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With AMC currently gearing up for “The Walking Dead” Season Two, the network is keeping fans in mind by continuing to pump out supplemental materials for the show. Today we have a Q&A with Melissa McBride, who portrays Carol Peletier, Sophia’s mother and Ed’s wife.

The casting director-turned-actress describes what she has in common with Carol and explains how Home Shopping Channel fantasies helped her laugh between takes.


Q: Were you surprised to find your character ironing clothes during a zombie apocalypse?

A: Kind of quirky, isn’t it? [Laughs] Oh Carol. She’s ironing with one of those old timey irons that you put on something hot and carry over to the clothes real quick. That was unusual, but I think she’s a people-pleaser, and she likes things orderly because if it’s not, there’s a price to pay. And, as odd as it is, doing something normal is a way to escape what’s happening.

Q: Do you iron your own clothes?

A: No. Um [Laughs] no.

Q: What do you and Carol have in common?

A: The caring about other people. I’ve gotten myself into some difficult situations because I couldn’t say no. Actually, I’ve gotten myself into some difficult places because I thought I could fix somebody. She can intellectualize exactly what’s going on, what it’s doing to her family, but getting the courage to stop it is difficult. You know what’s interesting? Maybe before this she was scheming to get away from him. How horrible if she was ready to do that, to grab that moment, and then this happened. And now you have to hold on to what you have for survival.

Q: With all that’s going on with Carol, were you you able to let yourself laugh when the cameras stopped rolling?

A: We had a blast. I loved the wardrobe for Carol. It was awful. [Laughs] But it was really great for her. I decided she got her pants on one of the home shopping channels because she can’t get out of the house much; Ed’s always looking over her back. Anyway, she got the tan, she got the brown, and they threw in the blue. You buy two, you get a third pair free. Cause they were all the same pant except a different color.

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Q: You had a small but poignant part in The Mist. Were you surprised that Frank Darabont remembered you when it came time to do this?

A: I never saw “The Walking Dead” coming. I’d been working as a casting director. (I was acting full time, always living in Atlanta, and just decided ten, eleven years ago that I wanted to try something different.) I took just a couple of parts, The Mist being one of them because it was Frank. When I wrapped, he thanked me and I thanked him, and that was it. Cut to three years later. I’m standing in the casting office, and I get a phone call from my agent saying, “Frank Darabont is shooting ‘The Walking Dead’ in Atlanta and has a part for you if you want it.” I was like, “What? Where did that come from?” He is the man of great surprises in my life.

Q: What did you say when you saw him on “The Walking Dead” set?

A: He didn’t direct any of the episodes that I was in, and I didn’t even see him until sometime near the end of shooting. I turn around and there’s Frank! And again I go up to him, I’m like, “Thank you so much for this.” He was like, “This is so great that you’re here.” Then I turn around and turn back, and he’s gone. Who is this man?

Q: And now, is there any looking back? Are you still doing casting?

A: I’m not. I’m looking forward. There’s no looking back. Not to say I may not return, but it really has turned things around. I’m just seeing how things unfold. That’s kind of how I live anyway, sort of a “Don’t force what’s not, and don’t deny what is” kind of thing. I’m just having a great time, and I cannot wait for Season 2 to see what happens to these people.

Q: What would you like to see happen with Carol in Season 2?

A: She’s untethered from Ed now — this thing that held her back. She’s free. But in this world that is so messed up. What a horrible time to begin living your life. So I’m really interested to see how that is going to play on her psyche.

Q: Any tips for surviving the Apocalypse?

A: Ironing is a great diversion from the reality you don’t want to face. [Laughs] So find a diversion.


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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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