The world seems to have a love affair with the walking dead that is only growing more passionate as the years go by. It began with ancient legends and dark fairy tales, warnings and scare tactics of our ancestors to keep straying men at home, women indoors and curious children at the hearth where they belong. Nearly every culture has an ancient legend involving the walking dead and each culture has a different, yet eerily similar spin on the concept.
In the age of the silver screen, we saw the images come to life in a few black and white flirtations and with our first kiss in 1939 with Bela Lugosi in “White Zombie”, we were hooked. After a few more flirtations, we finally fell in love with Romero’s iconic “Night of the Living Dead”. Once bitten, never shy, the affair only increased in severity and complexity after this first taste. While new films have emerged since then, the “Of The Dead” franchise continues to generate revenue with new additions every few years.
The point of my long-winded recitation today isn’t to comment on each picture through the ages, but to comment on the nature of our relationship with this particular subject. What is it that draws us to the focus of our dead rising? What is our obsession with this idea? We are attracted, in sometimes unhealthy ways, to the concept of the walking dead even though instinct should repel us. The scent of death repels living things as a warning, a sign of danger, disease and dis-ease. These instincts are deep within our biology, going back much farther than our appreciation for gore, as a way of protecting ourselves. Mankind has fought hard in the living world to advance and perfect medical science in hopes of elongating life and create a higher quality of living, all the while also creating entertainment which depict the dead in reanimated states, all that we love and have built in this world being destroyed and playing out these horrors in as many ways as we can think of in film, art, comics, books, any form of creative media we can get our hands on.
It’s like our entire species has a bad case of Dissociative Identity Disorder!
SO, why do we do it? What’s our deal? Are we really just sick, morbid beings that revel in the thought of our own destruction? Is it only because we appreciate the gore, the skill of make-up artists and special effects teams? Or does it mean more than this?
Well, I’ve thought long and hard about this and here’s what I’ve come up with. It might be something you already knew or thought about before. Honestly, it’s pretty common sense so don’t think I expect to wow you with my intellectual insight. LOL… anyway, here’s what I think.
Perhaps it’s because of a constant “what if” in the back of our minds. That dark part of our subconscious that longs for a day of reckoning when all who didn’t care, didn’t pay attention, didn’t love the life they were given are driven asunder by mobs of blinded, flesh eating dead and you, being one of the smart ones, were ready and can watch from high on a hilltop, laughing at society’s undoing. Maybe the dark side of our souls long for that “Falling Down” moment and secretly (or not so secretly) hope for the day when we can stand on the hood of a car on the freeway, holding a rocket launcher and screaming at the universe as we unleash glorious, explody death on the undead horde. As silly as that may sound, it’s probably not far from the truth. There is a fair amount of desire for karma in our society and the promise of chaos and a proverbial “restart” button seems to make some people giddy for the thought of a Project Mayhem style wake-up call and all the better if it should come from zombies!
There’s more to it, however and it’s somewhat of a long story.
The simple answer; Man is mortal. What does that mean to us? Our time here is fleeting and no matter how religious or spiritual or atheist you are, no one really knows what happens on the other side. Our obsession with death and the afterlife began the moment the first human experienced death for the first time. Maybe as they killed their meal with spears, maybe it was watching an animal get killed by another, or watching others die of thirst or disease. Who knows, but in that moment, that first human experienced true magic- something was there…. And then it simply wasn’t anymore. We’ve been obsessed ever since.
Now, that might explain our obsession with death and even our belief in a God, but that doesn’t account for the obsession with the undead.
So here’s my theory;
We humans, are really good at lying to ourselves about our true nature. We do our best to hide it; we wear fancy clothes, get “respectable jobs”, live our lives in society and try to make the most of our lives as best we can while repressing most of our base instincts and our pack mentality. We try to be unique, and in so doing, advertize our uniqueness, inevitably ending up in groups of unique people who all look or think the same. Why? Because we love the feeling of safety in numbers. We get a fuzzy feeling when someone shares our perspectives, interests and values. We compare ourselves to others, even if the comparison isn’t any more logical than comparing a dish washer to a Macbook Pro, but we do it. Mothers scrutinize one another, however slyly, to see who has the best stroller, the best diaper bag, the best baby clothes and toys. Men do it, maybe a little less quietly with cars, houses, suits and shoes, pay checks and business cards, watches and garage set-up’s. Women do it with make-up, shoes, handbags, whether we have kids, or don’t have kids and we rate ourselves against our peers in every way possible, from free time to what drinks we like to order at bars.
