(Video link) If you're a logical, overthinking zombie fan, then this is the TED-Ed video for you! Tim Verstynen and Bradley Voytek of the Zombie Research Society have narrated a short, animated video outlining possible medical explanations for why zombies are zombies. You might think this is silly, because zombies are fictional... until you see some wobbly humanoid lurking in your backyard, eating a squirrel. I just want you to have the information you might desperately need. (via Zombie Research Society)
Redditor Specialxk's zombie walk face-and-throat trompe l'oeil makeup job is awesomely horrifying, and it's a nice extension of the sort of work we've featured before with the Venom makeup from Captainsarasparrow.
Let me guess: You are a member of a family with a pet ferret. You are also a fan of zombies. But whenever you look for a set of "family" stickers for the back window of your motor vehicle that not only turns your familial avatars into zombies, but also includes a pet ferret, you are met with bitter failure. I have wonderful news for you: your search is over! I found one for you at New York Comic Con.
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This is a sorry sight indeed. A poor helpless Lawn Flamingo has been taken down by zombie gnomes: Nose-less Ned, Greedy Gary, and Bartolomeu.It seems like an unlikely kill until Bartolomeu broke the elegant beasts leg and brought it crashing to the ground. Where they pounced upon their helpless victim and began their feast. So we say "Bye Bye Birdie, I'm going to miss you so, Bye Bye Birdie, Why'd you have to go?"
All of these Gnomes are hand painted and hand casted. We make our gnomes out of a very sturdy mix of hydrostone and cement, and use all purpose outdoor weather sealer to protect your paint. We have been getting so many orders so please give us 7-8 weeks for us to mail them out to you.
Zombie Gnomes: Bye Bye Birdie (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Ongoing evidence that Disney and the horror genre are not mutually exclusive: zombie Disney princesses. DeviantARTist Clocktowerman has a mashup collection that will surely delight horror fans, Disney fans, and geek parents who are gently attempting to introduce the scary beasties they love into their children's lives. After the jump, see a few selections from the artist's zombie princess collection, including a full-sized version of Snow White. These ladies aren't after princes for their riches -- they're looking for a nice guy with a brain. A delicious, oxygen-rich brain, filled with blood sent from a still-beating heart.
Why they haven't made a zombie princess movie is beyond me.
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I'm a zombie artist. I'm an illustrator and I have now likely illustrated more zombies than anyone else on earth. My ZombieDaily.com project, which has been running for over 1200 consecutive days, involves me posting a new piece of original zombie artwork every single day. Add to that my ZombiePortraits.com custom illustrated portrait service and have illustrated, created and published close to 5000 original works of zombie art.
I've written and illustrated two books on zombies, been featured in documentaries and numerous magazines. I have created thousands of custom zombie portraits for people from all walks of life including noted horror icons George Romero, Tom Savini as well as 'The Zombie Survival Guide' and 'World War Z' author Max Brooks.
I have now redesigned and relaunched my Zombie Portraits service and I am again accepting custom portrait requests and zombie artwork commissions. I am trying to get the word out - I like to eat and have nice things.
Persons interested in commissioning a custom zombie portrait for themselves, as a unique gift for a loved one or as a one-of-a-kind wedding present can simply email their reference photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free estimate.
You've doubtless heard about the parasite Apocephalus borealis, which infects bees and turns them into weird zombies. It's pretty awesomely awful stuff. The ZomBees project aims to track the spread of the parasite through citizen scientists like you, who will run the critters to ground and tell the project about them. ZomBees are implicated in the apocalyptic Colony Collapse Disorder, which threatens the world's food security.
We need your help finding out where honey bees are being parasitized by the Zombie Fly and how big a threat the fly is to honey bees. So far, the Zombie Fly has been found parasitizing honey bees in California and South Dakota. We are teaming up with citizen scientists (like you!) to determine if the fly has spread to honey bees across North America.
Yesterday I reviewed a realistic and unusual novel called Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse. Twenty-four hours later, I figure it's time to review another zombie book. This one is a graphic novel called Daybreak, by Brian Ralph. He's a "professor of sequential art" at the Savannah College of Art and Design, but don't let his academic title scare you off. His 160-page novel is a creepy look at a day in the life of people who are scratching out a miserable existence in the aftermath of a zombapocolypse.
Ralph cleverly presents the story as if you, the reader, are living in this grim, horrid wasteland. Each panel is angled from the perspective of the reader. The characters talk to you. Here's the first page:
Your companion in this story is a young one-armed man who discovers you staring in a field of rubble and takes you under his remaining wing by inviting you into his hideout. He has good intentions, but since this is a zombie novel, things quickly go to hell. And while the threat of zombies is ever-present, the real trouble comes from another source. I won't spoil the story by telling you what happens.
Ralph's fine storytelling is matched by his textured, deceptively cartoony artwork. After reading Daybreak (it's a fast read), I went back and studied the panels so I could soak in the backgrounds and linework. I missed Ralph's earlier work, the award-winning Cave-In, and now I'm looking forward to reading it.
