Walking Dead Season Finale Review: Ya kinda LOST me

Last night the mini first season of AMC’s smash insta-hit, The Walking Dead went out with a great big zombie plague origin story bang. Among the casualties were a couple of non-comic book canon characters who won’t be missed and lots of precious plot cohesion, plausibility or originality. I love the sheer, unadulterated page turn-ability of the Walking Dead comics and the first two episodes of the television show were incredibly good with the promise of even more great things to come. So it is with great regret that one of the only nice things I have to say about how the first chapter of the TV adaptation wrapped up is that new survivor Daryl and his crossbow will be around next season.

Con Report: New England Webcomics Weekend

Photos and text by Jen Vaughn The New England Webcomics Weekend was like no other convention I have attended in all my (two) years of attending comics events coast-to-coast. While many conventions are relaxed, this one was absolutely chill, with the many exhibitors neither hassling nor hard-selling to the attendees. Maybe it was because the […]

Walking Dead finale news roundup: Hurd, Kirkman, Nicotero

The Walking Dead wrapped up its brief 6-episode “first season” last night, and while we haven’t seen the ratings yet, it’s safe to say that AMC can’t get the second season on fast enough. Meanwhile, the creative team has been out in force. Producer Gale Ann Hurd went to EW to pooh-pooh talk of writer firings, saying that folks were just moving on to other projects. The surviving cast has been resigned for season two. Even Hurd is surprised by how well the show has done.

Raven TV show in development

With Smallville wrapping up, the WB is firing up the oven to cook up another DC-themed TV show. Now in development, rather surprisingly, Raven, the demon-spawned empath created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez for the Teen Titans. Diego Gutierrez (V) is developing the concept for the CW. Raven previously appeared on TV as a Goth-type character on the Teen Titans cartoon.

Segura moves to Archie

On Friday, Alex Segura announced he was leaving DC Comics as Publicity Manager, and strongly hinted he’d be staying in comics. Today, it’s been announced that he’ll be joining Archie Comics as Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing. Segura previously freelanced as a Publicity Coordinator for Archie prior to working at Wizard and DC. Archie has recently revitalized their publishing program under the leadership of co-CEO Jon Goldwater, with news grabbing events such as showing Archie’s marriage, and adding an openly gay character to Riverdale’s cast of characters. They’ve also updated their product list with such things as an Archie Magazine and digital comics.

Eisner judges named

The judges for the 2011 Eisner Awards have been announced. They are Comic-Con board of Directors member Ned Cato, Jr., librarian/curator Karen Green, writer/editor Andrew Helfer, publishing executive (and BEAT contributor) Rich Johnson and retailer Chris Powell. The five will convene in late March to deliberate on the nominations, and the awards will be presented at next year’s San Diego Comic-Con.