We hide our age, our rage, our fear, our self-deprecating personalities and smile along as we work only to pay bills and pretend our “stuff” is worth the 10 hours a day away from those we love. Rarely do we find ourselves in careers that we actually, truly enjoy. More often than not, we simply find the least terrible place to spend the better half of every day in order to buy things that make us feel safe and good about ourselves. We hide behind sex, hair dye, nice cars, warm houses and couture clothing to pretend we are more than flesh and bone, meat that will one day return to the Earth and neither the status symbol Audi nor the 100 dollar face cream will change that fact.
Anger and sadness are our natural reactions to a baser, more powerful emotion; Fear. Fear governs a great deal of our actions. Mazlow’s pyramid provides an example of this fact. We fight for our base needs and if these are not met, we cannot move forward in our cognitive/emotional development. We need food, shelter and safety. Without these three things, we cannot progress as individuals. Take for instance, a shopping mall on Christmas Eve. The experience is absolute madness and depressing chaos. How do we describe the scenes on the evening news on Black Friday or December 24th? We might say people become an angry mob, or crazy and blind to others, or biting mean, or … mindless zombies. See, it’s my theory that zombies represent the very base needs of human desire; the mindless, thoughtless driving force that demands satiation and the overpowering drive to win above all others and all things until there is nothing left to conquer. We see this every day in the news. We see it on the roads, angry people driving and rushing to their destinations, selfish and unwavering in their pursuit of purpose. They have somewhere to be and that is more important than the speed limit.
We put ourselves and others at risk every day with our need to be the best. We “eat one another alive” in the corporate world every day to get ahead and make the most money, have the best status and as slaves to the light, we devour all who may keep us from it.
Simply put, zombies are us and we are them. The apocalypse is now and we fight them every day outside as well as within ourselves. Every one of us has a little zombie in them and once we realize this, the connection and the love affair we have with the genre is all the more clear. We are frail, flesh and bone and without the spirit to keep us believing we are more than fate’s accident, what are we to become? Lifeless, wandering, lost and hungry.
So many of us feel this way at some point in our lives, but the scary and familiar quality zombies have is their blindingly complacent attitudes. Now, the cause of a zombie’s state of being is dependent upon the author’s preference, whether it be zombie powder from Haiti, a rage virus from England, corporate experiment gone wrong or a barrel of Trioxin-245, the concept all boils down to a few solid facts. Reanimated dead people are scary. People who act like reanimated dead people are equally if not more scary.
Zombies are a blinding truth. We all decay. Within the stories of zombies, we can witness our greatest fears play out in another person’s imaginary world. Not just that, but in these stories, we see not only the mob mentality which destroys our society and breaks apart the fundamental parts of what makes us who we are but we also see those who have not turned overcome just about every obstical possible. The classic story of the zombie apocalypse surrvior is strong, powerful, aware, compassionate, has killed to survive and has saved those who could not save themselves. The survivor unites opposing sides, rights wrongs, helps build relationships and creates foundations for new generations of survivors to flourish in the new world of the aftermath. We see in the survivors all that we wish for ourselves, knowing the unfortunate truth is the fact that we are much more like the zombies than the survivors most of the time.
The other factor to consider is that zombie apocalypse stories are a fables. They’re modern folk tales and as all folk tales do, they teach us lessons. Zombies are the embodiment of blind thinking and blind action. They are the decayed, disheartened and broken spirit within our culture that breaks free and mobs the world with chaos, fear and eventually either death, or a doomed, lifeless existence. The survivor shows us the heart of man, how strong it truly can be when it fights against the horde to show us what we can do differently in the real world to prevent the infection from spreading to far.
We have the ability to see these stories not as terrifying horror filled with the worst parts of man, but as statements of optimism for the spirit of mankind. The zombie isn’t here to teach us to be afraid; it’s here to teach us to fight. Through compassion and appreciation of ourselves and those around us for what they individually contribute to the world around us, we can fight the apocalypse of complacency. The classic formula demands it- the survivors only do so if they work together and fight as one, united people. A small band of comrades against a dying world and a mass of dead adversaries gives us hope and reminds us not only to appreciate what we have, but focus on how much we can change what we don’t like… before an “apocalypse” actually happens. The problem is, has it already? Are we already too late?
