Tagged: Zombies

Can you SURVIVE this zombie splatter fest?

This Friday June 20th at Spectacle Theater, Horror Boobs and King of the Witches present a Midnight screening of the films of teenage horror prodigy Liam Makrogiannis! This night of nastiness will include both the werewolf short DEVIL MOON and the feature length zombie gut gobbler SURVIVE!

Horror Boobs, King of the Witches, the Makrophobic Films crew, and tons of cast will be in attendance! Oh yeah… one of those cast members just so happens to be me, Forbidden Planet’s Matt D! So come out and see if I survive… or end up a flesh ripping freak!

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For more info check the face book event page HERE.
Friday June 20th Midnight
Spectacle Theater
124 S. 3rd Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Global terrorists defile New York’s water supply with a deadly dose of mind melting bacterium, mutating the population into undead murdering machines hellbent on non-stop brutal carnage. Can eight strangers band together to survive the endless hordes of the bloodthirsty dead?Will they be able to survive each other?WILL ANYONE SURVIVE?Spectacle, Horror Boobs, and King of the Witches join forces once again to bring you a cinematic event you won’t experience anywhere else! 15 year old Liam Makrogiannis presents his feature length NYC splatterfest – SURVIVE! A labor of love conceived when he was just 13, SURVIVE, follows a ragtag team of misfits (including Philly’s youngest F/X wizard and director of SLAUGHTER TALES – Johnny Dickie) as they fight against the end of the world. Featuring appearances from Nik Taneris, Evan Makrogiannis, Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine, Matt D of Horror Boobs, and the world’s uncle – Lloyd Kaufman.This screening of SURVIVE will be paired with Liam’s short film – DEVIL MOON – with the filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a Q&A.Special VHS release from HBV and KOTW will also be available!

 

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I have survived NYCC, also I have bought some comics.

1382380_10152054711929050_1301273322_nI survived New York Comic Con 2013 and all I got was….a butt ton of stuff actually. Roughly $180 worth or stuff. No regrets, YOLO and such, because if I review it, I can write it off come tax time, at least I think I can. I now hope my accountant does not read my articles.

And yes,  I’ve decided to use a photo of my wife as part of my convention recap once again, because I like her Spider-Woman costume and she looks SUPER CUTE next to her most favoritest writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, who’s comics I’ve praised often round these parts. NYCC ’13 was rad overall, as I got to enjoy 2 FXX related panels, heard of the return of Stephanie Brown, watched as Marvel announced a TON of new books with awesome female leads, did some cosplay things (Check me out in the NYCC edition of Time Out New York and the Business Insider) and like I said above, bought stuff. A good time was had by all, especially Visa, so let’s get with the talking of comics.

x-men-6X-men #6 (Marvel)

Brian Wood/ David Lopez

$3.99, 20 pages

REJOICE, AS CAPTAIN MARVEL VOLUME 2 RELAUNCHES IN MARCH 2014 WITH DAVID LOPEZ JOINING THE CREATIVE TEAM! BUT ALSO BE SLIGHTLY UPSET, BECAUSE THAT MEANS HE’S NOT DRAWING THE X-MEN AGAIN ANYTIME SOON.

X-Men #6 is proof of why the later sucks, because David is REALLY good at drawing mutants, even when there is a numerous amount of them. At this point in his career, it’s scary to think that he may only get better, because he’s pretty damn good right now. I’m not sure how much of this comic was fully scripted vs. Marvel style, but Lopez’s panels are dynamic, and they deliver the proper drama needed because there are 2 ZOMG! level twists in this book. Also a hilarious scene where a baby floats away in a hamster ball (sorta) and Rachel Grey and Psylocke both being badass. That isn’t to say Brian Wood is a slouch, because chapter 7’s script is a HUGE step up from Chapter 6’s , which is a fine issue, but the stakes are definitely raised in this issue, as secrets are revealed and the plot takes yet another interesting turn. With 3 issues to go, Battle of the Atom continues to deliver thanks to A+ creators like Lopez and Wood, and I’m excited to see how this all wraps up.

