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Kids Learn Zombie Survival Skills for Cedar Rapids Camp

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In the ways that The Walking Dead comic and TV show have influenced pop culture, much of it has to do with re-legitimizing the decades-old zombie genre that hundreds of filmmakers and storytellers continue to cheapen by going for guts instead of glory. But you know one way in which all those terrible B-movies and lifeless novels are better than The Walking Dead? They didn’t give us one of the most credibly annoying children in popular fiction: Carl goddamned Grimes.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa wants to breed an entire army of Carls to brood pre-pubescently in their four-gallon hats by holding a zombie survival camp through the end of the month at the Ushers Ferry Historic Village. This admittedly fun-sounding event is taking kids ages 8-12 and giving them the skills they need to prepare emergency survival kits, to build shelters, and to find their way through the wilderness. So it’s like Boy Scouts without all the bigotry and merit badges. I wonder if they spike up the suspense factor by having a real-life murderer stand in for a zombie chasing them through the wilderness. Or maybe some killer bees at least.

The camp will culminate on the last day in a Humans vs. Zombies water gun war that should test most of the kids’ newly learned skills. The chances are high that almost any kid doing this is going to be less annoying than Carl, so maybe I’m just projecting my jealousy on the good Parks and Recreations Department of Cedar Rapids. Ron Swanson would be proud.

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The Walking Dead: Sneak Peek At Next Week’s Episode, This Sorrowful Life

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There are only two more episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead left in the season. So far, this season has seen its share of highs and lows, but overall this has been The Walking Dead’s best season yet. The Walking Dead is known for explosive and brutal season finales, so this season’s should be no different. As tension builds between two groups of zombie survivalists, take a sneak peek — featuring the Dixon Brothers — at season three’s penultimate episode, “This Sorrowful Life,” below:

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The Walking Dead Post-Game: Prey

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Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, “Arrow on the Doorpost,” has been almost universally recognized as a total piece of shit. In a show that has often been criticized for nothing happening, it was by far the most egregious offender. The hope of most of us who watch the wildly popular zombie drama was that the follow-up, “Prey,” would right the ship. Any progress would be a step in the right direction. Were they successful? Find out below.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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The Walking Dead #1 And Saga #1 Digital Copies Available For Free

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The Walking Dead has become a certified pop culture phenomenon over the past few years, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who have never sampled the source material that gave birth to it. The comic series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Aldard has been unfolding since 2003, and recently hit its 108th issue. If you love AMC’s The Walking Dead — hell, even if you hate AMC’s The Walking Dead — you owe it to yourself to check out the series. And you’ve got no excuse not to, because you can read a digital copy of issue #1 for free.

WDThe Walking Dead #1 is available by way of Comixology, a snazzy digital comics provider that I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s one of a ton of free comics they have up for grabs at any given time (they also have issue #1 of Kirkman’s superhero comic, Invincible). If you’re still sticking to hardcopy comics, the digital variety lets you read full-page like a normal comic, but you can also skip from panel to panel, which may well spoil you. For that matter, I should probably warn you that reading even one issue of The Walking Dead may well launch you down a runaway spiral of addiction that won’t cease until you’re all caught up. It also may irritate you how far the show often falls below the comic’s bar of quality.

You should also check out issue #1 of Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga. It’s a space opera that has been described as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones,” and that’s pretty apt. It’s the story of star-crossed lover from two warring species who go on the run with their newborn, while authorities from both their people try to hunt them down. It mashes together magic and technology, ghosts and robots, and a mercenary named The Will who travels with a cat that can detect lies. It is enthusiastically, gloriously weird, in the best possible way.

You can check out all of Comixology’s freebie comics right here.

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Walking Dead Star Laurie Holden Has Been Receiving Death Threats

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deaththreatsIt looks like it’s time to rekindle that old discussion about the differences between actors and the characters they play. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely despise Andrea (Laurie Holden) on The Walking Dead, and every time she appears on screen I root for her to die. I root for her character to die, people, her character. Not the actor. Apparently some fans of AMC’s highly rated zombie drama are having problems distinguishing between fiction and reality, and Laurie Holden has been receiving death threats.

Remember back in season two when Andrea shot Daryl (Norman Reedus) after mistaking him for a walker? In her defense, he was bloody and limping and generally messed up. He looked like he needed to be shot. Fans of Daryl—a character who doesn’t appear in Robert Kirkman’s comic books—are apparently still up in arms about the incident. Some have even taken it so far as to actually threaten Holden’s life for a transgression made by the fictional character she plays on a fucking TV show!

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The Walking Dead Sneak Peek At Next Week’s Episode, Prey

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Only three more episodes remain until the season finale of The Walking Dead, and it seems like everything is coming together for an epic battle between Rick and the Governor. To get ready for next week’s episode, AMC has released two new sneak peeks of episode 14, “Prey.”