Next time you’re in a group of people, at the movies, in a mall, grocery store or even on the freeway, take the time to really look at the people who pass by you. How many people are actively participating in the experience, talking with one another, noticeably joining in and how many are blindly walking with a glazed look in their eyes, headed toward their next, predictable destination.
Our love affair with the walking dead on camera will continue to capture the essence of our struggle in the real world with our real life (hah!) zombies. Couple this struggle with our desire to start over and burn away the past to start a new future and you have a perfect recipe for zombie appreciation on all levels of our psyche.
So what can we do to avoid the apocalypse? If it’s happening now, how can we avoid it? Live in the moment. Be.Here.Now. Actively participate in the experience of your life and don’t wait another day to achieve what you know you are capable of. Don’t let others make choices for you. Learn all you can, live all you can and revel in the lessons, both good and challenging.
Fight the zombies by always being as alive as possible. That’s the formula for surviving the apocalypse. Sound easy? Prove it.
Here’s a list of publications and websites looking for writers to give money to!
Tin House accepts submissions September 1 through May 31, and, as always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time.
Fall 2011 theme: THE ECSTATIC – We are looking for poetry, fiction, and essays addressing the ecstatic and its counterparts–the comedown and ecstasy thwarted, whether by internal or external means. Deadline: April 1, 2011.
Winter 2011 theme: BEAUTY – We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that confronts notions of beauty across cultures, economic strata, genders, and races. We’ll also be looking for pieces that look into the marketing of beauty, and how notions of beauty are used to create celebrity and at the same time to marginalize and exclude. Deadline: April 1, 2011.
Spring 2012 theme: WEIRD SCIENCE – From nanobots and neutrinos to architeuthis, the real is often stranger than the most speculative sci-fi. We are looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that goes beyond the headlines into current, past, and future scientific explanations of “reality.” We are open to speculative fiction, if there are humans involved. Deadline: November 1, 2011.
DEADLY INK 2011 SHORT STORY COLLECTION
NO ENTRY FEE
All stories must be no more than 5,000 words, contain mystery, murder or mayhem and take place in New Jersey. Winners will be announced at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference luncheon. First Place: $25 and free registration to 2011 conference. All other published entries: $25. All profits from the sales of the 2011 anthology by Deadly Ink will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. The 2011 Deadly Ink Anthology will be available for sale at the 2011 conference. You do not need to attend the conference to enter the contest. Entries must be sent to email@example.com as a word .doc or .rtf file by March 31, 2011.
TRADING CARD FICTION CONTEST
$5 ENTRY FEE
Limit 100 words. Stymie Magazine will publish the winning short story along with a selection of other finalists as part of a limited edition Trading Card Fiction set available in mid-2011. The winning story will receive a cash prize of $150. All finalists will receive a complimentary Trading Card Fiction set. Deadline March 15, 2011.
WOW Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest
The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun! OPEN PROMPT. We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.
Word Count – 250 to 750 words
Deadline – May 31st 2011
Open for submissions – http://www.shocktotem.com/guidelines/
WHAT WE WANT:
Fiction: We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Stories must have a clear horror element. We’re looking for short stories up to 5,000 words (firm).
Nonfiction: We want journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider work on other, relative subjects within the confines of dark fantasy and horror.
Flash Fiction: We interested in tightly woven flash fiction, 1,000 words or less.
Microfiction: To avoid blank pages in future issues, we’re now looking for very short flash pieces, 200 words or less.
Poetry: We’re interested in dark poetry on a limited basis. Submit no more than three poems at a time.
Artwork: We typically solicit artwork. But if you think your work fits our style, please submit it.
Open for submissions – http://www.chizine.com/submissions_fiction.htm
FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
- 4,000 words or less.
- Rich Text Format (.rtf), Microsoft Word (.doc) attachments, or, preferably, Open Office format (.odt).
- No reprints.
- A simultaneous submission is okay, as long as you tell us it’s simultaneous.
- No multiple submissions.
- Be sure to write your name and the story’s title in the Subject line of the email.
Payment (on publication): 7 cents per word (USD). Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Response time: up to 3 months
We’re delighted to announce that Top Shelf has signed the complete graphic novel WIZZYWIG by Ed Piskor, to be published in 2012. Ed’s DIY releases of chapters of WIZZYWIG have already garnered substantial accolades and a cult fanbase, and we are eager to share this book with the world.
