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TNTM: Top 5 AMC’s The Walking Dead characters

Our 5 favorite Walking Dead characters

The Walking Dead has been in print as a comic book since 2003 and as a TV series since 2010. A lot of great characters have been introduced in both mediums. We compile our top 5 favorite characters from both the comic book and TV series. Please leave your top 5 favorites in the comments.

Walking Dead in pop culture

Unless you have lived completely off the grid for the past 6 years, you know about The Walking Dead. This show has exploded on the pop culture scene. The zombie craze did well for this show. I propose the show is less about zombies than it is about how people treat each other when there are no rules applied to their behavior. Zombies are merely a backdrop to the story. While zombies do present a constant obstacle and are always something that needs to be dealt with, it is the brutal leaders of other groups that are the biggest threat (i.e. Governor, Negan, Terminus, Whisperers). You may disagree with my assessment.

Walking Dead history

A lot of folks don’t know The Walking Dead started out as an ongoing black-and-white comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore back in 2003. The comic book story focuses on Rick Grimes. Rick is a deputy who is shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma in the zombie apocalypse. He eventually finds his wife and son along with other survivors. He assumes the role of group leader.

The TV series came along in 2010 on AMC. It was developed by Frank Darabont.
Much of the series takes place within the Atlanta, Georgia metro area and surrounding countryside. Rick’s group eventually makes their way Alexandria, Virginia.

The TV series makes a few changes from what is in the comics. The idea is for those who have read the comics to not be able to spoil it for the TV show watchers. There are even some characters that were developed specifically for the show that do not exist in the comics. They must be doing something right because both the show and the comic book are hugely successful.

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Talk Nerdy to Me – Invincible: The End of All Things

Most people know Robert Kirkman for creating the comic books Walking Dead and Outcast.  He has another comic book with a super hero theme that has been around for more than 100 issues.  A lot of folks don’t know about it.  That comic book is Invincible.

Invincible (Mark Grayson) is the teen aged son of Omni-Man, an extraterrestrial superhero of the Viltrumite race. Invincible inherited his father’s superhuman strength and ability to fly.  He has sworn to protect the Earth. He has had trouble adjusting to his newfound powers and coping with the reality of his origins.

Sadly, Robert Kirkman has decided to end this series with issue #133 in November, 2016.  The following is his statement on that decision.

“My greatest hope in life is to one day, when I’m much older, be reading an INVINCIBLE comic book by younger creators I haven’t met, who are doing a book that I hate.”

I’ve been asked many times over the thirteen years of writing INVINCIBLE how long I think this book will go. Some form of that statement has always been my answer. I always thought it would be a great honor to see Invincible rise to the level of Superman or Spider-Man in the pantheon of comic book superheroes. Characters who far outlived their original stories and eventually transformed into story engines that sort of tell the same story (to a certain extent) in perpetuity for generation after generation.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that goes against everything INVINCIBLE, as a series, has stood for since the very beginning. When Cory Walker and I created him, and with Ryan Ottley, since he joined the team with issue 8, the point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it. To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.

That is why villains sometimes win, and heroes give up… and eventually stop being heroes altogether… and change happens, and sticks, and characters die, and never come back… no matter how popular they are (we maybe should have kept Conquest alive).

So then, it stands to reason, that if most superhero comics continue forever with no end in sight and over their runs do not, in any way, tell a cohesive story that holds together to form a singular narrative… shouldn’t INVINCIBLE do the exact opposite?

It’s been many years now that Ryan Ottley and myself, with occasional help from co-creator Cory Walker (issue 130 in stores soon!) have been chronicling the adventures of Mark Grayson and the many characters that orbit his life. As I began plotting out the issues that lay ahead of us over this next year, I started to realize I was reaching a… conclusion. The big Viltrumite epic, which began with Nolan Grayson going to Earth and fathering Mark, and kicked off with their confrontation all those years ago in issue 11… was coming to an end. Everything was converging in this one story, and looking back, I realized I’d been working toward this the whole time. In talking it over with Ryan I learned, much to my surprise, that the idea of drawing something other than INVINCIBLE someday… and not being stuck in this monthly grind we’ve been in for well over a decade… appealed to him. So it wasclear, I was writing to a conclusion and Ryan was also drawing to one.

So that led to the question of what comes next?

I briefly considered bringing on another team, starting that eventual march to that book I’d read in my old age and throw across the room saying, “This isn’t INVINCIBLE!” And while I did consider some really cool options that would have led to some really cool issues of INVINCIBLE… more and more as I thought about it, I realized ending the series was the right thing to do.

So that’s what we’re doing! Issue 144, the conclusion of the 12-part epic THE END OF ALL THINGS, will be the final issue of Invincible. I’m sure when it’s all said and done, I’ll be sad, and I know I will miss these characters, but for the time being, I’m excited. Ryan will be coming back to the book with issue 133 in November, and we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a wild ride in store for the fans where we’re going to touch every corner of the Invincible Universe, and in the end, tie things up in a really cool and unexpected way.

So we’ve got a little over a year to go, and it’s going to be one hell of a year! So please join us for our swan song, thirteen years in the making! We couldn’t have done it without you, the fans, so lets all cross the finish line together!

Robert Kirkman
Backwoods, CA
2016

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Outcast by Robert Kirkman on Cinemax

Jack and Troy talk about the upcoming Cinemax series, Outcast, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman.

Outcast (trademarked as Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta) is an ongoing American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. It begins here with this terrifying new horror series from THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

It is a supernatural horror that chronicles the story of Kyle Barnes, a man whose loved ones are involved in demonic possession since his childhood. As an adult, with the help of a reverend, he tries to unveil what lies behind the supernatural manifestations and why he seems to carry special peculiarities.

The first issue of the monthly comic was published in 2014 by Image Comics. Before the first release, Kirkman also began to develop a television adaptation, whose rights were bought by Cinemax.

First published in 2014, there are only 14 issues out so far. Interestingly enough, before it even hit comic-book store shelves, Outcast was being developed as a television series by Kirkman, and it was premium cable channel Cinemax that snagged the rights to the series set to air in 2016.

After a two years long development, the project was officially announced on October 2013 at New York Comic Con. Kirkman said it was the first time that he already had a clear ending in mind when he began to write the comic book.

He described Outcast as an epic horror story, hoping to give real scares to readers unlike The Walking Dead. In the first issue Kirkman also stated that first orders were higher than the last Walking Dead issue.

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