One of my favorite ongoing comics for the moment has got to be the Walking Dead.
Besides being a comic about Zombies (and EVERYBODY loves zombies, right?), it’s a comic with a lot of heart and plot twists that knee you in the balls till it blows out your brains. I had been hooked on the series since I first saw the tagline (if you can still call this a line)
“How many hours are in a day
when you don’t spend
half of them watching television?
When is the last time
any of us
worked to get something that we wanted?
How long has it been
since any of us really
something that we WANTED?
The world we knew is gone.
The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been
replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept
the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.
In a matter of months society has crumbled,
no grocery stores,
no mail delivery,
no cable TV.
In a world ruled by the dead,
we are forced to finally start living.”
Which self respecting arts student would not love a pseudo intellectual prose like that??
Seriously, Robert Kirkman (creator/writer/Overlord Supreme) of the series ensured that the Zombies are the least frightening thing in the entire series. To me, it’s a study of the human condition – how disgustingly degenerate and how surprisingly noble when we are forced to our extremes.
So now, on Halloween (days of all days), they are launching the Walking Dead TV Series!!
The arts student in me is inclined to point out the irony of how they fly in the face of line one of the tagline (“How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television?), and I probably would have if they put some two bit director/writer into the project.
I am still skeptical about how well they can translate the comic I love onto the small screen, but putting Frank Darabont (Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, two awesome character drama) at the helms seems like a pretty damn fine start.
Plus, the trailer looks so darn cool!
I might be jumping my guns but if Darabont can match Kirkman’s flair for characterizing the ragtag band of survivors, putting them through the rollercoaster extremes of hope and hopelessness, this just MIGHT be THE TV series of 2010 and beyond.