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But Luke, “The French are frog leg eatin’, hairy arm-pitted, rude, anti-Americans. What’s the deal?”. OK, while it’s true that America and France like to piss on each other (not in any kind of fetish way. that shit’s nasty) the stream of strife can be lifted in the observance of awesome-ness. Say what you will about the French, but when they play in the sandbox of Superheroes and Zombies, and do it well, us Americans must give them a tip of the hat and break some cheese and wine.

The French can do ‘film’, that’s a give in, but superheroes? Lets observe ‘Prodigies’ from Antoine Charreyron shall we. Which, oddly is not  super hero film at all. It centers around a group of gifted teenagers whose past traumas cause them to wreak havoc against the world — and the one person capable of putting a stop to their revenge. So actually it’s a super villain film. How nice!

I’ll let the 60 second teaser trailer speak for itself (below)

Angry teenagers. City-wide destruction. Swirling cameras- all hypnotically set to “Exogenesis Symphony Pt 1: Overture” by Muse- certainly gives me a nerd chub. I flip my pinky in the air with approval.

In short, ‘Prodigies’ (French title: La nuit des enfants rois)  a very good French CGI movie.

Warner Bros. is releasing the film in France on March 9th, 2011. A U.S. release isn’t too far off.

NOW, moving on to Zombies.

Y’all are familiar with ‘Zombie Walks’, right? *Sigh* Zombie Walks are where fans of the un-dead gussy themselves up with fake blood, guts and tattered clothing, and beg innocent passersby for brains for the better part of an afternoon. It’s a good time.

Like all nerdy endeavors of this type, participants try to outdo each other’s costumes, makeup and props, making zombie walks a particularly gruesome cultural movement. Our friends from ComicsAlliance have come across the most nefarious and gruesome Zombie Walk yet. With 2010’s zombie walk in Paris, France, which was captured in a series of beautiful photographs by Live Rasoloarison.

Sure, the artsy photos (which have been photoshopped) enhance the aesthetic, but you cannot argue the top capita make-up and costumes. The french have demonstrated a dedication to the undead that cannot be ignored.

Below is as small gallery of photos from the 2010 Paris zombie walk. Check out more of this series here, and visit Live Rasoloarison’s website for more on this gifted artist.

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