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We Are The Walking Dead… X-Mas Gift Recipients.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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New Walking Dead Novel – Fall of the Governor

Hey, Walking Dead fans- Forbidden Planet is indeed hosting a midnight release for issue #115 tonight, but there’s a new novel out TODAY.  The Fall of the Governor:

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“The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman’s iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC’s blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, page-turning literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

In Rise of the Governor, uber-villain Philip Blake journeyed from his humble beginnings directly into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, and became the self-proclaimed leader of a small town called Woodbury. In The Road to Woodbury, an innocent traveler named Lilly Caul wound up in the terrifying thrall of Phillip Blake’s twisted, violent dictatorship within Woodbury’s ever tightening barricades.

And now, in The Fall of the Governor, the Governor’s complex story continues in a tour de force of action and horror. Iconic characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage, and fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light.”

Of course, all this is preamble to the REALLY big event- the really big show, if you will- the Season 4 premier of the Walking Dead this Sunday, October 13th- but very cool nonetheless.

Here’s a list of Walking Dead STUFF available from Forbidden Planet NYC.

And for old time’s sakes here’s a pic of Matt D, Robert Kirkman and yours truly from a signing held at FP 5 years ago:

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New Arrivals: The Society of the Walking Vocaloids Revolutions

by Chris Troy

Yeah, even I’ll admit the title for this article is a bit weak.

Anywho FPNYC faithful, if you haven’t been by the store lately, you should probably check out the new display we have set up in the front window. While FPNYC has been slowing down on keeping Gunpla kits in stock, we been working to getting the best of Bandai SH Figuarts in stock! We have some Kamen Rider and One Piece figures currently in stock, but expect to see such legendary series like Dragon Ball Z & Gundam on our shelves during the coming week, as well as Megaman, and the newest anime hit on the block, superhero epic Tiger & Bunny. Really looking forward to reviewing those Figuarts over the next couple of months, as the show is fantastic, and the Wild Tiger we have on display look amazing. And speaking of import figures, I’d like to point out that we currently have the 100th Figma in stock, Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid fame in her Append version. And no, I have no idea what “Append version”, means, although it makes for a completely different look than the Miku Figma my wife has in our living room. Loran probably does though, which is why he’ll be reviewing this figure in a few weeks and not me. Either way, I think it looks neat, and Vocaloid stuff always flies off the shelf,  so if you want her, come pick her up ASAP!

Let’s move into some toys I’ve discussed in the past, but now we have in stock to I can shed a little more light on them. Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution Play Art Kai figures are in stocks, and damn, they look good. The first time the acclaimed series had any sort of action figure tie-in, the series consists of main protagonist Adam Jensen, and 2 of his mercenary arch enemies Federova & Lawrence Barret. While I haven’t put the most time into the game,  the figures look amazing, are fully articulated, and come with variant hands, and a good selection of weapons. For $50 a pop, Square definitely delivers. We also have the 19th wave of DCU Classic in stock, which consists of Justice Society of American figures. I’m not too crazy about Kobra or the Golden Age versions of the characters, but Magog and Stargirl are definitely nice additions to the previous released JSA figures.

Wrapping up this week’s new releases, we have a line of comic booked-based  action who DON’T wear spandex. Image’s Walking Dead has been a huge in print and on TV, and McFarlane Toys has the rights to do figures based on both the comics and smash-hit live action AMC TV series. The first line of toys is based on comics, and consists of Officer Rick Grimes, the deadly and awesome Michonne, and 2 flavors of zombies, Lurker and Roamer. Both Rick and Michonne are fairly articulated and come armed with a variety of weapons (Rick with a ton of guns, Michhonne with a sword, knife, and some tools), while the 2 zombies have removable limbs and exploding parts. That’s awesome! Either way, each figures goes for about $15 a pop and this is the part of the article where I would say you should drag you corpse over to FPNYC to pick them up, but I’m better than that. At least I like to think so.

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Chew coming to Showtime TV

The wildly popular Image comic Chew is now in development for a Showtime television series by the Circle of Confusion company, who are also behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.  The show is to be directed by Stephen Hopkins, whose Predator 2 is my personal favorite of the series.  Sounds pretty good to me.

Here’s a link to the exclusive scoop at Deadline.

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Walking Dead DVD/Blu-ray Pre-order


Last night I finally finished watching AMC’s The Walking Dead television show.  I know I’m way behind, but I don’t have cable and was having a hard time getting to someone’s house, with cable, who also wanted to watch this.  After the first two episodes it just didn’t seem worth the effort to be at a certain place, at a specific time, each week.  Now this had nothing to do with the quality of the show, honestly, I enjoyed what I saw.  I mean how can you not be into zombies like this…

But…  Wait for the home-viewing options I said, and I did, with great anticipation.  I just seem to enjoy TV a lot more when it’s not… well… actually on TV.  Lucky was I to walk in on my roommates watching it on Zune last night.  So yeah I finished it and I really dug it, in-fact I even enjoyed the parts I already saw more this time around.  My only real complaint is there was not enough Michael Rooker.  I have a feeling this may not be the case in future seasons.

