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    “JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE” #2 (Comic Review)

    Despite the overwhelming artistic success of Judge Dredd in the UK, there have been few attempts to work with the character stateside. DC comics had a short run with the gun-toting officer in the mid-90s, but unfortunately only lasted a whopping eighteen issues before getting shut down. That’s not to say that the Judge did not explode as a media gold mine, ranging from toys and video games to books and movies. Though as far comic books go, he never quite generated the same interest as he did abroad. But, perhaps thanks in part to the new DREDD movie, he has once again been given a chance to show off his trademark brand of justice in one of the latest IDW Publishing additions, JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE.

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    Q+A: Stephen Volk on Cushing tribute novella “WHITSTABLE”

    Perhaps best known for his screenwriting work (GOTHIC, GHOSTWATCH, THE AWAKENING) Stephen Volk has also become increasingly prominent as a writer of short genre fiction. His new novella WHITSTABLE tells a fictionalised tale of horror legend Peter Cushing encountering a real-life monster; not in a Transylvanian castle, but in a humdrum English seaside town. An empathic, deeply melancholic work, WHITSTABLE sensitively handles not only its account of everyday, domestic horrors, but also the character of Cushing himself: a decent, dignified man racked with grief over the death of his beloved wife Helen. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the book is that it manages to capture the essence of what has made Peter Cushing so beloved amongst successive generations of genre fans, and in the centenary of his birth, he could receive no finer tribute.

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    Q&A: “WORLD WAR Z” author Max Brooks on new undead comic, “EXTINCTION PARADE”

    When a person mentions zombies in polite conversation, several things tend to come to mind: George Romero, THE WALKING DEAD, B Movies, to name a few. In recent years, another name has been added to the ever growing history of the undead, Max Brooks. Brooks, best known for the ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z, is internationally renowned for his factual-like take on the ghoulish plague while re-sparking interest in the genre.

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    Q&A: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on first comic, “HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES”

    Rock ‘n’ roll and comics are not so far apart. Both have been blamed for corrupting the youth, both have inspired the other, and both are certainly owned by the Devil himself. It is little wonder that musicians are finding themselves behind the pages of a few four-color panels themselves with the likes of Life of Agony’s Alan Robert, and now Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey TAYLOR: , the newest musician to be bitten by the creative bug. Fresh from his fifth album with Stone Sour titled HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES PART TWO (part one was released October 2012), TAYLOR:  has dropped the similarly titled bookas a companion piece. Part dreamscape, part horror, the story follows the journey of a nameless man as he wakes up in an unknown world, hunted by a strange creature. As he attempts to put together his fragmented memories, he inexplicably finds himself attracting demonic doppelgangers, dark shadows, and more questions than answers.

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    Win tickets to see George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE in Toronto

    On April 26th, at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Murailles, zombie enthusiasts will be thrilled by the premiere of Nictophobia Films’ first theatrical enterprise, GEORGE A. ROMERO’S NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE, a wild and faithful recreation of Romero’s seminal landmark film produced in collusion with Romero and original NOTLD creative forces John Russo and Russ Streiner.

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    “‘TAIN’T THE MEAT… IT’S THE HUMANITY! AND OTHER STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY JACK DAVIS” and “50 GIRLS 50 AND OTHER STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY AL WILLIAMSON” (Book Reviews)

    Fantagraphics Books continues their classic EC COMICS cartoonist anthologies collection with two more mind-blowing offerings. EC’s hugely influential horror and sci-fi lines (George Romero, among many of its devotees) were a haven for groundbreaking comic artists in the 50s until the company got shut down for being considered a bad influence on kids. One of Jack Davis’ more notorious stories was even underlined by Dr. Frederic Wertham in his SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT, the alarmist book that largely triggered this anti-comics hysteria. The story in question, FOUL PLAY, featured a person’s decapitated head and intestines being used in a baseball game. FOUL PLAY appeared in another seminal EC title, THE HAUNT OF FEAR, and not TALES FROM THE CRYPT, which is what ‘TAIN’T THE MEAT… IT’S THE HUMANITY! concentrates on, but believe me, there’s plenty more Davis gore to go around.

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    Q&A: Nader Sadek on sharing his own skin for “LIVING FLESH” & more

    Let’s just say Nader Sadek possesses a considerably more expansive view of what constitutes a “special edition” than most: The brilliant, endlessly inventive Egyptian multimedia artist/death metal architect known for devising the ghoulish stage art employed by extreme music luminaries such as Mayhem and Sunn O))) recently had strips of his own skin surgically removed and tanned to create the packaging for a unique copy of the supremely brutal LIVING FLESH, a live CD/DVD capturing a rare 2011 performance by the eponymous death metal supergroup to which Sadek serves as a kind of artistic director amidst current and former members of Cryptopsy, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Vader and Mayhem.

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    “SWAMP THING, VOL. 2: FAMILY TREE” (Comic Review)

    SWAMP THING has had as many series as the average person has fingers. Currently on its fifth run, the newest addition to the growing mythos has a found a different DC home outside of the Vertigo imprint, this time under the current DC universe, “The New 52.” Thanks to the relaunch, the hulking figure is back in the spotlight, this time with a densely rich world for him to kick ass and take names in.

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    Q&A: Corn on Macabre reflect on horror-themed grindcore and definitive collection, “DISCOGRAPHIC VIOLENCE”

    The late, great Rod Serling-worshipping, H.G. Wells-hyping horror-themed avant grind band Corn on Macabre may have once issued a wonderfully sinister sonic salvo entitled “Shut Up and Play Something Evil,” but it would be a mistake to presume this was a motivational mantra chanted before each practice. “The message definitely wasn’t something that we needed for ourselves,” the band’s former bassist/current Highness guitarist Brent Eyestone tells FANGORIA. “Our collective evil was in tune and finely calibrated before we even got down the steps to the basement.”

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