This is cool. Although, if you don’t want to know how the magic is done and take a look behind the curtain, you may not want to watch. For the rest of you, here’s a video look from visual effects company Stargate Studios at their work on the latest season of The Walking Dead.
In addition to all the great zombie smashing and blood splattering, we also love what they did with the prison and how they made it look way more impressive, and messed up, than it actually is.
In short, these folks are pretty great at what they do. Enjoy the video after the break and be impressed.
The Governor is setting up a back room with restraints and tools that are most likely going to be used for torture. Martinez is gathering artillery and men to follow The Governor to his meeting with Rick. The Governor wants options.
Milton tries to talk The Governor out of attacking Rick’s crew, to just let it go. The Governor will not forgive them for what happened to his walker daughter. Milton goes to Andrea and tells her everything. Her idea is to just kill Rick. Milton won’t let her, saying that all that will do is put Martinez in charge and nothing will be fixed.
While Andrea and Milton are talking above The Governor’s “dungeon”, he arrives. Andrea has a perfect shot to take him out, but Milton stops her. Andrea tells Milton she has to go back to prison, and wants to bring him. Milton says that he belongs at Woodbury.
Rick is gathering material on one of the ramps above the prison. He is keeping eyes on Michonne, when he sees the woman in white down by the graveyard. He goes down to see her, but she disappears. She is now outside of the gates, and this time when Rick follows her, we do see that it is Lori. Lori is caressing Rick’s face, and we see a shot of Michonne looking at Rick, and he is just standing there by himself.
The Governor goes to see Andrea, commending her on her speech that rallied the townspeople. He tells Andrea that he is not going to retaliate against Rick’s crew, so long as they stay away. He says that he screwed up Woodbury, and is not fit to lead. But Andrea is. He needs some time to get himself together, and wants Andrea to fill in for him. At this point, I am wondering how naïve can Andrea actually be.
In 2011, there was an incredibly close race between Batman: Arkham City and Portal 2 between team Bitcast for the Game of the Year award with Portal 2coming out on top. This year, the conversation went a lot smoother.
While there were lots of games that got our attention to be nominated, there was one game that stood out amongst the crowd as the clear favorite on The Flickcast. Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Journey, Unfinished Swan, Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, Slender were all great innovations in gaming in 2012 and all garnered huge followings. But there is one game that proved it was special to people on so many levels that when it came time to cast the final ballot on game of the year, it was a no brainer for the both of us.
Almost a week has passed since The Walking Dead season 3 reached its midseason finale. On that night, Twitter and Facebook were filled with posts of people asking what to do with their Sunday nights now that they are forced to wait until February for the show to return. Well, there’s no reason for fans of The Walking Dead to be stuck watching the previous seasons (or doing something really crazy like going outside) as Robert Kirkman and the rest of the team behind The Walking Dead have put out tons of other materials that both set up the story and characters of the show and/or went off in their own directions.
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – 17
It’s where it all started. Over the course of 102 issues, The Walking Dead has taken readers through a rollercoaster of emotions. They have seen Rick and his ever changing band of survivors try to deal with a world that can never go back to what it once was.
While viewers of the show may witness some similar instances, they will also see how two different stories have been able to be told about the same essential concept. One of the things that keeps drawing readers back is the idea that really no one is safe and characters that they fall in love with end up becoming the biggest tragedies.
It’s sad when things go wrong, especially when the people in question were childhood friends and former friendly collaborators. Sadly, that’s just what’s happening between Tony Moore and his former colleague Robert Kirkman. And this isn’t the first time.
According to The Beat, Moore has filed a new lawsuit claiming he should be named joint author of The Walking Dead, Battle Pope, Brit and more.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in US District Court, Moore wasn’t pulling any punches:
Kirkman is a proud liar and fraudster who freely admits that he has no qualms about misrepresenting material facts in order to consummate business transactions, and it is precisely that illicit conduct which led to the present lawsuit (and to Kirkman’s business ’success’ generally).
Ouch. Further, in the lawsuit Moore contends he and Kirkman co-created all the works in question and Kirkman “fraudulently removed Moore’s name as co-copyright holed after the proofs of the first issue of The Walking Dead had been turned in.” Moore also claims he was coerced into transferring all his interests in The Walking Dead to Kirkman so a TV deal could be made.
Kirkman has yet to respond to the new lawsuit, but you can bet he and his legal team will dispute all of this. After all, no matter the validity of these accusations (and we’re not speculating at this time), Kirkman and Co. certainly don’t want anything to interfere with the runaway success of The Walking Dead. There’s just too much money at stake.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this as it’s probably gonna get ugly.
The Walking Dead has proven itself to be a valuable franchise in comics (just hitting its 100th issue), on TV (being the top rated program on the AMC network) and in games (with Telltale’s adventure game being considered one of the top downloadable titles so far this year). It is no surprise that someone else would try to get their hands on it and leverage the property further.
While Telltale’s The Walking Dead revolves around the comic world, the AMC television series has its own separate continuity. While the two revolve around the same basic concept, the stories have already drastically diverged. It only makes sense that someone would want to further expand on this second continuity, especially with some of the intriguing characters introduced to it that never appeared in the comics.
Along with developer Terminal Reality, Activision will be publishing The Walking Dead in 2013. Terminal Reality most notably worked on the recent Star Wars Kinect and was also working on Demonick, the title being shown in development of Happy Madison’s Grandma’s Boy.
