March 13, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
With Wednesday’s announcement of the new Roman Catholic Pope and “The Walking Dead’s” recent record-breaking ratings, now might be the best time to revisit one of “Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman’s earlier (though not holier) enterprises: “Battle Pope.” Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, may have been named the 266th pontiff, but in the pages of Kirkman’s “Battle Pope,” the leader of the Roman Catholic church was Oswald Leopold II, a cigar-smoking, demon-slaying sinner tasked with saving humankind after the Rapture. “Battle Pope” was written by Kirkman and co-created and illustrated by Tony Moore, the “Walking Dead” comic artist who later sued Kirkman, alleging the writer tricked him into surrendering his rights to the franchise. (They settled out of court in September.) In 2000, the pair independently published the 14-issue series before it was picked up and reprinted […]
Feb. 08, 2013 | 6:07 p.m.
On a sidewalk across Wilshire Boulevard from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Steven Yeun, one of the stars of “The Walking Dead,” was handing out refreshments to passersby just before lunchtime. The gourmet street food came courtesy of the Bun Truck, which Yeun’s younger brother Brian co-owns and operates, serving Korean-Mediterranean fusion cuisine to hungry Angelenos. The actor stood by, helping visitors puzzle over the menu, strongly recommending the spicy pig “sammich” with a side of the duck fat fries. When it comes to potatoes, glistening and golden, studded with garlic and rosemary, he noted, it’s hard to go wrong. Yeun’s amiable nature is familiar to fans of AMC’s hit zombie series. As Glenn Rhee, he functions as a likable everyman, the closest thing to a romantic hero in an unrelentingly brutal apocalyptic world. “Steven is the heart […]
Feb. 08, 2013 | 5:38 p.m.
Keeping tabs on Robert Kirkman’s sprawling “The Walking Dead” empire is about to get easier. On Sunday, Kirkman and his Image Comics imprint Skybound will launch thewalkingdead.com — an online clearinghouse for all things “The Walking Dead.” According to a release sent to The Times, the site will have information not just about the comic books and graphic novels, but also recaps of the television show and news about “The Walking Dead” video games. There will also be exclusive contests, information about live “The Walking Dead” events, and a “The Walking Dead” wiki. Zombie quiz: Prove you’re smarter than a zombie Thewalkingdead.com will not go live until Sunday, and as of Friday evening, there wasn’t even a place holder on the site yet, but we were able to get a screenshot of what it will look like. The site’s launch […]
Feb. 07, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.
AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” returns for the second half of its third season Sunday with an installment titled “The Suicide King.” The run of eight episodes marks the end of the line for departing show runner Glen Mazzara, who leaves his position as a result of creative differences with the network. Word of his departure came as a shock to fans. Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2, and the series thrived during his tenure, enjoying remarkable success in its third season. The show kicked off to record-breaking ratings this past October and remained wildly popular with audiences and critics, who praised “The Walking Dead” for its complex examination […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.
When word came down that “The Walking Dead” would be renewed for a fourth season, it was hardly a surprise. The AMC zombie series has become a pop culture touchpoint, bringing in record-breaking ratings and introducing mainstream audiences to the type of expertly crafted horror movie gore that once only devoted genre fans cheered. Far more shocking was the news that Glen Mazzara would leave his post as show runner, a reportedly amicable parting of the ways that resulted from creative differences between Mazzara and the network. (Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2.) The experienced producer is remaining in his position to see through the conclusion of the season, though, a […]
Jan. 21, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Want to meet Robert Kirkman? Now’s your chance. The man whose name is these days most often associated with “The Walking Dead” — either the hit AMC zombie series or the comic book — will appear with illustrator Ryan Ottley on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks to celebrate the 100th issue of their comic “Invincible” and to commemorate the store’s 10th anniversary. Published by Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics, “Invincible” offers a fascinating take on the superhero comic — Mark Grayson must come to terms with the powers he possesses and the legacy that comes with being the offspring of the world’s most powerful hero, Omni-Man. Over the course of “Invincible’s” narrative, Grayson’s story has taken a number of unexpected twists, and in the process won a devoted following. Kirkman created “Invincible” with Cory Walker, […]
Dec. 21, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.
It’s a good-news, bad-news scenario for fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The cable outlet renewed the hit zombie series for a fourth season Friday morning, but show runner Glen Mazzara will not be at the helm. “My time as show runner on ‘The Walking Dead’ has been an amazing experience, but after I finish Season 3, it’s time to move on,” Mazzara said in a statement. “I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.” A statement released by AMC said that there is “a difference of opinion about where the show should go” and had concluded that it would be best to part ways. Although the statement […]
Nov. 30, 2012 | 11:44 a.m.
The title of Sunday’s mid-season finale of the “The Walking Dead,” “Made to Suffer,” certainly implies nothing good for Rick Grimes and the survivors. The group is divided now into two forces — the ones who remained behind at the prison with the newly named infant Judith and the strike team that headed to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie from the Governor. Written by Robert Kirkman, the episode will be the last new chapter audiences will see of the hit AMC zombie series until it returns from a weeks-long hiatus in mid-February. Before heading back to Georgia where production wraps on Season 3 today, show runner Glen Mazzara took time to assess the storyline so far and to offer some hints about what lies ahead. Caution, spoilers ahead. HC: I’m curious, what are your thoughts on the first half […]
Nov. 11, 2012 | 10:56 a.m.
Last week’s shocking episode of “The Walking Dead” was the very definition of heartwrenching — with two key characters dying and one vanishing. (If you’re behind in your viewing, this would maybe be a good time to stop reading; if you’d like to relive the trauma, click through the image gallery above). Robert Kirkman, the show’s executive producer and the creator of the comic book that spawned AMC’s hit zombie drama, said that the decision to kill off Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori and IronE Singleton’s T-Dog — and to not specifically address what might have happened to Carol (Melissa McBride) was designed to underscore just how high the stakes are for the remaining survivors in the harsh, unforgiving world — an ensemble of characters that now includes a tiny newborn baby. “It was definitely a lot,” said Kirkman, speaking by […]
Oct. 28, 2012 | 6:19 p.m.
In Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” the hit AMC series will finally arrive at a destination plenty of fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic book have been clamoring to see on screen: Woodbury. The idyllic Southern town isn’t quite as perfect as it seems, of course — it’s under the control of The Governor, the legendary bad guy who’ll be played by actor David Morrissey, and whose presence will surely spell trouble for Rick Grimes and the other survivors. Speaking on the Georgia set of the show earlier this year, showrunner Glen Mazzara emphasized that the iteration of the Governor on the series will be more nuanced than his comic book counterpart, a monstrous villain who would force prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for sport, among other sins. “We were looking for a talented actor who could play a […]