Official Press Release
The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman, his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, andTheWalkingDead.com are thrilled to share that you can vote for The Walking Dead Michonne and Her Pet Zombies Mini Figures as Best Media Tie-In at the Designer Toy Awards. You can vote once a day at the Designer Toy Awards to show your love for Rick Grimes and company, especially our favorite katana-wielding badass, Michonne. Robert Kirkman states, “We’re very proud of the Michonne and pets figures we created in collaboration with October Toys, and it’s great to see them getting this recognition.” Michonne and her Pet Zombies were sculpted by George Gaspar of October Toys and created exclusively for Skybound last fall. Only a limited quantity are still available at TheWalkingDead.com . Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series and graphic novels are the bestselling graphic novels since 2011.
The name Merle Dixon brings up some strong feelings for any “Walking Dead” fan. Played by Michael Rooker, Merle is the older and for more crude brother of fan favorite Daryl Dixon. College Times had the opportunity to speak with Rooker before his visit about being Merle, playing a zombie and his time on the show.
College Times: How are you going to spend your time at Comicon?
Michael Rooker:I am going to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nah, I am going to have a lot of fun, meet a lot of fans. Comicons are basically meet and greets, signing autographs and taking photos. You get to meet the grassroots fan base. It’s a lot of fun. You get to meet people you normally wouldn’t, plus they are fans of yours.
When actor Jon Bernthal starred in acclaimed zombie-takeover show The Walking Dead as (the now actually dead) Shane Walsh, he was able to bring humanity to a role that could easily be described as a violent psychopath.
In his new movie Snitch as the character Daniel James, Bernthal continues to tread the line between good and bad, something he admitted he enjoyed in a recent interview with theMusic.
“I know I don’t think about playing a good guy or a bad guy,” he says. “But someone who’s going through tough times…well, I dig roles like that. The way Daniel James acts in this situation, well, it’s not what I would do. But I respect the way he makes his decisions, the strength of character behind it. People can make huge mistakes but if they can find a way back from that, it’s something I respect very much and something I really like playing.”
The thrill of a role that has redeeming qualities is as important to an action movie as it having “street cred” according to Bernthal.
“At its core it’s about a father and the lengths he’ll go to for his son. It’s a movie with a real social conscience. It’s based on a true story, which gives us a certain amount of street cred, and it also really goes into a close examination of all of these characters. Getting to play this guy with this chequered past but now wants nothing more to provide a good life for his family, for his son, but has to make some really hard decisions in order to do that, well, that was a real thrill for me.”