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Daryl Dixon – By David Hardy

Here is the 3rd amazing caricature from The Walking Dead by artist David Hardy. Following on from his exceptional art of Rick Grimes, and Michonne, Dave has created possibly his best work so far – Daryl Dixon. Enjoy.

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Michonne by David Hardy

Check out this awesome Michonne caricature by David Hardy, a fantastic companion piece to his exceptional Rick Grimes artwork from late 2013.

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The Walking Dead – Vinyl Idolz

New The Walking Dead’s Rick, Daryl and Michonne Vinyl Idolz at the Vinyl Sugar booth from New York Toy Fair. Check out their facebook page HERE

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The Walking Dead – Season 5 Episode 9 Posters

The-Walking-Dead_Character-Posters-1The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, Feb. 8 with its midseason premiere, “What Happened and What’s Going On.” Written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode will show us how and where the group picks up after the hospital tragedy that left Beth dead. Check out the new gallery photos of the cast.

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The Walking Dead – Companion Series Confirmed

Walking-Dead-Season-5=Poster-SURVIVEThere are the original comic books, webisodes, board games and the Talking Dead for fans of The Walking Dead. Now the network has finally announced it has ordered a pilot episode a Walking Dead companion series. This has been mentioned for some time, now an official press release confirms that the pilot will be shot before the end of 2014. Problem is, if you’re looking for more information than has already been public knowledge for some time you’ll be disappointed.

AMC announced today that it has ordered a pilot episode of a companion series for “The Walking Dead.” “The Walking Dead,” which premiered on AMC in October, 2010, has been the #1 program on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are also executive producers of the new project which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.

“Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them,” said Kirkman.

“I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon ‘The Walking Dead’s’ already epic narrative,” said Erickson. 

The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014. No additional details are being provided about the location and/or casting for the pilot at this time.

The highly-anticipated fifth season of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on October 12. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics.


Hannibal Lecter by David Hardy

More wonderful caricature art from Sydney artist David Hardy, an amazing Hannibal Lecter. You can check out Dave’s Facebook page HERE and see his earlier works, Tyrion Lannister from Gane of Thrones HERE and his Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead HERE

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The Walking Dead – Random Facts…

Things you may not know about The Walking Dead…

Over four seasons of The Walking Dead, many walkers have been taken out. Rick has made a total of 127 kills, 70 of those have been made with his Colt Python. Daryl has killed 98, 60 of which were from his Horton Scout 125 Crossbow. Michonne has a total of 45 kills, Glenn has 31, Maggie has 25, Tyreese has 40 (all with his hammer) and Carl has 41. These numbers are from March 9, 2014 so there have been three additional episodes that have aired with more death scenes.

Most of the cast has their own stunt doubles to stand in during the more dangerous scenes. 15-year-old Chandler Riggs plays Carl Grimes. One of his stunt doubles is a 29-year old woman named Emily Brobst. Before hitting puberty, Riggs’ stunt double was a young woman named Savanna Jade Wehunt. Wehunt is also the stunt double for Sophia and Penny.

In a season four episode, Lizzie tries to feed the walker a mouse. The effects crew created an edible mouse for the actor to eat. It was made out of gelatin and grape jelly. Plus, when the walkers eat human flesh, they are actually nibbling on ham that has been soaked in vinegar.

In all four seasons of The Walking Dead, the word zombie has never been used. Walkers is the most common word used to describe the walking dead on the series. They have also been called Roamers, the Herd, Lurkers, Biters, and Floaters. The actors that portray the walkers must attend a special school to learn how to act and move like the zombies. Walkers outnumber the living 5000 to 1.

There are three levels of zombie makeup: Hero, Midground, and Deep Background. Hero zombies are featured walkers and are completely made over from head to toe. Midground zombies get highlights and shadows on the face, but do not get close enough to the camera to require full makeup. Deep background zombies often wear masks and are only meant to be used as a backdrop.

In the comics, Rick’s hand is cut off very early on in the story by the Governor. The writers decided this would not be a wise decision on the television show. Their reasoning was that since Rick is the main character, he is shown so much, and there would have been too much CGI needed and an unnecessary expense. Additionally, Rick is involved in many fight scenes, many of which would not be feasible without a hand.

