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Listen to the Debut of Fear the Walking Fanboys on Demand

In case you missed it, the debut of Fear the Walking Fanboys debuted last night! This offshoot of Graphic Policy Radio will air immediately after each new episode of Fear the Walking Dead!

On this inaugural launch we discussed what we generally thought of the new series, some of the themes presented, lingering questions, and what we expect in the future.

You can listen right here, or take the show on the road and listen on demand!

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S1E2 So Close, Yet So Far

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhile Madison struggles to keep Nick from a crippling withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before the city of Los Angeles falls.

Fear the Walking Dead’s second episode keeps the slow burn established in the first episode. Unlike films where the meltdown of society happens quickly, this is a long form series, so is taking its time. That’s likely to anger some folks who come for zombies. Instead we get a look at how society falls apart in this sort of situation and how a family might actually deal with it.

The first 40 minutes are a slow build, finally getting us to our first real attack that affects our main characters. This is the beginning of it all, so there’s a learning curve that makes it all rather blunt and not graceful at all.

The episode also has society breaking down a bit, with protests over the police killing individuals. With that, we get shades of protests going on today such as Black Lives Matter, and with the breakdown we also have an echo of Katrina which happened a decade ago. Sci-fi/horror does what it does best, making commentary on today’s society.

We also get introduced to a few more characters, who we know through casting announcements, will be playing roles that’ll last for a bit. And seeing what folks are willing to do, especially parents for their kids, is going to be interesting.

As a whole, the episode keeps up the excellent start of the debut episode. Much like The Walking Dead, this isn’t about zombies. Fear the Walking Dead is about the crumbling of society. Though it looks like it’s dipping into some tropes, it’s still has me interested in seeing what comes next.

Overall Rating: 8

Wizard World Pittsburgh Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Cover By Jim Rugg

The Walking Dead #1 Jim RuggWizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced that 2015 Eisner Award winner Jim Rugg has drawn the 16th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, September 11-13. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, the PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA’s 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts.

The Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh celebrity roster includes The Walking Dead stars Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt as well as David Duchovny, William Shatner, Jewel Staite, Ian Somerhalder, WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose and Diva Paige, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Dean Cain, and Lou Ferrigno and many others.

In addition to Rugg, Artist Alley in Pittsburgh will feature Neal Adams, Billy Martin, Arthur Suydam, Clinton Hobart, Ron Frenz, Tom DeFalco, Jeff Shultz, Thom Pratt, D.J. Coffman and more.

The Pittsburgh show hours are Friday, September 11, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, September 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fear the Walking Fanboys, our new Podcast. Debuts LIVE this Sunday at 10pm ET.

gp-radio-pic-sundayAfter you’re done watching Fear the Walking Dead, join our virtual roundtable as we discuss each week’s new episode right after it airs! Debuting this Sunday, Fear the Walking Fanboys presented by Graphic Policy Radio. The show airs LIVE at 10pm ET, immediately following Fear the Walking Dead.

What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Ron and Brett chat about the hit AMC television series going over each brand new episode with a fine tooth comb and what it all means for The Walking Dead universe. We’ll be chatting each Sunday at 10pm ET right after the episode ends.

We also want to hear what you think. Call in with your thoughts, or Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

Listen in LIVE this Sunday at 10pm ET.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S1E1 Pilot

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhat did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

The first episode of, Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off series to The Walking Dead, begins in a familiar way, with a person coming out of a stupor and being immediately confronted with the world around him. This world is a little different from the five seasons we’ve seen so far in the smash main series. This is the beginning, when the idea of a zombie outbreak is just whispers and hints.

The first episode’s focus is more on the characters, especially as a family unit, than its sister series as well. The Walking Dead is very much about “family” but that focus is much more on building a new one when faced with adversity. This series instead is about a literal family. The mother, her daughter and drug addicted son. The boyfriend, with a family of his own. How will they react in the face of disaster? The series very much shares that with so many disaster films like 2012 and others. It also asks the much more realistic question of what do you do as a parent dealing with all of that?

There’s also the perspective of coming to grips with reality. We see it from a couple of angles, including a drug addict who’s not sure what’s real and what isn’t. It’s enough to make us question, but we know the truth of it all.

