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SPOILER WARNING: The following story contains mild spoilers for episodes of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” up to but not including last night’s broadcast.
After a record-setting first season introduced the flesh eaters of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed Image Comics series to millions of viewers last fall, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” seems to have inspired a hunger for more of its mix of human drama and inhuman gore.
The ratings for the Sunday night horror drama have remained strong as the second season has progressed, and AMC has already committed to a third season. On screen, the series has gained mileage out of changes from the “farm” storyline of the comic including a protracted disappearance for young Sophia and an expanded (and recently murderous) role for Rick’s best friend Shane.
With only two episodes left before the show goes on hiatus until February, CBR News spoke to “Walking Dead” creator and executive producer Kirkman about the stories to date. Below, the writer delves in to how adapting his own comic stories have changed them drastically, what a full-time role for Shane has meant to the series, why zombies won’t always be a part of the picture even as he tries to outdo himself on the horrific aspects of the show in upcoming episodes and what fans can expect to see resolved by the time the mid-season finale airs on November 27.
Are you ready for some [OMFG] awesome?
Back on October 14 Intruders and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited The Crow reboot, which was to star Bradley Cooper as the elusive Eric Draven, a man brutally murdered who comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
While that version of the project is officially dead and in the rearview mirror Bloody Disgusting landed some imagery that’s literally going to blow your mind: how about a look at some of the original concept art designed by famed comic artist Diego Latorre?! Eh, eh?!
Latorre has worked on Marvel’s “Hulk”, “Dante’s Inferno,” “Fringe” and the upcoming “Batman Europa” with DC Comics! After the break you’ll be able to see what Eric Draven might have looked like in Relativity’s reboot, while you’ll find more about Latorre at his official website.
The movie is based on James O’Barr’s legendary comic of the same name. Brandon Lee was the first to play Draven in Dimension//Miramax’s 1994 The Crow.
Top Shelf dives into digital comics: Two apps, books on every platform, and one incredible sale!
Some of the bestselling graphic novels of recent years now fit in your pocket — for just a few dollars each.
The comic book industry takes another significant step into the future today, as Top Shelf Productions offers its award-winning library of graphic novels for sale in digital form through two dedicated apps — one for general readers and one for kids.
Additionally, this week Top Shelf expands the availability of its books across multiple digital platforms, for every device. As the publisher of critically acclaimed and popularly beloved books such as FROM HELL, ESSEX COUNTY, and OWLY, Top Shelf breaks new ground as the first “indie” or “alternative” publisher to offer such a substantial catalog of digital graphic novels.
To celebrate, Top Shelf is offering five keystone graphic novels at radically reduced digital prices — as low as 99 cents! — for the next week. What’s more, a newly remastered edition of Jeff Lemire’s LOST DOGS makes its Top Shelf debut this week as a digital graphic novel.
The flagship of this launch is a pair of new apps, developed by industry leader Comixology, available now for Apple devices: Top Shelf Productions (featuring the full lineup of books) and Top Shelf Kids Club (focusing specifically on comics for all ages). They can be downloaded here:
** Top Shelf Kids Club App **
At the same time, Top Shelf graphic novels are also now available through Comixology, Graphicly, Comics+ by iVerse, Apple iBooks, and Google Books. More titles will continue to roll out on every platform in the days to come, including the Nook and Kindle Fire devices, as well as the Diamond Digital program which partners with comic shops. New “buy digital” buttons now appear throughout www.topshelfcomix.com, offering easy access to digital editions in every available format.
In the wake of this major expansion, anyone with a computer screen, smartphone, or tablet device can take home Top Shelf’s award-winning and life-changing library of graphic novels. And with this week’s sale prices, jumping in has never been easier — five of the most popular Top Shelf graphic novels collectively cost less than $10.
Special launch week SALE PRICES – Top Shelf keystone books! Get all 5 for $9.95!
