Nov. 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
So now we know what happened to the Governor. “The Walking Dead” continued its season four focus on character-driven episodes with Sunday’s “Live Bait,” a standalone installment that charted the one-eyed villain’s time out on the road after his fateful showdown with Rick and his band of survivors, a conflict that ended in surprising, horrifying violence. British actor David Morrissey said even though the Governor, now living as Brian Blake, has blood on his hands, he’s struggling to cope with his guilt and wrestling with the realization that great darkness dwells inside him. Hero Complex caught up with Morrissey to chat about having the chance to more deeply explore the complicated psychology of a man at the end of the world, and what might happen next now that the Governor’s past has caught up with him. Those who missed Sunday’s […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:16 p.m.
On TV, “The Walking Dead” is just ramping up, with the show’s fourth season set to debut this fall. But for fans of the comics, it’s been a long, tense decade. That’s right, “The Walking Dead” comic book turns 10 years old this October. To commemorate the date, “Walking Dead” mastermind Robert Kirkman hosted a Comic-Con panel Thursday to answer fan questions. And when fans weren’t flooding to the mics, they were teased and gently browbeaten by the man they were there to see. “Let’s just end this thing early,” he said more than once as fans rushed to the microphone to keep him talking. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Plans for the upcoming anniversary include a special full-color reprinting of the first issue (which was originally printed in black and white) as well as the launch of a […]
July 16, 2013 | 8:30 p.m.
Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” turns 10 this year, and Weezer is helping to kick off the anniversary bash in San Diego this weekend. The Los Angeles alternative-rock band Weezer, featuring Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner, is signing autographs Friday afternoon at San Diego record store FeeLit, as well as offering fans exclusive Weezer/”The Walking Dead” mashup posters. Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, will release more details about the event on Friday at 7 a.m. The mashup posters, designed by artist Brian Ewing, feature zombie-fied depictions of the musicians. Hero Complex readers get a first look at Scott Shriner’s poster, right. Additionally, Weezer is performing at the The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, an invitation-only event. The party and signing are among the many unofficial events on the periphery […]
June 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Created by writer Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, the monthly comic about a ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors was first released by Image Comics in October 2003. Since then, “The Walking Dead” has won an Eisner Award for best continuing series and has spawned spinoff books, video games and a hit television series on AMC, becoming one of the most well-known zombie tales in pop culture. “The Walking Dead” 10th anniversary celebrations at Comic-Con International — the massive entertainment expo which runs July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center — will include zombie costume contests, a zombie makeup station, celebrity appearances and a booth to play “The Walking Dead” video game. “It’s hard to believe the […]
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 […]