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Publisher Image Comics (#1 to Present)
Skybound Entertainment (#76 to Present)
Volumes Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire
Volume 5: The Best Defense
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life
Volume 7: The Calm Before
Volume 8: Made To Suffer
Volume 9: Here We Remain
Volume 10: What We Become
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters
Volume 12: Life Among Them
Volume 13: Too Far Gone
Volume 14: No Way Out
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves
Volume 16: A Larger World
Volume 17: Something To Fear
Volume 18: What Comes After
Volume 19: March To War
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two
Volume 22: A New Beginning
Volume 23 (TBA)
Issues 138 (129 Released)
Published October 8, 2003 to Present

The Walking Dead is a monthly black-and-white American comic that started in 2003, and was created and written by Robert Kirkman with artist Tony Moore. The current artists for the series are Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn and Dave Stewart. The comic is published by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Development

Story Development

In answer to the question:

"Did you have a masterplan from the very beginning or you're developing things "on the go"?"

Robert Kirkman responded:

"As far as a master plan goes--I don't have one. When I started, I had mapped the book up to about where I am now, actually. (Issue 37) I've...changed some things here and there...along the way I've come up with dozens of other things to do with the book that will keep it going and keep...[it] interesting for years to come. I'm constantly thinking of new and horrible things that will happen to these characters. I love them so much, but I love doing terrible things to them."
"So...I pretty much write things on the go from issue to issue, but I follow a larger plot I've got mapped out for some time. I like to play things fast and loose, though. That's how life is--we never know what's going to come next. so while I do have a road map--if a side road pops up on the horizon at the last minute, I don't hesitate to go that route knowing that I can eventually get back on the main road at a later date."[1]

Robert Kirkman's updated statement to the same question in Letter Hacks of Issue 104:

"I have a solid plot through Issue 200 and general ideas that could continue after that. I'm at a point with the series where I plot in 24 issue chunks, loosely... then I flesh things out as I write. I try to have at least 4 of those chunks planned, but there are times when a new chunk of issues is dropped in and things get pushed back... that's why I have such far reaching plans. Basically, I'm saying this book looks like it will be around for a while."

In response to a question:

You said that the book is plotted a long ways out ... do you ever find yourself straying a bit from your plans but then eventually coming back on track?

Robert Kirkman responded:

"Yes, a few [times], but I can't mention some because they haven't happened yet. Dexter and Andrew were originally just going to leave the prison--and not try to kick everyone out. But when I was writing Issue 18, I figured "these guys wouldn't just leave." So I had to change the ending. Originally, Hershel was going to lose a leg, not Allen, but I decided so much bad stuff had happened to Hershel already with losing his kids and all, having him then also lose a leg would seem unrealistic ... like I had it out for the guy ... so Allen's leg was lost. I also wasn't planning on killing Allen, I loved Allen, until the issue he died in was being written. It just seemed like it needed the extra punch of him dying ... and so he died. Seemed like a good idea at the time."[2]

Reddit Q&A:

"I do plan on doing at least 300 issues, but if I'm having this much fun then I won't stop there. Also, if I suddenly start having a lot LESS fun, I may end it earlier, but I don't see that happening. I'm in for the long haul, and Charlie Adlard is too. As far as a new group/location... not exactly... although there are some REALLY cool changes coming up in Issue 127."

Cause of Outbreak

Kirkman explained that going back to explain how the government originally collapsed, "...doesn't interest me, for the time being...I may change my mind eventually."[3] As to the cause of the zombie outbreak, Kirkman wrote, "I have ideas [about the cause of the zombie plague]...but it's nothing set in stone because I never plan on writing it. So yes...I do know...kind of."[4]

In response to a question:

"I think you should elaborate more on how people can turn into zombies without one biting you, or how this whole mess started in the first place. Was it like a plague or a rapture kind of thing?"

Kirkman responded:

"...That starts to get into the origin of all this stuff, and I think that's unimportant to the series itself, There will be smaller answers as things progress ... but never will we see the whole picture."[5]

Timeline

In regard to the timeline, Robert Kirkman wrote in 2007, "The Walking Dead takes place in our world, as if this stuff had started happening in October 2003 and continued from there. Now, (Issue 38) in the book it's still only like...June 2004 at this point (If you're keeping track)."[6] "[The Walking Dead] is set in modern times ... but the book started in 2003 and only a year has passed in the book. But that doesn't mean it's 2004 in the book ... maybe it's 2009 ... who knows ... who really cares. I don't want to be specific it also smells funny in there."[7]

The Rest of the World

In response to a question:

"...are we ever gonna get an idea of what's going on in the rest of the world? Like in canada, or even overseas?"

