After collaborating on four novels already, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga are teaming up again for another four book Walking Dead series, the first of which is titled Descent and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press on Oct. 14. And we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover for you right here. (Zombies in a tunnel are always a scary sight…unless Maggie Greene is around, I suppose.) READ FULL STORY
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The fourth and final installment in Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga’s Governor-related Walking Dead book series will be available next Tuesday when The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part Two is released in both print and audiobook formats. The novel will feature the final face-off between Rick Grimes and Philip Blake, and you can get your first taste right here and right now with a clip from the Macmillian audiobook version read by Fred Berman.
But be warned! This clip not only features massive zombie and human carnage — as evidenced by lines like “ragged bodies collapsing in a synchronized line dance of death” — but also some major NSFW language. Like, we’re talking multiple uses of multiple curse words. So grab some headphones and prepare yourself for a harrowing alley encounter between the living and the undead that may or may not end with a bit of nostril stabbing. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY
The third installment in Robert Kirkman and Joy Bonansinga’s Walking Dead trilogy of novels will be released in October by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. But you can see the cover for The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor exclusively right here and right now. (Click on the “Full Size Image” box above for an even better look.)
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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.
Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY
You won’t be seeing The Governor on the upcoming season 2 of The Walking Dead, but there is one place you will encounter the infamous fan favorite this October — bookstores. October 11 will see the release of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, a novel penned by Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. The book gives the backstory of how The Governor became the ruthless and savage despot that terrorized Rick Grimes and Co. in the comic book on which AMC’s hit drama is based. This zombie prequel story will also be available in an audiobook format read by Fred Berman and released by Macmillan audio, and we’ve got your exclusive first taste of it right here. Click on the audio player below to get an advance sneak listen as Philip Blake enters a warehouse only to learn that he is not alone. (You know it’s going to be good when the first line is “The place is a dark as a crypt.”) Then hit the message boards and sound off on what other Walking Dead characters you’d like to see receive the backstory treatment. And for more Walking Dead news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY
Special effects wizard Greg Nicotero gets his hands dirty (with brains!) in NSFW image from 'The Walking Dead Chronicles'
You need brains to work on AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead. And special effects wizard Greg Nicotero is one of the folks responsible for making sure those brains get sprayed around in just the right way.
You can see Nicotero going about his grisly work in the photograph after the jump. The image is one of the never-before-seen shots from new book, The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book. The tome details the making of the show’s first season and also features set designs, storyboards, page-to-screen comparisons to the comics, an introduction by Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, and a foreword by now departed showrunner Frank Darabont (needless to say, it will be interesting to see how any second volume of the Chronicles deals with that departure).
The Walking Dead Chronicles is available to buy now, while the show itself returns to AMC on October 16.
Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.
Bob Fingerman says that during his spell dwelling on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in the mid-’90s he came to the conclusion the area was not exactly the liveliest place on earth. “It felt zombie-like in a lot of ways,” says the writer and artist. “You’d see lots of old women eating alone in diners. There seemed to be a quality of just waiting for death.” Way to big the burg up, dude! “This is why I don’t work for the Upper East Side Board of Tourism,” laughs the now Upper West Side-dwelling Fingerman. “‘Come and see the living dead!’”
The author’s old neighborhood provides the setting for his new book Pariah, in which the inhabitants of an apartment block attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse. While the novel is not short of gore—the very first page finds the driver of a colliding taxi cab bursting through his windshield “like a meat torpedo”—the result is as much social satire as it is splatterfest. “The living grow accustomed to the zombies,” says Fingerman. “I think New Yorkers are very resilient and that carried through to these characters. The other thing is that I figured, ‘The ones who weren’t resilient? They’re all dead.’ They got eaten!”
Fingerman has considerable experience in the horror genre. Pariah is actually an unofficial sequel to Zombie World: Winter’s Dregs, a comic book miniseries he wrote in the late ‘90s, “back before zombies were cool.” He also penned the 2007 vampire novel Bottom Feeder and has a short story featured in the new collection The Living Dead 2, alongside contributions from Max Brooks and Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman.
Who better then, as we drag our zombie-infected carcasses towards Halloween season, to recommend five horror novels? You can check out Fingerman’s picks after the jump.
Grab the shotgun and cover your cranium: We talk to Max Brooks about selling 1 million copies of 'The Zombie Survival Guide'
Max Brooks’ 2003 public-service book The Zombie Survival Guide has recently sold its millionth copy, meaning there are still approximately 299 million Americans out there who will be devoured like so much pot roast once the undead apocalypse begins. Brooks, a former Saturday Night Live writer and the son of comedy legend Mel Brooks, has become one of the nation’s foremost experts on zombies thanks to works like 2006’s World War Z. In honor of this achievement, we spoke with the 38-year-old author about why the creatures are so scary, why vampires aren’t anymore, and how to protect your brains.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, congratulations on selling 1 million copies.
MAX BROOKS: I’m still trying to track down the warehouse where my father bought all those books.
I’ve seen other people with it. My brother has two copies. So those are at least two that your dad didn’t buy.
Someone once actually stole a copy from my dad. He was in a bookstore in New York and he was in line and he set it down to get something else. When he came back, it was gone. Someone had taken it. So that’s another one. That’s three.
When it was first published, the initial printing was only around 18,000 copies, right?
Something like that, which scared the frak out of me. I was like, 18,000? That’s, like, half of Dodgers Stadium, I can’t sell that many books! That’s when I started doing my self-defense lectures. It was mainly out of panic. I thought maybe if I do those, I can sell a couple hundred at a time and avoid the two-cent bin. READ FULL STORY
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