While biding my time until season four of AMC's "The Walking Dead" releases in October, I decided to pick up a volume of the graphic novel, and I'm glad I did.
I've got to admit, now that I'm three volumes into "The Walking Dead" graphic novels, I'm less excited for season four of AMC's adaptation and more excited for time to read the rest of the 18 volumes. Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's vision of the series is very different than those involved with the television show, which becomes incredibly apparent after volume one, "Days Gone Bye."
The creators of the TV shows season one stuck relatively close to the events in "Days Gone Bye," and coincidentally season one was my favorite. However, season two and volume two, "Miles Behind Us," are nothing alike other than a selection of characters, plot lines and settings. "Miles Behind Us" focuses on a piece of the series which season two skipped - the winter following Shane's death - which led up to the discovery of Hershel Greene's farm. Another difference I noted is that Tyreese, who is introduced in season 3 with his sister Sasha at the prison, plays a much larger role in the graphic novels and is actually introduced at the beginning of "Miles Behind Us." Fans of Daryl Dixon will also be disappointed to hear that the character was created exclusively for the television show, and does not appear in the graphic novels. In many ways, his role is filled by Tyreese in the comics.
If you've never attempted to experience the graphic novels, there's a free way to see volume one in motion by visiting www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/the-walking-dead-motion-comic.
I've also picked up Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead" video game, which follows Lee Everett and Clementine. However, I've only completed the first episode of the game. Although I can say that I've enjoyed it, I feel I haven't had enough time with it to talk further about it. I will tell you that if you're a fan of adventure games, you'll probably like it. Especially if you've ever played Nintendo's 1987 "Maniac Mansion."
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Infinity and St. Susan's Partner for 'Soup and a Song' Fundraiser Tonight: St. Susan Center and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. have teamed up for a program that will nourish and delight those who enjoy a great cup of soup and a well-crafted song tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Bemus Point's village park.
The music will be provided by a handful of entertainers from Chautauqua County who have studied singing and musicianship, and honed their performing skills, as students at Infinity. The soup will be prepared and served by chefs representing about 20 of the region's most popular restaurants.
Tickets for three bowls of soup, a beverage and access to the performances will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children for two bowls of soup. Proceeds from ticket sales, the bake sale and giveaways will be split between St. Susan Center and Infinity.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved from the Bemus Point town park to the nearby Village Casino.
JSBA Big City Summer Concert Series Continues Friday: Derek Davis And The Tasty Groove will appear during JSBA's Big City Summer Concert Series on Friday.
The summer concert series takes place from 7-9 p.m. between Lafayette Street and the patio behind the JSBA. In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place inside the arena at Sully's Irish Pub. The Big City Concerts are free to the public. Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site.
Following each outdoor concert, the party will shift to Sully's Irish Pub for more live music. Located on the track inside JSBA, Sully's will feature Cindy Love Haight as the closing act, which will play until around 10:30 p.m.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information call 484-2624, visit jamestownarena.com or the JSBA Facebook and Twitter pages.
Belle Bash Summer Concert Series Continues Sunday: As part of The Chautauqua Belle's "Belle Bash Summer Concert Series," the steamship will host several live performances through August.
The series will feature two more dates. Instrumental rock band, Los Straitjackets, will entertain guests of the Belle on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit straitjackets.com.
Although the series has primarily been held on Sundays, the finale will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature Eilen Jewell, who released her debut album, "Boundary Country," in 2006. Since then, Jewell has become an internationally touring singer-songwriter, who released "Queen of the Minor Key," in 2011. For more information visit eilenjewell.com.
The Chautauqua Belle is located at 78 Water St. in Mayville. For more information visit www.269belle.com.
Fundraiser For Anne (Heidorn) VanDerwalker Set For Sunday: A fundraiser for Anne (Heidorn) VanDerwalker will be held Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Mojo's.
While on vacation in Florida in May, VanDerwalker was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which one's immune system attacks one's nerves. She lost all movement in her body, and struggled with eating and breathing. After a three-week hospital stay, she moved to a rehab facility before returning home. She is currently unable to return to work. The benefit will be held to cover medical bills.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Admission includes food, beer and pop. A basket giveaway and 50/50 will be available. Music will be provided by Jeremy "DJ 80NE" Nalbone.
For more information, call 720-5092 or visit www.fundrazr.com/campaigns/6Z4c1.
The Boonies International Film Festival Begins Wednesday: The film festival, held in Warren, Pa., begins Wednesday and ends on Sunday, Aug. 17.
The festival is free to attend, as are all film screenings, workshops, the Tech Center and most other Boonies events. Films are shown daily at five venues in the downtown Warren area. A schedule of films and descriptions, screening times, and suggested audiences will be posted publicly as the festival draws closer, and a festival film catalog will be on sale during the event.
For more information visit www.thebooniesinternational.com.
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Brian K. Chase: 6-8 p.m., Stedman Corners Cafe, 6335 Stedman Road in Mayville.
Mayville And Chautauqua Concert In The Park Series With The Blue Mule Band: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lakeside Park in Mayville.
Ahira Hall Memorial Library Park Concert Series With The Fredtown Stompers: 6:30 p.m., Ryckman Park in Brocton.
Lakewood Gazebo Concert Series With Barbara Jean: 7-8:30 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park, Terrace and Chautauqua avenues in Lakewood.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Davis and Eng: noon-1 p.m., Jamestown Farmer's Market.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
Day Old Soup Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Dan Vogan: 9 p.m. to midnight, Webb's on the Deck, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: 12:15-2:30 p.m., in the pavilion at Ellery Town Park in Greenhurst. Extra drums are available.
Busti Gazebo Concert Series Featuring Full Circle: 7 p.m., Busti Gazebo in Busti.
Bootleg: 8 p.m. to midnight., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
The Untouchables: 8 p.m. to midnight, The Boardwalk in Mayville.
The JC Thompson Band: 4-7 p.m., The Boardwalk in Mayville.
Sippin Sundays With The Folias Flute And Guitar Duo: 1-4 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, Route 20 in Portland.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., Chautauqua Institution Brick Walk Cafe, 1 Ames Ave. in Chautauqua.
Ric And Brian Butler: 6-9 p.m., Chautauqua Suites' Bellini Courtyard, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.