To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story every day through the season opener.
The Walking Dead has its own weekly talk show in Talking Dead, so why not its own quarterly official magazine?
Launched with the November/December 2012 issue — featuring Danai Gurira in full Michonne-with-pets badassery on the cover — The Walking Dead Magazine is a full-color glossy publication with photo-laden features, interviews, a column from TWD creator Robert Kirkman, and news and previews on everything from the comic book and TV series to videogames, toys, books, events, and anything else of relevance in The Walking Dead universe.
The current issue of TWDM, #20, features cover boys Austin Amelio and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dwight and Negan, with an Amelio interview inside, as well as the series’ prop master, John Sanders, in a feature on creating Lucille the bat; a rundown of the comic’s happiest moments; and Gurira sharing her thoughts on Season 7. Regular features in TWDM include “Anatomy of a Story,” a deep dive on a different comic book storyline in each issue; “Dead Notes,” a column of fan mail and fan artwork; trivia; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner,” TWDM’s spin on Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, with one of the series’ on-screen or behind-the-scenes talents (this issue: TWD location manager, Mike Reilly).
For fans who want to check out the magazine via back issues before committing to a subscription, here are the highlights from the first 19 issues:
Issue #1: Dania Gurira cover interview; Season 3 set visit; and interviews with Robert Kirkman, then-showrunner Glen Mazzara, and Talking Dead host and producer Chris Hardwick.
Issue #2 (Jan.-Feb. 2013): Cover interview with David Morrissey (“Inside the Mind of The Governor”); behind the scenes with “gore king” Greg Nicotero; a feature on the deaths of beloved TWD characters; and a guide to then recently-introduced comic book villain Negan.
Issue #3 (Spring 2013): Cover interviews with Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker; a feature on families in TWD; an interview with composer Bear McCreary; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Danai Gurira.
Issue #4 (Summer 2013): Cover interview with Andy Lincoln; a feature on “The Sorry Saga of Lori Grimes”; an interview with Emily Kinney; and a quiz to determine how you’d manage in the zombie apocalypse.
Issue #5 (Fall 2013): Cover interviews with Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan; a celebration of TWD comic book’s 10th anniversary; a photo shoot with Andy Lincoln; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Michael Rooker.
Issue #6 (Nov.-Dec. 2013): Andy Lincoln, Chad Coleman, and Norman Reedus cover; Coleman, Scott Gimple, and Sonequa Martin-Green interviews; and highlights of The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.
Issue #7 (Winter 2014): Cover interview with Danai Gurira on The Governor; Chad Coleman talks Tyreese; and interviews with Sarah Wayne Callies, VFX supervisor Victor Scalise, and production designer Grace Walker.
Issue #8 (Spring 2014): Andy Lincoln and Melissa McBride on the cover, with a McBride interview inside; a Season 4 set visit with Greg Nicotero and stunt coordinator Russell Towery; and a feature on the psychology of walkers in TWD universe.
Issue #9 (Summer 2014): Cover interview with Norman Reedus; interviews with Robert Kirkman and Michael Cudlitz; and a history of death in TWD comic books.
Issue #10: (Fall 2014): Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, and Andy Lincoln cover with Season 5 preview interviews with the cast inside; a tour of Todd McFarlane’s toy studio; a deep dive on mental disorders in the post-apocalyptic world of TWD; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Melissa McBride.
Issue #11 (Winter 2015): Cover interview with Andy Lincoln on exploring the dark side of Rick Grimes; tips on surviving a real-world apocalypse; a guide to Maggie, Hershel, and the rest of the Greene fam; and a set visit with “Abraham’s Army,” Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, and Christian Serratos.
Issue #12 (Spring 2015): Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira cover for the “Women of The Walking Dead” special issue; interviews with Cohan, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Denise Huth, and TWD celebrity superfan Yvette Nicole Brown; and an ode to the superheroine that is Carol Peletier.
Issue #13 Summer 2015): Cover interview with Danai Gurira on the making of Michonne; a profile of Morgan Jones; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Michael Cudlitz.
Issue #14 (Fall 2015): Andy Lincoln, Steven Yeun, and Melissa McBride cover; Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero preview Season 6; a guide to romance in TWD; a feature on the Walker Stalker Convention; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Denise Crosby, a.k.a. Gareth’s mama, Terminus resident Mary.
Issue #15 (Winter 2016): Andy Lincoln and Chandler Riggs cover, with a profile of Carl Grimes and a feature on how children fare in TWD; Robert Kirkman’s guide to how he creates characters; and interviews with Josh McDermitt and co-executive producer Denise Huth.
Issue #16 (Spring 2016): Norman Reedus, Andy Lincoln, and Steven Yeun cover; interviews with Yeun, Greg Nicotero, and Lennie James; and a history of the Saviors in the comics.
Issue #17 (Summer 2016): Norman Reedus cover; interview with Tom “Jesus” Payne; and a guide to all things walker-related.
Issue #18 (Fall 2016): Cover interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan; a visit to the Universal Studios interactive TWD attraction; and “Judge, Jury & Executioner” with Tom Payne.
Issue #19 (Winter 2017): Cover interview with Khary Payton; an interview with Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo, and a photo tour of Senoia, Georgia, where TWD is filmed.
Available on newsstands, via subscription, and in digital format at iTunes, The Walking Dead Magazine’s next issue, #21, goes on sale Sept. 19, and will include a preview of Season 8, an on-set visit and behind-the-scenes scoop from Season 7, and a feature on the 2017 Walker Stalker Cruise, which found fans seafarin’ with Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Greg Nicotero.
The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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