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Q&A With Robert Kirkman, Creator of The Walking Dead Comics

Q&A With Robert Kirkman, Creator of The Walking Dead Comics | Comic Books | Scoop.it

At 33, Robert Kirkman has accomplished more than most people do in a career. He's the executive producer and writer of The Walking Dead, the pop-culture phenomenon that also happens to be based on the award-winning comic series he created and continues to write (the 100th issue was just released in July.) If that weren't enough, he continues to create and write other comics at Skybound, his own imprint at Image Comics, where he has been a major force in revolutionizing the business model of the comic book publishing industry with his infamous "Kirkman Manifesto." Last year he released his first novel, which debuted at #18 on The New York Times bestseller list. Simply put: The guy does a lot. We spoke with the entertainment industry's beloved Renaissance man to talk about killing off the show's characters, how he would handle an apocalypse, and what it's like to sit at a writer's table where people are constantly trying to make his work better (spoiler alert: "It's awkward.")

GQ: Why do you think the show's become so popular?

Robert Kirkman: The fall of civilization is a fun fantasy to explore. And I also think it's in the zeitgeist; it's definitely something they talk about on Fox News a lot, and it's the end of the world every week on the History Channel, so it's on people's minds. And being able to explore and experience it in a very safe and detatched way is something that's pretty appealing. Also, we've got zombies eating people -- and that's always cool.

GQ: After Hurricane Sandy, many people felt like they were living through

The Walking Dead. How do you think you'd hold up personally?
Robert Kirkman: I don't think I would handle that very well at all. It is kind of bizarre to think about all the different things that have happened over the last few years. It's just terrifying to really recognize how close to the edge we are at times.

GQ: Do you feel like you have had a hand in making comics cool again?

Robert Kirkman: [Laughs] No, I feel like I've been a tremendous benefactor of that movement, but that was going on well before The Walking Dead started getting wide notice. Comics are a fantastic storytelling medium -- I think that because there's not a lot of money in the game, there's not a lot of control hampering that creativity and expression, and I think that people are starting to recognize that some of the newest, most original, and coolest ideas are being explored in the comic medium.

GQ: What's it like to have to work at a writer's table and have the material you write for the comics be adapted by other people?

Robert Kirkman: It's a little bizarre. I'm actively sitting in a room with six other people who are critiquing my work and trying to improve it, which is a lot of fun. We have discussions and we have to bring up storylines that I wrote like seven years ago; being in the room for that can be awkward at times, but I thoroughly enjoy it. It's been a really cool process.

GQ: Do the writers ever want to take it in a direction you don't want it to go?

Robert Kirkman: Not really. There are definitely arguments in the writer's room and different people want to different things and you work together as a group and decide on what the best path is. I don't think there's ever been a case where I've been particularly unhappy with a direction that we're going in. I'm sure it'll happen someday. I'm looking forward to it.


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DC One Million Omnibus And More

DC One Million Omnibus And More | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Okay, I don't mean DC are putting out a million omnibuses. But there are quite a lot of trade paperbacks and hardcovers coming up. Including One Million Omn
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Jim Lee And Geoff Johns Discuss The Astrophysics Of The DCU

Jim Lee And Geoff Johns Discuss The Astrophysics Of The DCU | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Jim Lee is right of course, Superman would win.  You are dreaming with that weak sauce argument,  Geoff Johns.
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When Batman Broke The Sword That Killed Damian With His Bare Foot

When Batman Broke The Sword That Killed Damian With His Bare Foot | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Buzzfeed have an interview with Grant Morrison aboyt Batman Inc #8. And some panels from Batman Inc #9. Including the revisit of that sword we talked about at t
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Endangered? Joe Pruett, Mike Perkins and Laura Villari Are Doing... Something

Endangered? Joe Pruett, Mike Perkins and Laura Villari Are Doing... Something | Comic Books | Scoop.it
This is all I know.
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Five Hundred And Twenty-Five Free Digital Comics From ComiXology

Five Hundred And Twenty-Five Free Digital Comics From ComiXology | Comic Books | Scoop.it
So you crashed and burned trying to download 700 free Marvel comics the other week. Well, Bleeding Cool has painstakingly looked through ComiXology's listings o
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The Vorpal Blade That Killed Robin

The Vorpal Blade That Killed Robin | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Grant Morrison talks the death of Damian to the Huffington Post; I don't know if people have noticed, but the sword that kills him belongs to the very firs
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Pepper Armors Up? The New Iron Man 3 TV Spot

Pepper Armors Up? The New Iron Man 3 TV Spot | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Lots of the Mandarin, Tony, and Pepper in this one.  And Pepper in armor near the end of it...?
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"Prepare For Heavy Metal" - New Iron Man 3 TV Spot

"Prepare For Heavy Metal" - New Iron Man 3 TV Spot | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Featuring lots of Iron Man suits and some acrobatics.
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When Nick Spencer Left Supergirl

When Nick Spencer Left Supergirl | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Back in the midsts of time, before the New 52, Nick Spencer was the writer of Supergirl. And then suddenly, half way through his first issue, he wasn't. At the
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More Of Those DC WTF Gatefold Covers For April

More Of Those DC WTF Gatefold Covers For April | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Oh yes, in all the excitement I forgot about these. More WTF covers from DC Comics in April, courtesy of CBR, Newsarama, IGN, Gamma Squad, ComicVine and the lik
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DC Puts All Three Hundred Copies Of Hellblazer On ComiXology For 99 Cents Each. First Issue Free.

