Assignment X got a chance to sit down with Robert Kirkman for an interview. In the interview Kirkman talks about how and why he decided to create The Walking Dead, whether or not the show causes Kirkman to write the comic differently, and they talk about GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum (who says he’s a huge fan of the show) among other things.
ASSIGNMENT X: What made you decide that you wanted to tell a long-running zombie story? Did you look at movies like DAWN OF THE DEAD and go, “This is too short”?
KIRKMAN: Yeah, that’s exactly what happened. It was like, “Where do those people go in that helicopter? Where do they land, who do they meet, how do they carry on?” [At the time the comics were created], there was never any kind of a zombie story that maintained the same cast from novel to novel or movie to movie, and you never really got a long-term exploration of that world. That’s what I wanted as a fan, and any time as a writer you can do something that is something that you want as a fan, I think that’s a good thing. I think it means that you’re going to have a passion for that and it’s going to make the project that much better. So I set out to do the zombie movie that never ends, and that became THE WALKING DEAD.
AX: And how did you feel when it became a zombie movie of multiple seasons?
KIRKMAN: Yeah, it’s a little overwhelming. I mean, it’s a really good thing. I’m shocked any time I hear any more good news involving something that’s happened overseas with THE WALKING DEAD or some new demographic that we’ve learned about, or some kind of information – I mean, it’s just a wealth of good news that’s come from this show and it’s a really cool thing.
DAVID ALPERT: It’s great to hear that Rick Santorum has actually endorsed THE WALKING DEAD. We’re feeling very excited about that [laughs].
KIRKMAN: I didn’t know that. Is that true?
ALPERT: Huge fan.
KIRKMAN: Wow. It takes all kinds, I suppose [laughs].
ALPERT: It broadens our demographics.
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