NYCC 2012: KIRKMAN Presents Skybound: On The Rise
Friday’s Skybound panel at New York Comic Con 2012 began with a technical glitch – a malfunctioning computer prevented the launch of a slideshow. It hardly affected the mood of the discussion however, which was directed by Robert Kirkman and touched on a little bit of everything being offered up by the publishing imprint of Image Comics in the coming months.
The topic then switched to the upcoming Witch Doctor: Mal Practice Volume 2 six-issue mini-series, due November 28, 2012. Brandon Seifert likened it to “Dr. House fighting supernatural diseases,” and proceeded to offer the following: “It opens with the Doctor going into a bar, meeting a girl and then waking up and having no memory past that. This kicks off the worst 36 hours of Dr. Marrow’s life.” Artist Lukas Ketner clearly couldn’t be happier with the direction of the story, saying “this story arc has got some of the stuff I’ve been waiting to draw since the beginning of the series. I can’t wait to draw it and see it.” He also teased, “in the third issue, the Doctor gets stitched inside a voodoo doll.” The audience was clearly intrigued. Andy Diggle, who will be writing the third arc on Thief of Thieves as of issue 14, is also quite pleased with his gig. “I’ve spent the last year saying I’d rather write capers than capes. It’s great fun. I’m really enjoying it. You guys have created these really strong characters – I know who they are and how they talk. I wrote it fast, and normally it’s like pulling teeth with me.” The storyline is considered the largest heist in the series thus far. “It does feel like it’s been building up to it for a year – it’s been a long tease so we have to make sure it pays off.”
From there, the Q&A portion began, with every second person in line offering heart-felt praise and thanks en lieu of inquiries. “We’re actually not accepting questions anymore. We just want you to say thank you for everything!” Kirkman quipped. Among the compliments they received: “Thank you for taking everything Marvel and DC does and do it better and in less time.”
One fan asked how a specific scene from The Walking Dead, in which the Governor commits a rape, would translate to the television. “You’re standing in front of a crowd of people asking, ‘is there going to be the rape? Where’s that rape?’” Kirkman teased. “We’re not going to pull any punches. AMC has been good to let us do a lot of stuff, but we haven’t really hit any restrictions yet. I’m not going to say we’re adapting things directly, but the Governor is going to be the Governor.”
Another wondered how many of his various original properties he is able to oversee. “I’m able to retain control over a lot of things. It is sometimes difficult to maintain control over everything to do with The Walking Dead…but I try to make sure I have an active hand in making sure everything is cool.”
Fans were happy to hear some Skybound merchandise is on the way to store shelves. “You’ll be able to get a Super Dinosaur sled at Wal-Mart later this year”, Kirkman revealed and hinted at Witch Doctor t-shirts coming as well.
Finally, he noted some interesting recent news. “Thief of Thieves is currently in development at AMC,” he shared. “We’ll find out if it makes it to air eventually. I’ll be an executive producer on that show and maybe I’ll write episodes. Who knows?”Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!