Breaking Up With “The Walking Dead”

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I feel like I’m breaking up with a longtime boyfriend. I’ve been dating “The Walking Dead” for a few years now. Our first date was at the Compendium One and it was love at first sight. I was head-over-heels. Smitten even! I think it was partly due to having previously been in intense relationships with older men like “The Invisibles”, “Sandman” and “Transmetropolitan”. Albeit beautiful and brilliant, those relationships were filled with mind-fucks, counter-culture, social commentary and layers upon layers of metaphors. So “The Walking Dead” was a welcomed brain break from my “Top Three”. That’s not to say that I was dumbing it down or settling by being with “The Walking Dead”. But that relationship was heavier on the heart, rather than the mind.

I adored his grayscale gore and the excitement I felt whenever we were together. But then, things started to change…  The dates became repetitive and predictable. His friends weren’t interesting anymore or they were dead. It started to seem like all of the reasons why I loved him were slowly fading away.

Instead of thinking fondly of the future we’d have together, I find myself focusing on the good times we had in the past. I used to get excited whenever I saw him. Nowadays, I barely make time for him. A relationship that started with love now exists solely out of habit and comfort. I keep telling myself maybe he’ll change. Maybe the next time I see him, things will be different. He’ll be different. But things went from bad to worse when he brought a tiger to one of our dates.

It’s hard to break up with “The Walking Dead” because I’ve invested to many years into this relationship. But I think it’s time to let go. After the next few series of dates, it will be time to part ways. It’ll be tough. We had great times together, but I have to be the bigger person and know when it’s just not working out anymore. Maybe we’ll grab coffee every few months and I’ll see how he’s doing. I don’t know. We’ll see…

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Tattoo Tuesday: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic is one of the few series that constantly stresses me out. With complex and interesting characters thrown into unbearable situations, there’s bound to be some emotions involved. And for me, it has been all of them. Issue 100 left me devastated for days, to say the least. I still don’t like to talk about it. (Obsessed much?!)

Although my opinion of the comic and TV show waivers from positive to negative at times, my love for The Walking Dead always remains.

And to think that I thought I was a huge fan of The Walking Dead!

I include all the information about each tattoo that was available. If you’re interested in your tattoo being featured on a past or future Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette, email me at jamila[@]girlgonegeekblog[.]com.

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drago1983‘s The Walking Dead Logo Tattoo [Source]

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Sam Marie‘s The Walking Dead Comic, Rick Grimes Tattoo . Tattoed by Curt Baer at Championship Tattoo. Redding, CA.

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Carl Grimes [Source]

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Rick Grimes tattoo – Done by Filip in Interskin, Staines [Source]

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Zombie Lori from The Walking Dead comic, back cover art (Half done). Tattoo by senshicat [Source]

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Original art by Tony Moore, Tattooed by BigDealTattoos [Source]

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dlowery317‘s Zombie Shane from The Walking Dead TV Show. By James Rowe at Tattoo Station Tennessee [Source]

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Walking Dead Zombie Girl Tattoo by Ron Russo [Source]

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TV Talk: The Walking Dead Episode 309 ‘The Suicide King’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not discuss major spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talkin’ about TV.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a TV Talk, but it’s time I shared my thoughts on a platform other than Twitter.

the-walking-dead-3.09-the-suicide-king-explosionAs you probably know, I’m a pretty big fan of The Walking Dead. I read the comics, watch the show, play the game… I literally have the show in my calendar as an event. However, what I don’t do is blind admiration. I adore the show. It stresses me out in a way that may concern others. But I’m not ignorant to its faults. Now I don’t mean to worry you, I actually enjoyed almost all of this episode, but it left me a little nervous, and I’ll tell you why.

If TWD writers learned anything from season 2, it was that fans were not fond of the slow-paced farm life. I valued the melodrama and character development that occurred, but of course it dragged on like a hot and humid southern summer. Season 3 on the other hand has been the complete opposite. It has been intense to the point where I feel like I’m out of breath after watching an episode. It’s exciting again. (Yay!) All of the things I love from the comic are happening… all except one. Rick loosing his mind.

Rick’s mental break is completely understandable. Add up a zombie apocalypse, plus killing your best friend and your cheater wife dying, and you have the perfect ingredients for a mental breakdown. But I don’t want this to happen to Rick. I want him to be strong, and more importantly sane. I didn’t like the “phone thing” in the comic, and it still annoys me on the show. the walking dead the sucide king

I feel like there’s a link missing that doesn’t make the “Crazy Rick story” fit quite right. It feels more like an awkward and forced way to illustrate the stresses of living in a perpetual war zone. Excuse me if this sounds strange, but Rick seeing dead Lori took it too far. Yes, I know I’m talking about a zombie show, but it’s “my” zombie show. I love it dearly, therefore feel I can say when I think it may be headed in the wrong direction. The Crazy Rick storyline, despite how much it makes sense in the scheme of things, I feel can easily jump the shark. I’m not entirely against it, but apprehensive of where it could go.

