The new essay anthology Triumph of The Walking Dead explores the success of Kirkman’s The Walking Dead with television audiences as well as the show’s beginnings as a comic phenomenon. Veteran editor and award-winning author in the horror genre and comics field, James Lowder collects some of the biggest names in the zombie genre, along with other top horror and comics writers, to discuss the series on both page and screen.
Deputy Rick Grimes thrills viewers weekly in his gore-ridden, narrow escapes from the relentless zombie mobs in The Walking Dead, which gained national attention as AMC’s latest critically acclaimed drama. To be exact, this post-apocalyptic horror TV series shattered the network’s previous premiere ratings highs and earning a second season renewal after its very first episode. Set during a zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead traces the violent and often short lives of a small cast of human survivors searching of a new home and safe haven from the growing zombie population.
What makes The Walking Dead so effective as a zombie narrative
The television show’s surprising optimism
Rick Grimes as Objectivist hero
The Walking Dead’s journey from comic to television series
Triumph of The Walking Dead explores the hit AMC television show and comics phenomenon, featuring contributions from an all-star line-up of creators and commentators well-known to zombiephiles.
James Lowder has worked extensively on both sides of the editorial blotter. His credits include the bestselling, widely translated novels Prince of Lies and Knight of the Black Rose, short fiction for such anthologies as Shadows Over Baker Street and The Repentant, and comic book scripts, role-playing game material, and hundreds of reviews and articles, including essays for the BenBella titles The Unauthorized X-Men and King Kong is Back! As an editor, he’s directed book lines and series for a variety of publishers and has helmed more than a dozen critically acclaimed anthologies, including Curse of the Full Moon, Hobby Games: The 100 Best, and the Books of Flesh zombie anthology series. He’s been a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award and the Stoker Award, and has won five Origins Awards and a silver ENnie Award.
Contributors to Triumph of The Walking Dead: Jay Bonansinga, Jonathan Maberry, Kim Paffenroth, Lisa Morton, Kyle William Bishop, Craig Fischer, Kenneth Hite, Kay Steiger, Ned Vizzini, Scott Kenemore, Brendan Riley, Arnold T. Blumberg, Vince A. Liaguno, David Hopkins, and Steven Schlozman.
Title: Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen
Editor: James Lowder
Publisher: Smart Pop Books, imprint of BenBella Books; distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication: November 2011, $14.95 (CAN $17.50), Paper, ISBN: 978-1-936661-13-8
Television/Graphic Novels, 256 pages, 5.5 x 8.25
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