They say What You See Is What You Get… but Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle could always see more than most people. In the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers, he’s a legend. His exploits are hotly debated: could he really get free long-distance calls by whistling into a pay phone? Did his video-game piracy scheme accidentally trigger the first computer virus? And did he really dodge the FBI by using their own wiretapping software against them? Is he even a real person? And if he’s ever caught, what would happen to a geek like him in federal prison?
Based on the incredible true stories of early hackers, WIZZYWIG is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator — his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks and data leaks, Ed Piskor’s debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard.
GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU is for people who would like to read the Bible if only it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, usually in the space of a single page or less. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler, GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent, yet taking the Bible at face value, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to know what the Bible really says.
NEW IN THE DIAMOND PREVIEWS!
We have three stunning new graphic novels available for pre-ordering in the current March Diamond Previews Catalog (for books shipping in May). Pre-order now with your favorite retailer, as you won’t want to miss these!
by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston
— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page full-color softcover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-024-7
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SURROGATES comes a new thriller about privacy, national security, and technology’s dark potential. Framed for murder and on the run from the government, disease researcher Laura Regan discovers more than she ever imagined.
by Jess Fink
— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page sepia-tone h/c gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-066-7
— FOR ADULTS ONLY
The sexy internet sensation comes to print! Chester is an erotic robotic wonder built only for pleasure — but what happens when he learns to love? The answer is a steamy Victorian farce of passions and pistons, a delight for adults of any gender.
by Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin
— $12.95 (US)
— 112-page flexi-cover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-080-3
26-year-old Annah is cute, charismatic, and totally exasperating for the boys and girls who want to date her. Did her father really extract part of her brain and grow it into a twin sister? Or is it all a big metaphor? Questions abound in this whimsical, thought-provoking story.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Robert Kirkman to discuss season 2 of The Walking Dead. The interview is listed below.
With The Walking Dead coming out on DVD next week, the show’s writer-producer and original comic book’s creator Robert Kirkman answers some of our burning questions about the second season, the upcoming video game and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What makes the DVD a must buy for fans?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: There’s a lot of cool behind-the-scenes footage, we had a great guy on set every minute of every day to catch a lot of candid footage and it’s put into bunch of documentaries. Plus, of course, we have the six episodes.
I love that it’s coming out now instead of like some TV shows that put out the DVD right before the next season.
It always bugs me when I want to re-watch the last season of Lost but I can’t watch 22 episodes in the four days just before the new season starts. I understand that they do it for marketing reasons, but I wish they would give us more time.
Exactly. How are things going on season 2?
Great. We’re mapping out everything. We got a lot of cool ideas. Everyone here is mindful of how well received the first season was. We’re breaking our backs, story wise, to make sure the next season is twice is good, or three times as good, with a lot of twists and turns and pushing the envelop of what you can do on TV.
The first season alternated mainly between the camp site and Atlanta. What will the setting be for season 2?
I don’t know if I can go into that, but I know [showrunner Frank Darabont] has said we’re going to see Hershel’s farm. We’re looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and playing with that and coming up with some cool zombie visuals. We’ll see some of the locations of the first season, but we’re going to mainly focus on breaking new ground. Oh, and we’re going to feature a lava planet.
Of course, the survivors have to stop at Mustafar. How much Rick vs. Shane drama is going to play into season 2?
That’s definitely the core dynamic that’s going on, but there’s a lot of other interesting stuff in the mix. We’re going to seeing a lot of Andrea and a lot more of Laurie.
How much is Frank Darabont writing/directing?
He’s focusing on writing. He’s in writers room every day. I’m writing some episodes and he’s writing some episodes. We’re trying to figure out what we’re doing with the directing right now. The logistics and also being big part of the writers room will limit his time.
Is the great Bear McCreary staying on as composer?
And we still have to wait until October?
Yes, that’s pretty public at this point. That’s the target.
The Walking Dead will be at Comic-Con, I assume?
Oh yeah, indeed. We’re going to have a 12-foot-tall zombie costume
I’ve played through Left 4 Dead, so what will the upcoming Walking Dead video game bring new to the genre?
Left 4 Dead is much more focused on action. On of the key aspects of Walking Dead is it focuses on characters and the emotion, and that theme is very much alive in the game, and luckily with modern games you can actually do that.
