. As Halloween approaches, there are some great new videos going around for us to watch in anticipation.

AMC just put out a new “behind the scenes” look at the show:

And one of the most celebrated fan-made opening titles is going around. We love the use of the original art from the books.

For older bonus viewing, check out the official trailer for the series:

Also, here’s a video that gives some background on “Zombie School”, where the directors of the show trained their hordes of zombies extras.

If you haven’t read the books yet, I definitely recommend them. Although I have high hopes for this TV series, the books are a character-driven glimpse into a bleak human/zombie future, masterfully told in comic art. But if you love zombies and comics, you probably already know what I’m talking about.

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Sep 27

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It’s always important to know how zombies behave in a fictional universe. The official Walking Dead twitter account published these illuminating “official” zombie rules last week:

  • Zombie Rule #1: Ability to run is based on the amount of time a zombie has been undead, and how much decay has set in.
  • Zombie Rule #2: Zombies decay but at a much slower rate than humans, and it’s still possible to differentiate between young and old zombies.
  • Zombie Rule #3: Zombies are like lions: if they’ve eaten, you can walk by them without fear, but a pack of hungry zombies will attack you.
  • Zombie Rule #4: The quickest speed of any zombie is a shambling run. see Night of the Living Dead. NO sprinters exist.
  • Zombie Rule #5: Zombies are not dexterous. They cannot pick up or use any items more complex than a rock or a stick.
  • Zombie Rule #6: Zombies have poor eyesight but they do have a strong sense of smell.

(via twitter.com/WalkingDead_AMC)

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Sep 15

night of the living trekkies

Quirk Books is tugging at our heartstrings again with its release of Night of the Living Trekkies, where a zombie apocalypse breaks out a Star Trek convention. This apparently results in a hilarious union between Starfleet, Borg, Klingons, and fans against their bloodthirsty, earthbound undead enemies.

The hilarious book trailer is begging for feature length B-movie treatment. Clearly a lot of redshirts are going down.

The book came out in July. We’ll take a look and hope to review this one soon.

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Aug 14

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Here’s an fun little Flash game that’ll give all you zombie lovers some misanthropic pleasure: Infectonator! World Dominator. Your goal is to dominate the game’s world of 8-bit art in as few days as possible using your abilities to infect people with a zombie-creating virus and summon special, more powerful zombies.

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Traveling from city to city, continent to continent, you wreak havoc on the population. After infecting a few unsuspecting victims, just watch the carnage as your zombies attack and infect the panicked humans. Imagine the chaos! Afterwards you can use the money you collected to upgrade your zombies or improve your special abilities. After a while your zombies become an unstoppable hoard of merciless perversions of nature—we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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But be warned, some humans can fight back with guns, which makes it all the more satisfying to summon your special zombies, including such characters as zombie Ronald MacDonald, zombie Colonel Sanders, and, my favorite, zombie Michael Jackson. Those pesky humans have no chance.

We recommend this game. It’s addictive, but given the opportunity to dominate the world using zombie hoards, I wouldn’t call it a time waster.

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Aug 12

Eat Brains Love with Julia Roberts

Like most people, I kinda hate Julia Roberts. Here is an excellent parody poster … although if Julia Roberts actually made this zombie movie, I might upgrade my attitude toward her acting career.

Found via Laughing Squid.

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Jul 22

We’ve told you before about the fantastic zombie shirts at Threadless. We’re thrilled to tell you that they have now reached a new level of awesome.

In the first volume of their new Comics-On Tees line, four shirts tell the story of a dreamy zombie apocalypse. Each shirt is its own “issue” designed by a different artist. Although there are four issues in the volume, only three of them actually depict zombies — the first one is just really cute.

"Every Night I Have the Same Dream" at Threadless

Threadless released these shirts in conjunction with a new design challenge — submit your own comics-themed shirt designs by August 12. More zombies please!

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Jul 05

the Waking Dead zombie TV series

As a fan of the post-apocalyptic zombie comic book series, The Walking Dead, I’m psyched for the new AMC TV series based on the books! The show premieres this October.

Among the the latest Walking Dead news, the show’s zombie makeup mastermind, Greg Nicotero, gave an interview on AMC’s blog last week that reveals some of the details of his work. I’m happy to see he draws primarily on the fresh zombie art from the comic books for visual style. Here’s a preview of some of his work:

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waking dead tv series zombie make-up artist

Check out the full interview here and a round up of other interviews and fresh photos from the set on AMC’s Waking Dead blog here.

Images from AMC’s Waking Dead blog

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Jul 02

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve HockensmithI should have posted a review of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls months ago. It was a wholly enjoyable book and I started reading it when it was released in March. For the delay, I cite personal reasons, although I think most Pride and Prejudice fans would agree. The problem: There is no Mr. Darcy.

Of course there isn’t. This is a prequel set before the characters are introduced to Mr. Favorite Literary Crush. But when I figured out he wasn’t in this book, I put it down and cried for a few months. Then took a deep breath, brought the book to the beach and loved it.

Of course I loved it. It’s funny zombie fiction. And it’s set in Regency England, where zombies aren’t just deadly, they’re an insult to good manners. The tight-lipped repulsion just leaps off the page.

Although it carries the same branding, P&P&Z: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a very different sort of book from P&P&Z. Rather than a literary mash-up of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s zombies and Jane Austen‘s prose, the book is original fiction by Steve Hockensmith. I had never read his other books and, although it appears that he’s a newcomer to zombie-fic, his humorous historical fiction has received much praise. Hockensmith’s writing is accessible and engaging, bringing a lightness to the P&P&Z franchise that should make it attractive to those turned off by Jane Austen’s profuse punctuation and pontification.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls begins at a funeral, when the body rudely awakens and reminds Hertfordshire of the dormant zombie plague it ought not to mention. As the undead continue to stumble from their graves, Mr. Bennet is forced to train his five daughters to be ninja warriors like himself — with the help of the handsome, strapping Master Hawksworth. Despite the dearth of Mr. Darcy, Hockensmith creates plenty of male characters to match up with Austen’s swarm of females, each of them flawed in ways that thankfully allow the ladies to kick lots of zombie butt.

Unlike in P&P&Z, the zombies are not an after-thought — or perhaps a never-thought on the part of co-author Austen (a point that I suppose is debatable). The zombies in Dawn of the Dreadfuls are plentiful and, as in most zombie books, the horde size increases with the page number. The black and white engravings also help to bump up the zombie-quotient, although I would rate the gore in this book as slightly less than in P&P&Z.

Overall, P&P&Z: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a fresh, fun zombie book: a historical rom-zom-com with ninjas too. I give it 4.5 brains out of 5.

4.5 out of 5 brains

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Jul 01

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Because nothing is more romantic than fighting the zombie invasion together from high ground. Featured in Geekologie with a cute photo of the happy bride and groom.

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