A One-Way Ticket to Tijuana, Please

Fear the walking Dead SDCC 2016 Coverage By R.C. Murphy

Taking the stage first in the two-hour Dead block in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, Fear the Walking Dead kicked off the festivities with the teaser for the latter half of season two.

For the most part, the trailer focus on Nick’s pilgrimage to Tijuana. He meets some kind people, some not so kind people, and even more people with a bizarre connection to the dead. It’s like he’s drawn to this stuff. Madison drags Alicia, Strand, and Ofelia around Mexico looking for Nick with no results. They wind up taking refuge in a hotel which randomly rains dead bodies. But it must be an okay place, Alicia stopped to shower. Travis and Chris’ bonding trip is off to a rocky start as son insists repeatedly that he can take care of himself against the undead or any obstacle in his way. There is a lot more close-quarters fighting with the infected on the way. Alicia does some slightly-very dangerous things to shake her undead assailants. We’ve also got more than just the gangs and weirdos in Tijuana to look out for, as well. Chris and Travis’ problems aren’t all internal for the remaining seven episodes.

Producer Gale Anne Hurd said, “We’re really going to see a lot of things you’ve never seen on television before.” Having seen the TWD trailer, that bar is pretty high. I don’t think FtWD can deliver on the spectacle coming from its sister show. However, if they can get even an ounce of the energy from that trailer to translate to each episode’s timing, I may consider watching it again.

The characters fans saw earlier in the season won’t be quite the same. Producer Dave Alpert said he’s enjoyed watching the characters turn into “battle-hardened warriors.” Kim Dickens echoed the sentiment, saying what Madison did in the mid-season finale revealed a new side to her. We’ll see a more extreme Madison from here on out, perhaps? Madison isn’t the only parent stepping to the plate. Cliff Curtis claimed Travis won’t be a sad-ass when the show returns, he’s prepared to become a, “bad ass dad.” Pretty much every actor spoke up to say their character would get a harder edge for the new episodes. Matter of fact, Mercedes Mason said she wants Ofelia to “pull a Carol” and become “a really violent butterfly.” Coleman Domingo had a different outlook for Strand. He considers Strand a symbol for Western civilization. As his character survives, he will continue to break down.

There was a new face on the panel. Danay Garcia will join the show for the remainder of season two as Luciano. She plays a part In Nick’s story line.

Will the new blood and a kick in the pants for the characters be enough to make it as interesting as the trailer promises? I sincerely hope so. There’s too much potential in that cast to continue to watch them flounder with a poorly-managed script. The danger becomes if splitting the group and the story leads to forgotten characters or story-telling shortcuts which defy what little logic these characters operate by currently. I know there’s not much sense in a guy who covers himself in zombie goo all the time, but you know what I mean.
Fear the Walking Dead will continue its second season on August 21st at 9 PM on AMC.


Oh Great, They’ve Got a . . . Tiger?

The Walking Dead SDCC 2016 Coverage By R.C. Murphy

The annual walker invasion at San Diego Comic-Con took place from July 21st through the 24th. Okay, there were a few thousand other people there, as well. Comic-Con is kind of a big thing, if you’ve lived under a rock for the last few years.

One of the most anticipated panels this year was The Walking Dead. Lucy had some ‘splainin’ to do about that angst-generating cliffhanger ending. Which is why Robert Kirkman struck that iron while hot shortly after the producers took the stage. Aside from numerous statements defending the ending since the finale, he simply added that fans would love the payoff from waiting so long for the reveal. We’ll agree to disagree, as we have since he first stepped on a soapbox to defend knee-capping Negan’s big moment.

What’s new for season seven? The producers confirmed a visit to The Kingdom, plus many more survivors and locations. Gale Anne Hurd meowed at one point, which baffled show fans who haven’t delved into the comic world. Kirkman admitted that once the show took off, he included things in the comics they’d never put on television. The show’s other producers picked up the gauntlet and plan to include some of the outlandish comic ideas into season seven. Sometimes these things bites one in the backside. In this case, one idea can bite off an entire backside and then some.

