COSTA MESA, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Much to the dismay of zombies around the world, a Zombie Survival Machine was unveiled last night at San Diego's Comic-Con. The customized HyundaiElantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, designed by The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman and fabricated by Design Craft, was revealed on the Comic-Con floor at the Future US booth.
Hyundai's Zombie Survival Machine showcases modifications including: a front-end custom zombie plow with spikes, armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to fend off attacking walkers, a trunk full of electric and pneumatic weaponry, front and back end floodlights, spiked all-terrain/rally type tires, a CB radio system and much more. Fans can view a series of behind-the-scenes videos that detail the creation of the Zombie Survival Machine and showcase the car build from start to finish at HyundaiUndead.com and on Skybound.com
"Our custom Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine is the ultimate car for The Walking Dead fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie invasion," said Steve Shannon, vice president of Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. "We are excited for fans to come and experience the Elantra Coupe and GT in a unique, post-apocalyptic way."
The Hyundai Undead program celebrates the release of the 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic. In addition to the Zombie Survival Machine, Kirkman, Skybound and Hyundai also created a Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in the cover of The Walking Dead 100th issue by artist Charlie Adlard. All of these events will be celebrated at the private The Walking Dead 100th Issue VIP Black Carpet Event on July 13.
Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic and best-selling graphic novels, The Walking Dead are the talk of Comic-Con already. "Working with Hyundai on this Zombie Survival Machine was a total blast and I am excited to share this stunning vehicle with all the fans," said Kirkman.
Comic-Con attendees will be able to take pictures with the Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US booth, and get inside the vehicle to check out all of the features, including a limited run illustrated owner's manual that walks drivers through the machine's unique features and prepares them for the gruesome realities of the zombie apocalypse. The booth will also feature a Zombie Target practice area and a zombie costume contest.
Visit HyundaiUndead.com to learn more and see all the details at Skybound.com. Enter for a chance to win a 2013 Elantra GT at HyundaiUndead.com, the Skybound booth or the Future US booth at San Diego Comic-Con. Attendees are encouraged to tweet about their experience using hashtag #HyundaiUndead.
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. ww.Skybound.comis your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
Future PLC is an international media group and leading digital content producer listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today they have operations in the U.K., U.S. and Australia creating 200 specialist publications, apps, websites and events. Future holds market-leading positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, crafts and automotive. Their biggest-selling products include TechRadar, T3, Total Film, BikeRadar, MusicRadar, Classic Rock, GamesRadar and Official Xbox Magazine. Future sells 2.9 million magazines each month; they attract more than 35 million monthly unique visitors to their websites; and they deliver over 100 digital editions and bespoke apps on tablet. Future exports or syndicates publications to 89 countries, making us the U.K.'s number one exporter and licensor of magazine content. Future is the Association of Online Publishers' Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year.
Design Craft Fabrication, owned by Gary Castillo, creates many of today's top race cars, drift cars and display vehicles. As one of the leading car fabrication shops in Southern California, Design Craft Fabrication works closely with OE manufacturers and enthusiasts to design and develop authentic vehicles from bikes, planes, boats, engines, wheels or wings. Castillo was the technical editor of several auto magazines including Import Tuner and DSPORT. Most recently, his shop has built cars for Lexus, Scion, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and many others. For more information, please visit www.designcraftfab.com