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19 June 2012 - 02:30 PMhttp://www.ocmetro.c...06-18-2012.aspx
BY CAITLIN ADAMS
Published: June 18, 2012 01:30 PM
Hyundai Motor America is planning ahead for a time when the dead walk among us. The Costa Mesa-based automaker has collaborated with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and his imprint at Image Comics, Skybound, on a special giveaway and project to mark the comic’s 100th issue, with a VIP Black Carpet event at next month’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
he new “Hyundai Undead” promotion features the opportunity to win a new Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped with the cover design of The Walking Dead’s 100th issue. The special collaboration between the automaker, the comic creator and other companies has also resulted in the roll-out of a unique Hyundai Elantra Coupe “Zombie Survival Machine” model.
"The Hyundai Undead program allows us to interact with hundreds of thousands of film, comic, TV and video game fans during this summer's ultimate pop culture event," said Steve Shannon, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of marketing. "We can't wait to unveil our custom Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, the ultimate car for ‘The Walking Dead’ fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie apocalypse."
“The Walking Dead” is a monthly black-and-white graphic novel and best-selling graphic novel series that chronicles the travels of hero Rick Grimes, a former cop and survivor of the zombie apocalypse. The comic’s creator, Robert Kirkman, collaborated with Design Craft, an automotive design/build company, to formulate the design of the Zombie Survival Machine. Design Craft will build the one-of-a-kind auto, with HyundaiUndead.com documenting the vehicle build process in a series of videos. Future US, an international media group and print/digital content firm, is providing online and print services for the campaign.
"I had a good experience working with Hyundai and Future US last year, and I thought it would be totally awesome if a fan of the comic were able to win a great new car made even cooler with Charlie [Adlard's] artwork," Kirkman said. "Designing the Zombie Survival Machine was just the icing on the cake. I'm very excited to see the amazing job they are doing in turning my doodles and ideas into a truly awesome car. I hope they will let me do a test drive before Comic-Con!"
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Edition’s design includes a number of features aimed at overcoming the zombie onslaught. The vehicle boasts a front-end custom zombie plow/cow catcher equipped with spikes, slatted armor coverings for windows, windshields and lights, a roof hatch to allow passengers to stand up and shoot at “walkers,” weapons storage compartments, all-terrain tires and a CB radio and PA system, among other features. Hyundai is also creating a limited-run illustrated owner’s manual for the model, detailing the vehicle’s many highlights and technology aimed at repelling the oncoming hordes.
The custom-built Hyundai Elantra Zombie Survival Edition will be unveiled at a private VIP Black Carpet event at Comic-Con. The event will feature a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world and display the one-of-a-kind Hyundai Elantra, as well as the Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped with artist Charlie Adlard’s cover design for The Walking Dead’s 100th issue, which will be given away on July 31. A third vehicle, a kiwi-green Tucson, will also be on display at the event.
Comic-Con attendees will be able to visit the Zombie Survival Machine at the Futures US booth, take pictures, get inside and check out its features, including the owner’s manual.
To enter the giveaway for The Walking Dead 100th issue cover-wrapped Hyundai Elantra GT, or to watch videos of the design/build process of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Edition, visit HyundaiUndead.com.
07 June 2012 - 07:53 AMwish I had a teacher like this when I was in school
QuoteZombie-based learning is the brraaaaaaain-child of Bellevue teacher David Hunter. The inset image is from the alternative history map created by Etsy.
So, when the zombie apocalypse comes, where will you flee? Should you hunker down on a remote island or blend into the urban landscape? Will the undead funnel onto bridges and viaducts? Do they like low ground or high ground?
So many questions … now don’t you wish you’d paid more attention in geography class?
As a Florida television station put it (Florida being ground-zero for the “zombie outbreak”): First came Miami – the case of a naked man eating most of another man's face … then Texas … then Maryland … then New Jersey … And, online sites like The Daily Beast had some fun with the story. That site made a map of the “zombie-like attack” with this story: 11 Signs of the Zombie Apocalypse.
Of course, a zombie apocalypse is a made-for-Twitter story and has bloomed there. And, the "outbreak" of zombie news fits right into a Bellevue middle school teacher's curriculum plans.
