Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen
The Walking Dead gained national attention as AMC’s latest critically acclaimed drama, shattering the network’s previous premiere ratings highs and earning a second season renewal after its very first episode. But before its television debut, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead was a comic phenomenon.
James Lowder, veteran editor and author in the horror genre and comics fiel...more
Not all the works are jewels but some of them are so deep in their arguments ...more
The essays are great and a lot of fun to read. Arnold T. Blumberg talks about the history of zombies in comics, and how they were once banned, but crept their way back in. Kay Steiger talks about race and gender politics i ...more
I recommend this book to anyone interested not only in The Walking Dead, but the zombie horror genre. It is an intellectual read, and I can picture this being of "requir ...more
"The Walking Dead" is a surprising television hit. It is water-cooler discussion fodder, and, like so many pop culture hits of this era (it seems), it is based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman. And what happens to 'hits'? People analyze them and write about them. This book is a collection of essays about "The Walking Dead" - both the comic series and the television series.
I've never read the comics/graphic novels, ...more
What impressed me: Many aspects of the comic books and TV show were discussed, both in relation to one another and as separate entities. I loved that there was a large focus on the comic storylines as they greatly differ from the show and have been around for much longer. I was afraid this book would just be a complete lovefest for the show because of its current popularity. It was a lovefest, but it really did only slightly touch on the show (as it should being ther ...more
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Although this might be something that turns other readers off, I really liked that the essays for the most part are written during a very obvious time. When this was written the T.V. show had only ended one season and the comics up to a certain point and most of ...more
This is a great collection of essays addressing zombies in general, The Walking Dead comics and The Walking Dead television show -- philosophically, socially, and psychologically. Lowder has brought together several professors/instructors and authors/writers who explore the history of zombies on the screen and in writing (esp. in comics), why we seem so fascinated with zombies and what we may learn from the various tropes and themes used in zombie lore.
I received this book for free t ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and Smart Pop who gave me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed it and feel like it gave me a greater depth of insight to the show (and eventually to the comics, when I read them), but if you aren't a fan of either, you won't have much of a point of reference or interest.
not as a comic
& certainly not as
a TV show.
But it does.
It is a magnificent success
In every field it excels beyond
The Walking Dead proves two things
1) Brilliant story telling will always prevail
2) People really dig zombies
James Lowder has worked extensively in fantasy and horror fiction on both sides of the editorial blotter. He's authored several best-selling dark fantasy novels and has had short fiction appear in such anthologies as Shadows Over Baker Street and The Repentant. He's penned comic book scripts for several companies and the city of Boston. His book and film reviews, fe ...more