Enough of crazy old Rick… Now onto some random musing about what happened in this episode. Michonne isn’t going anywhere, let’s be real. So I’m not worried about Rick being determined to throw her out. He’s going to need her when The Gov comes looking for revenge. I’m still really excited to have Tyreese on the show, Rick can’t kick them out. They didn’t bring them in and make us like them for him to kick them out an episode later. So the walking dead the sucide king rick grimesI’m not too worried about that either. Carl continues to be the bad ass that he is. It was a very touching (and sad) moment when he confessed to Carol that all he thinks about is being mean to his mom. There’s no amount of therapy that can fix that kid. Although, much time hasn’t passed in the show, you can already tell Carl’s personality has been dramatically molded by the apocalypse. In my opinion, he’s found a way to deal with it better than anyone else on the show.

Oh and Daryl will come back. He has to come back…

My Pull List: The Walking Dead #102 & Revival #3

My Pull List Intro

Some of you may know that I’m fairly new to the comic book scene. I started reading comics a few years ago, and only recently felt that I had enough older (and complete) series like Sandman, The Insivibles and Transmetropolitan (among others) under my belt where I felt I was ready for the new stuff.

I started with The Walking Dead, or more accurately, I devoured The Walking Dead. I caught up on years of issues faster than a walker can chew through your large intestine. Once I was caught up, I needed more comics. But to tell you the truth, I was intimidated. I liked things like X-Men and Batman but when it came down to the comics, I didn’t know where to start. That’s when the new DC 52 walked into my life, looking all tall, dark and handsome. I thought to myself, “This is what I was waiting for!” Now I finally have a soft reset and can easily start from issue #1(ish). And now here I am, officially plugged into the Matrix.

I’m currently reading Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batman (Snyder), Chew (hilarious), Sweet Tooth (pulls at my heart-strings), Revival, Harvest, Punk Rock Jesus (amazing), Hawkeye, Fashion Beast, Saga (brilliant), Gambit, American Vampire, a few older series and that’s it… for now.

I wanted to start an ongoing blog series that was a comic book version of TV Talk. Where I gush from the heart about the comics I read every week. I’m not going to sit here and review them in a formal way because that’s not how I read them. I read them with emotion, sometimes too much emotion. These comics make me happy, stress me out and sometimes (almost) make me cry. I’m always looking for new comic suggestions, so feel free to share with me what you’re reading!

So here we go, onto “My Pull List” for the week of September, 19th!

There will be spoilers about the issues discussed in this post.

The Walking Dead #102

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Penciler, Inker, Cover: Charlie Adlard

My first thought was Rick was acting like a punk when he said he wanted to let two-face go. I want Negan, and the rest of his crew, to suffer. Even better if it’s death by Lucille. But I realized Rick was just being realistic.

I was expecting Rick to blame himself for Glenn’s death. I am glad Andrea reminded him about all of the good that he’s done to help keep the community alive. I think this scene also served as a reminder to us about all of the smart choices Rick has made. Which foreshadows the news we discover on the last page between Rick and Jesus. Even when Rick’s decisions don’t seem to make sense in the beginning, they usually work out in the end. Usually.

(Side note: I don’t really care for this Rickdrea relationship. I don’t hate it, but I don’t really like it either. I feel like it’s too soon after what’s her face… Well, maybe not that soon since I can’t remember her name. I’m also still sad about Lori. I have a long grieving process.)

I love Michonne and I say it every chance I get. Having a strong black female comic book character, (who’s still alive mind you) makes me incredibly happy. Because honestly, they are few and far between. So every scene (or panel rather) that has Michonne, I savor like the last bite of my mom’s cheesecake.

I’m extremely glad Kirkman addresses something that’s been bothering me about Michonne for a while now. When she mentions to Rick that she’s felt like a killing machine, I’ve felt the same way. If I remember correctly, there was a panel a few issues ago with Michonne, Rick and zombies and all Rick said was her name, and she immediately sliced off their heads like a trained dog. That panel has bothered me ever since. Granted, she’s one of the most skilled fighters/killers they have. But it left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m glad that it was something Kirkman had done on purpose and not haphazardly.

I felt like this issue really read my mind, and I’m sure yours as well. Especially when Michonne and Rick started to talk about he who shall not be named. The Governor. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been as excited, or stressed, about The Walking Dead since the Governor story arc. I felt the series hit a plateau for a while. I’m glad I’m back to being scared of what I’m about to read. I love that feeling. I’m still traumatized about issue 100.

I feel in the coming issues we’ll see a rift between Rick (including everyone who witnessed Glenn’s death) and Andrea (including everyone who stayed at the community). I wonder what Rick and Jesus have up their sleeve!

P.S.- If you haven’t read the letter hacks yet, you’re in for a treat! ;)

 

Revival #3

Writer: Tim Seeley

Art: Mike Norton

Since Revival is pretty new, most of my commentary on it will be filled with a lot of questions. But I’ll start by saying I really enjoy this series. There are bits and pieces that don’t fit yet and it’s exiting to try to put them together.

