Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard walked out to loud applause at the opening of The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel at New York Comic-Con 2013. The panel began with screen shots of the covers for their newest 12-issue story arc titled â€œAll Out War.â€ Robert Kirkman went on to explain that the first issue in the series â€“ number 115 â€“ came out this past Wednesday. They had 352,000 copies printed and it sold out within the first few days, making it the highest selling single-issue comic so far. The second printing will have four issues.
Adlard, who has been drawing the series since the beginning of its run, did a special cover that included major scenes from the past 10 years. The panelists proceeded to show some artwork from the new issue, the first being a panel in which Rick is leading a small army â€“ gun pointed forward â€“ to fight adversary Negan. Adlard began to talk about the inking process saying, â€œIn the past 20 years, I have never ever not inked myself. Stefano is the new inker â€“ he is proving us right and doing a bang up job. I hope the pencils are living up to the inks.â€
Kirkman went on to talk about the covers again â€“ showing all of the covers for â€œAll Out Warâ€ on the screen â€“ stating that the â€œcovers are colored by Dave Stewart, who has done award-winning work on Hellboy.â€
The two began to talk about other Walking Dead related material coming out this year. A â€œfirstâ€ for the comic is that issue number one is being re-released in full color for the first time. Kirkman and his team are also excited about releasing the series in Spanish in the U.S. Adlard is coming out with a book called The Art of Charlie Adlard in which he describes as â€œa book to show that I donâ€™t just draw zombies,â€ which garnered a lot of laughter from the crowd. Kirkman quipped, â€œit shows you can draw an astronaut with a zombie head.â€
The Q&A session revealed some unique insights from Kirkman and Adlard. In reference to antagonist Negan, an audience member asked where Kirkman was able to find a character even scarier than the governor. â€œItâ€™s fun to write good characters,â€ Kirkman said. â€œBut itâ€™s so much more fun to write scary, crazy characters like Negan.â€ After a fan asked about the decision to stick with the black and white medium, Kirkman noted, â€œWhen I started The Walking Dead, I thought it was going to get canceled by issue 12, so I thought if I did it in black and white, it would make it to issue 15.â€ Adlard noted that many artists he admires work in black and white. â€œOne of my heroes is Saul Vass; he works in color, but he uses a limited color palate. For me, itâ€™s the perfect medium,â€ Adlard said.
Giving the audience a view into Kirkmanâ€™s perspective, the author said that at first, he based Carl on himself and Rick on his father. â€œWhen I started having kids, it changed and I suddenly became Rick, with my kids in Carlâ€™s shoes,â€ Kirkman said.
Fans can look forward to The Walking Dead panel tomorrow featuring the cast of the show, where Kirkman let out a possible surprise might take place. â€œYou may get a hint of the newest character to be introduced to the show at tomorrowâ€™s panel,â€ Kirkman said. â€œNot sure if I was supposed to say that.â€
Last of all, when asked about the spinoff show, Kirkman cheekily joked that it will be called, â€œThe Dixonsâ€ and will feature five Dixon brothers: Merle, Daryl, and triplets all played by Norman Reedus. â€œThereâ€™s even a full banjo episode,â€ he said. â€œI could do this all day.â€
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