Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DEAD Rising

A few years back, I was at a comic book shop with a friend who asked me to recommend a good series for him to check out. I handed him the first volume of The Walking Dead, writer Robert Kirkman's ongoing story of "survival horror" in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, and said if he didn't like it I'd happily reimburse him the $10 cover price. When I talked to him a week later, he'd already picked up the next several volumes on his own.  And just like that the series had its latest victim.

Taking inspiration from director George A. Romero's legendary series of Dead movies (that began in 1969 with Night of the Living Dead and has continued to the present with this year's Survival of the Dead), Kirkman has lent The Walking Dead every advantage the medium offers, garnering it plenty of fans and awards. Indeed, one of the series' most high profile fans is Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont, who employed his clout towards getting the book adapted into a TV series for AMC, home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Here's the promotional "sizzle reel" that AMC debuted at Comic-Con, with the show itself primed for a Halloween premiere.  As far as first impressions go, it looks absolutely horrifying and not a little unnerving. Perfect!



2 comments:

Ricky Shambles said...

OMG - Awesome! I can't wait.

Now how do I follow you not through Facebook? Got this identity thing going because of my conservative clientèle. Get that follow widget going?

Zaki said...

Hi Ricky -

Thanks for the interest! I really enjoy your site.

As far as following mine, just go to blogger.com and scroll down past your dashboard to the "Reading List" which has all the blogger sites you follow. Click on "add" underneath there and plug my site's URL in. That should do it.

Thanks again!