Here are a few questions I have:

  • Did Martha (the detective’s sister) have an affair with the teacher?
  • Who killed her and why won’t she say anything about it? My guess is it has something to do with the affair. Or that she killed herself.
  • – What is this alien-like creature?
  • – What was the original thing that Mrs. Vang wanted to show Martha?
  • – Is the Limp Bizkit ringtone guy the “ghost”/alien?
  • – If not, it’s clear he has something to do with it. If it is a ghost, rather than an alien, maybe that’s why the faux exorcist guy is involved.
  • – And finally, what’s up with the revivers? It seems like the old woman, Arlene, goes back and forth from her original self to her… let’s call it her “reviver self”, where she’s rabid and out of control. It looks like she tried to kill herself, not wanting to live like that anymore.

I can’t wait to see when these pieces all start to connect. Until, then it’s more questions!

TV Talk: The Walking Dead Finale ‘Beside the Dying Fire’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

I’m writing this right after the finale ended. I’m still buzzing from Michonne‘s début. So please excuse me while I gush about how much I love her and I’ll probably ramble a bit… or a lot.

I loved Michonne from the moment she walked onto the prison in the comic series. Other than her blatant badassness and extremely cool katana wielding skills, she’s black. Now I’ve read a lot, and watched a lot of things, especially genre things, and black people, well any people of color for that matter, are under represented. So when there’s a black character, scratch that, a black woman who is also amazing, I’m extremely happy. I never realized how much of an impact it would be not seeing people who looked like me represented in the things I loved the most. But book after book, show after show, it became more apparent that there really aren’t that many people of color represented. I’ve come to realize that my brain loves Michonne because she’s an amazing complex character. But my heart loves her because she represents part of me.

Next on my gush list is the prison! Now if you’ve read the comics you know all about the prison and what happens there. The prison arc is my favorite part of the comic series by far and I’m sure the TV version will not let me down. (It better not.) Seeing the prison at the end of the finale, right after I finished screaming about Michonne’s début (yes I literally screamed out lout) was the icing on the cake, or rather the shotgun to the brain.

Now that those things are out my system I can talk about other stuff. This episode was utter chaos, and I mean that in the best way possible. They did a wonderful job really translating the madness of the zombie horde’s attack on the farm. I was tense and sitting at edge of my seat the first half of the show!

Rick’s character has went through a big transformation since the beginning of the series. Tonight was a turning point for him, where he had to let go and truly accept the “new Rick” and what comes along with that. What I love about Rick is how well he illustrates how hard it is to be a leader, especially during a zombie apocalypse. Rick didn’t ask to be the leader of the group, but he is. And living with the consequences of the critical decisions he made and will be forced to make bares down on his heart and it shows. It tears him apart, but I think that will ultimatley help him hold on to his humanity.

Overall I think the first half of the season dragged. If their excuse was character development, then I think it could have been handled differently. The second half was absolutely amazing! Each episode was exciting and engaging and the cinematography just gets better and better. Who knew zombies and a burning barn could be so beautiful? Thanks for reading my ramblings on The Walking Dead. Is it October yet?! Well at least I have Game of Thrones coming up to keep me company.

And just one last time… MICHONNE!  Okay I’m done now.

Sunday Funnies- Every Episode of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead finale is tonight and I can’t wait to see some beautiful gory zombies and sexy head shots! *click click boom*

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TV Talk: The Walking Dead Episode 211 ‘Judge, Jury, Executioner’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

The Walking Dead Episode 211 ‘Judge, Jury, Executioner’

This is the Rick I know. These past few episodes TV Rick has really been aligning with the Comic Rick, and I love it. But I do admit, it’s scary to see Rick make these critical decisions and they’ve only had a taste of the horrors that the humans and zombies will bring. I mean, they haven’t even met the governor yet!

Now let’s talk about the moment of the night, Dale’s death. I was completely shocked by his (very gross) death. I think the comics tainted my view of characters longevity in the tv show. Dale’s death wasn’t just the death of his character, it was the death of everything he stood for.

In this episode he’s the only one trying to save Randall’s life. He’s clinging to how life used to be and wants to remain ignorant on how much the world has changed. He was mostly likely going to be the only one to urge the group to hang on to their fleeting humanity in this now inhumane world. I’m interested to see how much that will affect the groups future decisions.

Random reflections:

  • – I sensed a bit of foretelling when Dale told Rick, “You think about your son… The message you’re giving him.” Just sayin’!
  • – And can we all take a moment to reflect on how cute the scene was between Hershel and Glenn.
  • – Was T-Dog even in this episode?
  • – Carl is 10 going on 35. That’s what happens to kids when the world has gone to shit. He ended up indirectly saving Randalls life (at least for this episode) and getting Dale killed.
  • – Also Carl, didn’t your mom ever tell you not to throw rocks at zombies?
  • – I saw someone tweet that Daryl went from the Sawyer of the group to Sayid (from Lost), and I agree.

Overall I really enjoyed this episode. They did a fantastic job highlighting the new world these characters are living in and the choices and responsibilities that come with it.