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A Message from Robert Kirkman About San Diego Comic-Con

People of Earth,

It is with tremendous regret that I must inform you that I will not be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. I won’t be at the Skybound Comics panel in room 7AB on Thursday, 7/9, from 12-1pm or our Skybound Entertainment panel in room 6BCF from 3:30-4:30pm that same day. I won’t be at the WALKING DEAD or FEAR THE WALKING DEAD panels in Hall H Friday, which are taking place at 12pm and 1pm, respectively. I won’t be at the OUTCAST TV show panel in room 6DE on Saturday, 7/11, from 3-4pm. I won’t be signing at the Image Comics/Skybound – booth #2729. I won’t be at the Skybound Fifth Anniversary and AIR Premiere event. I won’t even be across the street at the Walker Stalker Fan Fest located at Petco Park, where you can get a hands on experience with OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD ahead of its 2016 release. Unfortunately, after years and years of being healthier than my physique would indicate I had to have minor surgery on my throat. Nothing serious, but in the aftermath of such a fun experience, it comes with a brief duration of time where I’m unable to speak so all that pink business inside me can heal. As luck would have it, that period of time overlaps with Comic-Con.

This is the first Comic-Con I’m missing in well over a decade. While I’m bummed that I can’t be there, there’s nothing keeping you from enjoying all the fun events I mentioned above despite my absence. Have you seen Andrew Lincoln’s eyes up close? You don’t want to miss those! Don’t pass up the opportunity to ask both Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens how much I enjoyed their performances in Gone Girl (hint, a lot). Believe me when I tell you the trailers we’re debuting for each of these three TV shows and Skybound’s first feature, AIR, are phenomenal and you’re definitely going to want to be among the first to see them. The Skybound booth is going to have all kinds of ridiculously awesome stuff at it, including a crossbow that fires littles foam darts. I’ve been terrorizing people around the office with it for months.

I plan on making my triumphant Comic-Con return next year, you’ve been warned. Until then I’ll just be catching up on work and eating a lot of ice cream. So go to a panel, buy an overpriced hotdog, and think of me when you’re buying Transformer toys. I wish you all a fun and safe Comic-Con. Someone please be sure to bootleg the Deadpool trailer for me!

-Robert Kirkman

  1. the general of lust July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Get well soon Rob. Am not going either if it makes you feel any better.

  2. kayce July 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    be well !! heal fast and comic on!!

  3. mcoppa123 July 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Get well soon Kirkman . Will KIRKMAN be attending New York Comic Con 2015 In October?????

  4. BASTET. July 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I’ll get that Deadpool trailer for ya & an endless supply of foam darts along with a couple tubs of Mayfield ice cream if you snatch that walker bust from Overkill & send it my way. Scratch that, I’d like to see Andrew Lincoln’s eyes up close… send HIM my way!

  5. Houstonz July 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    He’s just trying to dodge all the tomatoes that’ll get thrown for whatever happens in #144 tomorrow. lol Seriously though, here’s to a quick recovery! Take care.

  6. MikeJLacey July 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Hope you feel better soon Robert – and if this is just some way of avoiding the fallout from whatever’s in #144? We will find you…

  7. KingDead July 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply
  8. DaveRabbitt July 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I think a major reason he’s skipping is because of what’s happening in issue #144, the end of an arc and end of a compendium.

    Usually issues get a title. “A New Beginning” or something like that. Well the title for tomorrow’s comic is “…”

    And usually we get a 3 panel preview a week in advance. For issue #144 we just got one panel and a warning to not discuss the comic on social media.

    No title + No preview + No Kirkman + spoiler warning = MAJOR EVENT TOMORROW!!

  9. MaximumParty July 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Heal fast captain, i dont like it when my idols are sick hahaha

  10. evilhmi July 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Just don’t ever kill off rick …quick healing all will be well

  11. jmoore711b July 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Get well soon! And don’t fret that you can’t speak. #144 left us all speechless too.

  12. ihatepeacocks July 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    While I hope Kirkman gets well soon, I do love how Chris Hardwick and The TWD Cast paid tribute to his absence at Comic Con.


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