There are many more differences between the characters on The Walking Dead television series and the characters found in the comic books. First, Daryl and Sasha are never mentioned in the comics. Also, Glenn (who does not have a last name in the comics) and Maggie adopt Sophia. Rick and Andrea are a couple in the comic stories. Michonne and the Governor have more interaction in the comics and Michonne’s payback to the Governor was way to much for the series…


The Walking Dead – Season 4 Final

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Rick Grimes by Robert Bruno

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The Walking Dead – Season 4 Returns Soon…


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The Walking Dead – Season 4 Break Poster

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The Walking Dead – By David Hardy

Awesome new Rick illustration by David Hardy. For more examples from Dave and to commission work, check out his facebook page HERE and his online portfolio HERE

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LEGO – The Walking Dead

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LEGO – Rick and Daryl – The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead Season 4 – Rick

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The Walking Dead – Season 4 Character Posters

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The Walking Dead – Entertainment Weekly Collectors Covers

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The Walking Dead – Spinoff Series

the-walking-dead-season-4-poster-comic-conAMC is expanding another successful series into a scripted franchise. After giving the go-ahead last week to Better Call Saul, a spinoff series from Breaking Bad, the network just announced that it is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to mega hit The Walking Dead.

The new drama series has a target on-air date of 2015. It will be will be executive produced by The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert for AMC Studios. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. He noted that the companion series will have “an entirely new story and cast of characters”. “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse,” he said. Added Kirkman, on whose comic The Walking Dead was based. “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Season 3 of The Walking Dead ranked as the top program on television (broadcast or cable) among adults 18-49. Season 4 kicks off October 13. Besides their scripted extensions, both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad also spawned talk show companion series, Talking Dead and Talking Bad, respectively.


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The Walking Dead – Season 4 Poster

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The Walking (and Talking) Dead

Check out this mash-up of Walking Dead clips from bad lip-reading, check them out HERE


Zombie Research Explains Why We Love ‘Walking Dead’

The Walking DeadGood news, zombie fans! It turns out our macabre fascination with the undead has some actual science behind it! And I guess by “good news,” I really mean “bad news,” because according to a professor who’s been studying the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, we turn to zombies when we’re feeling high levels of cultural dissatisfaction and economic upheaval.

So the next time someone criticizes you for being obsessed with a gory TV show, you can loftily point out that you’re not just watching people get eaten alive in high-def — you’re exercising your right as a citizen to process your feelings of political disempowerment. In other words, you love zombies because you hate THE MAN.

Or something like that, anyway. Sarah Lauro, an English professor at Clemson University who studied zombies while working on her doctoral degree, theorizes that zombies have become popular because we are dissatisfied with the government or society. Lauro is a self-described horror “chicken” who researched movies, television shows, video games, and zombie walks in order to explore the nature of zombies in society. She says,

(People dress like zombies) to make visible their dissatisfaction with a government they feel isn’t listening to them or an economic system that makes them brain-dead consumers; some do it as a kind of exercise of community, just to show how the collective can be organized and made to participate in an event without any ties to commercialism; many have no idea why they do it, but some play dead, one supposes, just to feel alive.

She points out that the notion of a dehumanized individual not in control of their actions can be used to explore the dangers of science, of emerging technology, the fear of rapid change, and other societal harms. Of zombie mobs, which originated in 2003 and escalated in popularity along with the public’s dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq, Lauro says,

It was a way that the population was getting to exercise the fact that they felt like they hadn’t been listened to by the Bush administration. Nobody really wanted that war, and yet we were going to war anyway.

She adds,

We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered. And the facts are there that, when we are experiencing economic crises, the vast population is feeling disempowered. … Either playing dead themselves … or watching a show like ‘Walking Dead’ provides a great variety of outlets for people.

Who knew there were so many serious, complicated feelings behind our fervent desire to see Andrea gnawed by a hungry zombie? Courtesy of CafeMom.


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The Walking Dead – Poster Art

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The Walking Dead – Rick’s New Friend

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