What better way to celebrate the birth of the original zombie, Jesus Christ that is, than with a few gifts from the most popular name in the undead genre! I’m talking The Walking Dead baby, or TWD or WD, depending on how lazy I get. Who would have guessed Robert Kirkman’s apocalyptic adventure would become a household name? Not I said the fly…and the fly has been swarming this crew of walkers from day one. So if the fly didn’t see this coming how could anyone possibly have? Lucky for you The Walking Dead just so happens to be our middle name. So take it from us, Forbidden The Walking Dead Planet, we know what that brain muncher in your life wants this holiday season.
Walking Dead Compendium Vol 01 – For starters, did you know Walking Dead was a comic long before it was a hit TV show? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t, who cares? This Compendium collects the first eight volumes of the comic in one compact super affordable edition. If you never read them, this is by far the best way to start. Only 59.99 for what normally cost more than double that, talk about bang for your buck. So you say they have been with TWD from the start, well then tell your giftee to preserve those back issues and dig in to this big guy next re-read.
Walking Dead Zombie Head Keychain – Picture this! You’re speeding down the street trying to get home to catch the newest episode of The Walking Dead… woop woop woop… you get pulled over. Officer Whatsername leans in and is about to asks for your license and registration when he catches a quick glimmer of light coming off your key ring… “Is that a Walking Dead zombie head dangling from your keys there?” he says. “Why yes it is sir” You answer. His eyes go wide and a smile begins to form “What do you think about Daryl Dixon? Oh dip! You better get going you’re gonna miss the new episode!” Look at that, you just avoided a ticket, points on your license, and possibly a trip down the river if he checked your trunk, and all because you have this Walking Dead Zombie Head Keychain.
Walking Dead TV Series 10 inch Daryl Dixon – Speaking of Daryl Dixon, who wouldn’t wanna wake up on Christmas morning to find a little replica of the man himself under the tree. I’m sure even Norman Reedus would be stoked on this McFarlane made figure.
Rick Grimes Bust Bank – Help that special someone in your life get a head start on saving for next Christmas with this Rick Grimes Bust Bank.
The Walking Dead Chronicles – Expand your knowledge of the AMC television series with this dense official companion book. Filled with behind the scenes photos, story boards, and tons of insider info.
I Heart Zombie Shirt – What better gift for The Walking Dead lover in your life than a shirt that literally expresses ones love for The Walking Dead!
Art of Charlie Adlard HC – They have ever issue of the comic, every toy from the show and a healthy amount of swag… what can I possibly get them that they don’t have? How about this brand new Charlie Adlard art book! The artist behind the comic gets the royal treatment with this sweet deluxe hardcover, packed with sketches, concept art and a pencil to ink comparison of the entire 100th issue of Adlard’s work for TWD. Who wouldn’t want that?
Hope that helps you take a bite out of that shopping list. With this helpful little reference guide you got all walks of Walking Dead fandom covered, from your boob tubers to your book worms. If you got a zombie in your life, we got a way to make them happy. Well… as happy as a zombie could be.
Friday November 1st 7PM Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway Manhattan, NY 10003
Meet Director Chester Turner and celebrate the release of both his 80′s classics, Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone on DVD for the first time ever! These must see to be believed, completely bonkers cult classics were saved from being lost in VHS limbo for the rest of time by the wonderful Massacre Video. Grab a copy of this deluxe edition DVD box set and get it signed by Turner himself or live the rest of your life wishing you did!
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Can’t make it to the signing? Don’t sweat it, Forbidden Planet has got your back dawg! You can pre-order a copy of the Black Devil Doll From Hell/Tales from the Quadead Zone DVD box set from our web store and we will have Chester Turner sign it for you before we ship it out!
So here we are at my second column of TRY SOMETHING NEW! already. Wasn’t too pleased with how the the first one came out, 20/20 hindsight and all, but we press on. New comics wait for no man or woman and so this column where I berate you for not buying enough new comics waits for no man or woman. Let’s get right into the berating, shall we?
