Afterlife with Archie: Archie comics go zombie


Afterlife with Archie is exactly what it sounds like: a series of comics in which Archie Andrews, Jughead, and the lovable gang are trapped in a horrific zombie apocalypse. It's more than a gag, too: it's got tight, tense storylines, genuine horror and real pathos. I just read issue four and was surprised by how moving and scary it is, and I also appreciated the EC-style horror mini-story at the end.

The singles are already selling at a frustrating markup on Amazon, so I think you're better off pre-ordering the $13 collection that comes out on May 13.

Crovel II: an extreme multi-purpose field-shovel tailor-made for zombie-killing

Thinkgeek's Crovel Extreme II is an "extreme shovel" -- as in "extremely lethal." It's basically a cross between a field shovel and a crowbar, but it also sports a hammer, woodworking chisel, saw, and bottle opener, and comes with an optional "super spike" add-on, whose nominal purpose is to " break ice, split wood, breach walls, and chip rocks or cement more effectively." But as Rob Bricken points out, that spike gives the crovel a serious similarity to the zombie-killing weapon deployed by Lobo in Max Brooks's World War Z. The crovel with spike is $170, which is a non-trivial sum, even for such a handsome chimera, but on the plus side, there's no shipping charge. Depending on your partner's proclivities, this could just be the most romantic Valentine's Day gift in the history of love itself.

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Crowdfunding a global version of the zombpocalypse disaster-preparedness game

Jenny writes, "A few years ago I created a Zombie Apocalypse Training Game in San Francisco as a way to teach urban disaster preparedness skills through play. We armed players with smartphones and nerfguns, and they ran around the city completing challenges like "light a bbq without matches" or "bandage a burn wound" all while being chased by zombies. It was a huge success, and led to other local zombie disaster preparedness games. Now I'm working to develop this game nation-wide."

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Walking Dead compendium 19: March to War


After an uncommonly long hiatus, there's a new Walking Dead graphic novel: Walking Dead 19: March to War. It's been eight months since volume 18 and its introduction of Negan, a psychopathic villain who makes the Governor look like a pussycat by comparison.

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'The Walking Dead' mid-season finale review

Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of AMC’s lumbering, flesh-chomping, zombie-infested near future. More episode recaps are in Boing Boing’s “The Walking Dead” archives.

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Ben Rosenbaum's "Feature Development for Social Networking": Facebook in the zombpocalypse


Ben Rosenbaum sends us Feature Development for Social Networking, his latest story, published today on Tor.com: "It's an epistolary story told in two strands, during a pandemic outbreak of AER/CI (Acquired Extreme Rage with Cognitive Impairment), aka the zombie apocalypse. One strand is the facebook posts of a group of friends, some of whom have been bitten. The other strand is interoffice emails of developers, project managers, etc., at Facebook, wrangling over dropping in the feature of being able to tag someone else as a zombie. So it's postapocalyptic office satire (and online community satire), basically."

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Walking Dead Risk


The Walking Dead Survival Edition Risk is a pretty clever adaptation of the traditional Risk game; in addition to changing the board map to the American south, the game adds some pretty serious additional difficulty in the form of a zombie horde that spawns at the start of each turn. The pieces aren't as cool as Walking Dead Monopoly, but on the plus side, you don't have to play Monopoly.

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Zombies in the landscape


George Pfau sends us his new Zombiescapes site, "These impressionist/pointillist oil paintings portray figures on the verge of recognition. Each painting is based on a scene in a zombie film in which figures are small and out of focus."

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Left 4 Dead tank cosplay


From the Geeks Are Sexy gallery of photos from London's MCM Comic Expo: a clever fellow in his Left 4 Dead Tank costume, snapped by Nick Acott. The full set of Acott's photos is really worth a go: there were some extraordinary cosplayers at MCM this year!

MCM London Comic Con Cosplay in Pictures [Gallery] (via Super Punch)

Zombie Baseball Beatdown: little-leaguers versus the zompocalypse


Paolo Bacigalupi has a lot of range. His debut novel, The Windup Girl was a lush ecological dystopia that plumbed odd depths of gender politics and colonialism. He followed it up with Ship Breaker, a young adult novel about class, peak oil, and corporate power, as lean and fast as Windup Girl was lavish and lush.

Now he's published Zombie Baseball Beatdown, a middle-grades novel that is unmistakably a Bacigalupi novel, but shows off a remarkable ability to change registers without losing any of his distinctive voice. Rabi is a young boy of east Indian descent, living in small-town America, where the main employer is a giant, industrial meat-packing plant whose workers include a number of undocumented workers. Among these are the parents of Miguel, one of Rabi's best friends. Rabi and Miguel's crew is completed with Joe, an all-American young man with abusive, distant parents. They pal around together, they have each others' backs, and they play on a little league team together.

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Zombies vs. animals? The living dead wouldn't stand a chance

National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak: brutally, and without quarter.

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Pop art zombie makeup


Sssamanthaa created this wonderful "Pop Art Zombie" makeup job.

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Corpse army undermines Abbey

Bath Abbey is among England's most majestic examples of Gothic architecture, looming over the small Roman-founded city like a giant tombstone. Which is apt, because it is threatened by thousands of bodies "jammed in" to shallow graves beneath it, accumulating over the centuries to the point where they now threaten its foundations. [BBC]

Deadpool Dead Presidents: Freakazoid-y superhero reboot with evil zombie presidents


Earlier this summer, Marvel published Deadpool, Vol. 1: Dead Presidents, a reboot its long-running character Deadpool, a wise-cracking, horribly disfigured, effectively immortal Canadian mercenary who's been kicking around the periphery of the Marvel universe since the 1990s. The reboot, written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, was greatly complemented by artwork from Tony Moore, the talented illustrator who created the original art for the Walking Dead, one of the great masters of the grotesque (see, for example, his zombie Alfred E Neumann and black-light zombie posters).

I loved this. Deadpool's always been a funny dude, but the current incarnation makes him over as an ultra-violent avatar of Freakazoid.

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Flocked black-light zombie poster!


Walking Dead illustrator and international zombie virtuoso Tony Moore created these insane flocked black-light zombie posters, which sell for a mere $10.80. If you're at Comic-Con this weekend, check out his booth (1806) for his super-limited edition Zombie Alfred E Neumann tees (I got one!).

Zombie Face Blacklight Poster Print