Robert Kirkman

June 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Walking Dead’ to celebrate 10th anniversary at Comic-Con

Robert Kirkman on the set of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page / AMC)
Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Created by writer Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, the monthly comic about a ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors was first released by Image Comics in October 2003. Since then, “The Walking Dead” has won an Eisner Award for best continuing series and has spawned spinoff books, video games and a hit television series on AMC, becoming one of the most well-known zombie tales in pop culture. “The Walking Dead” 10th anniversary celebrations at Comic-Con International — the massive entertainment expo which runs July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center — will include zombie costume contests, a zombie makeup station, celebrity appearances and a booth to play “The Walking Dead” video game. “It’s hard to believe the […]
March 13, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.

‘Battle Pope’: When Robert Kirkman took on the pontificate

'Battle Pope' (featured image)
With Wednesday’s announcement of the new Roman Catholic Pope and “The Walking Dead’s” recent record-breaking ratings, now might be the best time to revisit one of “Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman’s earlier (though not holier) enterprises: “Battle Pope.” Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, may have been named the 266th pontiff, but in the pages of Kirkman’s “Battle Pope,” the leader of the Roman Catholic church was Oswald Leopold II, a cigar-smoking, demon-slaying sinner tasked with saving humankind after the Rapture. “Battle Pope” was written by Kirkman and co-created and illustrated by Tony Moore, the “Walking Dead” comic artist who later sued Kirkman, alleging the writer tricked him into surrendering his rights to the franchise. (They settled out of court in September.) In 2000, the pair independently published the 14-issue series before it was picked up and reprinted […]
Feb. 08, 2013 | 6:07 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Steven Yeun’s Glenn is beating heart of AMC series

'Walking Dead' star Steven Yeun (featured image)
On a sidewalk across Wilshire Boulevard from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Steven Yeun, one of the stars of “The Walking Dead,” was handing out refreshments to passersby just before lunchtime. The gourmet street food came courtesy of the Bun Truck, which Yeun’s younger brother Brian co-owns and operates, serving Korean-Mediterranean fusion cuisine to hungry Angelenos. The actor stood by, helping visitors puzzle over the menu, strongly recommending the spicy pig “sammich” with a side of the duck fat fries. When it comes to potatoes, glistening and golden, studded with garlic and rosemary, he noted, it’s hard to go wrong. Yeun’s amiable nature is familiar to fans of AMC’s hit zombie series. As Glenn Rhee, he functions as a likable everyman, the closest thing to a romantic hero in an unrelentingly brutal apocalyptic world. “Steven is the heart […]
Feb. 08, 2013 | 5:38 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’: New website to launch this weekend

A screengrab of Robert Kirkman's new website, which will launch on Sunday.
Keeping tabs on Robert Kirkman’s sprawling “The Walking Dead” empire is about to get easier. On Sunday, Kirkman and his Image Comics imprint Skybound will  launch — an online clearinghouse for all things “The Walking Dead.” According to a release sent to The Times, the site will have information not just about the comic books and graphic novels, but also recaps of the television show and news about “The Walking Dead” video games. There will also be exclusive contests, information about live “The Walking Dead” events, and a “The Walking Dead” wiki. Zombie quiz: Prove you’re smarter than a zombie will not go live until Sunday, and as of Friday evening, there wasn’t even a place holder on the site yet, but we were able to get a screenshot of what it will look like. The site’s launch […]
Feb. 07, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara: Comic fans won’t guess what’s coming

AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” returns for the second half of its third season Sunday with an installment titled “The Suicide King.” The run of eight episodes marks the end of the line for departing show runner Glen Mazzara, who leaves his position as a result of creative differences with the network. Word of his departure came as a shock to fans. Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2, and the series thrived during his tenure, enjoying remarkable success in its third season. The show kicked off to record-breaking ratings this past October and remained wildly popular with audiences and critics, who praised “The Walking Dead” for its complex examination […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Glen Mazzara talks war, revenge, hope as show returns

Rick Grimes from 'The Walking Dead' (featured image)
When word came down that “The Walking Dead” would be renewed for a fourth season, it was hardly a surprise. The AMC zombie series has become a pop culture touchpoint, bringing in record-breaking ratings and introducing mainstream audiences to the type of expertly crafted horror movie gore that once only devoted genre fans cheered. Far more shocking was the news that Glen Mazzara would leave his post as show runner, a reportedly amicable parting of the ways that resulted from creative differences between Mazzara and the network. (Mazzara, of course, is the second show runner in just three seasons to part from “The Walking Dead” under mysterious circumstances — series creator Frank Darabont left the show during the production of Season 2.) The experienced producer is remaining in his position to see through the conclusion of the season, though, a […]
Jan. 21, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Invincible’: Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley signing at Earth-2 Comics

Want to meet Robert Kirkman? Now’s your chance. The man whose name is these days most often associated with “The Walking Dead” — either the hit AMC zombie series or the comic book — will appear with illustrator Ryan Ottley on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks to celebrate the 100th issue of their comic “Invincible” and to commemorate the store’s 10th anniversary. Published by Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics, “Invincible” offers a fascinating take on the superhero comic — Mark Grayson must come to terms with the powers he possesses and the legacy that comes with being the offspring of the world’s most powerful hero, Omni-Man. Over the course of “Invincible’s” narrative, Grayson’s story has taken a number of unexpected twists, and in the process won a devoted following. Kirkman created “Invincible” with Cory Walker, […]
Dec. 21, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Season 4 official, no Glen Mazzara

It’s a good-news, bad-news scenario for fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The cable outlet renewed the hit zombie series for a fourth season Friday morning, but show runner Glen Mazzara will not be at the helm. “My time as show runner on ‘The Walking Dead’ has been an amazing experience, but after I finish Season 3, it’s time to move on,” Mazzara said in a statement. “I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.” A statement released by AMC said that there is “a difference of opinion about where the show should go” and had concluded that it would be best to part ways. Although the statement […]
Nov. 30, 2012 | 11:44 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Glen Mazzara promises shocking cliffhanger

Michonne (Danai Gurira) in a scene from "The Walking Dead." (Blake Tyers / AMC)
The title of Sunday’s mid-season finale of the “The Walking Dead,” “Made to Suffer,” certainly implies nothing good for Rick Grimes and the survivors. The group is divided now into two forces — the ones who remained behind at the prison with the newly named infant Judith and the strike team that headed to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie from the Governor. Written by Robert Kirkman, the episode will be the last new chapter audiences will see of the hit AMC zombie series until it returns from a weeks-long hiatus in mid-February. Before heading back to Georgia where production wraps on Season 3 today, show runner Glen Mazzara took time to assess the storyline so far and to offer some hints about what lies ahead. Caution, spoilers ahead. HC: I’m curious, what are your thoughts on the first half […]
Nov. 11, 2012 | 10:56 a.m.

Robert Kirkman on ‘Walking Dead’ future: ‘Anything could happen’

Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) share a heart-breaking moment in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page / AMC)
Last week’s shocking episode of “The Walking Dead” was the very definition of heartwrenching — with two key characters dying and one vanishing. (If you’re behind in your viewing, this would maybe be a good time to stop reading; if you’d like to relive the trauma, click through the image gallery above). Robert Kirkman, the show’s executive producer and the creator of the comic book that spawned AMC’s hit zombie drama, said that the decision to kill off Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori and IronE Singleton’s T-Dog — and to not specifically address what might have happened to Carol (Melissa McBride) was designed to underscore just how high the stakes are for the remaining survivors in the harsh, unforgiving world — an ensemble of characters that now includes a tiny newborn baby. “It was definitely a lot,” said Kirkman, speaking by […]
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