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19 comes out this week. Is it stupid to call a series that is on issue #19 “something new?” Sort of. But I did it anyway. DARK HORSE PRESENTS is a monthly anthology of short comics, sometimes stand alones and sometimes serialized stories, from a mix of the best creators in comics and the most exciting newcomers. Each month Dark Horse Presents offers you something new, hence it’s inclusion in this column. Ranging from one page absurdity pieces to stunning series beginnings, DHP has something for literally every type of comic fan. Lately anthology books have had trouble finding an audience which is a shame unto itself, but the level of talent and great comics in DHP turns that shame into a tragedy. This month alone features a new story from Matt Kindt’s excellent MIND MGMT, Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen bring back X, and Gabriel Hardman and Corrina Bechko start a giant monster story called STATION TO STATION.
A bunch of issues back DARK HORSE PRESENTS premiered a new series by writer Frank Barbiere called THE WHITE SUITS. I thought it was one of the best introductions to a series I had read in years. Equal parts SIN CITY, 100 BULLETS, & WINTER MEN, that first chapter filled a void in comics that badly needed filling- smart and stylish crime books with a healthy amount of conspiracy. Now THE WHITE SUITS is returning and I couldn’t be more excited. Even if the other stuff in DHP doesn’t interest you, I promise this story is worth the price of admission alone. RIYL: Short stories, great things in small doses, being into cool stuff before everyone else.
NOWHERE MEN #2 Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde, & Jordie Bellaire have crafted a really interesting book in NOWHERE MEN. The simple tagline/premise of “What if scientists were our rockstars?” opens the door just enough to make one curious without revealing anything at all. The first issue firmly established Stephenson’s remarkable ability to build interesting worlds and characters all while using some clever narrative tricks. Bellegarde turns in the work of his career so far making pages that are both very effective and visually unique without being hindered by being too “sylized.” And Bellaire is simply one of the best colorists in comics. The book has all the “sciencey” feel of a Jonathan Hickman book, without all of the actual “science.” Other than that is was hard for me to say what the book was about… which I loved.
Since it is a medium that relies on people coming back and paying every month, comics tends to rely on playing it’s cards early and then twisting and turning every month after to keep you interested. It’s feeding the reader just enough so they feel like they paid for a meal, but not enough to that they won’t need to eat again very soon. This works (moderately) well for the industry, but is a terrible hindrance to storytelling as a whole. The NOWHERE MEN team seems to have decided to not care if you “get it” in favor of building a smarter story that unfolds at the pace they want it to. I tend to love comics that are willing to take chances to do better work and that is why I bothered to write this recommendation. If you are a reader who prefers the safe and predictable there are plenty of other books you might want to grab instead. Don’t mind us. We’ll be over in the corner eating weird food, playing with switchblades, getting bad tattoos from sketchy dudes, and reading unpredictable comics. And laughing at you. RIYL: MANHATTAN PROJECTS or TRANSHUMAN, mid-70′s KRAFTWERK, or a weird movie that I am imagining that is a cross between 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE and DR. STRANGELOVE.
IRON OR THE WAR AFTER Archaia does a great job of finding comics that are truly breathtaking and original and wouldn’t fit in at any other publisher. IRON OR THE WAR AFTER is the newest example of this. Shane-Michael Vidaurri writes and illustrates this surreal tale about anthropomorphized animals engaging in espionage during a literal Cold War. The subtle, slow pacing and beautiful and delicate watercolors almost guarantee that this book will fly under a lot of people’s radars this year. They also guarantee that those who pick it up will have a new favorite book. RIYL: Watership Down, Beasts Of Burden, or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
COMEBACK #2 I’ll say it right now. Note the time. Ed Brisson is the next superstar writer in comics. If the Big 2 publishers are not already scouting him then their editors are sleeping on the job. His self published series MURDER BOOK is on par with the best comics published in the last 10 years.
