NYCC 2012: KIRKMANIA! Walking Dead, Invincible, More
All things Robert Kirkman were revealed at the New York Comic Con on Sunday afternoon with the Kirkmania panel. Fans swarmed The Walking Dead creator for a question-and-answer session.
The first question was from a fan asking about how Kirkman keeps loose ends from spewing out. Kirkman said he used to keep notes and write everything down, and when he sat down to write, he would compare to those notes. Now he writes his notes down on an iPhone, which makes his life much easier. "There's probably a lot of stories that didn't make it anywhere -- they probably died from poor handwriting," he said.
Another fan asked what kept Kirkman inspired, particularly when he started out. "I like to say that one of the things that made me successful was my stupidity -- I had seven or eight very distinct points in my life where I should have quit," he said. "At one point I sat in the lobby at an Amazon.com warehouse while I was working on Battle Pope… I wound up just leaving. I thought, I couldn't come to this place everyday. It's that drive, that stupidity, that makes you keep going."Kirkman added that old comics from when he was young – even stuff that isn't great – also helps. Peter David's run on Hulk was a highlight for him. "It takes me back to everything I love about comics… it really excites me, reminds me of why I do what I do."
A younger fan asked if we would find out how the infection got started. "Absolutely not," Kirkman said, adding that that's usually covered in zombie stories. What's more important is the horrible things people do to one another, Kirkman said.
Has Kirkman wanted to do something in the show from the comic that was considered "too brutal" for television? "It hasn't happened yet, thankfully… AMC lets us push the boundaries. I don't know if you've seen a show called Breaking Bad," Kirkman said. "That's really a good example of, 'yeah, you can do a lot of cool things on AMC.' So we haven't found that barrier yet… but I find that disconcerting. So I've sort of made it my mission to try to find that barrier."
When asked about other kinds of zombie stories, Kirkman suggested a New Zealand zombie movie called Undead -- a guy has spurs on his boots, does a flip and latches onto the ceiling to kill a bunch of zombies.
A fan asked about the Thief of Thieves show in development. Kirkman said he's working with Chic Eglee, who will be executive producer and is working on the pilot. They'll then show AMC the script, who will decide whether or not to shoot it, and based on that, they'll decide whether or not to make it a show.
Why the drastic change in look from the Governor between the comics and the show? "We struggled with that -- we could have given David Morrisey a wig and put a mustache on his face, but we thought it would look fake. Some things just don't translate," he said. Kirkman said they are accentuating the politician side of the Governor -- he's a silver-tongued devil, but he will still be terrible, Kirkman said. "He's just like Romney," he said. "Half the room claps, the other half is pissed."
A fan whose mother loves the comic and TV show asked, do you hate your characters, or do you just like to maniacally laugh? "I love my readers, and I know the things I do to my characters are bizarrely entertaining," Kirkman said. "I guess I hate the fake people I torture every month."Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!