 

alwarchie1Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa/ Francesco Francavilla

$2.99, 20 pages

 

We now live in a world where the Riverdale Gang must survive the zombie apocalypse. Truly this is the best of times.

I couldn’t tell you what the last time I bought an comic published by Archie was, even though I’ve heard a number of their books in the last few years have been both extremely progressive and good. But then they go release a zombie comic drawn by Francesco Francavilla, and BLAM, bought on day 1. It could be the fact that I love zombies, but it’s probably more of the fact that I love Francavilla’s art, which is the pretty legit, and very much gives off that ol’ EC Horror Comics vibe. It’s great stuff, as Aguirre-Sacasa’s handling of the cast is definitely in-tune with their “canon” voices, but obviously this not the Archie you give to your kids, as this issue ends SPOILER with Zombie Jughead SPOILER. Also it is violent and spooky as hell, a little sexy. Well I think Sabrina is cute and man, now I feel extra creepy for typing that. Perfect for the season. Halloween that is, although the Walking Dead hype at NYCC is also fitting in a way.

Short week is short, but don’t worry, I’ll be back real soon to scream about the return of Hawkeye.

 

 

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THIS FRIDAY: Ollie Mongo signing with Arlene Klasky and Craig Singer

Those who prefer their walking dead limber enough to skateboard should appreciate Ollie Mongo, the blue-skinned teenage denizen of a post-apocalyptic Jersey Shore that has been overrun by zombies (literally). Star of his own online comic, Ollie is a more personable breed of zombie, a vegetarian skater who spends his free time helping to keep old-school zombies in line: after all, he’s half human.

Ollie Mongo series creators Arlene Klasky (co-founder of Klasky Csupo, Inc., producer of Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!, The Wild Thornberrys, and Duckman) and Craig Singer (director of horror films Dark Ride and Perkins’ 14) will be at Forbidden Planet NYC this coming Friday at 7 PM, signing FREE copies of Ollie Mongo: Adventures in the Apocalypse. Get yours while supplies last!

Once again, that’s:

Forbidden Planet NYC

832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Friday 9/21 at 7 PM

Oh, and please note that eating fellow customers’ brains is strongly discouraged.

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Review Cobra Hazard Viper

By Loran

I’ve always been a fan of the wilder aspects of G.I. Joe. Sure, sometimes they went a bit too far with the Mega Monsters from Mega Marines and the… Manimals but stuff like Star Brigade, the Venom Troops, and the hordes upon hordes of Battle Android Troopers? I eat that stuff up. Even the more obnoxious stuff like Eco-Warriors can be made cool if you ignore the color-change gimmick. That stuff can easily be repurposed into hazops Joes and chemical warfare Cobras. It also introduced one concept to G.I. Joe that’s going to be important here and even more so later on: Zombies.

The Hazard Viper fits a niche inside Cobra’s ranks that I guess we didn’t need until now: Hazard Operations, of course! While the original Eco-Warriors Cobras like the Sludge and Toxo-Vipers were more suited to working in hostile environments, these are the guys that would be cleaning up a mess after a gas attack, searching for survivors. Of course, that’s just how I see them. Their true purpose is something far more sinister: spraying innocents with the deadly new compound “Compound Z” to turn them all into zombies!

Yeah, Cobra’s employing zombies now, go figure. This little story arc actually started with the “City Strike” Cobra Commander figure, which I dismissed as kind of lame. It turns out all the containers he came with held Compound Z, I guess making him a battlefield commander for the Hazard Vipers. Guess I’ll have to track him down now…

By and large, this figure uses tooling from the [mostly] unreleased Volcano Viper figure. See, that’s what I love about G.I. Joes: even if a figure doesn’t get officially released, chances are you’ll still see the parts pop up somewhere. The only parts (not including weapons) that didn’t come from the Volcano Viper mold are the arms, which came from Pursuit of Cobra Ripcord/Skydive. The rest of the parts are the body and head from the MARS Trooper and the legs from the Ice Viper. The Ice Viper legs may lack a double joint, but they’re nice-looking and work with the whole aesthetic. Continue reading

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Zombie Movie Encyclopedia

Big thumbs up to Peter Dendle for putting together The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, brought to you by the good people at McFarland Publishing.