COMEBACK is his new book at Image/Shadowline and the first issue made quite an impression on everyone who was lucky enough to find a copy. Gritty crime noir meets slick sci-fi in a “time travel gone wrong” story. Michael Walsh does stunning work in the wheelhouse of folks like Sean Philips or Alex Maleev. That should be all you need to know.
LOOPER, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, MINORITY REPORT, INCEPTION, I am sure that Mr. Brisson is already tiring of the comparisons, but there is something inherently cinematic in the way he tells a story. It’s crime for people who are bored with crime, sci-fi for people who are sick of sci-fi. COMEBACK would easily make my Top 10 comics of the year list if I didn’t think Top 10 lists were demeaning and obnoxious. You should go ahead and buy this book now so that when it inevitably becomes a hit movie you can say “the book was way better” and other annoying but true things. RIYL: CRIMINAL, INCOGNITO, or other stuff by Ed Brubaker, Movies by Christopher Nolan that don’t involve a growling dude dressed like a huge flying rodent, Philip K. Dick.
That’s all the room I have. Thanks for taking the time to read this stuff. Please don’t hold it against these great books that I am sort of obnoxious and don’t take this very seriously. Even if none of this stuff grabbed you, remember to try something new. It’s good for you. Stay tuned for my “Top 10 Best Comics of ’12” next week.
Come one, come all! At Forbidden Planet NYC on November 21st, illustrator and escape artist Sean Von Gorman will lock himself inside a man-sized steel cage until we sell every copy of his new release from Alterna Comics, The Secret Adventures of Houdini: Book One! Yes, that would be the very same Sean Von Gorman who handcuffed himself to a traffic light outside FPNYC last February, enduring wind, rain, and police inquiries in order to sell his comics. Now that’s dedication.
In the same spirit, he’ll be making his triumphant return to FPNYC for the Secret Adventures of Houdini Release Spectacular on the day before Thanksgiving. There will be special guests! There will be live video of this notorious spectacle on our YouTube feed! There will be a grown man proudly locked inside a cage for public viewing–and how often does one get to Instagram a photo of that in a context that’s actually safe for work? Drop by FPNYC on Nov. 21st and pick up a copy of The Secret Adventures of Houdini to help relieve his burden. If you can’t make it to the store that day, fret not: online sales also count.
So last Thursday my wife gave birth to our first child. #Overrated. I had always thought that my son would have a great love of comics like his old man. So far Unkiedev Jr. likes only two things: chaos and nipples.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s my kind of guy. I’m slightly worried that he’s a vampire, as he sleeps all day and, much like a Lost Boy, parties all night. My suspicions were NOT quelled when the nurse told us that the newborn feeds on milk which Momma synthesizes from her blood.
There’s a catch-22 to being the new father to a geek baby. Unless your particular brand of geek chic is compulsively collecting swaddling clouts, there is not a single aspect of our collections that are baby safe.
Now that I have a baby I have to put my autographed Michael Dorn Bat’leth in storage. Apparently, avenging one’s blood honor is not “Age Appropriate.” All my thousands of brightly colored LEGO pieces, GONE. My friend was going to give me, no joke, an unopened Masterpiece Skywarp Transformer he had an extra of. Needless to say, that ain’t happening now.
I’m starting to think the Missus wanted a child just so she could have the spare bedroom cleaned.
LIVING THE DREAM
We collect these vast storehouses of awesome in order to pass them on to our progeny, but in order to have room for a safe baby, half of it has to go.
Sometimes it’s easy to know what to toss in order to make room for baby. I was about to throw out my run of Civil War when who should walk out of a time vortex but my baby, now 53 and sporting a sweet robotic arm and dashing facial scar. He said that the number one comic character of the future is CLOR, and that our family’s slow decline into cannibalistic madness starts with me throwing his first appearance out.
“Good to know,” I said, as I lit them on fire. Look, I’ve watched enough Doctor Who to recognize a Living Skin Doppelganger when I see one.
