In the latest episode of Geek Therapy, a zombie apocalypse nut/The Walking Dead fan learns the difference between preparedness and paranoia from a therapist who’s rather more tuned-in to the survivalist thing than he initially thinks.
What do ladies do about feminine hygiene products in the Walking Dead-verse, anyway? Oversight, Kirkman.
You might be saying to yourself, “of course it was fake” but think about it. KRTV in Great Falls, Montana broadcast the Emergency Alert System noise with a message about the dead coming to life. You can tell the voice is garbled and definitely not one of authority but not everyone was able to pick up on that. In fact, the local newspaper reported four people called the police to ask if it was true.
The station issued a statement saying, “Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that there was an emergency in several Montana counties. This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency. Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.” Honestly, I’m pretty annoyed at these people. While it was a fun idea, using the EAS is akin to crying wolf. When the zombie apocalypse does happen, no one is going to believe it.
We’ve all seen some obvious product placement in movies and on television and AMC’s The Walking Dead is no exception. You may remember the survivors making a little too big a deal over their Hyundai Tuscon in Season 2 (AMC later went on to give that car away in a sweepstakes) but when you’ve got a good thing going you should stick with it. That why TWD creator Robert Kikman has teamed with Hyundai to create a zombie-proof car in honor of the 100th issue of the Image comic book.
It’s crazy times, people — in the last couple of weeks, we have heard about morethanone instance of people eating people, and that is exactly “more than one” too many. Add in the tweet from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about a leak of hazardous materials from the Institute of Genomic Biology, and let’s just say we’re all in a bit of a tizzy about a possible zombie apocalypse. But the Center for Disease Control says we really have no need to worry. (Even though they are on it like Comet in case it does happen, which it’s totally not, they swear.)
At one time or another, those of us who love zombie fiction have thought about the possibility that something like that could happen in the real world. This happens to varying degrees of course. Some of us think some type of biological event could spread as quickly as any “zombie disease” while others have a back in their closet with maps, waters, and weapons they’d need in the event of a legit zombie attack. The former may want to make friends with latter. Some weird crap has been going on in the world the last few days.
We’ve been in zombie hibernation mode for a while. There’s been no reported attacks but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for one when the time comes. Thankfully, AMC has joined with Comic-Con International in San Diego to create a simulated zombie apocalypse for you to fight your way out of. They’ve also released a first look at the upcoming season of The Walking Dead! Hit the jump for details on both.
It’s time for a little audience participation! Yesterday, io9 published an excerpt of Mira Grant’sBlackout from Orbit Books, the final book in her Newsflesh trilogy. Today, some “clever girl” hacked into the CDC computer system and liberated another file. For this one, though, you’ll have to work for it…