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Abrams Announces The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book

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ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of high-quality art and illustrated books, has announced that the company has signed a deal with AMC, the cable television network, and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, an imprint of Image Comics, to publish two books based on AMC’s original series “The Walking Dead”.

From the Press Release:
The first book will be published October 1st to coincide with AMC’s launch of Season Two of “The Walking Dead,” premiering in the fall of 2011, and is the only authorized behind-the-scenes guide to Season One. The book is titled The Walking Dead Chronicles written by Paul Ruditis and edited by Eric Klopfer at ABRAMS.

The Walking Dead Chronicles focuses on the making of the first season of AMC’s original television series and the bestselling comic book on which the series is based. There are over 200 photos including never-before-seen unit photography, storyboards, set designs, make-up and visual effects shots, and page-to-screen comparisons of the comic and TV show. The book features new interviews with series creator Robert Kirkman (who also provides the book’s introcution), executive producer Frank Darabont (who wrote the book’s foreword), the series make-up artist, Greg Nicotero, and the cast and crew. It also includes sidebars that serve as a detailed episode guide and provide inside facts and trivia about the hit series.

The deal was negotiated by ABRAMS’s Lindley Boegehold, editorial director of licenses and calendars, Dave Alpert from Skybound, and Marci Wiseman, AMC’s SVP of business affairs for AMC, and gives ABRAMS world publishing rights.

Boegehold affirms, “ABRAMS is thrilled to be a part of the cultural phenomenon that is ‘The Walking Dead.’ What sets ABRAMS apart is our high standards of production and design that we lend to all the books that we publish. We can’t wait to apply these standards to zombies.”

“’The Walking Dead’ is that rare piece of material that lends itself to be experienced on many levels,” says Wiseman. “The series brilliantly captures the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse; and The Walking Dead Chronicles is a beautiful extension of the series.”

AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead,” which broke ratings records in its first season, reaching more adults 18–49 than any other drama series in the history of basic cable television, returns for its second season this fall. The series is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (“Teachers,” Love Actually), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. Shot on location in Atlanta, the series also stars Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (“The Shield,” Stephen King’s The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King’s The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Norman Reedus (“The Conspirator”) as Daryl, Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy, and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes. Season Two of “The Walking Dead” is executive produced by three-time Academy Award nominee Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Kirkman, David Alpert, and Glen Mazzara and AMC Studios.

ABRAMS will promote The Walking Dead Chronicles at San Diego Comic-Con this week. ABRAMS’ booth number is #1216. AMC’s booth number is #3721.

Abrams Announces The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book

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