When my son is 16 he’s going to want this red leather slipcase of Kingdom Come in order to ironically make himself feel better that girls think he’s nerdy, but I don’t think he, or anybody else in 16 years, is going to want a DVD set of New Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5. Some things are better left unseen.
That is all from Unkiedev and family. I have to go… Baby is crying his eyes out. I think he just found out they’re making The Hobbit movies a trilogy.
All our breast. I mean best. Either way, all of it.
NEXT WEEK: Guest columnist Alternate Timeline Unkiedev Jr. will tell us all what makes CLOR so special.
More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com
In addition to our Ron Wimberly and Noku November events, Forbidden Planet will be hosting another day of shenanigans with Secret Adventures of Houdini artist Sean Von Gorman… this one even BIGGER than the one we threw in March 2012.
Don’t remember that one? Well here’s some video of it to refresh your memory and/or acclimate yourself with the fellow. *Please note that the following takes place moments before the fuzz tried to shut us down, as it often looks criminal when a man is chained to a city light pole.
Wednesday November 21st (day before Thanksgiving) Sean will be caged (courtesy of humancages.com) in the front of our shop from noon until we sell out of the new edition of the book- signing copies for customers, performing tricks, taking abuse, doing interviews, running giveaways, and engaging all sorts of moderately insane tomfoolery.
Sounds like fun, no?
We’ll be LIVE on and off from the shop throughout event on our YouTube channel if you can’t make it and want to check in on our daring escape artist. You can also pre-order signed books from our website for mail order.
If you are coming by be sure to get pick up a copy, have Sean sign it, and throw a plastic tomato at him for me!
Got 28 minutes of your life to spend on Matt and I talking new arrivals, Happy #1, Space Punisher, crappy old Image Comics, movies, Star Trek the Next generation, comic cons, Mark Hamill and Corvette Summer? Like hearing me say “um?” Have I got a video for you!
Sorry if it’s a little dark this week. Better light next time. Oh, and there’s a slight technical glitch (about 8 seconds) when we start talking about Happy #1. Stick with it.
Next LIVE broadcast is Friday the 28th at 7pm.
WILD EYE INVITES YOU TO REPLACE YOUR GLITTER GLOVES WITH RUBBER GLOVES FOR A SPECIAL THEATRICAL SCREENING OF 1984s ONE AND ONLY, ADULTS-ONLY SPOOF OF MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER – DRILLER!
PLUS, A BRAND NEW 1980s ONLY TRAILER SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA!
This Halloween, Wild Eye Releasing intends to raise more than your eyebrows with a very rare theatrical screening of the 1984 adults only spoof of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Driller: A Sexual Thriller, with Driller producer (and on-screen hunchback), Timothy Green Beckley live in attendance! And if this incredibly tasteless and terror-filled treat isn’t enough to get your blood flowing to the right areas, then our pre-show foreplay is sure to get your heart pounding: The Most Awesome 1980′s Trailer Show! An all-new Wild Eye 35MM assault of the most outrageous horror, comedy, and action trailers from the era of excess.
In 1983 Michael Jackson redefined the modern music video with the unforgettable pop monster sensation Thriller. Not soon after, in 1984, a group of savvy perverts and movie professionals capitalized on the popularity of Jacko’s horror hit by unleashing the unforgivable porn parody Driller: A Sexual Thriller on an unsuspecting world.
And on Friday October 28th, 2011 at 11pm your life will be changed forever as Wild Eye Releasing brings you the rare and bizarre opportunity to witness this unbelievable spectacle of filth and camp directly on the big screen for the first time in nearly 30 years — with producer Tim Green Beckley on hand to answer your questions and sign your underpants. See the original porn spoof as it was intended to be seen – with other people all around you!
