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I’m not sure why it took us so long to start watching iZombie, but when we finally did, we couldn’t get enough. It’s funny, clever, and a bit easier to watch then your typical zombie series. Rose McIver gives an outstanding performance as Olivia Moore, a med student who is turned into a zombie and discovers that eating brains allows her to see the memories of the deceased. Which comes in handy when helping the police solve murders.
Season three ended with quite an upheaval in the series, as the existence of zombies becomes public knowledge and the city of Seattle is walled off in order to contain them. Now, Olivia and her friends must maintain the uneasy peace between zombies and humans, be it combating the rise of zombie street gangs, an illegal brain black market, or anti-zombie discrimination. iZombie’s fourth season begins airing on February 26.
I was browsing Imgur late one night — probably not the wisest use of time, I admit — when I came a cross a post featuring a few images from a web comic that I’d never heard of titled Wilde Life. Next thing I knew, I had spent an hour reading through all of the past installments and getting caught up on the adventures of Oscar Wilde and his strange new friends.
Described by writer/illustrator Pascalle Lepas as “a supernatural adventure/horror series,” Wilde Life follows begins with Mr. Wilde moving into a rural Oklahoma town and renting a house off Craigslist… a house that just so happens to be haunted by the ghost of a 1940s mathematician, and that’s just the beginning. Soon, he’s encountering werewolves, witches, a giant talking bear, and other strange creatures and phenomena that draw from both European as well as Native American mythology.
Wilde Life is up to eight chapters, with new installments added three times a week, and there’s still plenty of mystery. What I’ve enjoyed most about the series so far is its emphasis on diversity and understanding. Oscar Wilde is plenty freaked out by the strange events in his new hometown, but his curiosity inevitably wins out, leading him to seek to understand and befriend his otherworldly neighbors rather than shun or fear them outright.
As a director and artist on Voltron: Legendary Defender and The Legend of Korra, Steve Ahn has proven that he knows how to make good-looking animation. And so he’s begun work on his own independent series, Blossom Detective Holmes, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it.
Blossom Detective Holmes follows the adventures of Skylar Holmes, an expert detective with a powerful sense of smell, and her partner Jamie, who can teleport them anywhere in the world with her Polaroid camera. Ahn has already produced the first episode (which you can watch above), and is hoping to produce five more with Kickstarter funds. Via