Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I dont know about you, but when I open my presents on Christmas morn, I hope to find dismembered zombie parts under my tree. And ThinkGeek.com has just the thing.
Dismember-Me Plush Zombie is one of the coolest zombie toys out there is holiday season. So if you want to please that zombie lover in the family - go buy it!
And if you want to go the extra mile, you can leave zombie cookies for Santa ;)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Is it wrong to like this more than the first? of course not. And that is exactly what happened. But I guess when you think of trilogies - the most action packed story, is usually the second. Epic. Thunder and Ashes starts exactly where Plague of the Dead left off. Z.A. Recht really impressed me with his ability to keep me engaged throughout the entire book. This book really puts you on edge, and does a great job setting up the 3rd and final installment titled: "Survivors". I obviously dont want to give anything away, so go out and read this book. My review of the first book, I talk about the overly military language of the soldiers. I take this back. And this is not the case for the second book at all. The character development is at its peak. (Death to Sawyer!)
Some of our followers have emailed me, letting me know how much they loved this 2nd installment of "The Morningstar Strain" and I completely agree with them. Great job Z.A. Recht. I cant wait for the 3rd book!
Zombie Nation Rating: 5/5
Monday, November 23, 2009
Binary Space have released "Zombie Outbreak Simulator" (ZOS), a sandbox application running on Google Maps(R). ZOS allows players to unleash waves of zombies on the unsuspecting people of Washington DC. Players can tweak a number of zombie and infection variables such as zombie speed, infection rate, number of civilians and shooting accuracy to create their own version of a zombie outbreak. Watch as up to 15,000 civilians are chased down, attacked and infected by hundreds or thousands of shambling (or terrifyingly fast!) zombies over a 1km square area.
Zombie Outbreak Simulator is Binary Space's "teaser app" for their upcoming zombie RTS, "Class 3 Outbreak", which also runs on Google Maps. Game designer, Jay Weston says, "ZOS and Class 3 Outbreak are by far the most ambitious games to be released on Google Maps, we can't wait to see what the reaction is like. A large scale zombie infection has never been simulated like this before." Programmer, Saxon Druce has coded each of the 15,000 map inhabitants to behave individually and interact with terrain on Google Maps, meaning that characters move under trees, around walls and into buildings, all while running at 30+ frames per second on very average PCs.
More details about ZOS and Class 3 Outbreak can be found on the Binary Space (www.binaryspacegames.com) and Class 3 Outbreak (www.class3outbreak.com) websites.
CHECK IT OUUUTT!!!!!!!
The url to the simulator is http://www.class3outbreak.com/zombie-outbreak-simulator/
Thanks to Jay for the heads up!
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Friday, October 23, 2009
We are knee deep in Zombie month, so what the hell is going on?
First off, make sure to show your zombie love with tshirts from www.icamefromnothing.com These series of artists do some sick stuff, (dinosaur zombie Michael Jackson? brilliant.) and if youre out in the UK, its free shipping. Eat that shit up, fellas.
In the mood for some good ol' fashion zombie reading? head over to Deadmeatnovel.com. Chris and Patrick Williams have 30 chapters written so far, in their online zombie novel. The site is sponsored by Permuted Press, who have brought life to other online born novels like "Day by Day Armageddon". Well be covering "Dead Meat" with a full written review soon! But for now, go ahead and start reading!
Jay over at www.binaryspacegames.com gave us the heads up last month about a zombie flash game they are developing. They are hard at work on it, and have promised to keep us updated, so stay tuned.
"Zombie Diaries" comes out on DVD November 18. from what I gather, it is another pandemic movie contrived from 28 Days Later and Romero's Diary of the Dead. Good makeup effects, so if your in the mood for mindless zombies, this one hits stores in a few weeks.
And thus, the Finale. The Left 4 Dead 2 Leaked Trailer. IMHO: Holy crap. I wish I had an Xbox just for this game. Please Valve, stop being little whinny bitches, and release this for PS3 please? ;)
Till next time.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
In case any of you missed The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XX" on Sunday - you can catch it on Hulu.com! This year, they had a short based on "28 Days Later" and the episode as a whole is good. Not the best Treehouse, but one of the better ones!
We have a huge post coming up soon, with awesome new zombie news, great zombie t-shirt art, and zombie online novels! so stay tuuuuuned....
