Operation Z Volume 2 On Sale Now

We’re happy to announce that Operation Z Volume 2 is now on sale on Amazon.com. Disc 1 features instructor Chris Costa’s class on rifles, shotguns, and carbines. Disc 2 contains loads of bonus footage, including Gear Sections, a new Survivor Story, and a preview of Volume 3. Head over to Amazon and get your copy so you too can be ready for the zombie apocalypse.

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Long Beach Comic Con

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A little late with this post, but with traveling coast to coast, LA traffic, a week off for Turkey Day and the subsequent trips to the gym, what can you expect?

The Long Beach Comic & Horror Con was held November 3rd & 4th at the Long Beach Convention Center. I’m not sure what the size was of the convention, but it much easier navigating the crowds than say San Diego.* Parking was a breeze, no line for will-call, and it was very easy to check out the guest speakers and panels they had. We were able to check out Brandon Easton’s panel and Steven L. Sears, who was a writer and co-producer for Xena: Warrior Princess. You guys know you checked out that show back in the day…

This is a great article on some of the panels they offered on Sunday. We were blown away by the talent and all of the great points they hit on. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you should definitely check it out next year, November 30-December 1, 2013.

As to be expected, the creativity of attendees was very fun and we posted photos on our Facebook page awhile back. Great vendors, speakers, and people running the show all made it very enjoyable and we’ll be sure to be there next year.

*If you haven’t been to the San Diego Comic Con, you must try to attend it once in your life. There’s nothing else like it, and although you will fight the sweaty crowds on the floor and compete with the Dharma Initiative peeps for seats in Hall H, it’s well worth it my friends.

Ben’s Comic Review: Witch Doctor

Ben's Comic Review: Witch Doctor

I love this series. They just released the first trade paperback “Under the Knife”, and I burned through it. The content is wonderful, a doctor who treats possession and other supernatural woes as medical maladies, curing things like “maleficiogenesis” with “diablosuction”. It lands gloriously somewhere between the cynical diagnoses on TV’s House and the grotesque beauty of Beetlejuice.

For those of you who haven’t read it, Witch Doctor features the medical cases of Dr. Vincent Morrow, an “occult physician” destined for greatness. He is accompanied by ex-military paramedic Eric Gast and the paranormally ambiguous girl known as Penny Dreadful. All three characters are unique and engaging in their own right; their chemistry as a team is enthralling. Seriously, the series could be about planning tea parties, and this trio would still draw an enormous readership.

I just read “Mal Practice” #1 (of 6), the first of the latest arc. Penny’s disorder gets its own character development here, adding dimensions to her character(s). Vincent is thrown into a horrendous predicament, but his condescending nature makes it difficult to feel sympathy (which in no way detracts from the story’s entertainment value). But my favorite part is Gast’s highlight. The storytellers portray PTSD both frankly and without forcing the trauma on the reader. You can understand Gast’s distress in three simple panels. It’s simplicity is evidence of the series’ artistic value and its creators’ skill.

My only complaint with the entire issue is that it ended. Maybe I’m jaded from starting the series with a trade, but the next issue cannot be released soon enough.

Go out to your local comic shop now and pick up any copy of Witch Doctor you find or click the cover art above to go to the website. It started last year, so there aren’t too many volumes. But all of them are gold.

Operation Z Is Coming To The NC Comicon, Nov 17 & 18

Operation Z Is Coming To The NC Comicon, Nov 17 & 18

Will you be in the southeastern U.S. this weekend? Come to the NC Comicon. Special guests include Ben Templesmith (author & artist of “30 Days of Night” and “Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse”) Robert Venditti (author of “X-O Manowar”), and many others from the comic book industry. The convention will feature the “Back to the Future” DeLorean (a personal favorite) and the Batmobile from the 1960s “Batman” TV series. You can also win a ride in the Batmobile. Be sure to check out the zombie survival panel on Sunday. We’ll have a retail display at the convention as well. You can check out the website at http://www.nccomicon.com. We look forward to seeing all our fellow comic fans there!

“World War Z” Official Trailer

They’ve finally released the trailer for the upcoming World War Z movie. Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling book, this feature film adaptation stars Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, and David Morse. We’re lovers of both zombies and military history, so the book is one our favorites. We can’t wait to see it come to life on the big screen. If you’re craving mass chaos, worldwide destruction, and hordes of terrifying zombies, here’s your fix. The movie doesn’t come out till June 2013, but you can tide yourself over with the trailer here.

“Blood on the Beach” Recap

We’ve just returned from an awesome weekend at the “Blood on the Beach” convention. It was great to meet a lot of you guys in person. Many of you had plenty of great feedback on OPERATION Z, and we received a slew of suggestions for how to make future volumes even better. There were huge crowds lined up for The Walking Dead cast. It’s always exciting to see so many people engrossed in zombie fandom. There were tons of special guests there too; Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from Austin Powers) may be the biggest OPERATION Z fan of all!

Blood on the Beach

Blood on the Beach

Hey, zombie fans and horror lovers! If you’re planning on being anywhere near Virginia Beach, VA this weekend, come check out the Blood on the Beach horror convention. Appearances include Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, “Monster Man” makeup artist Cleve Hall, and us, Lugdunum Studios, among many others. We’ll have a retail display there as well. It’s going to be a great convention. We hope to see you there!