Anything else you can tease to from about season 2?
We’ve been talking to [zombie effects master] Greg Nicotero a lot about some cool zombie stuff he has planned. As much as this show pushed the envelope of gore on TV, the joy of seeing the best zombies ever done on a TV show every week, all I can say you haven’t seen anything yet.
From Dark Horizons
While “Tron: Legacy” didn’t really perform well enough to green light a sequel, Disney’s plans for a multi-platform franchise continues with the upcoming animated series “Tron: Uprising” scheduled to air Summer 2012 on Disney XD.
Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen and Bruce Boxleitner all lend their voices to the series with the first trailer for the show appearing on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of “Tron: Legacy”. Said trailer has now popped up online and you can watch it below:
A while back on the Panelcast I mentioned the budding controversy of a white power group that was upset about the inclusion of Nightrunner in the line up of the Batman Inc french chapter. I figured it would die down and be pretty much only be a blip on the radar of geeky comic news sites. Much was my surprise when I saw similar Nightrunner controversy get a segment on last night’s airing of The Daily Show. The segment didn’t deal with the opinions of the Council of Conservative Citizens (which totally sounds like a super villain group BTW) but the opinions of just one guy, illustrator Bosch Fawstin, who, like the CCC is concerned that this young, Muslim, FICTIONAL character is somehow a secret terrorist.
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Happy Irish-People Appreciation Month!
2011 is in full swing and Semantink has plenty of big news in this, the month of St. Patrick. We’ve got new writers and artists in the pipeline, we’re prepping for our first convention of the year and we’ve got several goodies for you, our beloved fans. Check out our wares and let us know what you think at Info@Semantink.com!
Everyone here at Semantink is giddy over the premiere of our new title, Sim-I, launching in April. To celebrate, we’ve setup a puzzle game for you to play and get a small taste of what’s to come. For the first few people to conquer this puzzle we’ve even got some prizes! Head over to www.asSim-Ilate.com and try it out!
On Sale Now:
The Undergrounds Volume 1
After an incredible first year, the first season of The Undergrounds is officially over — don’t worry, we’re just recharging for season 2. Help us out and pre-order the soon-to-be-available trade paperback containing all of the first year’s glory (you’ll save $2)! Get your copy now in the Semantink store.
On Thursday, March 17th, catch the latest episode of our monthly podcast, Variant Covers! Join hosts Christopher Henderson and Benjamin Glibert as they delve into the latest in comics, movies, pop-cuture and more! Our March session will feature an interview with former Wildstorm artist Joel Gomez, a review of The Wizard of Oz from 4-color virgin, Knuckle-Chucker, and a rundown of the latest movie offerings courtesy of Moscha, Man of the World!
Semantink is proud to sponsor not one but two MeetUp events for comic book fans every month in San Diego. If you live in Southern California (or are visiting for a few days from parts unknown) join us for the Comic Savvy on the first Thursday and third Sunday of each month to chat about comics, movies, pop culture, or whatever else gets your nerd-motor running. This month our meetups will be on Thursday, February 3th and Sunday, February 20th.
Milanos Coffee: Home of our Sunday Meetup.
The CoffeeBean & Tea Leaf: Home of our Thursday Meetup (Wednesday this month — 3/1/11).
Meet the Middleman!
GREAT NEWS! Semantink just slated their first release fo 2012! We know it’s a ways off, but we’re just to excited to keep this to ourselves. This noir(ish) detective story filled with demons, angels and a very angry succubs is going to rock worlds. Learn even more about this kick ass new title in the press release here.
This April 1st-3rd, Semantink will be headed up the coast to attend the first CCI event of the year, Wondercon! Even though we won’t be exhibiting this year, keep an eye out for the daily wrap-up of the convention in our blog section, and if you happen to be attending, let us know! We can hang out and rap comics, movies, or whatever else makes your heart sing.
Undergrounds takes a break!
The UNDERGROUNDS , our free weekly webcomic, is taking a break for a few months in order to collect ourselves for the newest season to be unveiled in May! While we’re busy pounding away on the newer comedical musings, why don’t you pre-order the season one TPB? You can get it here for $2 off th cover price! What a deal!