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The 5th annual Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis, MN was nothing short of fantastic. This being my 3rd year, i have witnessed it grow by the thousands. That is not an over-exaggeration. I decided to go as a rabid sprinting zombie this year (I was a shambling slow zombie last year) and it was really fun to run around in full sprint like a complete idiot(notice the running shoes haha). Last year we missed our fellow friend and Zombie Nation contributor: R.M. Hanson. But this year he has returned to MN after a year of working out in San Fransisco, CA. So the Z-Nation crew was finally together at this years Zombie Crawl. Having RM back means nothing but good news for the future of this website. So RM, Me and Lil' Ric welcome you back home! We will post a Flickr album of pics soon. If you follow us on Facebook, we posted a zombie pub crawl album by my favorite photographer, Patrick Kelley. heres a picture of the ilovetheundead.com crew. we ARE the zombie nation ;)
What do we want? BRAAAIIINS!!! When do we want them? BRAAAAIIIIINS!!!!!!
Left: SPM | Center: Lil' Ric | Right: R.M. (beer goes well with bbrrains)
till next time, zombie lovers
Friday, October 9, 2009
If you havent already pre-ordered and or bought this book the minute the book stores opened this morning, you may want to take a look at Max Brooks's new zombie graphic novel: "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks"
From what ive seen so far, it has some really kick ass art - so make sure to check it out!
Max Brooks hasnt let us down so far, right?!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I just got out of the midnight showing of Zombieland. if there was any part of me that was worried that it wouldnt live up to expectations, it all evaporated within the first minute of the movie. It is hilarious. Loved it. Many will try to compare it to Shaun of the Dead, but you really cant. Its 2 completely different kind of humor. I am a huge fan of British comedy, (who isnt?) but Zombieland really made me piss my pants during its shining moments. Oh. and there are zombies.
Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Playstation Network just released "Zombie Apocalypse" for download. If you are a zombie purist, you will most likely go out and buy this game without second thought (like I did).
But as a game, its not revolutionary by any means. And it becomes a bit redundant after a while.
That being said, its still a zombie game where you can kill with 11 different weapons including teddy bears strapped with dynamite over 55 days of survival.
In a nutshell, Its Left 4 dead meets Burn Zombie Burn.
Excuse me, I must get back to killing zombies.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
First on our plate: Night of the Living Dead: Origins
There are good and bad things about the public domain of Romeros classic, it remains to be seen which of those this 3D CGI film will be, but at this time I shall remain optimistic.
For more details, heres an article I found on it last week
Second on our plate: The Walking Dead: TV Series
Oh, did Santa get my Christmas wish list from the past 11 years? Thank You.
I can see this being really successful, and I know they will get the right people to do it (right?!)
I cannot WAIT for this. Heres the article.
Third on the Plate: [REC 2] Official Trailer and News of [REC 3]
ummm, not really - but its possible. At the Midnight Madness Premire, Spanish directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza joked about doing a third movie. They swore they wouldnt do a second, and yet we have it, so who knows? Looking at the [REC] 2 trailer, it seems like the same formula as the first movie (not a bad thing) - so theres only so much you can do with it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After a full year of polling, it is the KATANA SWORD that wins the preferred zombie weapon poll!
although the AK-47 had 1 more vote than the katana, the sword had the most unique votes, meaning someone didn't just vote for it over and over again :) nice try though.
This also marks ilovetheundead.com's 1 year anniversary! thanks to all of you for following us. What started as a blog between 3 friends has bloomed into a media hub for zombie news for over a 100 followers in a half dozen countries.
We show no signs of slowing down (and neither do zombies) so continue to support www.ilovetheundead.com !
We will have something special for all our followers coming up soon, so stay tuned!
In other news, the Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl is right around the corner! well have a plethora of zombie pictures once again from the outbreak. Mark your calendars: October 10 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The scientific paper is published in a book - Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress.
In books, films, video games and folklore, zombies are undead creatures, able to turn the living into other zombies with a bite.
But there is a serious side to the work.
In some respects, a zombie "plague" resembles a lethal, rapidly spreading infection. The researchers say the exercise could help scientists model the spread of unfamiliar diseases through human populations.Check out the whole story here (via BBC.)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
His amazing work can be found on t-shirts, skate decks, albums, and tons of other places, including on my wall next to my drawing desk. He has done work for Zombie Liquorice , a menagerie of metal bands, and his work has been featured in the Back in Black 2 T-Shirt Exhibit, and is also the featured artist this month on www.creepmachine.com.