But unlike the Neverland Ranch, there will be no one under the age of 18 admitted to this adults-only, Triple X feature and IDs will be checked, so please leave the kids at home, throw on your silver socks and red leather jacket, and moonwalk into the eerie, erotic world of Driller A Sexual Thriller.
The plot, if you need it: Follow the exploits of a Mr J. superfan as all her sexual fantasies degrade into nightmares after learning the true meaning of the title Driller during a werewolf transformation that we guarantee is unlike any you’ve ever seen! Then it’s off to Mr. J’s freaky castle where partying with horny hunchbacks and getting dragged into zombie orgies is as common as breaking into song and dance numbers that look and sound somewhere between a skin flick outtake and an 80′s pop masterpiece.
It’s all going down for one night only, 11PM Friday, October 28th at New York’s very own Cinema Village. Check out www.wildeyereleasing.com and www.cinemavillage.com for more information and to pre-order tickets, as this is sure to be a sold out smutfest!
TV Carnage & Friends
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 – 9:30pm
136 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If I wasn’t working tonight I would be at this…
The unquestioned master of the video mixtape, Derrick “Pinky” Beckles (Adult Swim, Street Carnage), hosts this night of TV Carnage that will “stab your tender brain-sac with deliciously infected shards of the worst, most cringe-inducing sights ever to come to life on the electronic devil we have come to know as video.” Nick will be there to present some FFF goodies and short films. It’s at the new and awesome Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn.
“There will be food, drink, merriment, smiles, more merriment, a heckler or two, a shouting match between Pinky and an audience member, and most likely a straw hat choc-full of aggravated assault charges. Come participate and/or bear witness to the mayhem ultimately to be labeled by local papers as a ‘tragedy.’”
If you go… don’t rub it in.
Sergio Aragone’s Funnies dropped this week thanks to Bongo!
Matt Groening proudly presents an all-new monthly series by the world’s most famous and most honored cartoonist, Sergio Aragonés!
Each issue offers an assortment of autobiographical anecdotes, perplexing puzzles, slap-happy short stories, as well as Sergio’s unique and hilarious pantomimes and gags. With this new series, the world’s most beloved cartoonist continues to prove that humor is truly a universal language!
This Saturday June 25th at midnight, everybody’s favorite cult film podcast Junk Food Dinner presents another lost classic at Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater. This time around we are treated to Mike B. Anderson’s 1986 Alone in the T-Shirt Zone. If you like weird flicks this is a must, trust me.
They are also gonna have some sweet T-Shirts available.
Here are the details one more time.
Junk Food Dinner presents:
Alone In The T-Shirt @ The Spectacle Theater
Saturday June 25th, Midnight
124 South 3rd Street, between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.
Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Screw your Blew-Ray Player, VHS is alive and well… but should I really be hipping you to this, or should I be hording all the info in fear of increased competition? Of course I’ll let you in on it (not like anyone reads this anyway) and what better way to see the medium strive than by spreading the gospel.
“VHS is alive”, “Fear of competition”, you probably think I’m some paranoid nut job, but… Just to prove to you that I’m not some crazy Luddite (ok maybe just a bit, I still don’t own a computer) feast your eyes on this… www.LunchmeatVHS.com!!! Thats right baby, everyone’s favorite VHS themed magazine has gone all internety. The fact that there is a magazine dedicated to the subject should be validation enough, but for those of you who get all your info through the computer and think print is just as outdated as VHS, the website should suffice.
I spent the better half of this past weekend with Lunchmeat’s Chief of Marketing John DeSantis and Editor-in-Chief Josh Schafer. They were supposed to be working on the new issue but if they didn’t get as much as they hoped done I take full responsibility…. but I will not apologize. We did a lot of yang talking about the recent “VHS boom”, caught a midnight screening of Slumber Party Massacre at The Spectacle Theater, watched the insane video comp Brain Bludgeon, and of course did some serious VHS shopping.
I feel that I did a pretty good job proving that it will be a very long time before VHS becomes strictly a collectors market, that is if you know the right places to look.