Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Walking Dead companion books

Here's come cool news for all you Dead fans out there. Thanks to CBR for the official press release:

ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of high-quality art and illustrated books, announced today that the company has signed a deal with AMC, the cable television network, and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, an imprint of Image Comics, to publish two books based on AMC’s original series The Walking Dead. The first book will be published to coincide with AMC’s launch of season two of “The Walking Dead,” premiering in the fall of 2011, and is the only authorized behind-the-scenes guide to season one. The book is titled The Walking Dead Chronicles and will be edited by Eric Klopfer at ABRAMS.

The deal was negotiated by ABRAMS’s Lindley Boegehold, editorial director of licenses and calendars, Dave Alpert from Skybound, and Marci Wiseman, AMC’s SVP of business affairs for AMC, and gives ABRAMS world publishing rights. The Walking Dead Chronicles focuses on the making of the first season of AMC’s original television series and the bestselling comic book on which the series is based. There are over 200 photos including never-before-seen unit photography, storyboards, set designs, make-up and visual effects shots, and page-to-screen comparisons of the comic and TV show. The book features new interviews with series creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer Frank Darabont, the series make-up artist, Greg Nicotero, and the cast and crew. It also includes sidebars that serve as a detailed episode guide and provide inside facts and trivia about the hit series.

Boegehold affirms, “ABRAMS is thrilled to be a part of the cultural phenomenon that is ‘The Walking Dead.’ What sets ABRAMS apart is our high standards of production and design that we lend to all the books that we publish. We can’t wait to apply these standards to zombies.”

“’The Walking Dead’ is that rare piece of material that lends itself to be experienced on many levels,” says Wiseman. “The series brilliantly captures the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse; and The Walking Dead Chronicles is a beautiful extension of the series.”

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