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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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
It's nice to know that the 4- to 8-year-old zombie aficionado market is being served!
In this colorful storybook with stickers, Plants vs. Zombies: The Three Little Pigs Fight Back, the famous fairy-tale pigs are thrown into the fun-dead world of Plants vs. Zombies, the award-winning video game.
Instead of the big bad wolf, the brave pigs must escape a mob of fun-loving, brain-eating zombies from the wildly popular game. The pigs will have to think fast and team up with some zombie-fighting plants to stay alive.
The fun never dies in this action-filled adventure for kids with full-color illustrations.
Plants vs. Zombies: The Three Little Pigs Fight Back
Here an excerpt from Peter Stenson's new zombie novel, Fiend
, which was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, for July.
When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity.
The Last of Us
is a new video game about the zombie apocalypse. But not just any zombie apocalypse. The Last of Us
zombies are based heavily, and accurately, on a genus of parasitic fungus that really does take over the brains and bodies of non-human animals like tarantulas and ants. Kyle Hill has a lot of delightfully horrifying things to tell you about this fungus at the Overthinking It blog
David Hunter sez, "I'm a public school teacher and last year I created Zombie-Based Learning, a standards-based curriculum that uses a zombie apocalypse to get kids into learning geography. The last Kickstarter was successful and a lot of fun. Now I'm working on the comic that goes with ZBL. This comic will help engage kids, teach real-world geographic concepts, and encourage readers to work on their zombie-survival skills."
I wrote up David's earlier (and just plain wonderful) effort last year; this is a great-looking Kickstarter.
Zombie-Based Learning comic books: Dead Reckon
When the 17th Walking Dead collection came out last December, I called it "grim," and mentioned that Kirkman and co had introduced some new bad guys that made the Governor seem like a Smurf. Well, now Book 18: What Comes After is out, and the new badguy, a psycho named Negan, is back, and holy. frigging. hell. is he ever evil. Seriously. Hannibal Lector is a comforting Mister Rogers figure next to him. If you like the TV show and haven't read the comics, do. You can get the entire emotional rollercoaster punch of a whole season in one or two volumes you'll be able to inhale in about an hour. By the time you get to book 18, you're basically mainlining it, distilling it to pure granules and letting them dissolve under your eyelids. And book 18 is special, even by those standards.
The Walking Dead 18: What Comes After
Miss Cakehead writes, "This set of Zombie Swimming Pool Rules was comissioned from graphic designer Pictographik to promote the Resident Evil Revelations blood swimming pool, and was based on an the iconic traditional British swimming pool rules.
The pop up 'blood' filled swimming pool opens in London next week to mark the release of Resident Evil Revelations. In addition to its bloody appearance the swimming pool will offer floats in the form of human torsos, feature brains and intestines as lane markers, have Zombie lifeguards on duty and even offer a diving board in the form of a 'freshly killed human corpse'."
Zombie Pool Rules
(Thanks, Miss Cakehead!)
Here's an excerpt from Dana Fredsti's Plague Nation, sequel to the zombie novel Plague Town.
Ashley Parker was a ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie plague, drawn unwillingly into a shadowy paramilitary organization. Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations worldwide.
Archive.org has three different prints of George Romero's fantastic zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead.
1. Raw untouched video master - how the film has been seen on late night TV and PD video's and DVDs for years.
2. A remastered version of the film presented in HD.
3. Rare international widescreen theatrical release print presented 16:9 enhanced.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
This grotesque-Jetsons illustration comes from the 1994 title Art? Alternatives Magazine. It's by XNO/Chet Darmstaedter, and there's also a dandy Flintstones/zombie illustration I've had a look at.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Eclectech sez, "UK artist Phillip Blackman is creating fantasic and gruesome zombie bears (undead teds), including this excellent valentines bear offering you his heart."
Valentine UnDeadTed offering you his heart
I can't believe I hadn't seen this trailer until today. It's based on Max Brooks' novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
. I was so excited that it took me a while to pay attention to the movie I paid to see. It comes out this summer.
Melissa Christie's screen-printed zombie sheet set is sadly no longer in the stream of commerce, but it's a very nice -- and well-executed -- idea.
I never sleep alone
(via Crazy Abalone)
Zombie Flamingos are just the perfect accessory for the home that has everything!