Comics, TV

Frank Darabont Walks Away from the Walking Dead

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?Just days after he appeared on The Walking Dead‘s SDCC panel, director and showrunner Frank Darabont has apparently stepped down from AMC’s hit show. The reasoning, people feel, is that as a movie director Darabont was unused to the grind of a TV series, and since AMC upped The Walking Dead‘s season 2 episode count to 13 from 6, that could surely have played a factor. Now, two things before you freak out: 1) Darabont may still continue with the show in some capacity, and 2) yes, Darabont directed the amazing pilot, but he was still in charge of the show during those less-amazing later episodes, so maybe this is a good thing. At any rate, comic creator Robert Kirkman is still working on the show, so it’s not like it lost its sole champion or anything. Let’s just see how season 2 shakes out after its October 18th premiere, and then we can lose our shit as needed. (Via Deadline)

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.