The debut of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead
on AMC (Halloween night, as if you didn't know) is getting an unprecedented push for a TeeVee show. Here are some of the new stories, in no particular order:
- Zombies appeared in 26 cities worldwide Oct. 28, including New York, Taipei, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. The zombies, hired by AMC and Fox International, clustered around landmarks like Big Ben (London), the Acropolis (Athens), the Prado Museum (Madrid), the Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.) and the Brooklyn Bridge (New York). That's appropriate, as The Walking Dead is debuting simultaneously in 120 countries, 33 languages and an expected 250 households.
- Kirkman will outline a series of Walking Dead novels, which will be finished by novelist Jay Bonansinga, exploring background of characters no longer in the series and expanding on other elements the comics didn't.
- Image will reprint the series weekly in 2011. Walking Dead Weekly will reprint one issue of the original series each week for 52 weeks, beginning Jan. 5. A slipcased Walking Dead Omnibus will ship in January as well.
- ComiXology has released a Walking Dead app for iPhone, iPad and iPod, E-issues cost the same as the physical ones.
- While the first season is only six episodes, a second, 13-episode season has already gotten the green light.
There's probably more that I've missed or forgotten. Pretty impressive!