So the first season of The Walking Dead is over and it seems likely the show won’t return until October which, according to EW’s calendar experts, is still around ten months away. But don’t panic! EW has compiled a list of undead-oriented entertainment activities to help pass the time with a little help from Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd and one of our zombie cover stars, Charles Casey.
Read the Walking Dead comic
While the Walking Dead TV show may have stumbled to a temporary halt, the original comic book just keeps on shambling. Issue No. 80 is out this month — and apparently features “big changes in the series’ status quo” — and the 13th collected volume, Too Far Gone, was published a couple of weeks back. You can also buy another book that showcases the first 50 Walking Dead covers with added sketch material and commentary. Moreover, reading the Walking Dead comic will not spoil your enjoyment of season two of the TV show. Says who? Says Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, that’s who. “I think everyone should run out and read the comic book series in its entirety to see what could possibly be coming in the television show,” insists the writer.
True, there’s always the tiny possibility he may be a touch biased in this matter. Those who would rather read a 100 percent spoiler-free, Kirkman-penned undead tale should check out his enjoyably nuts Marvel Zombies, in which alternative universe versions of Captain America, Spider-Man, and the Hulk, to name but a few, are transformed into flesh-hungry ghouls.
Watch these zombie movies
Here at EW Towers we could spend all day debating which are the best zombie films (and we often do, usually on Tuesdays). So instead we asked Walking Dead zombie, EW cover star and self-confessed undead movie nut Charles Casey to give us his top five.
Read these zombie books
There has been no shortage of readable undead tomes published over the past couple of years from Max Brooks’ World War Z to Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Bob Fingerman’s Pariah to Harrison Geillor’s parodical The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten to Roger Ma’s highly useful Zombie Combat Manual. (Well, it will be highly useful if there ever is an actual zombie apocalypse.) Alternatively, you could go old-school and grab a copy of Richard Matheson’s classic fable I Am Legend. Yes, it’s technically more about vampires than zombies, but it inspired Night of the Living Dead and remains an utterly terrifying tale more than half a century after it was first published.
Watch 2010′s other awesome zombie TV show
As my late grandmother used to say, you wait years for a zombie TV show to come along and then two arrive at once. Actually, Nana never said any such thing and would doubtless have been utterly appalled by the gore-drenched, British-made, Stephen King-approved, Dead Set. But that’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy this terrific reality TV-lampooning zombie show which premiered on IFC channel just days before The Walking Dead and is now available on iTunes and VOD.
Wait for the Walking Dead DVD
Okay, so this suggestion isn’t much more helpful than saying “Wait for Walking Dead season two,” given that the first season DVD won’t hit stores until March 8, 2011. But according to Gale Anne Hurd, it’ll be worth the wait. “It’s going to have a lot of incredible extras, I can assure you,” says the Walking Dead executive producer. “Constantine Nasr, who has done the behind the scenes EPKs on most of Frank’s films, was with us from pre-production all the way through post-production. There has been a lot of behind the scenes materials posted on the AMC site, but there’s at least twice as much more that will be included in the DVD.”
Well, it made us laugh.
Obviously this isn’t a comprehensive list. What zombie-related activity would you recommend to someone suffering from Walking Dead cold turkey?
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