$1.99 for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1910 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
$1.99 for Owly (Book 1) by Andy Runton
$0.99 for Johnny Boo (Book 1) by James Kochalka
$1.99 for Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown
$2.99 for The Surrogates by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele
These prices apply in every digital store – try whichever you like!
In addition, the Top Shelf apps feature such contemporary classics as FROM HELL by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell and ESSEX COUNTY by Jeff Lemire, new critical darlings like INFINITE KUNG FU by Kagan McLeod and LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme, and stellar full-color kids’ books like INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS by Jeffrey Brown and OKIE DOKIE DONUTS by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos. All use Comixology’s “Guided View” technology for a carefully curated panel-to-panel reading process on small screens, or full-page views on large screens. And, like all Top Shelf’s digital comics, they are priced very affordably.
–TOP SHELF ON COMIXOLOGY–
Comixology, the developer of the official Top Shelf apps, is one of the most popular vendors of online comics. Once purchased, a Comixology book is readable in any web browser, or in apps for iOS and Android devices. Comixology software includes a “Guided View” mode to intuitively move from panel to panel. Currently they offer about two dozen Top Shelf graphic novels here.
–TOP SHELF ON GRAPHICLY & NOOK–
Today also marks the launch of nearly two dozen Top Shelf books on Graphicly, an innovative digital comics service that allows readers to purchase digital comics, embed & share them across the web, and discuss them with friends. For more information, visit graphicly here.
Additonally, all of Top Shelf’s Graphicly titles will be available for Barnes & Noble Nook devices as well, starting this week.
–TOP SHELF ON COMICS+ BY iVerse–
Comics+ by iVerse, Top Shelf’s longest-running partner for digital comics, is available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Currently Comics+ offers a massive library of over 70 Top Shelf graphic novels! Visit them here.
–TOP SHELF ON OTHER VENDORS–
Apple’s iBookstore is available through iTunes, or the iBooks app on your Apple device. It contains dozens of Top Shelf graphic novels, with more coming every week! You can see them here.
Google Books currently offers by far the largest number of Top Shelf graphic novels: over 100! What’s more, they can be read on any computer, or any iOS or Android device. For more information, visit them here.
Stuart Beattie’s “I, Frankenstein” will be filmed in Victoria it has been announced. Hopscotch/eOne and Lionsgate will distribute the film.
Based on the comic by Kevin Grevioux, the story follows Frankenstein’s monster Adam (Eckhart) who, centuries after his birth, comes to aid of humankind as a war between two supernatural clans threatens to take over the Earth.
All stages of pre, post and filming will take place at the Docklands Studios in Melbourne and will create approximately 500 jobs for local cast and crew.
The project is estimated to generate $37 million for the Victorian economy. Shooting kicks off in February.
Take a whiff of these scents based on Top Cow‘s Witchblade comic book series.
Antediluvian, sacred metal, glowing red musk, blessed frankincense, and antiqued amber.
A hint of leather and an understated vintage musk layered over the scent of lightly perspiring, honey-dusted skin.
DET. PATRICK GLEASON
A classic men’s cologne splashed over a leather trenchcoat and a hint of gunshot residue.
Mysterious herbs and ancient resins. Dust settled on ancient relics, both holy and malevolent.
From the makers of Coraline.
‘You don’t become a hero by being normal’
Ages ago, parties of brave – or stupid – explorers stepped through a magical rift to explore an untapped source of magic. What they found was a ravaged world, a destroyed landscape populated by drooling, bloodthirsty monsters. The magic wielders of the land formed the Order to protect their realm from invading beasts. But how long can the order hold back the merciless orc mob?
Released by Robot Entertainment
Written by David Leary and Justin Korthof
Art and Cover by Bart Tiongson, Colors by Aron Lus
Download the free comic book pdf here
Transform your Jedi’s favorite sandwiches into high-energy fuel for lunches, snacks and parties with Millennium Falcon™ and Darth Vader’s TIE fighter™ sandwich cutters. Created by the Jedi Kitchen Council to celebrate the Rebel Alliance’s victory over the evil Empire, these cutters are fun and easy to use — just press and cut.