Zombie Author Robert Kirkman
Rober Kirkman is the author of
The Walking Dead, Compendium One
The Walking Dead, Compendium Two
The Walking Dead Comics
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part One
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part Two
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics in 2008, and has also launched his own imprint, Skybound Comics.
He has no illusions about his own potential survival in a zombie apocalypse:
“I’m overweight, I’m not very healthy, I’m gonna be very slow..it’s going to be a slow painful death for me.” (G4 TV)In many interviews, Kirkman thanks Jim Valentino for his mentorship and support.
"...Jim Valentino was a very strong force early on in my career. He had given me advice on other things that greatly helped my books."Robert Kirkman hasn't lost sight of his beginnings:
"I've been lucky enough to befriend a lot of my heroes from when I was growing up reading comics," Kirkman says. "I never really lose sight of just how weird that is, like, 'Wow, this is my life now and that guy who drew that poster that was on my wall when I was 14 is hanging out with me at this park while our kids swing.' " (USA Today)
What Makes Robert Kirkman Unique?Robert Kirkman hadR a little trouble selling The Walking Dead to his publisher. Originally, his really the work of aliens, as a form of warfare against humanity. It worked. As Subculture for the Cultured reports:
The Walking Dead was released, and quickly gained a a loyal fan base. Soon, execs questioned Kirkman about the alien angle. Kirkman finally told them the truth: there were no aliens. Ever. At that point, it didn't matter anymore."Executives at Image didn’t think the whole zombie angle had quite enough punch, which led Kirkman to say “Well what if it was really about aliens?” Image Comics immediately jumped on board with this idea, unaware that Kirkman had absolutely no intention of incorporating extraterrestrials. From that simple lie a flagship comic book series was born culminating in a hit TV show."
Robert Kirkman: Five Descriptive Links
- Interview with Robert Kirkman BEFORE the debut of the TV series
- IGN has a lengthy Robert Kirkman interview
- Newsarama discusses success with Robert Kirkman
- A Very Early review of Volume #1 by Robert Kirkman (from 2009)
- A Very Early interview of Robert Kirkman (from 2004)