Right before they premiered the trailer, Nicotero shared new walker concept art. Looks like we’ve got more burned walkers on the way, plus the older walkers continue to become more mummy-like, and I don’t even know what happened to the bulgy walker. Death by bee hive attack?

Okay, on to the trailer.

I was really looking forward to seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan swaggering on the screen. Instead, we got a rehash of the finale’s final scene, along with a cliché memorial video of sorts superimposed over Lucille. I would’ve gladly taken just the cropped shot of him slamming Lucille down on an unseen victim after a pan of the group by the RV. Instead they padded the footage with what is essentially an overly emotional teen girl’s video scrapbook. All that’s missing is the sappy song. The second half of the trailer delivers new characters, but too fast to identify any faces. We meet Ezekiel, leader at The Kingdom. Something we’ve rarely seen on this show is animals. Well, that’s about to change. There’s beasties coming. Most notably, Shiva, Ezekiel’s pet tiger. Funny how a few years ago, the show’s budget was nitpicked right and left. Suddenly they’re okay with tossing huge chunks of cash in to make CG animals.

The actors hit the stage when the trailer wrapped. Andrew Lincoln told fans, “Hang in there, guys.” He went on to say Jeffrey Dean Morgan has way too much fun as Negan. Which, as we already know, is probably creepy as hell on set, despite JDM’s infectious smile. There’s just something about a grinning guy wielding a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat to make one’s sphincter clench. Lauren Cohan said, “We go to very physical and emotional places.”

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Pretty standard quo for this show, but things are just beginning to take a turn for the worst. Nicotero confirmed it when he said this [their current situation with Negan] isn’t rock bottom.

The panel devolved into talk about on-set pranks and several cast members doing impressions of other actors. They did air the footage from when Reedus dumped a ton of confetti in Lincoln’s car air ducts. The first time I watched it, I couldn’t breathe because I laughed so hard.

I wasn’t happy with TWD at the end of season six, and they still haven’t done much to convince me they grossly mishandled Negan’s entrance. Yes, we get a flippin’ tiger next season, as well as a smarmy yet charming Big Bad, but fans are kind of a puppy kicked too many times. They’ve promised so many grand things, what happens if these season seven grand plans fizzle like the drawn-out Beth storyline?

Once you jump the tiger, there’s no going back. Hope they have a solid game plan going into this highly unpredictable season.


Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

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Beach Bum Comics and Chimichanga Talk bring to you the guide to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse! With Advice from the founder and Chief officer of the Zombie Survival Crew (http://zombiesurvivalcrew.com/) Juliette Terzieff and Orange Brigade commander and Head Research Officer R.C. Murphy. Insightful commentary from Chimichanga Talk’s Zombie correspondents Outhouse Billy and The Angry Scotsman. Special Guest Tips from the Talented writers Bobby Nash, Kevin Laporte, and Christopher Blue. Also a special message from Chimichanga Talk friend and “The Walking Dead” casualty, Lew Temple!


The ZSC Oracle Interviewed by Green-Fly Media

While duct-taped to her chair… a memo from the Chief, Juliette Terzieff

GreenFlyOctOkay… you know how much I love the Oracle, but I have to be honest … it scares the bejeebus out of me when LK says the words, I’ve been thinking…. I mean seriously, the entire command center shudders with the utterance of those words. So imagine my terror when I heard she was giving an entire interview … UNSUPERVISED??

If you haven’t read it yet, Green-Fly Media put out an ALL zombie magazine this month. The Oracle’s interview starts on page 47. She didn’t do half bad … even if I DO say so.


Brimstone: News, Events, Cookies!

Last month ZSC Command introduced you to our newest Special Forces member, Brimstone. Not surprisingly, this man of many talents and much energy has one of the busiest schedules we’ve seen in awhile. Here’s a quick (ish) update for what’s happening in Brimstone’s world.

But first…

Cookies!

