The Big Lie That Robert Kirkman Told To Get The Walking Dead Published

The Big Lie That Robert Kirkman Told To Get The Walking Dead Published

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-01-14    2 min read

“At that point in my career, I had never done anything at all that was successful,” said Robert Kirkman on the new AMC show, Secret History of Comics. In order for zombies to rule the world, Kirkman had to lie in a pitch meeting.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

“I wanted to do a zombie comic because I had been watching tons of George Romero movies and I had fallen in love with that genre. I [thought] there was so much more you could do with the genre that hasn’t really been explored,” said Robert Kirkman.

The lie, of course, involved an eventual alien invasion.

Robert Kirkman’s Greatest Lie In Zombie History

Secret History Of Comics | Photo Credit Nerdist

Robert Kirkman pitched an idea called Planet of the Zombies to the President of Image Comics. The idea was quickly shot down, but “Zombie books have never, ever sold in [the] business.”

In order to differentiate himself, Robert Kirkman promised that if he could do a version of The Walking Dead, he would eventually include aliens. So after a dozen or so issues, they finally asked, Where are the aliens?

By this time, the comic was so successful that Robert Kirkman could tell the truth. He never, ever, intended to have aliens in the comic book.

“Jump The Shark” With Alien Invasion

The Walking Dead Prank | Photo Credit Image Comics

Later in his career, people would also say he would one day run out of ideas. Again, Kirkman joked he would just bring in aliens and “ruin the book.” Luckily, this never officially happened outside of being a joke.

“My response as a joke was, ‘Oh, we’re going to this until issue 75, and then I’m going to run out of ideas, and then I’m going to do an alien invasion and just kind of completely ruin the book. That’s when we’ll jump the shark and it’ll be terrible and everybody will hate it.,” said Kirkman to Entertainment Weekly.

While we’ve seen some pretty insane moments in The Walking Dead, there’s nothing so out of character as aliens on the show. Then again, some people think that the series could one day involve some immune characters.

Would you stop watching the show if they one day brought in aliens? Do you think we’ll ever see a cure (read here)?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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