Entertainment Weekly has been on a roll in the last few weeks, releasing several new shots featuring the cast of AMC‘s The Walking Dead. You had to know it was leading up to something bigger and that comes in the form of three collectible covers highlighting Season 4 and new details on the show. Not a bad way for Robert Kirkman and company to promote the final push to San Diego Comic Con.
Featuring a cover story on the upcoming season, with executive producer Greg Nicotero revealing that Season 4 will premiere with 150 walkers, each collectible cover will be sought after in some way. If you’re a fan of Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus or an amazingly more mature Chandler Riggs, each cover is going to be worth it. Check out each cover after the jump, get an insider look at the new threat to the survivors, new characters and more. (more…)
It’s one of those midnight questions — you’re on the couch with your friends, a 13 year old with mutant like hand eyed coordination has just dominated you on Black Ops and someone asks, “What kind of car would you want in a zombie apocalypse?”
The answers are typically diverse, hillarious, and often impractical — sure, the Ecto-1 is amazing, but it’s probably terrible on gas mileage. A Hyundai wouldn’t likely be the natural first choice (despite their impressive fuel economy) but Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Survival Machine is no ordinary Hyundai.
The car, which was dreamed up by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and brought into reality by Gary Castillo from Design Craft Fabricators, is built from a Hyundai Elantra Coupe and features the following enhancements:
- Staked Zombie Plow
- Armored windows
- Armored headlights and taillights
- Smoked headlights and taillights
- Reinforced body panels
- Rear bash bar
- Wheel spikes
- Adjustable front light bar
- Escape Hatch
- All-Terrain Tires
- Forged Wheels
- Upgraded lifted Suspension
- Custom riveted sheet metal rear interior panels
- Food & Supply storage compartments
- 6×8 Net Cannon with rear-view camera
- Co-pilot controlled switch box with gauges
- Master Kill Switch
- Net Cannon Control
- Lighting Control
- Tilt front flood lights
- Pan rear flood lights
- Weapons: Kitana Sword, Baseball Bat, Machette
- CB Radio
- First Aid Kit
- Nitrous System (120 hp/shot)
- Adjustable rear trunk flood lights
- Custom front seats with embroidery
Pretty bad-ass right? Well, apparently somebody thought it was missing a certain something, that somebody being the cars designer. Our Steven Sautter got a first hand look at the Zombie Survival Machine during Preview Night and caught up with Robert Kirkman to find out what that certain something was, here is his report:
After much wrangling with security, this intrepid reporter was escorted into the exhibit hall early and led toward the Future US booth for the unveiling of Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Survival Machine. Built to commemorate the landmark 100th issue of the Walking Dead comic book, this modified Hyundai Eleantra Coupe seems primed for all your zombie killing needs. Kirkman himself was on hand to unleash the awesome lethality of the Elantra and we were able to catch a few words with Kirkman on this auspiscious occasion.
Sautter: Does the car still have that fresh zombie smell?
Kirkman: Yes, it smells delicious! (laughs) It’s amazing. I’m sorry. For me, on The Walking Dead set, zombies smell like barbeque because they’re always eating.
Sautter: Was there anything from your designs that was too outlandish?
Kirkman: I wanted it to have jets, so it could take off. And they were like, “Cars don’t fly, man!” But they could come in handy.
You can check out the Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US Booth (#4445) throughout the convention, other activities at the booth include: a Zombie Make-up Station, a Photo Station, the Hyundai Sweepstakes Kiosk, and on Friday there will be a Zombie Costume Contest between 2PM and 3PM.
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Additional writing by Jason Tabrys
After the dead rise to consume the flesh of the living, you’re going to want a mode of transportation that is both economical (those gas reserves won’t last long after all) and durable (you’re going to be running over a lot of undead probably.) Ladies and Gentleman, Hyundai and Skybound Comics are proud to announce the newly redesigned 2012 Kirkman for all your post zombie-apocalypse needs.
Ok, so it’s really just a 2013 Elantra GT with a dash of Mad Max. It was, however, designed by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman for the comic book’s 100th issue in conjunction with the Korean auto manufactures ongoing marketing tie-in with the zombie property. At the time of this writing there are no plans for this model see mass production, however you will be able to see it at San Diego Comic-Con this year. After the jump you can watch a video of Kirkman talking about the design princples behind the car (i.e. put spikes on it and drive) and more details can be found at www.hyundaiundead.com.
Speaking of putting spikes on things… also after the jump. MAJOR SPOILER FOR THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3!
Don’t worry, I’ll leave a little space so you can watch the video and not see this extremely-awesome-holy-f#ck-can’t-wait sized spoiler about who’s back after a long hiatus from the show.
It’s safe to say AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is a hit show. When it premiered a little less than a year ago, it gave the network the highest ratings to date. The first season finale received 6 million viewers, a series high; with 4 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic, making it the most watched basic cable series for the demographic. Numbers like that make Marketing Executives drool like a zombie dropped in the middle of a chess club.
fine folks brain leaches at Microsoft wanted a little piece of that action. A little over a year ago they approached AMC with an idea to work the 21st century answer to “Ask Jeeves” into the show.
From the New York Times:
“The thing is that it’s a post-apocalyptic zombie concept,” where all power grids have been destroyed, explained Melissa Wasserman, the vice president of advertising sales marketing at AMC. “So people aren’t using their computers or phones in the show.”
“We pitched them last year where maybe the characters could find a library with a generator and do a Bing search,” said Sean Carver, a marketing director at Bing, who acknowledged the scene was a stretch.
A stretch? I didn’t get the best marks in high school english, does “a stretch” mean “an idea so colossally bad it makes me want to slam my own testicles in the refrigerator door till I forget I ever heard it?” – Maybe I should Bing that… yea, like anyone uses Bing.
But wait, there is more!