So I will have to make sure to get the DVD (yes, I occasionally do buy DVD’s) when it comes out on March 8th cause you know I gotta see all the bonus features and deleted scenes and what not.   For your convenience  both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Season 1 are up on our site (www.fpnyc.com) for pre-order at a killer price.  Even more convenient is the fact that I linked the product pages to the words DVD and Blu-ray in the last sentence, and this one for that matter.  While you’re at it check out the rest of The Walking Dead stuff we got, cause we gots alot… t-shirts, comics, graphic novel collections in soft and hardcover editions.  So make an effort, pre-order the DVD, read the comic, and most importantly… survive!

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LOOKEE! for 10/26/10

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Saturn and Titan, dolled up for Halloween

Brian Wood talks Northlanders: The Plague Widow at the DC/Vertigo blog.

Marvel is looking for interns.

Superman: Earth One profiled in The New York Post.

Eddie Campbell video from Italy in 2009, via the Forbidden Planet International blog.

Toy customizer extraordinaire John Mallamas  interviewed at MTV Geek.

The Walking Dead premieres on AMC this weekend and this morning Zombies took Manhattan.

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Walking Dead TV Series Given Greenlight by AMC

It’s official.  According to Variety shooting on the Frank Darabont-helmed Walking Dead series (not just a pilot, as previously reported) will begin shortly, and is scheduled to air this coming October.

walkingdeadbookonehcAMC has ordered a total of six episodes of the series that revolves around a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Darabont penned and directed the pilot and will exec produce with Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, which will be funded entirely inhouse by AMC parent Rainbow Media. Charles Eglee, a seasoned TV drama showrunner, has also boarded the project as an exec producer…

AMC… ultimately decided to go straight to series after hearing Darabont’s vision for a six-episode arc… ‘He’s taken the baseline road map of the underlying material and just blew it out to the next level,’ said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior veep of programming, production and digital content. ‘There’s stuff in there that will make the people who love the comics very happy and some surprises in there as well.’

Exciting, eh?

UPDATE: I just learned to spell “Walking!”

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AMC’s Prisoner Reboot set for Nov. 15.

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So, AMC has finally announced the premiere of their reboot of the classic Science Fiction series. This update has Number 6 (Jim Caviezel) retired to The Village where Ian McKellan’s Number 2 controls everything with a smile on his face and a giant bubble.  The miniseries will be a three parter starting November 15th, and will last three nights.

Above is an extended look of the series, and AMC hosts the entire original series on their website. Which I highly encourage you to check out.

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“Walking Dead” being brought to AMC.

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Looks like Robert Kirkman’s critically acclaimed series “Walking Dead” will be getting the pilot treatment from Frank Darabont and will hopefully air on AMC.  According to Variety, the “Green Mile” writer/director is very close to a deal to adapt this series for AMC:

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior veep of programming, production and original content, said the project appealed to the cabler because of “the quality of the storytelling” in Kirkman’s work. The series will stay faithful to the tone of the original novels, he said.

“This is not about zombies popping out of closets,” Stillerman said. “This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in ‘Walking Dead’) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.”

Good to hear, people keep on recommending me this book, but I could never get into it. Considering Darabont is handling it and he also handled another prison movie, “The Shawshank Redemption” I can’t figure how this won’t come out gangbusters with him at the helm.

Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Prisoner, and now this? Very forward thinking, AMC. You’re quickly becoming my favorite channel.

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“Prisoner” remake not really a remake.

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TV Squad covered the Prisoner panel which had star Jim Caviezel and producer/writer Bill Gallagher as guests.  They showed a nine minute clip from the miniseries, and this is the impression blogger John Scott Lewinski had:

Also, the design of the new Village captures that creepy, soulless atmosphere of the planned housing community. The Village is evidently located in a massive desert, and its architecture wears the bland coloring and polished uniformity of the newer areas of Las Vegas or Phoenix. The only atmosphere is no atmosphere, and that was a stroke of genius by the art department.

Still, I could tell little else from the preview footage. Worse still, Gallagher had a line during the open discussion that makes me worry: “McGoohan’s (Prisoner) was about the assertion of the individual. Mine was more, ”What if the arrogance of the individual became our undoing?'”

First of all, this is still McGoohan’s Prisoner. It may be updated, but the premise belongs to him — no matter how a new writer seeks to possess and re-present it.

Second, if Gallagher’s remarks are an indication of the thematic soul of the show, it’s as far removed from McGoohan’s Prisoner as it could possibly be. I’m left with a nightmare vision of a Prisoner urging the individual viewer to act in the best interests of society or the state. Please tell me this isn’t going to be a 2009 Hollywood’s populist wet-down on a classic celebration of individual will and rights. The Prisoner should rise above current politics and examine greater themes of philosophy and civilization.

This is an intriguing observation for me.  What I took away from the series, and I only recently re-watched it having seen some episodes way back in sixth grade, was about personality control. It was about conformity, and how a given society forces us to conform to values that are inherent to survive in that atmosphere. Number 2’s  struggle was to break out of the conformity imposed upon him, and was about defining his own person. I feel like the show was literally the birthplace of the thought “being more than just a number” that I found was often used when deciding on colleges.  Where kids wanted to go to smaller schools rather than big ones with class sizes numbering in the hundreds.

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