The Daily Zombies: Year One

Posted by Grey Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In open contempt and defiance to Dinah Washington and her iconic melody, What a Diff'rence a Year Made.

How time flies. Yadda yadda yadda. And skipping the part where I mull and dwell on the passage of time, let's take a retrospective look at The Daily Zombies since its inception one year ago.

Ever since our initial report on Disney's corporate takeover of the Marvel Universe, we have almost been an associate of Uatu, the unassuming member of the big-headed Watchers, being close keen observer of Marvel Universe ourselves, covering on top-tier events like the Siege of Asgard, to lackluster revelation like Romulus's unveiling, to relatively trivial matters such as the alternate universe evil avengers assembling in the long-running cosmic saga, "War of Kings" or Tony Stark's new armor.

On the DC end of the comic universe, things are certainly looking up as well, with DC scoring ahead of Marvel in The Daily Zombies's Top 13 Of Comics 2009, with Wednesday Comics winning the Anthology Series Of The Year, JH Williams III, with Dave Stewart taking the Artist Of The Year and Cover Of The Year with their work on Detective Comic, Blackest Night winning the Mini Series Of The Year, Batman and Robin winning the Comic Series Of The Year, and lastly, DC, as whole winning the Publisher Of The Year honor.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Comic-Con, previously comicdom's biggest show is now host to major announcements made regarding the upcoming comic-to-movie adaptations. Nevertheless, Marvel fully exerted its authority in the PR wing, demolishing all other competitions in its wake.

Over at the wrestling world, things have been shaken up like never before indeed, just like what good ol' JR used to say, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is true. Anything can happen in the world wrestling federation". Before December 2009, absolutely nobody would dare to look us in the eyes and tell us that they would believe that there will come a day when Bret Hart return for a final confrontation with the "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels in a WWE ring. On January 4th, wishful thinking was realized as Bret Hart walked into WWE RAW as a guest host and have since been making sporadic appearances in WWE arenas. Unfortunately, it would be equally unbelievable if you were to tell me that Bret Hart is capable to screw a WrestleMania match-up. And he did, big-time, when he single-handledly provided quite possibly the worst ten minutes of match-ups in his career, and in a WrestleMania event!

Fortunately, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels put up one hell of a WrestleMania main event, sealing the Heartbreak Kid's career off in a big way, while making the rematch every bit as good as the first one in last year's WrestleMania (incidentally the winner of "Wrestling Match Of The Year" in The Daily Zombies's Top 13 Of The Year 2009). On the other hand, the emergence and departure of Bryan Danielson (repackaged as Daniel Bryan) in WWE were particularly interesting to observe, and has thankfully ended on a sweet note for the former pupil of Shawn Michaels. Check out our monthly WWE PPV previews for our mostly daft prediction.

While the recent Summer witnessed a disappointing waves of insignificant films, we do get to have a real treat with Christopher Nolan 's mesmerizing Sci-Fi epic, "Inception", a source of varying level of mind-fucking for many. Luckily, we have our take on the film, complete with a hyper-detailed FAQ session. Earlier, Iron Man 2 got into a close one with Donnie Yen's Ip Man 2, here in Asia. As always, the ever-dependable Daily Zombies had a full-on analysis pitting the shell-head against the knuckle-head. The Storm Warriors (風雲II), despite our initial interest due to the impressive casting, turned out to be an almost unwatchable flop (not in the same way Human Centipede does, though), much to our dismay.

At the technological front, iPhone continues to be at sitting at the front row of attention as its bigger sister, iPad emerges to a tremendously receptive crowd. We have been conducting our regular iPhone app tracking nonetheless, in our little pet project called "App Attack".

While the worldwide financial crisis has since been put in place, the gaming industry continues to feel the all-reaching dreadful impact of a full-blown recession. Nevertheless, the major events of gaming industry were as hyped as ever, as The Daily Zombies covered on E3 2010 and the recently over Gamescom. Major announcements such as Capcom and Namco's respective joint crossover projects, Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter, Sony and Insomniac Games's Resistance 3, and Rocksteady Studios's Batman: Arkham City (sequel to The Daily Zombies's Game Of The Year) continued to be rolled out.

We have no short of quirky news as well, proving once again that it is indeed a strange world worth keeping that way. From the pseudo "real life" feud between Thailand's Muay Thai Fighters and China's Shaolin Warrior, the literal bloody mess Thailand's Bangkok found themselves in, the male performance enhancement supplement banking on the fame of the Street Fighter games(!), to an actual real-life crime committed by Lord Vader himself (!), the world is indeed as strange as they come.

As promised in our inception entry a year ago, we have been the directory to online freebies, carrying everything from the popular calendar wallpapers (Tekken, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, and Bleach, among others), graphic design scans (Super Street Fighter IV, and Sengoku Musou 3, among others), free comics preview (Sherlock Holmes), to free movie hosted online (Sita Sings The Blues).

During this three hundred and sixty five, we have unfortunately seen our fair share of tragic loss, with legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta, Heavy Metal icon Ronnie James Dio, and most recently, the incredibly talented Satoshi Kon (do check out his recently posted farewell note) among them. The Daily Zombies would like to take this opportunity to once again pay our tribute to their respective great works.

Looking forward, we will be featuring a chunky piece of preview on the upcoming TV series this fall, and our usual Top 13 feature will be pulling a full Uwe Boll Alert as we take on the Top 13 Worst Movies Adapted From Video Games.

In the meantime, thanks for spending your time here. Our current "Death Toll Or Rather Lack Thereof...' indicated that a total of 22,917 unique visits have graced The Daily Zombies since its inception. While this is totally insignificant when compared to those populist blogs by some Asian blonde-wannabes or gluttonous pseudo-journalists, its significance lies in its existence. Once again, many thanks to all the undead folks out there.

To Year Two and on.

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