With production on season three of The Walking Dead well underway, there’s been a few photos released of the production to help get fans ready for all the action. Of course, one of the photos didn’t really sit well with us, but that’s okay because these new ones are looking pretty good.
Over at Entertainment Weekly they’ve got a couple of said photos that show our heroes in action at one of the favorite locations of Walking Dead fans everywhere: the prison.
Both of the photos show our favorite band of zombie apocalypse survivors in action and also gives us a look at the prison. Surprise, it looks pretty much like a prison. Also, Maggie is a bad ass. One question though: why is Rick wearing his uniform again? Inquiring minds want to know.
Check out the other pic after the break. The Walking Dead returns to AMC in October.
The world we know is about to end. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions will sweep the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. The only way to survive is to buy an Evac Pass, track the virus and get out before it is too late.
In a matter of months society will crumble and San Diego will be first of many cities to fall. Only a few will escape. Some won’t even try.
That’s what will be going down at San Diego Comic-Con at Petco Park. Somehow the dead have started walking and our path is blocked (probably by Con traffic) and it looks like our only way out is to run through an infected zone. How else are we going to get to all the good after parties at the Hard Rock?
Well TheFlickcast is up for the challenge. If there was a group of geeks that could survive a Comic Con zombie apocalypse it’s TheFlickcast team. Granted Matt might trip me to save himself or even use me as a weapon, we guarantee some member of the team will make it through.
Okay, to be fair, I know The Walking Dead is a television adaptation of a comic book. I also know TV has different demands and often shows don’t stay completely true to their source material. Anyone who’s read the Walking Dead comics knows the series has deviated in several significant ways. And that’s part of the deal.
However, when you have an actual visual guide as to what a very popular character is supposed to look like, it’s not too much to expect that it might be followed. Case in point is the release of what is being called the first picture of the Governor from next season’s The Walking Dead.
I’m not going to say any more and just let you look at the two pictures above and tell me if those look like the same character to you. Yeah, me either. It’s weird, they did a very good job with Michonne too.
This is what happens when you get greedy and fire your showrunner after the first season. Or, let’s hope this is just some sort of flashback and the real Governor actually makes an appearance.
Forget about it being AMC’s top rated series. Forget about Volume 1 being the number one selling graphic novel of April 2012 despite it being published more than eight years ago and seven other volumes filling up the top 10. And even forget about it being the title that made Robert Kirkman a superstar comic writer.
The Walking Dead is now a video game too. And yes, we were just as hesitant when we heard about it as anyone else. As much as we appreciate a studio like Telltale with a pedigree of former Lucasarts employees and titles like Monkey Island franchise and Sam & Max, we know the dangers of a licensed franchise being brought to the gaming world. Luckily, Telltale showed us once again that the right team working with the right property can bring magic on screen.
The Walking Dead comes to players as a newer style of point and click adventure game. Traditionally, the genre revolved around players sorting through an environment with trial and error until they found the proper combination of items and persons needed to solve a puzzle. Now, The Walking Dead steps up the ante with a faster paced and more natural feeling action oriented adventure.
With the massive success of The Walking Dead TV series, it should come as no surprise AMC wants to stay in the Robert Kirkman business. Following that plan is the network’s announcement today that they are developing another Kirkman comic property, his recently launched Thief of Thieves, as a series with the writer and Walking Dead Exec. Producer Chic Eglee.
“Much like The Walking Dead brought horror to television in a unique and groundbreaking way, I feel Thief of Thieves can do the same thing for heist stories, showing the humanity of all the characters, including the criminals,” said Kirkman.
Thief of Thieves, which Kirkman reportedly based on his experience in the writer’s room of The Walking Dead, centers on master thief Conrad Paulson who, while attempting to reconcile with his estranged wife and son, vows to walk the straight and narrow, only to discover he’s completely addicted to the thrill of stealing. Now he must feed his addiction by stealing only what has been stolen, as the “Thief of Thieves.”
The first arc of the comic is being written by Nick Spencer with art by Shawn Martinbrough. Eglee will serve as showrunner of the potential TV series and will executive produce alongside Kirkman and Walking Dead Exec. Producer David Alpert.
Sounds interesting. Although, it doesn’t seem like it will have the coolness factor that Walking Dead has. No zombies.
How about you guys? Excited for this new Kirkman venture or prefer his more horror-related stories?
As we have seen, The Walking Dead franchise has already been able to support a monthly comic, AMC’s most popular show and two toy lines. Now, a third toy line will be added to the list as favorites Rick, Dale and a horde of zombies make their way to the Minimates line. This will be the first line of toys associated with Robert Kirkman’s hit series not from Todd McFarlane’s company.
After hitting 9 million viewers in the season 2 finale, it’s safe to say that the series is now more in demand than ever before. This first wave of The Walking Dead Minimates will follow the standard Minimate format of three different two packs and a fourth variant two pack featuring a chase version of one of the regular figures.
The Walking Dead Minimates will feature accessories, in addition to the 14 points of articulation, including weapons for the human characters and additional limbs for the zombies.
The first wave will feature:
Rick with Roamer Zombie
Herd Zombie Two-Pack
Dale with Roamer Zombie
Winter Coat Dale with Roamer Zombie (Rare variant)
Art Asylum has also hinted at an alternate Toys R Us exclusive line as well. Keep your eyes peeled at your local comic shops for the latest in both the Minimates and The Walking Dead when these hit shelves soon.
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