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    You're a retailer, enjoying the success of The Walking Dead in your store. The comics disappear off the shelf, the collections won't stay in stock, it's like a licence to print money.

    But what happens when your customers have burned through them all? And there are simply no more collections to buy? Are you resorted to selling them one comic a month? What else can you suggest they try? Here are some ideas;

    1. Y The Last Man. There are no zombies. But there are also no men either. Except one. This post-apocalyptic society trying to rebuild itself after the death of half the population, and the population that had most of the power, most of the knowledge and most of the responsibility. By Bryan K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, it's probably the closest to the constantly wandering in a world that is not what it was, trying to survive and dealing with the strange vagaries the new world throws up, that has a very Walking Dead feel. And at its centre, a separated love story. Yorick even sounds a bit like Rick.

    2. Crossed. In many ways the anti-Walking Dead, this has the zombie gore of the Walking Dead, but with an evil intent, and it is an evil within us all brought to the fore. Created by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, and continued by others, readers will need stronger stomachs than the Walking Dead, and if there's a central theme it's that there is no way back. The world cannot be saved, the best is that people can survive another day. Avatar is publishing this every two weeks now, with a weekly free webcomic as well.

    3. Zombieworld. Mike Mignola and Mike Richardson must be kicking themselves that they don't hold off on this one for a few years. This series-of-series project from Dark Horse was an attempt to show a world undergoing a zombie outbreak in its entirety over a long period of time, with rotating creative teams. Sales eventually doomed it, but if you can find copies it would fit right in with a lot of Walking Dead very easily.

    4. Invincible. Robert Kirkman's other long standing series, with Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker. This twist on the traditional teenage superhero may not tick many Walking Dead boxes, but there's the soap opera, the ominpresent danger and, yes, the gore along the way. It's written by the same bloke, it shouldn't be a hard sell.

    5. Night Of The Living Dead - With Plague Of The Living Dead, Escape Of The Living Dead, and now Night Of The Living Dead, Avatar have slowly created the other zombie comic franchise, with Mike Wolfer continuing the original zombie story across the years after the original film. Possibly the closest thing to The Walking Dead in terms of an ongoing comics traditional zombie narrative still being published, albeit it intermittently.

    6. Wasteland. No zombies in sight, but it is a rather post apocalyptic scenario that touches the heart with very human stories a world away. Antony Johnston is clearly into this book for the long haul, and Oni Press have recently relaunched the series.There's a good chunk to keep them going...

    7. Marvel Zombies. On the back of the originally limited success of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman was hired to basically do the same to the Marvel Universe. A zombie Marvel world had already been established by Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips brought it to life. Kirkman soon tired of this project but Marvel have kept it going with a number of other creators, even crossing over with Army Of Darkness over at Dynamite, which was written by John Layman, the author of...

    8. Chew. By John Layman and Guillory. Nothing like The Walking Dead in any way shape or form. But it is about to be a TV show, and it's from Image, and its ongoing, so..

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    Might I humbly suggest Helldorado?

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    "If Hammer Films had hired a band of Hong Kong filmmakers to create a Spaghetti Western, they’d have created HELLDORADO!"

    All three issues are out. TPB coming shortly. Cover art and interior art are equally gorgeous and all handled by the same team.

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    having Invincible & Chew on here makes the article look ridiculous, or maybe even pandering. i dont agree with Y:the last man either, but maybe it'll get chicks to click?

    what about DeadWorld? seems obvious.
    the Strain? no TPBs yet, but 4 issues to sell all at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Johnston View Post
    3. Zombieworld. Mike Mignola and Mike Richardson must be kicking themselves that they don't hold off on this one for a few years. This series-of-series project from Dark Horse was an attempt to show a world undergoing a zombie outbreak in its entirety over a long period of time, with rotating creative teams. Sales eventually doomed it, but if you can find copies it would fit right in with a lot of Walking Dead very easily.
    While I applaud the call it does seem to have been out of print for a while, luckily I picked up my copies a while back. Perhaps it is time for a round of reprints?

    My recommendations:

    The Zombies That Ate the World:
    Amazon.com: The Zombies that ate the World - Book 1: Bring me back my Head! (9781594650833): Jerry Frissen, Guy Davis: Books

    Fragile (although that appears to be out of print now too):
    Amazon.com: Fragile (9781401206451): Stefano Raffaele: Books

    Crawl Space: XXXZombies:
    Amazon.com: Crawl Space Volume 1: XXXombies (v. 1) (9781582409139): Rick Remender, Tony Moore, Kieron Dwyer: Books

    The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks:
    Amazon.com: The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks (9780307405777): Max Brooks, Ibraim Roberson: Books

    Remains (which was adapted into a film):
    Amazon.com: Remains (9781932382389): Steve Niles, Kieron Dwyer: Books

    Deadworld:
    Amazon.com: Deadworld Classic Volume 1: Stuart Kerr, Various, Vince Locke: Books
    Amazon.com: Deadworld Omnibus: Gary Reed, Mike Raicht, Vince Locke, Dalibor Talajic, Federico Dallocchio, Sami Makkonen: Books

    Blackgas (not sure who the publisher is):
    Amazon.com: Warren Ellis' Blackgas (9781592910458): Warren Ellis, Max Fiumara: Books
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    i have an idea! talk to your customers, see what they like, then match them with a book.

    i agree that there is great cross-over potential for other titles in this mini-boom, but just recommending a series blindly is a crappy idea. if you steer them wrong ...
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    Locke & Key seems an obvious choice, yet no mention? That's an awful thing to have happen to mom in the first chapter.

    Also, Marvel Zombies and Invincible are not Kirkman's next-best works after the Walking Dead. Try Destroyer (MAX) and Marvel Team-Up for a better taster's blend.

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    Marvel Zombies would be a great choice for some, but many like tWD for the character development or that gore doesnt impress. so id hope the salesperson would inquire as to which side of the book i like. what they i about it. personally, i love zombies and action and gore, but the characters have gotten be to stay (and simultaneously turn me away from the TV show). and while i like me some supernatural suspense, Locke & Key would bomb for me. seriously consider introducing them to BPRD, Baltimore & even Solomon Kane if they like that genre.

    NotLD is always a treat for me and i hope other fans of the films feel the same way. They keep it R&R.
    BTW, who saw the 'sped up' zombie in season 1 of tWD? BS! and if they havent seen Crossed, makes sure they do. except kids, nope its not for the kids.
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    Blackgas by Warren Ellis is from Avatar, and its killer.
    i still think of it as a precursor to crossed or some hybrid bridge between Zombies and Crossed. definitely gory and intense, 6 issues i think. about halfway between zombie gore and crossed insanity in its intensity.

    Avatar is a treasure trove of TPBs & HCs now, for Mature readers that go for gore and bizarre. so maybe those poor souls in the deep end would also go for The Drive 1 & 2 In, by Joe R Landale?

    if you can find them. the movie monster minis that they did (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th & Nightmare on Elm st.) were all great. NoES is especially fantastic have all RYP interiors and covers. Each series had 3 issues and a special.

    Maybe even some Gravel by Ellis and Wolfer? the Necromancer TPB has zombies in it and could make a good entry point into Gravel as a series of books.

    oh, and who does the '68? great zombie horror, just wish it wasnt $4
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    Sweet Tooth. Sweet Tooth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dum Dum Dugan View Post
    Sweet Tooth. Sweet Tooth!
    I would second this proposal. I would also mention the Unwriiten.

    It really just comes down to how interesting a concept has to be for the average reader to latch onto in a graphic format.
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