In short, the man is a badass. Without further ado, here is the interview:
ZN: Greetings Mr. Machine! First off, what is your favorite zombie film?
GM: Night, day and return of the living dead. The first two because I don’t think I have ever been so depressed after seeing a film. I saw them when I was a kid and it totally ripped my heart out and left me feeling sad as hell. The only thing that is any comfort in death is that live will go on without you- that a memory of you will continue- now you take that away and suggest that all of humanity goes with you is frightening. And return of’…well that’s has all the best lines- I was a tad older when seeing that , skating and listening to black flag and was able to now understand why I was feeling these things about The Omega man and zombie films and so forth. The lines in that film are funny and classic.
ZN: How long have you been interested in art and design?
GM: All my life. I hate design though- or rather the classic sense of the word ‘design’ makes me think of people who wear shirts and clinical lines and sterile angles and vast huge spaces. I don’t really hate it- its just not for me. We managed to take ‘art’ off the lecturers and the teachers and make it our own- we made it so we didn’t need huge degrees to appreciate art- we have Banksy, we have pop art ner ner ner. But we can never take design away from them. My mate has posters of actual alphabets on his walls! I look for hours but cannot understand what is going on. He assures me its something to do with subtleties and …stuff.
ZN: Did your work always contain horrific imagery?
GM: I think so- not really horrific- but I have always been drawn to the more gory side of things. I think if I was to produce work for me and no one else it would consist of twisted ugly humans, after all as artists we ‘can only ever draw ourselves’.
ZN: What/who are your major influences?
GM: Klimt, Egon, Beardsley, Giger, Horsebites, Calvin and Hobbes and anyone who drew for 2000AD during the 90’s.
ZN: How long have you been creating art commercially?
GM: For about 2 years maybe less- I think its less. If I check when I first start posting work that is being bought it says 1 year ago. Things have moved fast and I don’t know why.
ZN: Who are some of your favorite clients?
GM: All the ones who appreciate that I work long and hard for them for less money than a lot of people charge hahaha. Seriously though I can’t answer that- there are too many to mention. Ones that bug me are the ones who think I sit around waiting for them alone and only have their work to do. Or ones that think my time is worth fuck all. Really though- you should ask an illustrator what/who bugs them the most- that could go one for hours. People who say ‘can you do it for less?’ or ‘its only a small job- shouldn’t take you long- go on do it for cheap’. Grrr hahaha
ZN: What is your preferred weapon against the legions of the undead?
GM: A working brain.
ZN: What is your favorite color?
ZN: Got a lucky number?
ZN: What do you do when you are not creating killer artwork?
GM: I usually watch TV and flick from station to station- I tell a lie- I would like to do that but the Mrs. would tell me off so I scan the web looking for articles and videos and people that support my outlook on life- we all do that I have noticed: we form an opinion- then we look for arguments, videos, proof, etc to support that fact. Rarely are our outlooks unbiased and logical. Everything starts with and emotional seed. Sorry- off subject. I love YouTube- you get to look at all these people you would never normally meet- it’s awesome being allowed into other peoples lives. Have you noticed how many of the most scummy comments are on YouTube though? It’s like it’s a magnet for douche bags and racists.
ZN: Aside from zombies, what is your favorite monster?
GM: The human psyche. Some scary shit. Nietzsche said, "All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity."
ZN: How can people contact you if they want to hire your creative talents?
GM: Close your eyes and wish really hard or use the web and email me at www.godmachine.co.uk
ZN: Dogs or cats?
GM: I like both- but cats for me.
ZN: What kind of music (if any) do you get down to while working?
GM: I am gonna list some random stuff here: Soundgarden (blast from the past) Big Business, Blade Runner soundtrack, Krull soundtrack, Taxi Driver soundtrack, the Police, Goblin Cock, Beck, Bongzilla, The Fuck Buttons, CW Stoneking, Solaris soundtrack, Corrosion of Conformity, Chris Isaak, Kyuss, Hermano, Unida,…I will leave it there
ZN: What celebrity would you most like to see return as a brain-munching shambler?
GM: I think zombies are so appealing as it’s a form of life after death. Don’t you think? Oh, celebrity….um they are all the same when they are zombies- so it wouldn’t really matter- and as long as they are after my brains: no one.
ZN: Where can people purchase your work, be it prints or t-shirts?