The look of the series is interesting as well. Set in Los Angeles, I expected a much brighter hue and look. Instead we have a visual style that looks to be a cross between From Dusk Till Dawn and 28 Days Later. Browns, oranges, with an almost dusty sheen permeates the color palette and look of the first episode. Visually it stands out from its sister series.

The first episode is about so many small details. A gun on the ground. A bone sticking out. A missing sign on a wall. And the overall look and color palette of it all.

The new series has a lot of pressure on its shoulders. It spins out of a monster of a television series, so expectations are high. The first episode, is a solid debut. It has me intrigued to see what comes next… in the coming zombie apocalypse.

Overall Rating: 9

Fear the Walking Dead, First 3 Minutes of the Series Premiere

Fear the Walking Dead premieres this Sunday on AMC.

Wizard World San Jose Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Cover By Colleen Doran, September 4-6

Colleen Doran The Walking Dead 1Wizard World and Skybound have announced that Sandman illustrator, The Vampire Diaries writer, and four-time Eisner Award winner Colleen Doran has drawn the 15th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con San Jose, September 4-6.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the San Jose Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Doran is the artist for a new Neil Gaiman graphic novel from Dark Horse, The Book of Lost Souls with J Michael Straczynski, Big Nemo with Alan Moore for Electricomics, and projects with Stan Lee, Matt Hawkins at Top Cow/Image, and Marvel Comics.

Doran’s recent works also include The Vampire Diaries as writer and artist for DC, as well as art for Red Sonja, script for the Korean/American fusion anthology Komacon, and the award-winning graphic novels Mangaman and Gone to Amerikay.

Doran’s hundreds of credits also include work for Lucasfilm, Random House, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Simon and Schuster, and Disney. She has illustrated Amazing Spider-Man, The Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Superman, Sandman, and she is the sole creator of the graphic novel series A Distant Soil for Image Comics.

The Walking Dead stars attending the second annual Wizard World Comic Con San Jose include Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Josh McDermitt, Michael Rooker, and Scott Wilson. The celebrity roster also includes Bruce Campbell, Billy Boyd, Dean Cain, WWE Diva Paige , Scott Wolf, Toby Kebbell, Brett Dalton, Jason Mewes and many others.

In addition to Doran, Artist Alley in San Jose will feature Harvey Tolibao, Phil Ortiz, Michael Golden, James O’Barr, Arthur Suydam, Ethan Van Sciver, Miguel Sepulveda, Peter Bagge and more.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 16th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, San Jose show hours are Friday, September 4, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Review: The Walking Dead #145

The Walking Dead #145 CoverOlivia. Josh. Tammy. Luke. Erin. Ken. Amber. Louie. Oscar. Rosita. Ezekiel. 12 men and women. That’s how many, and who, the Whisperers murdered in the last issue. 12 heads left on pikes as a boundary and warning for Rick and his communities to keep their distance.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a storm in the series, and you could tell the calm was building to something. This seems to tbe the pattern that writer Robert Kirkman follows when plotting the series. Last issue was that and The Walking Dead #145 picks up with the emotional turmoil, and just some of the fall-out.

Some of what we see is immediate, Michonne for instance is immediately impacted by the fact Ezekiel has been murdered, and it’s an interesting interaction between her and Rick. Her challenging Rick’s decision is really the key of what this is all about. Hilltop and the surrounding communities have found peace under the leadership of Rick and Maggie. This looks to challenge not just the peace, but also that very leadership. Would Rick have acted differently if it were his son or someone else closer to him? How long will it be before Rick tells the group about all of the walkers that the Whisperers have rounded up? We’re getting to see Rick’s leadership and decision making really be put to the test.

The art is as solid as usual. The fact that Charlie Adlard‘s work is in black and white, the pressure is really on for Stefano Gaudiano who inks, and Cliff Rathburn who provides the gray tones. For me, Adlards black and white art enhances the emotion and mood. The reaction through movement or the looks on faces become that much more important and vital without color to get in the way. Here, you feel the sadness, anger, and worry ooze off the page. Adlard has been beyond consistent in his work on the series.

For long time readers, we’re seeing the real beginning of the next big event to shake up The Walking Dead world. While the teaser text says “blood for blood,” this issue is more tears for blood…. so far.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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Yesterday was new comic book day! What got folks excited? What’d you read that you liked, and what did you not like?

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