So, you have a hit comic that is then made into an even more popular TV series, what do you do next? Why not do as so many others have done before and make a magazine about your hit comic and TV series? Well that’s what the Walking Dead boys have gone and done.
Like almost every other series you can see or read, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead released its official magazine last month to add to this ever-growing franchise. The magazine is said to feature cast and crew interviews and supply the reader with all they need to know about the comic or TV series, so if simply watching/reading them is not enough for you anymore, then this is the mag for you. Think of it as DVD special features you read that constantly updates on a monthly basis both in print and digital forms.
“This magazine will be your one-stop destination for all the news pertaining to the comic, TV show, video games, and whatever else exists in the ever-expanding Walking Dead universe!” – Robert Kirkman
With the TV series into its massively popular third season and the comics just tipping over issue #100, this freight train full of rotting walking corpses shows no sign of slowing. But, if you think about it, we’ve seen it all before. There have been almost countless zombie apocalypse comics, movies, etc., so what makes this so different?
If you look at the franchise from a purely logical perspective there is nothing that makes this franchise stand apart from other recent zombie-based stuff. All are based on the survivor/group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a world gone dead, no real explanation for the outbreak of zombies, the survivors look for a safe haven, never finding any and going to extreme lengths to live. Take this simple formula and repeat to create your own hit zombie franchise. So again, why is this one so popular?
There is no doubt that both the comic and TV show are very well written with some great characters, but so were others that came before. The art in the books is incredible, but again, nothing new there. The actors in the TV series are all amazing and the likenesses to the comic characters is phenomenal, but this again is nothing new. I suspect that it was simply a case of coming out at the right time that catapulted this highly addictive franchise into the hearts and minds of millions, me among them. I have no doubt that this new addition will follow in this popularity.