You might not know his name, but you probably know his face. Bill Hinzman was the first zombie who lumbered across the screen in George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, and thus, was also the first modern movie zombie in cinematic history. He passed away yesterday at the age of 75, and I can only hope he’ll soon shamble out of his grave to snack on a few brains. I feel like that’s what Bill would’ve wanted. (Via Bloody-Disgusting)
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.