Booths #402 and #502
DON’T MISS THE EXCLUSIVE
INTERLOCKING STAN LEE TRYPTIC
MADE UP OF STARBORN #3
THE TRAVELER #4 & SOLDIER ZERO #5
AND REMEMBER TO
GET YOUR OWN CUSTOM
EXCLUSIVE TO EMERALD CITY COMICON!
BOOM! STUDIOS GUESTS INCLUDE:
Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated
IRREDEEMABLE & INCORRUPTIBLE’s Mark Waid
STAN LEE’S STARBORN’s Chris Roberson
IRREDEEMABLE’S Peter Krause
DARKWING DUCK comic series artist James Silvani
28 DAYS LATER’s Michael Alan Nelson
MUPPET SNOW WHITE’S Shelli Paroline
DISNEY PIXAR’S CARS & TOY STORY’s Travis Hill
CBGB’S SAM HUMPHRIES
BOOM! Studios Booths #402 & 502
STAN LEE’S STARBORN #3 (Tryptic Cover)
STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #4 (Tryptic Cover)
STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO #5 (Tryptic Cover)
DARKWING DUCK #9 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover
THE MUPPET SHOW #11 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover
CARS: THE ADVENTURS OF TOW MATER #4 “GET-A-SKETCH” Cover
SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & PANELS
Friday, March 4, 2011
All Day Signing – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Chris Roberson signing
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Chris Roberson signing
Saturday, March 5, 2011
All Day Signings – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill
11:00 AM – 12:00PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – BOOM! Studios: Big. Bold. BOOM! in 2011Panel — Room 4C3-4
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM – CBGB’s signing with Sam Humphries
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
Sunday, March 6, 2011
All Day Signings –28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
All Day Sketching – DARKWING DUCK artist James Silvani, MUPPET artist Shelli Paroline and CARS artist Travis Hill
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Chris Roberson signing
More at BOOM! Studios.
“HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN” HARDCOVER
FROM “KABOOM!” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 2011
Adapted From The All-New Animated Special From Warner Home Video
February 28, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched all-ages imprint kaboom! Based on the work by PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz himself, this graphic novel is sure to delight a whole new generation of PEANUTS fans!
“We’re honored to publish such a beloved property,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Richie said. “I can think of no better way to kick-off our new all-ages imprint kaboom! than with the first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published!”
Adapted from the brand new animated special from Warner Home Video, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown features Charlie Brown’s kite-flying woes, Linus’ insecurities, Lucy’s unrequited love for Schroeder and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, in a lively and colorful spin through Charles Schulz’s imagination. This 80 page, 7×10, hardcover graphic novel ships this March at the suggested retail price of $19.99 in conjunction with the all-new PEANUTS animated feature of the same name available on DVD from Warner Home Video March 29, 2011.
Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is written by original creator Charles M. Schulz and adapted by Craig Schulz and Stephan Pastis, with art by Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman.
“New original PEANUTS comic book content is a tradition that goes pretty far back in comic book publishing,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon. “Dell Comics published ‘Tip Top Comics’ which featured new PEANUTS comic book content created under the guidance of Charles Schulz. ‘Tip Top’ ran from 1936 until 1961, creating well over 40 original PEANUTS stories and countless covers. It’s exciting to be a part of the return of PEANUTS to the comic book format.”
The Happiness is a Warm Blanket graphic novel and DVD dovetails into a larger campaign launched in January when PEANUTS proclaimed 2011 as “The Year of ‘Happiness Is…’”. Throughout the year, the classic PEANUTS concept, which cartoonist Charles M. Schulz coined in 1960 with “Happiness is a Warm Puppy,” will be celebrated with special-themed products, cross-branding partnerships, social media campaigns and nationwide activities.
Launched last week, kaboom! is the brand new name for BOOM! Studios’ three year old all-ages imprint previously known as BOOM Kids! This year sees kaboom! launch with the premiere of the PEANUTS graphic novel, followed closely by an all new original series by fan-favorite Roger Langridge entitled SNARKED! along with Scholastic’s WORD GIRL. Taking over the branding on BOOM!’s current publishing of classic Disney stories, the kaboom! logo will now be gracing other previous BOOM Kids! titles such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge and fan-favorite DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS and the recently announced DUCKTALES.
About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee’s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox’s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE. BOOM!’s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, kaboom! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED!, Scholastic’s WORD GIRL and DUCK TALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.
About PEANUTS WORLDWIDE
The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE’S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), ZOO YORK (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.