David Hunter figured out that a zombie attack would favor the geographically well-informed, so he is creating a geography course for his 6th graders centered on this scenario, which he calls “Zombie-Based Learning.”
He created a Kickstarter campaign to fund it, hoping to raise about $5,000. At the campaign’s close today, he had raked in $11,886 in contributions.
“It’s really surprising. It’s a lot more than I was expecting,” Hunter said. “People are really willing to support innovative educational things when they’re focused on helping students to learn in an engaged way.”
He says the idea came from a satirical “alternative history” map he was playing around with in class, which ostensibly recorded the Pittsburgh “Living Dead Outbreaks and Attacks” of 1875.
“They got really into looking at, well why are these outbreaks happening here? Why is the epicenter of the outbreak here? Why are they moving along the river, is it spreading down the waterway? Those are the kinds questions we want geographers to ask when they’re looking at maps,” Hunter said.
Hunter plans to use the money he’s raised to create illustrations, develop a narrative and exercises, downloads, and research the curriculum’s effectiveness.
A typical lesson might begin with an installment of an ongoing story, in the vein of a role playing game, and then leap off to exercises. Students will have to predict how the zombie outbreak is spreading, where safe havens are likely to be located, where choke points for supplies might crop up, and so on.
CDC playing along ...
Hunter hopes to construct the book like a graphic novel, and says he’s in talks with the Centers for Disease Control about writing the foreword.
Over the years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a couple of tongue-in-cheek "zombie warnings," which really are just disaster-preparedness stunts.
Then, the agency made it official: Zombies don't exist.
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," wrote agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.
Real teaching, real survival
And Hunter says this is not just a gimmick. It will be rooted in rigorous learning standards for geography.
“Even though it’s fiction, and its hopefully going to stay fictional, there’s a lot of roots in the real world, and tracking movement in geographic concepts,” he said.
And on the off chance that the scenario doesn’t “stay fictional,” Hunter’s 6th graders are going to have the edge in our post-apocalyptic wasteland.
So kids, use those brains before they get eaten.
04 June 2012 - 06:08 PMhttp://www.theglobea...article2432752/
Published Monday, May. 14 2012, 10:02 PM EDT
The B.C. government’s emergency information team is offering advice on how to survive an undead apocalypse.
he tips include: Always keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle, plan an evacuation route, and keep an emergency kit with first-aid supplies – even though you’re a goner if a zombie bites you.
Justice Minister Shirley Bond signed off on the Zombie Awareness Week campaign, with some hesitation. Never having watched a zombie movie, she said Monday it took three meetings to convince her that the unusual media campaign would reach a segment of the population that tends to tune out public service announcements.
Starting on Monday morning, Emergency Info B.C. began tweeting links to a post-zombie attack survival blog, with a small disclaimer noting that actually, there is no need to panic because the zombies haven’t really attacked yet.
The blog takes the reader from the initial outbreak – starting with an apparent flu outbreak that quickly turns nasty – to the blogger’s narrow escape from a home invasion. “I can see a silhouette now. Looks unnatural – limbs at all the wrong angles. ... I’m well prepared, but battling enraged cannibals – that’s a stretch.”
The blogger beats the undead invaders back with a fire extinguisher before escaping in the car which, thankfully, was kept well-fuelled.
Ms. Bond said the whole point is, if you are ready for zombies, you are ready for anything that living in British Columbia might throw at you – tsunamis, earthquakes, fires or flooding.
“I must admit we spent a long time talking about, is it appropriate, is it relevant, should we use these kinds of techniques,” she said in an interview. By mid-afternoon, staff had charted 54 re-tweets, with an estimated reach of more than 30,000 people.
Ms. Bond may have missed the fuss, but zombies are rather more popular than politicians these days, featured in current novels, movies and a television series.
Julianne McCaffrey, the communications manager who put together the package, said the campaign was a stretch for her too – she used to write speeches for former premier Gordon Campbell and “we never talked about zombies.”
But in her new role, she said she’s happy to use whatever it takes to get people to prepare for an emergency. “Whether zombies are appearing at your doorstep, or you are planning for an earthquake, the safety message is the same.”