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Zombies come to Webtoon Digital Platform in Rot & Ruin!

18 Jan

WEBTOON Rot & RuinJonathan Maberry’s young adult post-apocalyptic zombie series, Rot & Ruin is not only getting developed for film but also is now available to read online through the Webtoon App (iOS and Android). This program allows users to choose what genres they like and also art styles. Since there’s a huge diversity in how artists like to draw, this additional filter is welcomed. Various signup options are available to access the huge number of free comics available.

The comic book series was originally published back in 2014. While the first three issues are available to read for free, further releases will require purchasing. For those who don’t want to wait, tracking down the comic books released by IDW Publishing shouldn’t be too hard. Five issues have been released to date, and there’s also the graphic novel, Warrior Smart.

From the Press Release:

WEBTOON™ continues to add great storytelling to its free platform with the debut of the comic adaptation of the award-winning book series Rot & Ruin (Simon & Schuster). Created by New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry, the Rot & Ruin comic series brings his darkly imaginative story to life. The comic series is written and produced by two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist, screenwriter, and development executive, Taylor Grant, with artwork by Alina Popovici (One A Tale of Bravery and Strength, Pragmatic Games, Bandai Namco Games). The series updates every Monday and will launch with an additional three episodes available via Fast Pass, WEBTOON’s in app coin purchasing program. For more information please visit WEBTOON.com

“As a long-time fan of both Jonathan Maberry and the Rot & Ruin series, I am truly honored to help bring this thought-provoking and wonderfully imaginative post-apocalyptic story to life as a web comic series,” said Taylor Grant, SVP IP Development. “It is yet another example of Webtoon’s commitment to telling increasingly sophisticated stories that will continue to broaden our reach.”

Rot & Ruin is a coming-of-age story set during a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where every teenager is forced to get a job by the time they turn fifteen. For Benny Imura, that job is the last one he ever wanted—to apprentice as a zombie hunter for his overbearing older brother Tom. However, on his journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, Benny discovers that zombies are not always the greatest thing to fear, and ultimately, what it truly means to be human.

A Cold, Terrible World is Hidden at the Mountains of Madness Vol 2 & What’s Next?

10 Jan
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Buy volume one and two
on Amazon USA.

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Gou Tanabe‘s adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness certainly delivers winter chills and shows this seemingly unadaptable work of HP Lovecraft can be tweaked for any cross media presentation. All it needs is some kind of resolution instead of a terrible revelation at the end.

Anyone who knows the original story will recall Danforth losing his sanity after seeing a Great Old One rise from the destruction. In what’s key to making that moment work is will this artist attempt to draw this cosmic entity? I won’t spoil what he sees. Instead, I can certainly say the city the Elder Things built may be gone for now, but I feel it also exists in an alternate dimension where Clive Barker’s most hailed creation (the Cenobites) lives!

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The Stakes were Never Big in Netflix’s Dracula

6 Jan

Image result for bbc dracula posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Just how many reimaginings of Bram Stoker’s Dracula do we need? Let me count the works from this century: there’s at least a dozen—Untold, Dark Prince, and Reborn are perhaps the closest they can get to the book’s lore. The rest sticks around even after being “killed” so he remains a threat to humanity.

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) developed this latest take and it’s a curious mix of period drama and Hammer style horror. This three-part series has each episode nearly movie length. Like the novel, it begins conveniently enough with Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan) visiting the Count (Claes Bang) and Mina (Morfydd Clark) swearing her eternal love. The nobleman has other plans and his lust for both the male and female gender goes nowhere fast. Either he’s too decrepit to get off, or those tones brought down for Netflix’s broadcasting standards.

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The Prognosis on Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep

14 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Spoiler Alert

Could Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) be the Obi-Wan in Doctor Sleep to mentor Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran)? She’s a gifted psychic who can sense when trouble is afoot! Casting choices and Star Wars references notwithstanding, the sequel looks at what has become of the Torrance family surviving the events of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. After a very lengthy introduction, I was caught up since it’s been years when I last saw the film.

Danny also has this gift and it’s simply called The Shining. It can be used for good or evil and the movie’s title is explained in what the boy, now a man, has become. He helps the elderly to comfortably pass on with his soothing voice and message of hope.

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