Hound Comics, Inc. and Butterwinks Cookies have entered into a promotional relationship. Keep reading to find out when, where and how YOU can get a FREE Butterwinks/Brimstone cookie!

Interviews!

  • Interview with the Superhero Speak Podcast from 9/18/13 – Click HERE
  • Interview with Trash Talking Radio from 9/25/13 – Click HERE
  • Brimstone on the Chimichanga Talk Podcast on 9/25/13 – Click HERE
  • October 7th 10pm – 11:30pm (Pacific Time) – Brimstone will be interviewed LIVE on the Brothers Bear Podcast. Make sure to tune in by clicking HERE.
  • Brimstone will be featured in the November 2013 Edition of Maxim Magazine in an article by writer Steve Leckart. The issue will be on sale on or around October 15th – Keep your eyes peeled!

 

Conventions and Appearances

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  • Make sure to visit Brimstone at Monster-Con taking place at the Wonderland of the Americas Mall in San Antonio, Texas  from September 27th – 29th. First 20 people to visit Brimstone and say, “I wanna be Brimstone Butterwink’ed” receives a FREE Brimstone cookie compliments of Butterwinks & Hound Comics. **Cookies available while supplies last – ONE per family
  • Brimstone will be appearing at New York Comic Con 2013 from October 10th – 13th at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC. Scheduled signing in the celebrity autographing area is Saturday, October 11th from 12pm – 1pm (add to your schedule HERE). Brimstone will also be signing with the Stan Lee Foundation at booth 3148 throughout the entire weekend.
  • Catch Brimstone at the Forest of Fear during their opening weekend October 4th – 6th. The tri-state area’s HOTTEST haunt is located in Tuxedo, New York and is rated within the top ten in the United States.
  • San Antonio, Texas – Brimstone will be back on October 25th – 27th to appear at the Alamo City Comic Con taking place at the B. Gonzalez Convention Center. First 20 people to visit Brimstone and say, “I wanna be Brimstone Butterwink’ed” receives a FREE Brimstone cookie compliments of Butterwinks & Hound Comics. **Cookies available while supplies last – ONE per family.
  • While you’re at the Alamo City Comic Con, make sure to grab your own copy of the EXCLUSIVE ‘Batman vs Brimstone vs Wolverine’ print ONLY at the Alamo City Comic Con. **Available from ACCC while supplies last
  • Brimstone will be appearing at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo November 1st – 3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.
  • Brimstone will be returning to the Great Allentown Comic Con on November 16th taking place at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Merchandise!

  • **AVAILABLE SOON** from The Jerky Connection – Brimstone Sweat Heat Meat Treat Jerky! New gourmet jerky using Brimstone’s award winning Sweet Heat Treat (Sweet Chile Hot Sauce). More details as they become available.
  • Brimstone inked a licensing deal with Serenity Custom Drums in the UK for Brimstone based Snare Drums! More details as they become available.
  • Bulky Boy Clothing will be producing a Brimstone/Bulky Boy collaborated t-shirt that will be made available on the Bulky website as well as at Brimstone appearances around the country. Artwork is being done by Hound artist ‘DONT‘. More details when available.
  • Hound Comics, Inc. has officially signed with Troll Lord Games and will be releasing a Brimstone and The Borderhounds RPG (table top role playing game) under the extremely successful Castles & Crusades brand. More details as they become available.
  • Stay Tuned for the first peek at the’ Brimstone’ custom designed YO! Figure being designed for Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment by Christopher ‘Evilos‘ Avalos. Once the piece is completed – it will be auctioned off by POW! to raise money for charity! More details as they become available.

 

More more more!

  • NEW Contest taking place on the Official Brimstone Facebook – ENTER NOW!
  • Darby Customs to re-create the Brimstone motorcycle from the Brimstone and The Borderhounds comic book series to be auctioned off for two child related charities (Stan Lee Foundation and RAAC). More details as they become available.
  • Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Entertainment Group) received word that Brimstone and The Borderhounds product will be seen on the set of the Emmy Award Winning series “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS! We will announce episodes once we are given that specific information; however we are told that the Brimstone (Eastsport) backpack will be seen in Koothrappali’s apartment and the comic book covers will appear as posters in the comic shop in later episodes. More to come.