[Video Link] Last month I found myself in Palo Alto in need of an espresso. Yelp directed me to a place called ZombieRunner, which turned out to be a running shoe store with a zombie-themed espresso bar. The espresso turned out to be excellent, as did the selection of books, all of which were about zombies. One book caught my eye: Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse.
I had planned to leave the store as soon as I'd quaffed my doubleshot, but the book was so engrossing that I parked myself on the couch for nearly an hour, reluctantly leaving only because I had a scheduled appointment. I would have bought the book, but it was not for sale. But I emailed my friend Steve at Chronicle Books and he sent me a review copy, which was waiting for me when I got back to LA. I picked it up and finished it in one sitting.
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter was crowd-written by Lost Zombies, a zombie themed social network and it tells the by-now familiar story of a zombapocalyptic virus that whips across the planet, but presents it in the form of realistic-looking notes written by people trying to survive and help other uninfected people survive. The introduction to Dead Inside explains that all of these hand-written and computer-printed notes had been found in the blood-stained backpack of a little girl who had apparently been collecting them until she herself got sick with the zombie virus.
The notes are presented in chronological order. The first notes express mild concern ("Remember to get your flu shot - @ the clinic they say it's really bad this year and I don't want you to get sick"), followed by annoyance ("Some kid bit our son at school - I took him to the doctor. Dinner is in the microwave" -- I'm paraphrasing because I don't have the book with me right now), a growing sense of panic, and a grim acceptance of the new world disorder (“I hope I get bit first so I don’t have to shoot any of my family”). The variety of notes, with different handwriting styles, stationery, stains, and rips adds to the realism of the story, and gives it a delicious creepiness, even though the reader never sees a photo of an actual zombie or zombie attack.Note: We talked about Dead Inside on Gweek 054.
[Video Link] The looks really cool! The Silent City premieres online on July 1. There will be five episodes.
Rubidium Wu says:
Back in January, you were good enough to publish an article on Boing Boing via the Submitterator about my quest to make a zombie post-apocalypic web series in the real-life abandoned spaces of New York City.
As soon as the story went up, everything changed. Donations came flooding in. The story got picked up by other blogs and famous people retweeted it. We met our goal and then some.
I've spent the last 5 months writing, shooting and editing the series. We're planning on launching the first episode on July 1st.
We have a trailer online that shows what we're up to.
Despite recent events, the Fairyland CDC "does not know of a virus, condition or curse that would reanimate dead gnomes (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)."
5/16: McArthur High School HazMat Situation
Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash
5/19: No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport
5/21: Police: Man bites woman in Westchester http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westchester/newsnow/x639948018/Police-Man-bites-woman-in-Westchester
5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident
5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off
5/24: Second Broward school reports mystery rash http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/24/2815003/second-broward-school-reports.html
5/25: Hazmat Called After Kids Exposed To Pesticide On Bus: Hazmat, EMS Respond To Lake County, FL School
5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/25/passenger-restrained-on-flight-to-miami-arrested/
5/26: Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police
5/26: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolmen After DUI Arrest http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-doctor-spits-blood-troopers-face-dui-arrest/story?id=16436402
All in same week and same state…. may God be with you Florida.
[Video Link] My pal Craig Yoe (Listen to my Gweek podcast interview with him) has a new book out: Zombies: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Vol. 3
From the banned 1950s horror comics that Dr. Fredric Wertham, the U.S. Senate, and mothers everywhere didn't want their innocent children to devour, comes a terrifying and timely anthology of comics of the undead, "Zombies." These nightmarish stories of the unstoppable living dead will make your spine freeze in terror! You'll thrill to ghoulish artwork by masters like Jack Cole, Bob Powell, Wally Wood, Gene Colan, Lou Cameron, Reed Crandall, Rudy Palais, Frank Frazetta, Basil Worverton, and more!
Co-edited and designed by Eisner winner Craig Yoe with an introduction by the host of the popular "The Horror of It All" blog, Steve "Kaerwell" Banes.
Buy Zombies: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Vol. 3 on Amazon
Spoiler is an independently produced 17-minute horror/science fiction movie that illuminates the kinds of cold equations that have to be solved in pandemic outbreaks. In this case, it's the story of the coroners who keep the zombie plague under control after it's been beaten back. It's a good twist on the traditional zombie movie, and hits a sweet spot of sorrow and horror that you get with the best zombie stories.
The zombie apocalypse happened -- and we won.
But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there -- and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.
Zack sez, "If you've ever seen the sociopathically-detailed artwork of James Stokoe, you'll want to support his new graphic novel written by Mark Andrew Smith, SULLIVAN'S SLUGGERS, which pits a baseball team against an army of flesh-eating monsters. A trailer and information on the book is available on the Kickstarter page -- which has already exceeded initial donation requests in about a day.
Long past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters!
Now, it's up to coach Casey Sullivan to help his team escape from being the next dish in the town's terrifying feeding frenzy!
Eisner & Harvey Award-winning graphic novel author Mark Andrew Smith joins forces with Eisner nominated illustrator James Stokoe for a gripping roller coaster of a graphic novel, packed with shocks, gore, and screamingly outrageous humor, when America's Favorite Past Time becomes one team's ultimate nightmare!
