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.
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.
- 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.
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.
[Editor’s Note: we’ll have a review of Triumph of The Walking Dead in the near future.]