 

 


Marvel Confirms – Michael Rooker cast as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, the word is out. Rumors have been hopping about for months. Rumors involving a raccoon named Rocket, a blue badass-looking warrior with a red mohawk, and James Gunn on a top-secret mission in the United Kingdom. But we can all rest easy now, the rumors are rumors no more.

San Diego Comic-Con has always been the launching pad for far more than just nerdy fun, and this year was no exception. That thing that everybody already knew about even though it hadn’t been made official is now official – Special Forces Commander Michael Rooker has been cast as Yondu in Marvel’s upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by none other than James Gunn. The film will also star Djimon Hounsu as Korath, Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benicio Del Toro as the Collector, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord. While many of the roles have been rumored for quite some time, the reveal at Comic-Con was Marvel’s first solid confirmation.

 

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy made the journey from the UK, where filming has been in full swing for the last couple of months, to San Diego for a suprise appearance in the Marvel panel on Saturday July 20. They talked a bit about their roles, what it has been like to work with James Gunn, and Karen revealed her own beautiful bald head to trump Rooker’s mohawk. If you missed the live-streaming footage from the Marvel Q&A panel at San Diego Comic Con, you can check out the highlights below.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014. We’ll be there!

 


In the News: Oh. My. Gawd.

InTheNewsWhat’s in the news this week? Well, your Commanders have been quite busy, so we’ll give you the rundown…

Orange Brigade Commander R.C. Murphy has been busy with a book release over HERE.

Yellow Brigade Commander Jinxie G has been crazy busy with homework, editing, and working on THIS.

Green Brigade Commander IronE has been all kinds of busy HERE.

Purple Brigade Commander LK (aka the Oracle) has been up to THIS.

Light Blue Brigade Commander Anthony Guajardo is doing all sorts of things HERE.

Blue Brigade Commander Norman Reedus has been kicking a$$ and killing zombies on THIS and working on THIS.

We’ve lost track of the Commander-in-Chief. Someone grab some duct tape and quickly find her!!!

And can we talk about The Walking Dead 310? Oh. My. Gawd. The review will be up later this week.

Discuss.


Bring in the . . . Incubus?

NeeNormally we’re all about the undead, but so many of our ZSC commanders have been busy working on awesome projects of their own, we just have to share. Today we’re proud to announce the release of Orange Brigade Commander R.C. Murphy’s novel, Enslaved.

There aren’t man-eating corpses in this book, but it isn’t fluffy like Commander RC’s zombie bunnies, either. Take a look:

The gods are flawed . . . and they make awful parents.

Deryck knows first-hand the cruelty of the gods. Three thousand years after his birth, he is still trapped, forced to service humans as an Incubus—unable to choose who he sleeps with, and living a life completely devoid of love. There is no out for him. No hope. Or so he thought.

Shayla McIntire spent five years getting her life back on track after the accident claiming her husband’s life. She is content to a nice, boring, subdued life free of the abuse she suffered before. Her friends are worried. They want her to find the man of her dreams and move on.

Little do they know, the Powers That Be have decided the man of Shayla’s dreams for her. There’s just one hitch, he’s enslaved to the gods and it will take power she doesn’t know she has to free him. Deryck isn’t the only one hoping Shayla will free him, though.

Click on the cover to grab your copy of Enslaved today!

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Click here for Amazon!
Other formats TBA


FREE eBook Event!

Hey Zombie Survival Crew,

Yellow Brigade Commander Jinxie G has another new book out that’s also loaded with vampyres, werewolves, and the gods. Why? Because it’s the sequel to The Dracove. I give you Gods & Vampyres.

This paranormal read picks up right where The Dracove left off, with a kidnapped Kylie, pissed off vampyres yelling at each other, and the entrance of a major player.

