zombie day

This is a special PopCult Gift Guide entry mashing together four themed suggestions as a special way to help soothe the withdrawl symptoms for the die-hard fan of The Walking Dead on your gift giving list.  One week after the mid-season finale, I’m sure that The Walking Dead fan in your life is just moping around the house, zombie-like, with nothing to do.  Here’s some things that might perk up their little undead hearts.

pop up book

51qyw+MbSvLThe Walking Dead: The Pop-up Book
by SD Perry (Author), Becca Zerkin (Creator), David Hawcock (Creator), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (Illustrator)
Insight Editions; Pop edition
ISBN-13: 978-1608874446

This spectacular pop-up book from paper engineers David Hawcock and Becca Zerkin forms the perfect guide to the world of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Filled with eye-catchingly gory pops, the book takes the reader through some of the most iconic moments from the hugely popular series.

The book features five spreads, each with its own central pop that depicts a key element from the show, such as the prison where the survivors found refuge before being attacked by the Governor or the Walker known as “Bicycle Girl” reaching out at the reader. Each spread also includes several smaller pops depicting other memorable elements from The Walking Dead, such as the Governor’s “man cave” (including his unique aquarium complete with severed heads), the Well Walker, and much, much more.

The list price of 66 bucks is a bit high, but online booksellers have it for as low as forty dollars, so shop around. This is not a pop-up book for kids, though, unless you let them watch The Walking Dead.


81V-aQkdFqL._SL1500_Fear The Walking Dead

Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble.

The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

Special Features: A Look At the Series, Inside the Characters of Fear The Walking Dead. Available where ever DVD and Blu Rays are sold, and perfect for fans of The Walking Dead who want to know more of the story.


51eWR0ytqCLZombie Shelf Sitters

These three undead figures will gaze down at you from your bookshelf, atop your TV, or if you wish to balance them precariously, your shoulder.  It’s an undead “See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.” trio. We saw these for the first time last summer when we went to see the play, “Zombie: The American,” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

While some people might find these gruesome or replusive, folks who enjoy all things reanimated will see them as the natural evolution of The Elf on the Shelf, because you know, once you kill those little buggers, they’re not simply going to go away.

These are available from Amazon, but are currently backordered, yet still expected to be available in plenty of time for Christmas.  The current listed price is just under $24, which is a bit steep, but when they have these in stock, Amazon usually knocks the price down to $15 or less.


51DdOhqiGQLZombie Jerky

Hey, who doesn’t love green meat?  This is a perfectly edible novelty food item labeled as Zombie Jerky and with a bit of a greenish tint to it.  While a lot of folks might find it repulsive, disgusting and unappetizing, fans of The Walking Dead will eat it right up.

The maker decribes Zombie Jerky thusly: “The undead are not just for drinking – but for eating too! Zombie Jerky is a delicious slimy green beef jerky made from 100% real zombies (or cows as some people call them) and boasts a delicious “teriyucky” (teriyaki) flavor. Each realistic looking specimen bag packs 1.25oz of Dead Meat Chunks.”

So if you want to know what it was like during a slow week at Terminus, you can order up a bag of Zombie Jerky and pretend that you’ve turned the tables on the mindless cannibals who inhabit your own personal post-apocalyptic landscape. At Amazon, it’s fifteen bucks for a tiny amount of meat, but once civilization as we know it has been wiped out, this stuff will be priceless.

That is tonight’s PopCult Gift Guide. Look for Monday Morning Art and The RFC MINI SHOW starring John Inghram’s Slugfest tomorrow morning, and more of our endless Gift Guide Monday night.