News Attack: THE WALKING DEAD Official Magazine Premiere and More

Get ready for zombies and web slingers In today's news attack. We reveal the premiere issue of The Walking Dead Magazine, and share an interview with the Lead 3D producer for The Amazing Spider-Man. We also have a one minute animated promo video for the London Olympics.

The Walking Dead is the best horror show on TV at the moment. Starting on October 23rd the official magazine will begin printing on a quarterly basis, and will give fans an inside look at the comics and the TV show. The first issue will have 100 pages full of news and interviews with Robert Kirkman, Glenn Mazzara and David Alpert. Fans will be taken behind the scenes by Co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero to see how the show comes together. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes),  Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) and Jon Bernthal (Shane) will each have interviews in the mag.

Here is the official press release thanks to NerdApproved:


The Walking Dead Magazine – Coming Soon!

Titan Magazines and Skybound are pleased to announce the launch of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series, best-selling graphic novels and Emmy-winning AMC television series based upon them.

Following its transition from groundbreaking comic book to the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time, The Walking Dead has cemented its status, not only as a phenomenon with the wildly diverging fans of horror and of character-driven drama, but as a milestone in quality, mainstream television.

Robert Kirkman, creator/writer of The Walking Dead, debuted the groundbreaking Skybound/Image comic in 2003. In 2010, AMC debuted the hit television series, The Walking Dead, based upon the comic series. The television series became the highest-rated original basic cable drama of all time and an international success in 120 countries and 250 million homes, and counting. In 2011, The Walking Dead graphic novels were the best-selling graphic novels of the year. Now, in 2012, Titan Publishing/Skybound and AMC bring you The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine to answer the burning questions insatiable zombie-loving fans have about the Emmy-winning television show, comics and graphic novels.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine will feature an inside look at the comic and show as only a fully sanctioned quarterly can. No one will get more exclusives than this magazine. Get exclusive access to the most successful television adaptation of a comic ever, including in-depth interviews Kirkman, Executive Producer/Writer on the show; Glen Mazzara, Showrunner/ Executive Producer/Writer of the series and David Alpert, Executive Producer of the series. That’s not all, readers will hear from all of the leads on the hit TV show beginning with Andrew Lincoln, who stars as Rick Grimes; Sarah Wayne Callies, who stars as Lori Grimes, and Jon Bernthal, who played fan-favorite bad boyShane.

To get behind-the-scenes on the set with co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero and see how he creates the greatest on-screen zombies ever, fans should read The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine. The only way into the closed door writers’ room to learn about the scripting process lies within the magazine’s pages. Fans will also get the opportunity toask Kirkman what’s coming up in future issues of The Walking Dead, or find out how the series artist Charlie Adlard keeps up with the fast pace of the monthly comic so brilliantly.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine debuts on October 23 with 100 pages of all access, no holds barred zombie festing and feasting. With all the latest news, revelations and tips for fans of the television show and the graphic novels. Get it, read it or be the last to know all the exclusive scoops for every incarnation of The Walking Dead.

Issue #1 of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine comes with an alternative cover featuring an exclusive, colored zombie scene by The Walking Dead comic artist, Charlie Adlard. This alternative collector’s edition is only available through comic stores. Retailers can order via August Diamond PREVIEWS.

Robert Kirkman commented, “This magazine will be your one stop destination for all the news
pertaining to the comic, TV show, video game, toys, games, and whatever else exists in the ever-expanding Walking Dead universe! If it’s happening, you’ll find out all about it right here!”

Nick Landau, Titan Publisher, added: “We’re very excited to be publishing the quarterly The Walking Dead Magazine with Robert Kirkman and Skybound, which will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to get unlimited access to the show and comic.”

Fans of the show are urged to join The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with exclusive developments and deals. The magazine is currently offering fans a special pre-order subscription saving 20% off the newsstand cover price! – click here

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine issue #1 will be available on newsstands and in specialty comic book stores in the US on October 23, in the UK on November 8 and Australia & New Zealand on December 18.

Buy your subscription here (4 Issues $31.99)

I don't know about you, but I have felt a void in my Sunday nights because The Walking Dead has not been on. I can not wait until October to see the third season return with hopefully even more zombie kills. 

The Amazing Spider-Man swung into theaters today to kick off the 4th of July, and we've got a cool interview about the epic 3D used in the film thanks to GeeksAreSexy who sat down with Steve Schklair, the lead 3D producer of the film and CEO of 3ality Technica
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Here is  creates “an interocular offset that is close to that of the human eye.” Shooting native allows the effects team to duck the conversion process, creating a more naturalistic look for the film, and shooting digital (using the Red Epic) allows a lot more leeway on the effects end. “The challenge was that we had to be ready to ingest these stereo images, to make sure they worked. Indeed, with great power comes great headaches. Some of the environments are entirely digital. This is great on the one hand, because it allows the filmmakers to realize the climactic (and obviously destructive) battle between Spidey and the Lizard on the rooftops of New York City. It also makes the painstaking effects process all the more involved: “The exact amount of special effects shots in the film is somewhat hard to quantify,” says Schklair. “Because the film is full of these entirely digital environments. Not to mention all the scenes that maybe needed a little steam coming from a vent somewhere. Or all of the web shots.”

All of this, without taking into account the nine-foot mutant Lizard. “We had to figure out, during production, ‘how is this going to work?’ How does this thing move? How do we make it life-like?” They studied real reptiles, sure, but there really wasn’t a reference readily available for a lizard-human hybrid. Rhys Ifans, the actor who plays the creature, did his best to act out the character’s motions in front of the stereo cameras. “This allowed for a great naturalistic look, but we weren’t able to use motion capture. We found that when we entered in this data, the actor and the character didn’t match up one to one. So that’s where the artists came in. I think they did a great job of creating a human character that moves like a lizard.”
You can read the full interview at GeeksAreSexy. After learning about the 3D process that was used in the film, I actually think that I would rather see it in 3D. I usually see films in 2D when possible, but this sounds like a 
movie that will look amazing in 3D. Do you plan on seeing this in 2D or 3D? 
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