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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S2E8 Grotesque

fear-the-walking-dead-posterNick’s steadfast search for answers leads him into a deadly dog-eat-dog landscape; and a dark piece of his past is uncovered.

Fear the Walking Dead is back kicking off the the second half of the second season with an episode focused completely on Nick. Yup, other than some new characters, everyone else (for the most part) is absent other than walkers.

The episode is a fascinating one and the strongest of the season so far. It actually makes the case in many ways that the series should drop every other character and just focus on Nick’s survival on the zombie apocalypse.

So what do I mean about “for the most part” when it comes to the other characters? There’s flashbacks that involve Nick and his mom is present. That’s the extent really of major characters from our survivor group.

But, back to Nick…

The episode adds a hell of a lot to the character who has up to this point has been the drug addict who seems to have more going on than folks give him credit for. We see him survive hoards of walkers, dogs, and humans intent on killing anything that moves. It’s an interesting focus on survival and seeing the growth of skills.

There’s also very interesting new dynamics added as new characters are introduced and a we’re left with a new location as the episode wraps up. Hopefully we see more of this focus, because this really was one of the best episodes, if not the best episode, of the season and possibly the series. It’s very character driven focused in on just one and for that it’s stronger in many ways.

The first half of the season was ok, but this start of the second is heads and above better than what we’ve seen so far.

Overall Rating: 8.65

Mopeez: AMC’s The Walking Dead in September

Kick off the new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead with new Mopeez!

Choose from Hershel, Michonne, Tyreese, Rick, Daryl, and Glenn.

Collect them all this September when Mopeez: AMC’s The Walking Dead are released by Funko.

The Walking Dead Season 4, Part 2 Trading Card Out Wednesday

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the release of The Walking Dead Season 4, Part 2 Trading Cards, Photo Set and Binder Set which hits shelves on August 17, 2016.

Following the release of The Walking Dead Season 4, Part 1 Trading Cards, Part 2 completes the highly collectible card set based on Season 4 of AMC’s hit show, which has been the #1 program on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years. The 72-card base set highlights some of the most intense moments in the season involving fan-favorite characters like Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and many more. The set includes genuine autographs from some of the show’s biggest stars and wardrobe cards from the cast, walkers, and many of the residents of the prison and Terminus. It also features production-used prop cards, as well as rare one-of-a-kind sketch cards.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Trading Card

The Hobby box above gives you a chance to get the 72-card base set, Character Bios Chase set, Posters Chase set, Reunion Chase set,  Production-Used Wardrobe and Prop cards randomly inserted, and Authentic Autograph Cards (1:24). Signers include Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Andrew J. West as Gareth, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Jeff Kober as Joe, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Trading Card Photo Set

There’s also the Photo Set box set which includes the 72-card base set, Complete Character Bios Chase set, Complete Posters Chase set, and the Complete Reunion Chase set.

Finally, there’s a binder which includes an exclusive metal trading card.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Trading Card Binder

The Walking Dead—Excited Whispers Spread Among Fans

Image/Skybound Entertainment has announced that The Walking Dead #157 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with the overwhelming customer demand.

The mind-blowing new story arc to the New York Times bestselling series and pop culture phenomenon—The Whisperer War—launched to much fan buzz and featured the first in a sequence of connecting covers by Arthur Adams with colors by Nathan Fairbairn. Fans of The Walking Dead and comics collectors flocked to stores for an opportunity to get their hands on the hot new issue.

In The Walking Dead #157 the time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he’s built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this… there will be a cost.

The Walking Dead #157 , 2nd printing Cover A (Diamond Code JUN169197) and Cover B by Arthur Adams with colors by Nathan Fairbairn (Diamond Code JUN169198) will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 7th.

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Walker Stalker Con Boston 2016 : Conversing with “The Governor” David Morrissey

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As I arrived at the beautiful Westin Hotel on the Waterfront in Boston for Walker Stalker Con, one thought, one mission was on my mind. I needed to hold congress with The Governor himself Mr. David Morrissey. Of course if one was to hold such a meet, then this venue was the optimum place.

So once I was checked in, I made my way to the escalators and took a long look around. This place of high ceilings and opulence was indeed a far cry from the high walls and heavily guarded security of the Woodbury community that I am used to seeing when it comes to dealing with this man.

Stepping off the escalator, as I neared the ballroom entrance their were two security guards in the doorway. I thought to myself “Ah this is more like it”.  After a brief exchange and check of the bag, I went on my way. The room was lit, but not too bright to keep a very appropriate atmosphere for those in attendance.

