Walking Dead

"The Walking Dead" obliterated records with its second season premiere, becoming the most watched drama in the history of cable television with a staggering 7.3 million viewers. Though that number has trended downward in the weeks that have followed, it's clear that "Walking Dead" is still feasting on brains nationwide.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Halloween weekend episode of "The Walking Dead" — the gut-wrenching "Save the Last One," featuring Jon Bernthal at his absolute best and worst — clocked in at 6.1 million viewers. That's nine percent off of last week's ratings for "Walking Dead," which itself was down eight percent from the season premiere. All told, that's a pretty impressive holding.

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At this point, it's abundantly clear that there are differences between the "Walking Dead" comic books and the "Walking Dead" television show. Characters that exist in the comics do not exist on the show, and vice versa. Characters who die early on in the comics have outlived their point of departure on television, while others have made surprisingly early exits based on how far they make it on the paneled page.

The changes are plentiful, and there are many more to come, if Robert Kirkman — creator of the comics and executive producer of the AMC series — is to be believed. Reactions to these changes are going to vary from fan to fan, but Kirkman's thrilled by the changeups; in his eyes, shaking things up from the comics to the TV series allows him to "play George Lucas" to a certain degree.

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Robert Kirkman

"Walking Dead" comic book fans are no doubt continually surprised by the overwhelming amount of mainstream attention this franchise has been getting lately – Emmy nominations, record-breaking cable debuts, and now the book's creator, Robert Kirkman, is showing up on a daytime talk show? It's not the zombie apocalypse, but it's certainly a different world we're living in, fellow nerds!

Kirkman was a guest on today's Halloween-themed edition of The View, flanked by hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Sherri Shephard dressed head to toe in zombie makeup. As a longtime fan of Kirkman's, watching him on The View was surreal, to say the least. Hit past the jump for the highlights.

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Walking Dead

From the very beginning, "The Walking Dead" has never been shy about making changes and adjustments from the comics penned by Robert Kirkman. Some characters, like Donna and Allen, do not exist in the show at all, while others — Daryl Dixon, for example — are entirely new. Then there are folks like Shane, a man who survives only six issues in the comics but has a huge, prominent role on the show.

It was only a matter of time, then, that someone with some comic book staying power would get killed off early. Major spoilers after the jump.

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"The Walking Dead" unleashes the third episode of its second season, "Save the Last One," this Sunday night (October 30). We left last week's episode with Shane and Otis desperately seeking a way to avoid becoming dinner for a small army of very, very hungry zombies, while Rick Grimes and his wife Lori watched hopelessly over Carl, still suffering from the accidental gunshot wound delivered by Otis.

So, what's next? Will Shane, already dead at this point in the comics, live to see another day, or has he finally met his maker? What's going to happen to Carl? And what kind of fantastic zombies will Greg Nicotero give us this week?

Beyond the break, read five teases of what's coming next. Be warned: some mild spoilers lie ahead.

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"The Walking Dead," like the zombies strewn about the show's post-apocalyptic wasteland, is here to stay.

The AMC Network has renewed the staggeringly successful horror series, based on Robert Kirkman's much loved and long running "Walking Dead" comic books, for a third season. Another year of "Walking Dead" madness was all but a sure thing following the show's massive, ratings-shattering season premiere — the series broke the record for most watched drama in the history of television with its return this year — but still, an official confirmation is very, very nice to hear.

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War Heroes

The Iraq War is almost over, but it's just heating up on the paneled page… and, it seems, on the big screen: "War Heroes," the six-issue Image Comics limited series from writer Mark Millar ("Kick Ass," "Wanted") and artist Tony Harris ("Ex Machina," "Starman"), is looking to invade a theater near you.

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Walking Dead

"The Walking Dead," now two episodes deep into its second season, is pulling very few punches. As of the season's second episode, "Bloodletting," Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) remains in critical condition following a hunting accident, poor Sophia (Madison Lintz) is still missing in action, and now one of the survivors' greatest assets — Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) — is caught in the jaws of a grave situation.

Bad news for our heroes, yes, but great news for us: so far, "The Walking Dead" is at the top of its game with this new season. Highlights from this week's episode past the jump!

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What would a collaboration between zombie king George Romero and AMC's "The Walking Dead" have looked like? We will never know. According to the "Night of the Living Dead" director, Frank Darabont and the folks behind "The Walking Dead" came to him before the first season to ask him to direct a few episodes of the show, but he declined.

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Memoir

Imagine waking up one day with no idea who you are. You don't recognize the person sleeping next to you. You don't know the kids in the room next door. You've forgotten everything, and you're not the only one — everyone in your town has drawn a collective blank, and that's just the beginning of the freakiness.

That's the core premise of "Memoir," the Image Comics series from writer Ben McCool and artist Nikki Cook about the people living in Lowesville, a sleepy Midwest town where every resident lost their memory in one inexplicable evening… well, almost everyone.

If you're not already familiar with the imaginative series, now's a good time to start brushing up, because "Memoir" is just the latest comic book to receive a live-action adaptation.

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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