War is on the horizon…

Jinxie is gearing up for her 5-day FREE eBook event!

January 30th through February 1st, you will be able to download Gods & Vampyres for FREE. What’s even better? From February 2nd through February 3rd, The Dracove will be FREE again.

You can get the first two books in the Prophecy series for FREE this week and this week ONLY.

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The DracoveThe Dracove – Book I of the Prophecy series

Kylie O’Rourke has unwittingly walked into the path of two vampyres—one who wants to use her as a sacrifice, and one who only wishes to win her heart. As she is pulled into their clandestine world, she learns more about her history and the reason behind her horrible nightmares.

Master vampyre Cianán searches for the one woman who could take his immortality to the next level—godhood. But, when he finds his Chosen One, his progeny Grantlund stumbles onto the Master’s plan . . . again. As if losing his first sacrifice to the bastard wasn’t enough, the Fates were to torment him with a second time.

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G&VGods & Vampyres – Book II of the Prophecy series

War.

The act never changes, only its players over thousands of years.

When Kylie is taken for use as a sacrifice in an ancient ritual, Grantlund races to save her life, but he has to wait for that perfect moment or all will be lost. Not only does he have to go up against his former Master, Cianán, one of the oldest and most powerful vampyres on Earth, but now the gods are involved, and Cianán has a very prominent one in his corner.

Grant will do anything to stop Cianán from destroying his lover and this world, but what price is he willing to pay? Death at the hands of the woman he loves?

An epic battle is about to begin, and not even the gods know who will come out the victor.

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Click on the images for direct links to the books. This promotion has already started, so share, share, share, folks! Word of mouth is an author’s best advertising!

Jinxie plans to work hard to get the next Prophecy series book out—Gemini – Book III of the Prophecy series. She says it needs some editing, and perhaps some dissection, where a novella may come of it.

Also, don’t forget to check the Just Ink Press website for Special Content.

*twirls crossbow*

J


In the News: The Governor and Being Human

InTheNewsToday, we have The Walking Dead, Being Human, Warm Bodies, and World War Z for you, as well as natural disasters, databases to keep yourself updated and out of harm’s way, and a nationwide earthquake drill. Will you participate?

Top Stories

It’s the rise of The Governor in the land of the undead (via ToNight)

TWD-The GovernorThe third installment of the Emmy award-winning zombie fest series, The Walking Dead, features an |array of exciting and intriguing new characters. Among them is seasoned British actor David Morrissey as The Governor. Debashine Thangevelo found out how he feels about depicting the villainous comic book character…

I DON’T think David Morrissey imagined he would bag the role of The Governor – an immensely popular character with fans of The Walking Dead comic books – when he visited his friend in Los Angeles.

But that is exactly what came to pass.

Thespian Rob Corddry Shares Acting Tips With the Undead in Warm Bodies (via Dread Central)

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Having been a zombie for Romero, I can tell you first-hand that a lot goes into playing one of the undead. Oh, how I wish I would have had someone of the caliber of Warm Bodies‘ Rob Corddry to guide me through it all.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry, Teresa Palmer, and John Malkovich, Warm Bodies follows an existentially tormented zombie named “R” (Hoult) who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims (Palmer). It’s based on the book by Isaac Marion.

Disaster Central

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Part 2: “Tornado Chaser” Reed Timmer’s Terrifying Hotel Tales (via Hotel


Earthquake drill planned Feb. 7 across Central United States
(via Courier-Journal.com)Chatter)

Volcano Database (via Emergency Management)

Unrestricted access to the details of deadly eruptions (via Terra Daily)

The Dead, the Undead, and WWZ

Being Human: Meaghan Rath Talks Being Undead, Roommate Romance, Craving Brains, and More! (via Dread Central)

“Nobody is safe” on Walking Dead (via RTE)

World War Z Fan-Made Posters Will Put You In An Undead Mood (via Cinema Blend)