I quickly glanced around to survey my surroundings and it was a little overwhelming. There were booths for special guests as well adorned with proprietors for zombie survival equipment abound. Moments later I got my bearings and I saw the path to my goal. His line was right in front of me. I was there.

I have been wanting to meet this man ever since I first watched him on The Walking Dead. Every episode and scene he was part of was a captivating performance. I was a fan of the show before he arrived in Woodbury. His presence and what he brought to that story put it over the top for me though.

Inching ever so closer with each person that shook his hand, I found myself revamping in my head what exactly I was going to ask this man who is no doubt a stalwart master of his craft. The proof was right in front of me plain as day. Gone was the long imposing coat and shroud of The Governor. No longer present was the eye patch and stern scowl. No, there was a man who was smiling wide in appreciation for each and every single person he had the chance to be face to face with and each and every hand he shook. Now it was my turn..

Graphic Policy: So first off I just want to thank you for your time.

David Morrissey: No worries.

GP: You have done a lot of acting in the past. How does being on this show (The Walking Dead) compare to all your other work?

DM: Well you know, in terms of characterization and how you approach the work it’s no different than any other show. What is different is the writing is really good. So that always helps as an actor when the writing is so good. For me the big difference though is with a show like The Walking Dead, is it’s organization. It’s so well organized, it’s really well run. Every department is at the top of it’s game. As an actor when you feel that freedom and organization around you, that is the best thing for me. Do we have a lot of fun and stuff? Of course you do. We are never waiting around for anything. With other shows sometimes you are waiting around and you can get quite annoyed. On this show there is none of that so it’s really quite a joy.

GP: Do you prefer playing a hero or a villain?

DM: You know for me, it’s always about the writing. I don’t think anyone is all one thing. So you can’t truly say someone is all bad or all good. What makes the show so good is people have different aspects of those two extremes. Like Rick at times you wonder what he’s doing or going to do. Likewise with The Governor you get the sense, I mean he did do terrible things but you have moments where you wonder is he redeemable? Is he a nice guy? Could he ever change? So I think that is important as well.

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Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and The Governor (David Morrissey) – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 13 – Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC

GP: To your point, since the writing is so involved and so deep, has working on this show taught you anything different about life and human psychology in general?

DM: No. I think where that comes from, at least for me is always about real life. It is always about the research I do into human nature. I think as an actor you’re always examining the extremes of human nature and what people go through. This show just makes you imagine extremes so you just have to tap into that. Really it’s more about your own imagination. As an actor, particularly of my age you’ve probably been in  a lot of different elements. You’ve done war movies, films about family relations, so you’re constantly putting yourself in the situation of people in upsetting circumstances. It’s sort have been a life long thing for me to learn, rather than just through The Walking Dead.

GP: Last but not least, do you think if there was to be a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, that you could channel The Governor in that situation?

DM: Eh probably not. When a human being is asked to perform an extreme, when things are happening, different things come out of you. You would never know how to behave. I think there are things in the world going on today that evokes that. It’s easy from far away to condemn people for behaviors when in reality, you don’t know what your own behavior would be until you are forced or when it’s your children who are in that situation. When it’s your wife or your kids being dragged off to who knows what. We would like to think how we would behave, whether in a brave way or a cowardly one. You don’t know. You just really don’t know. To me it’s really important not to condemn or judge people, until you been right there in those same shoes. That is the wonderful thing about acting is you get to put yourself in different peoples shoes. It truly is an empathetic craft and that’s what you have to do.

GP: Well put. Well thank you for your time. Have safe travels.

DM: No worries and likewise to you.

 

Well there you have it. I walked into the depths of Woodbury and walked out unscathed. Incredibly insightful and thought provoking stuff from a source who is no doubt a product of so much amassed knowledge. It was a pleasure and an honor to speak so candidly with a person of their craft whom I have much admiration for. I wish The Governor could come back, the show hasn’t been the same since his exit in my opinion. Great to see a man give so much back to his fans in such a genuine way. I will have an even greater appreciation for when I re watch those iconic scenes with him facing off against Rick and his crew. Great experience and I lived to tell the tale.

SDCC 2016: The Walking Dead: Season 7 Official Trailer

Get an early look at Season 7 of The Walking Dead before it premieres on October 23, 2016.

Comic Television Shows Get Some Emmy Recognition

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhen it comes to awards time, live comic adaptations are often overlooked and usually relegated to technical awards, missing from “key categories.” This year’s Emmy nominations were announced today and various shows picked up quite a few nominations with one acting nod and one for a series. Check out below to find out what “comic” shows were nominated.

