Abrams, which specializes in art and illustrated books, has signed a deal with AMC, the cable television network, and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, an imprint of Image Comics, to publish two books based on the network’s original series The Walking Dead. The first book will be published to coincide with AMC’s launch of season two of The Walking Dead, premiering in the fall of 2011, and is the only authorized behind-the-scenes guide to season one. The book is titled The Walking Dead Chronicles and will be edited by Eric Klopfer.
The deal was negotiated by Abrams’s Lindley Boegehold, editorial director of licenses and calendars, Dave Alpert from Skybound, and Marci Wiseman, AMC’s senior v-p of business affairs for AMC, and gives Abrams world publishing rights.
The Walking Dead Chronicles focuses on the making of the first season of the show, as well as the bestselling comic book which inspired the series. Chronicles will include everything from storyboards to make-up and visual effects shots, as well as page-to-screen comparisons of the comic and TV show. Also featured are new interviews with series creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer Frank Darabont, the series make-up artist, Greg Nicotero, and the cast and crew.