As New York Comic Con 2013 came to a close this past Sunday night, it did so a few hours short of a certain zombie survival TV show’s fourth season premiering on TV. While I still need to play catch-up with Season 3 on Netflix, I’m well aware that “The Walking Dead” has become a fairly big deal over the past 10 years. To celebrate this, Hyundai (makers of awesome cars like the Accent/Transformer I purchased a couple of months ago), in conjunction with Robert Kirkman’s company, Skybound, hosted a gallery outside of New York Comic Con titled “A Decade of Dead.”
The gallery itself featured a bunch of items, including some props used on the TV series, artwork from the comics, and other random memorabilia. On Saturday night, they threw an invite-only VIP party to celebrate the world premiere of a new documentary (also called “A Decade of Dead”), a 20 minute film that chronicles Robert Kirkman’s rise from an average Joe in Kentucky to the creator of a cultural phenomenon which has spawned much of the aforementioned merchandise, the TV show, and even video games. The documentary features chats with Kirkman, artist Charlie Adlard, some of the cast and crew from the TV series, Todd McFarlane (whose company produced many of the toys), folks from Image Comics, and celebri-nerds such as Chris Hardwick and Patton Oswalt. Even the fandom gets some notoriety, as the filmmakers spoke with fans in San Diego who have cool tattoo sleeves and even cooler zombie cosplay.
If you’re into zombies and NOT watching “The Walking Dead,” then you’re probably a zombie yourself. I was glad to have been able to view both the gallery as well as the documentary and to paraphrase Kirkman, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for The Walking Dead in the next 10 years.
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