Whenever I see one of these zombie reference books there is one movie in particular I check for as a test of how extensive the research behind it went.

The movie…

Weekend at Bernie’s II.

Often overlooked as an entry in the zombie genre, but why?  Unlike Bernie’s part one in which two morons pretend their boss is still alive so they can party at his beach house, part two involves real Voodoo, giving Bernie’s resurrection some serious legitimacy.

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Good job Peter for not only covering this film in your book, but also featuring a full page photograph.

So pick up The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, it gets the Matt D seal of approval.

R.I.P. Bernie

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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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Indies and Outies: Breaking Into Comics

By Devin T. Quin

TWO important bits of information before we move on to unimportant information, i.e. my column; First of all, March 14th is Daylight Savings time. This will mean that when you lose an hour of time Saturday night on the 13th, it’s not due to binge drinking. Well, ONE of the hours you black out for won’t be because of the drinking, at least.

The Second piece of important news is Free Comic Book day is two months away! Visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ to learn all you need to know for the busiest day in the comic book calendar! Remember: When FCBD does arrive the place to be is Forbidden Planet!

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We now return to your regularly scheduled comic book news column.

Dark Horse has volume nine of Hellboy’s continued adventures available in trade paperback this week with the release of Hellboy: The Wild Hunt. If you haven’t bought Hellboy in a while, or ever for that matter, this is a GREAT place to get aboard! Mignola and artist Duncan Fegredo make an excellent team, and this book changes Hellboy’s world FOREVER!

DC has MORE Grant Morrison Batman with Batman and Robin #10, as well as some early Blackest Night wrap-up with Green Lantern Corps #46. I’ll have to do some research into the longest crossover event of all time, but Blackest Night might be a strong contender! Continue reading

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Zombies, Robots and Barbarians

By Unkiedev

Some fairly decent stuff this week. Let’s hope the snows of Baltimore do not destroy, delay and other wise defray our comic books from getting from Diamond to our hot little hands.

BOOKS SUCH AS Dark Horse’s new title: Devil #1 (Looks like a super great anime/vampire mash up), DC’s Batman #696, and Blackest Night: The Flash #3 which features Blue Lantern Barry Allen up against his old, dead nemesis a.k.a. Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse Flash, a.k.a. Black Lantern Black Flash. I might turn to crime, too, if my name was Eobard, but I CERTAINLY wouldn’t “reverse-flash” people!

Zombies VS Robots: Aventure #1, Chris Ryall (w), Various (a), IDW

In 2002 I published a cult comic book called Robots are Cool, Zombies are Jerks. It was, predictably, about Robots fighting Zombies across the universe. In 2006 Chris Ryall, the publisher of IDW comics began his collaboration with Ashley Wood on a little book they called Robots VS Zombies. Guess what it was about.

Chris and I had a brief correspondence over this issue, which cumulated in me sending him comp copies of my comic and him never speaking to me again. Typical.

Let’s set the record straight: I LOVE IDW’s Robots VS Zombies. I loved the follow up comic, Robots VS Zombies VS Amazons even MORE! Chris’ funny quips on top of Ashley’s JAW DROPPING art astounds my fertile imagination! SO MUCH action, humor and gorgeous art the dang thing should be read by everybody at least once. Continue reading

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Nightmares NYC and The Zombie Survival Guide

Nightmares NYC and a Zombie Survival Guide

by Jeff Ayers

For those of you who’ve not experienced NIGHTMARE’s annual haunted houses the last few years here in NYC you’re really missing out. Those in the know will tell ya, the productions are top notch, the creatives involved dedicated and intensely passionate, and the whole shebang is usually a scarifying adrenaline rush rarely obtained outside of an encounter with a Lamia (watched Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell last night, hence the reference… Man alive was that neat-0). NIGHTMARE creator Timothy Haskell and his crew work on this show all year long and it shows.

I went through on opening night 2009 with the folks from Abracadabra, a staple costume shop on 21st St., themselves appreciators of the macabre and horrific, and I must say with no hyperbole it was my best experience yet. Continue reading

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