Gotham and Marvel’s Daredevil will be competing in “Outstanding Stunt Coordination For a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie.”

Gotham was nominated for “Outstanding Cinematography For a Single-Camera Series.” And the show’s episode “Azrael” was nominated for “Outstanding Sound Editing For a Series.” That episode will compete with Daredevil‘s episode “New York’s Finest.”

Marvel’s Jessica Jones received nominations for “Outstanding Main Title Design” and “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.”

Michelle Ang is nominated for “Outstanding Actress In a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series” for Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462.

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For a Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special” sees The Walking Dead team of Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber, Gino Crognale, Kevin Wasner, Garret Immel, Kerrin Jackson, and Carey Jones nominated. Also, The Walking Dead’s Victor Scalise, Matt Robken, Darrell Dean Pritchett, David Alexander, Michael Crane, Chad Hudson, Staffan Linder, Sean Ritchie, and Also Ruggiero were nominated for “Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role.”

Finally, Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 was nominated for “Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.”

Congrats to all of the nominees. The 68th Annual Emmy’s will air September 18, 2016.

Review: The Walking Dead #156

TheWalkingDead156_coverIt’s “Queen and King” in The Walking Dead #156 which focuses on Negan’s experience with the Whisperers. Like the recent comics that have run in Image Comics Image+ magazine, this single issue gives us so much depth as far as Negan and also Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers. And the comic re-emphasizes that The Walking Dead is about the living people, not the shambling hoards.

The issue is all about Negan as he’s integrated into the world of the Whisperers. Through each segment, we learn more about the rules of the Whisperers and how they structure their society. It’s a fascinating peek behind the curtain. We’ve gotten some hints up to this point, but with this issue, it’s all laid out so there’s no confusion at all.

While we learn more about the Whisperers, we also learn more about Negan himself. The man has a code and here it’s clear what that code and philosophy is. It’s very clear after this issue.

Writer Robert Kirkman lays all of that out while giving us a lot of humor. Let’s face it, motormouth Negan dealing with a group of people who don’t talk is going to be entertaining. But it’s not all humor, there’s some heart too as Alpha is given her “scene” and we learn there’s more to her than the stern leader.

But, the issue is really about the ending. What happens isn’t surprising at all, it’s what’s said that makes you question so many actions these past few issues. I’m not spoiling it, but it shines a different light on the motivations behind a certain someone’s actions.

Kirkman as always is helped by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn, who form like Voltron to give us fantastic visuals as always. This issue is sparse on the backgrounds and details, and even gore, but every panel is key in setting the tone, the mood, and adding to the story through a character’s stance or the look on their face.

This is a key issue that should have fans buzzing. Where the series goes from here is anyone’s bet, because while the act committed could be seen a mile away, the why is a mystery that’s yet to come.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2016: Lucille 34” Replica Bat and Keychains

San Diego Comic Con 2016 is JUST around the corner and Skybound continues to reveal its exclusives for the show. Below check out two brand new ones announced.

Lucille 34” Replica Bat- $40

Lucille is back and this time at a full 34 inches Perfect for smashing heads or a quick game of softball (just mind the barbed wire and the zombies). She was immortalized by the death of a certain pizza boy, but she still has so much blood to shed!

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Lucille 4” Keychain Blind Boxes- $10

You can finally take your favorite skull-crushing bat with you everywhere you go! Presenting Lucille in 4-inch vinyl form, and a key ring for easy transportation. Available in multiple colors, both regular and blood splattered, plus a few rare colors.

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SDCC 2016: More Skybound Exclusives including Saga Figures, Outcast Vol. 2, Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 3

Skybound is rolling out more exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2016. They previously announced an item for The Walking Dead and another for Outcast, and now we have items from Saga, and more for Outcast, and The Walking Dead.

They’ve also announced they’ll be announcing exclusives every day this week!

Saga Figure Alana and Marko 2-Pack ($50)

Skybound is proud to present Alana and Marko from Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staple’s groundbreaking series Saga, available in action figure form for the first time! Each figure stands 5 inches and is paired with iconic weapons, like Alana’s mace and Marko’s sword. These figures were designed by McFarlane Toys and will be available at our Saga Shop booth #2629B.

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Outcast Volume 2 Hardcover ($30)

This convention exclusive edition collects Outcast by KIRKMAN & AZACETA issues #7-12 in hardcover for the first time!

Outcast Volume 2 Hardcover

The Walking Dead Compendium Three Hardcover ($100)

This limited-run hardcover edition of Compendium 3 is gold foil-stamped and contains The Walking Dead issues 97-144!

The Walking Dead Compendium Three Hardcover

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