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Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkmans Zombie Epic on Page and Screen Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"Fun and informative . . . Triumph of The Walking Dead successfully manages to do what any collection of its sort intends: Help us understand why the series is so good (and successful), while enhancing our enjoyment at the same time."
About the Author
The New York Times Book Review describes Joe R. Lansdale as a writer with a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” Lansdale is the author of thirty novels and over two hundred short stories, articles, and essays. His work has received an Edgar, two New York Times notable books, seven Bram Stoker Awards, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award, the Herodotus Award for historical fiction, and many others. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep” was made into a cult movie of the same name. His work has also been filmed for Showtime. His latest novel is Devil Red, published by Knopf. Online at joerlansdale.com.
Jay Bonansinga (author; The Black Mariah, co-author with Robert Kirkman of upcoming Walking Dead novels)
Jonathan Maberry (New York Times bestselling author; Patient Zero, Zombie CSU, Marvel Zombies Return)
Kim Paffenroth (professor of Religious Studies and zombie scholar; Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth)
Lisa Morton (author and screenwriter; The Lucid Dreaming, A Hallowe'en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries)
Kyle William Bishop (English professor at Southern Utah University; American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead)
Craig Fischer (professor at Appalachian State, comic scholar; The Comics Journal, The International Journal of Comic Art)
Kenneth Hite (game designer and writer; Zombies 101, Trail of Cthulhu)
Kay Steiger (editor of Campus Progress and author; The Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, In These Times)
Ned Vizzini (young adult author; It's Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill)
Scott Kenemore (author; The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead, Z.E.O., The Art of Zombie Warfare)
Brendan Riley (professor at Columbia College Chicago, author; Journal of Popular Culture, The Amazing Transforming Superhero)
Arnold T. Blumberg (instructor at University of Baltimore, author; Zombiemania, The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book)
Vince Liaguno (author, anthologist, and editor; Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, The Literary Six, Butcher Knives & Body Counts)
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"The Walking Dead" is a surprising television hit. It is water-cooler discussion fodder, and, like so many pop culture hits of this era (it seems), it is based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman. And what happens to 'hits'? People analyze them and write<em> about</em> them. This book is a collection of essays about "The Walking Dead" - both the comic series and the television series.
I've never read the comics/graphic novels, and I've only watched through the first three seasons of the television series, but the essays here often had me thinking about the series (and the concept) in a much deeper way. Which, when you stop to think about it, is kind of crazy since we're talking about a tv show featuring zombies.
But as these essays point out, there's an awful lot of metaphor and symbolism going on within these stories.
I enjoy non-fiction, and I really enjoy essays on specific topics, and in line with this, I enjoyed these commentaries on this very pop-culture theme. And while some of these did have me thinking twice about the series, and even had me wanting to finish watching the entire run, and all the essays are very intelligently written, nothing caught me so deeply that I feel the desire to share it with everyone I know.
My favorite essay is probably the first one, "The Pathos of <em>The Walking Dead</em>" by Kyle William Bishop, which examines the genre and its history.
I also very much like Jonathan Maberry's "Take Me to Your Leader" which looks at the genre of apocalyptic literature and where The Walking Dead fits into that genre, and the role of 'leader' through such an apocalypse. "Despite the fact that the Walking Dead comic book is one of the bleakest, most downbeat and nihilistic stories ever told, even in a genre known for those qualities, Kirkman manages to sew a thread of hope through the tale" writes Maberry.
Fans of the series (whether comic or television) who also enjoy more than just the action/adventure of the hour-long tale should really enjoy this. Those who study pop culture will find this indispensable.
The book features the following:
Foreward - "<em>The Walking Dead</em>, with Entourage" - Joe R. Lansdale
Introduction - "In Media Apocalypsis" - James Lowder
"The Pathos of<em> The Walking Dead</em>" - Kyle William Bishop
"Take Me to Your Leader" - Jonathan Maberry
"Four-Color Zombies" - Arnold T. Blumberg
"A Novelist and a Zombie Walk Into a Bar" - Jay Bonansinga
"Meaninglessness" - Craig Fischer
"Zombie People" - Brendan Riley
"No Clean Slate" - Kay Steiger
"Happy (En)Trails" - Vince A. Liaguno
"Rick and Rand" - Ned Vizzini
"Postmodern Merlin" - Kenneth Hite
"Feel Better?" - Steven Schlozman
"<em>The Walking Dead</em> and <em>Dance of Death</em>" - Lisa Morton
"A Zombie Among Men" - Scott Kenemore
"The Hero Wears the Hat" - David Hopkins
"For Love is Strong as Death" - Kim Paffenroth
What does it say about our culture when stories about the dead rising up and wreaking havoc, bringing about an apocalypse, are some of the most popular stories of the day? A book such as this helps us answer that very question.
Looking for a good book? <em> Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen</em>, edited by James Lowder, is a collection of essays looking at an unusual hit television (and comic book ) series which fans of the series will absolutely want to devour.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The essays are great and a lot of fun to read. Arnold T. Blumberg talks about the history of zombies in comics, and how they were once banned, but crept their way back in. Kay Steiger talks about race and gender politics in the show and how they persist even in a world gone crazy. Ned Vizzini has an essay called 'Rick and Rand: The Objectivist Hero in The Walking Dead' that speaks on Rick and his changing philosophy and how it relates to Ayn Rand. Even though the CDC and Edwin Jenner was never featured in the comics, this gets mentioned quite a few times. My favorite episode is by David Hopkins and it makes a case that Carl might be the true protagonist of the series and his role as the 1.5-Generation Immigrant in this strange new land.
In all cases the essays are intelligent well written. Most of the essayists are familiar with the comics series and all are familiar with the TV version. For fans of the show and comic, there is a lot of thought provoking material here.
I received a review copy of this ebook from BenBella Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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What impressed me: Many aspects of the comic books and TV show were discussed, both in relation to one another and as separate entities.Read more