Razen Cain sez, "David Hunter is a public school teacher who is trying to raise cash on Kickstarter to create a Standards Based curriculum that uses a zombie apocalypse to get kids invested in learning geography. It's a genius idea and David comes across so passionate in the video that it's impossible to say no to him."
What we’re doing here, is teaching how to be a geographer by learning skills needed to survive a zombie apocalypse. Imagine being in a classroom where instead of reading about maps, you’re designing them to show the spread of a zombie outbreak. Instead of reading about the distribution of resources on Earth in a textbook, you are researching available resources to plan your post-outbreak settlement. I’m not just talking about learning where places are or memorizing capitals of states or countries, I’m talking about learning the deeper concepts of geography that geographers actually use. And all in an exciting scenario.
MovieWeb's alternate title sequence for The Walking Dead is set to the theme from Growing Pains and expertly edited/titled to give it the air of a 1980s sitcom, an effect that it achieves in spades. I would watch this sitcom: "The departure of Frank Darabont has seen The Walking Dead go in a whole new direction. This new intro for season 2.5 seems to shine a light on the character dynamics of this ragtag group of zombie survivors and the impending daddy issues that Laurie's pregnancy is sure to bring."
My friend John Schwartz, an author and a reporter with the New York Times, has a fun essay out that explores how best to make lots of money: through inspiring fear, anger, or love/happiness/kittens?
The essay begins with John recounting a morning run driven by terror, in the form of an iPhone app called "Zombies, Run!" The best-selling app inserts a kind of zombie radio play into your music playlist. "This War-of-the-Worlds-meets-Richard-Simmons broadcast is enhanced with the sounds of ever-closer shambling, grunting zombies," says John, "It certainly added a spring to my step."
Read: Here Come The Zombies, But Not the Cash.
Naomi Alderman, who created the zombies app, said she was aiming at the “lizard brain,” the supposed part of our brain held over from our early evolution that motivates us with fear and a sense of impending danger. “Your brain wants you constantly to be afraid,” she said, “which is why we seek out horrible news stories about terrible things happening.”
That might be especially true today, she said, in our more comfortable lives. “If you live in the West,” she said, “you’re likely to live in peace and comfort and die of opulence-related diseases rather than anything your lizard brain is afraid of, like being hit over the head.” Lizard brain is hungry!
That’s why her program works, she suggested. “It’s fun to be scared of zombies,” she explained. “The back of the brain is yelling ‘Run, run, run!’ and the front of the brain is laughing.”
(illustration: Glynis Sweeny for the New York Times)
I've been satisfied with the Stanley FuBar demolition tool that Mark reviewed in 2008 (available in safety yellow!), but I am sorely tempted by the Annihilator Wrecking Bar, which sports all the same features as the FuBar, along with a bottle-opener, a board-straightener, a "multi-purpose nail-puller," a demolition axe, and a chisel. Plus, it's called THE ANNIHILATOR. John Scalzi's bought one for his kid to use for zombie-defense training.
Dead On Tools AN14 Annihilator Wrecking Bar, 14-Inch tools,zombies,gadgets,total destruction the only solution
Vill4no snapped this great shot of zombie Star Wars cosplayers at Megacon 2012, where there was much awesomeness on display, judging from the rest of the set.
Antinous sez, "RIP Bill Hinzman, the actor who played the first zombie in Night of the Living Dead." Mr Hinzman died of cancer at the age of 75.
Hinzman was working on the movie as an assistant cameraman when Romero spotted him and knew he'd found his zombie muse. "We'd like to tell the story that it was a hard audition session," said Russ Steiner, who co-produced the film and played Johnny. "But Bill was there and old enough and thin enough and he had an old suit." Hinzman (whose name is spelled "Heinzman" in the credits of Living Dead) remained in Romero's orbit for years, working in a variety of functions on There's Always Vanilla, Hungry Wives, and The Crazies, as well as the equally chilling 1974 TV sports documentary O. J. Simpson: Juice On The Loose.
He’d largely drifted out of the business by the time Romero's post-Living Dead career really began in earnest with Martin and Dawn Of The Dead, but by the late 1980s, his cult status was secure, and he found himself lured back to appear in a number of low-budget horror pictures where his presence served as an instant in-joke. (For example: In 2006’s Shadow: Dead Riot—starring Night Of The Living Dead remake lead—Hinzman’s character is billed as "Romero the Zombie".)
All-round slingshot badass Jörge Sprave demonstrates his latest lethalness: a zombie-killing sling-hammer with a skull-ejector to make it easy to knock away the shattered, punctured zombie-heads after you've dispatched the inconvenient undead.
Walking Dead 15: We Find Ourselves - a moment's respite after years of grinding, terrifying hopelessness
I’ve been reading The Walking Dead comic series for years now, with the kind of sick, compulsive horror that is the mark of great dramatic tension in narrative.Read the rest
New in the Boing Boing Store: the zombie half-balaclava, just the thing for seasonal fun. The all acrylic design includes exposed brain tissue and gruesome eyebags.