GM: t-shirts- I haven’t got a clue- most bands get designs just for a tour- if you don’t go and see them live- you miss out- you really have to search for them these days- nowadays there are more merch companies that deal with it all that the bands so a google search will not always produce good results.
I highly recommend you buy posters from my shop- high quality goods for affordable prices: WWW.GODMACHINE.CO.UK
Godmachine, you fucking rule, sir, and thank you for your time on this interview!
For the LOVE OF GOD(machine) check out this man's website, and if you have any need for art done, hit him up!
Hope you all enjoyed,
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The movie is back on track!
Looks like Michael Carnahan will be rewriting the script for the upcoming World War Z movie. Although this sets the movie release back a bunch, I am really happy about this. I had read the early script from J. Michael Straczynski (which leaked on the internet) and I was displeased to say the least. It was missing some of the best stories in the book! Lets hope Carnahan puts them back in.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This guys work is nothing short of fantastic. Hes based out of London, and is high on my list of kick-ass illustrators (along with R.M. Hanson)
He did some zombie illustrations for a band called "Evil Nine"
You can check them all out at his website HERE
Friday, July 10, 2009
My good man Geoff at Revenant Magazine hit me up a while back, and here is the monster we have created!
This project was a fuckin' blast to do, and I am pretty pleased with the way things came out. Below are a few process sketches and color-ups, and I wanted to work in an homage to Forrest J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine covers, so that was fun too. Anyway, if you can make it up to Seattle for this momentous, gory, brain-splattering festival of Undead Cinema, get info and tickets HERE! Thanks again to Geoff and everyone at Revenant for the great opportunity!
Initial rough sketch and color idea:
Sketch for final piece:
And this is what I had originally intended as the style, but when it was in process I knew it was just going to be too goddamn muddy and confusing, so I reworked the sketch and colored it up in a more graphic style for the final. I hate how this one looks, except for the blood and guts, they look alright. Too dark and confusing on the rest.
Hope it meets all undead standards.
Friday, June 26, 2009
What are zombies good for? knitting fish of course.
CUBIST LITERATURE is based in New York, and specializes in hand knit garments and silkscreened t-shirts. He sent us one of his latest designs, and i must say- i would totally wear this shirt. AWESOME.
Click on the image for more pictures of his work!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I came across this illustration by Lucy Knisley. Pretty rad stuff, my favorite part, is the zombie tackling a man through a window. *chuckle*
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Oh crap...here we go again with the crazy little zombie girls. This sequel looks like its gonna be really good! It doesnt have a release date yet, but im sure we wont see it stateside anytime soon.
If you havent seen the first [REC], it comes out on dvd on July 14.
Until then, check out these teaser Clips from [REC] 2
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Read the full article HERE
In other news, Left 4 Dead 2 was announced at this years E3, so all you Xbox fanboys - rejoice!
Being a PS3 owner myself, I shall cry myself to sleep, until Dead Rising 2 hits stores.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
So, many have heard about this release. It came out last week, and I finally got around to ordering it! "The Walking Dead" is a great comic, so if you havent heard of it - definitely check it out! The Compendium is the first 48 issues, 1088 pages and 5 lbs of pure zombie mayhem. Ive read that it is a limited release (who knows how many times thats actually true) but I had to pick it up just in case. It retails for $60, but i picked it up from an independent seller on barnes and noble for $40.
Remember to always aim for the head.
Friday, May 22, 2009
British Director Marc Price hit it big at Cannes Film Festival this year with his Zombie flick, "Colin". What separates it from the rest, is that it takes the zombies perspective, which is something that sounds really compelling. I had seen this movie posted on Revenant a while back, but never took the time to look into it. Now its has taken Hollywood by storm. Great Job Marc!!
I think we will be seeing much more of this very soon.
The Best part about the whole thing? The movie cost $70 to make.
Read the CNN article HERE
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
my reaction to this news: NICE.
Read Full article HERE
In other news, pick up The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 if you havent read it yet!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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A stage production of a zombie story sounds absolutely amazing. Tickets can be purchased through the WildClaw site.
If anyone goes to see this, please shoot us an email letting us know your review!
It's actually about the walking dead.
But really, now, this is a fantastic take on the ORIGINAL zombie! Also, it is funny because the episode is called "The Taint." I couldn't link directly to the story, but it is at the bottom of THIS PAGE.