DC Puts All Three Hundred Copies Of Hellblazer On ComiXology For 99 Cents Each. First Issue Free. | Comic Books | Scoop.it
It's never exactly had the best of trade paperback collections schemes. Issues missing throughout, waves never collected, and nothing actually beating Titan Boo
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John Stewart - He Lives?

John Stewart - He Lives? | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Earlier today, we ran the story that Josh Fialkov had walked from his two Green Lantern books because he'd been told to kill off John Stewart. Later, CBR rep
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Neil Gaiman returns to Marvel, and he's bringing a Spawn character with him?!

Neil Gaiman returns to Marvel, and he's bringing a Spawn character with him?! | Comic Books | Scoop.it
The New York Times has just announced that very famous comic book writer Neil Gaiman is returning to Marvel, and that's not even the weird part.
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Sophia Anne Walker's curator insight, October 25, 2013 2:43 AM

Is this like Stan Lee claiming he created The Hulk and The Fantastic Four all by himself? LOL. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby co-created most of the old marvel characters. One writer and one artist (penciller/inker).

 

 

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UFC Champion George St-Pierre To Play Batroc The Leaper In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

UFC Champion George St-Pierre To Play Batroc The Leaper In Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Comic Books | Scoop.it
And Robert Redford is playing a man called Pierce.
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So That's What DC Is Doing With The Infinite Crisis Trademark

So That's What DC Is Doing With The Infinite Crisis Trademark | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Recently we wondered why DC Comics was reregistering a trademark for the phrase Infinite Crisis. Here, it seems, is the answer. It's a new game. A sudde
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What Will The Marketplace Fairness Act Mean For Comics?

What Will The Marketplace Fairness Act Mean For Comics? | Comic Books | Scoop.it
As the US Senate passes a symbolic bill amendment ahead of the planned Marketplace Fairness Act, we may see a number of changes to the way the comic industry op
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Brian Bendis Special On ComiXology On Monday

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They may not be the five hundred and twenty-five free comics currently on ComiXology. But there are around sixty Brian Bendis Marvel comics coming through on
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REmake/REmodel: Bakterev

REmake/REmodel: Bakterev | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Si Spurrier's Instructions: Bakterev is a nutty scientist created by Pavel Perov for his 1925 pulp novel Bratstvo Viia. I quote the ever-magnificent Jess Nev
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COYOTE TANGO: Techno-Tyrant Leaves Path Of Destruction On New Pacific Rim Poster

COYOTE TANGO: Techno-Tyrant Leaves Path Of Destruction On New Pacific Rim Poster | Comic Books | Scoop.it
A new character poster for Pacific Rim, this one featuring a Jaeger called Coyote Tango.  Anticipation starting to run very high for this...
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The Wolverine - New Images Reveal Viper, Yukio, Mariko And More

The Wolverine - New Images Reveal Viper, Yukio, Mariko And More | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Mark my words when I tell you that Mariko, as played by Rila Fukushima, is going to walk right out of this film with fanboy hearts still beating in her hands.
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Marvel Universe Looking To Recruit Robert Redford, Give Him A Job At SHIELD

Marvel Universe Looking To Recruit Robert Redford, Give Him A Job At SHIELD | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Kevin Feige has described Winter Soldier as being something like a 70s political thriller. The face of the 70s policial thriller, in my mind at least, is Redford. It's a good, simple match.
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When Karen Berger Told Douglas Rushkoff Not To Do His Comic At Vertigo

When Karen Berger Told Douglas Rushkoff Not To Do His Comic At Vertigo | Comic Books | Scoop.it
From an interview with Douglas Rushkoff with the AV Club. AVC: It all comes back to Game Of Thrones. DR: It’s not a fringe HBO show, is it? It’s cra
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The Man Who Carved Darth Vader's Mask Is Busy On The Guardians Of The Galaxy

The Man Who Carved Darth Vader's Mask Is Busy On The Guardians Of The Galaxy | Comic Books | Scoop.it
We've learned that Brian Muir, the movie prop sculptor who worked on the Ark of the Convent, the Space Jockey and even Darth Vader's mask and armour, is busy at Pinewood with The Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Speculator Corner: Spawn #9 By Neil Gaiman And Todd McFarlane, The First Appearance Of Angela

Speculator Corner: Spawn #9 By Neil Gaiman And Todd McFarlane, The First Appearance Of Angela | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Spawn #9. The first appearance of Angela. It probably had a print run of around half a million. But quite a few of them are in landfill. This comic, by Neil
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Walking Dead #109 Tops Advance Reorder Charts - But Who Gets The Gravestone?

Walking Dead #109 Tops Advance Reorder Charts - But Who Gets The Gravestone? | Comic Books | Scoop.it
The advance reorder charts for the direct market reflects the comics that stores are trying to up their orders of ahead of shipping. Batman dominates with o
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