Look out, "The Taint" is full of zombies.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So, im guessing most of you have heard of "The Morningstar Strain Saga". If not - it is a 3 book trilogy about a zombie virus known as "Morningstar". The first book "Plague of the Dead" starts at the beginning of the outbreak in Africa, and moves out from there. The way the virus works in the book is quite interesting. Its like a combination of "28 days Later" and "Night of the Living Dead". Depeneding on how you are infected, it can take from minutes to weeks for someone to turn, And once the virus has taken over, the host becomes a fast, ravenous, rage infested creature. These zombies can be killed in anyway a human can be killed. However, if the head is not destroyed, within minutes, the virus re-animates the host into a slow shambeling corpse. Best of both worlds eh? If I had any criticism for the book, it would be that, the writing was a little sub-par at points, and (being from a military family) the military language of some of the soliders were used haphazrdly and at times unnecessary. All in all this was a good read, and im excited for the next 2 books.
Well, im on to the second book, "Thunder and Ashes". Ill let you know how it goes once I blow through that one!
Zombie Nation Rating: 4/5
"Morningstar Strain: Plague of the Dead"
By Z A Recht
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
There are many crowbars like it, but this one is mine. Great for smashing skulls, breaking into locked buildings, playing croquet...I give you "Buster." Nice and manageable, just over 24", and the handle is wrapped in batting tape. I like the idea of having a solid piece of metal that has points and is blunt at the same time. Also, not pictured is a Remington 870 shotgun, but that is in a garage in Northern Minnesota, so doesn't do me a whole hell of a lot of good here in San Francisco. "Buster" it is.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Now I don't have any firearms, but I have plenty of blunt objects that would
be useful against an undead ghoul.
After seeing Shaun of the Dead I purchased a cricket bat, despite not being
able to play the game.
I later realised that a wooden bat wouldn't last long after repeated skull
bashings so I searched for something more sturdy and found an old vacuum
cleaner's extention metal tube... Er... Thing.
It can double in length so it could keep me at a safe distance from a zombie
and when shortened it's light and easily transportable.
It's not much but I think it would work pretty well.
A couple of months before being eaten, perhaps? :-)
Thats a hella original weapon. Nice work TF!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Being a fire fighter in my local township i am the first line of defense against the zombie horde. i take good care of my weapons and get to practice with them on a regular bases. remember the greatest weapon is ones mind.my side-arm- not really a zombie weapon but i have to list it because i carry it everywhere(and humans prove to be a greater threat)
bed room machete- i want a fighting chance when in my own bedroom. i don't sleep with it under my pillow but it is in easy reach from my bed, and i am a light sleeper.
car machete- like with the machete in my bedroom i have one in my car. it is part of my emergency supplies.
knuckle knife- i have about 6 of these in various places like: one with the emergency stuff in my car, one with my fire fighting gear, one in my school bag(yes i have a knife in my book-bag), one in the bag i take with me to work, and the others are stored in my room if i need a replacement.
new york roof hook- this is more to do with fire fighting than zed killing but it would be an effective tool for one person to take down multiple targets.
as of right now i do not own any firearms but i am looking in to getting a 12g shotgun and a FN five seven pistol
Awesome stuff! I think CrazyIvan2x will last a pretty long time.. ;)
Keep the submissions coming!!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
My anti-zombie weapon of choice is the Maasai stick (or fimbo.) It's used by warriors in Africa to defend against invaders and lions. It doesn't need to be reloaded, and there's no danger of it getting stuck in a zombie. It's light and balances quite nicely. I'm still getting used to handling it, but if a zombie appears in my doorway, at least I'll have something close at hand to bust its head.
Send us pics of you and your anti-zombie weapon, and tell us a little about why you've chosen it!
Let me start off by saying, the journal format of this novel is perfect for the zombie genre. "Day by Day" follows a naval aviator through his journal writings. It starts at the beginning of the calendar year, where evidence of the outbreak begin in China (its always the Chinese isn't it? ;)
We follow our main character through Texas, where he uses his military training, along with the help of survivors, to stay alive. The authors attention to detail and extensive knowledge of survival make the book seem tangible and authentic.
The author; J.L. Bourne is a real life naval officer who is currently serving in Iraq, but has still managed to complete a Sequel, which should be coming out very soon. Im sure I will be pre-ordering the sequel, because "Day by Day Armageddon" is definately one of my favorite zombie novels to date.
Zombie Nation Rating: 5/5
Day by Day Armageddon"
By J.L. Bourne