Response:

"We'll only see what's going on if the characters we're following go there. So we'd never randomly cut to Canada or anywhere, randomly. So it's likely we're not going to see most of the world."[8]

Volumes/Issues

Title Issues Publication Dates
1. "Days Gone Bye" #1, #2#3#4#5#6 October 2003 - March 2004
2. "Miles Behind Us" #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12 April 2004 - September 2004
3. "Safety Behind Bars" #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18 October 2004 - April 2005
4. "The Heart's Desire" #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24 June 2005 - November 2005
5. "The Best Defense" #25, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30 January 2006 - August 2006
6. "This Sorrowful Life" #31, #32, #33, #34, #35, #36 September 2006 - March 2007
7. "The Calm Before" #37, #38, #39, #40, #41, #42 May 2007 - September 2007
8. "Made To Suffer" #43, #44, #45, #46, #47, #48 October 2007 - April 2008
9. "Here We Remain" #49, #50, #51, #52, #53, #54 May 2008 - November 2008
10. "What We Become" #55, #56, #57, #58, #59, #60 December 2008 - April 2009
11. "Fear The Hunters" #61, #62, #63, #64, #65, #66 May 2009 - October 2009
12. "Life Among Them" #67, #68, #69, #70, #71, #72 November 2009 - May 2010
13. "Too Far Gone" #73, #74, #75, #76, #77, #78 June 2010 - October 2010
14. "No Way Out" #79, #80, #81, #82, #83, #84 November 2010 - April 2011
15. "We Find Ourselves" #85, #86, #87, #88, #89, #90 May 2011 - October 2011
16. "A Larger World" #91, #92, #93, #94, #95, #96 November 2011 - April 2012
17. "Something To Fear" #97, #98, #99, #100, #101, #102 May 2012 - September 2012
18. "What Comes After" #103, #104, #105, #106, #107, #108 October 2012 - March 2013
19. "March To War" #109, #110, #111, #112, #113, #114 April 2013 - September 2013
20. "All Out War - Part One" #115, #116, #117, #118, #119, #120 October 2013 - January 2014
21. "All Out War - Part Two" #121, #122, #123, #124, #125, #126 February 2014 - April 2014
22. "A New Beginning" #127, #128, #129, #130, #131, #132 May 2014 - October 2014
23. TBA #133, #134, #135, #136, #137, #138 October 2014 - March 2015

Synopsis

For the storyline of each comic issue, see Storyline (By Issue).

Gallery

For the Comic Series Cover Gallery, see Cover Gallery.

Awards

  • Eisner Award - Best Continuing Series (2010) - Winner

Trivia

  • Robert Kirkman promoted the Comic Series as "the zombie movie that never ends".[1]
  • In Issue 38, Robert Kirkman writes there is "ONE zombie who's appeared no less than three different times in the book."[6]
  • Originally, the name for the comic was "The Night of The Living Dead". The pilot for the comic was also set in the 1960's.
    • Additionally, instead of being set in Georgia, it was to take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Prior to its initial release, a pilot for the Comic Series was released to Image Comics with a very different storyline and direction.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Issue 37, page 25, Letter Hacks, Interview with Andrea Voglino for Italian magazine Alias/Il Manifesto.
  2. Issue 43, page 31, Letter Hacks, see also Issue 48, Trivia section
  3. Issue 50, page 33, Letter Hacks.
  4. Issue 54, page 27, Letter Hacks
  5. Issue 46, page 27, Letter Hacks.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Issue 38, unknown page, Letter Hacks.
  7. Issue 58, page 25, Letter Hacks.
  8. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20u6xf/im_robert_kirkman_creator_of_the_walking_dead_ama/cg6rjxg Reddit
Comic Issues
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24
Volume 5: The Best Defense Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
Volume 7: The Calm Before Issue 37Issue 38Issue 39Issue 40Issue 41Issue 42
Volume 8: Made To Suffer Issue 43Issue 44Issue 45Issue 46Issue 47Issue 48
Volume 9: Here We Remain Issue 49Issue 50Issue 51Issue 52Issue 53Issue 54
Volume 10: What We Become Issue 55Issue 56Issue 57Issue 58Issue 59Issue 60
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters Issue 61Issue 62Issue 63Issue 64Issue 65Issue 66
Volume 12: Life Among Them Issue 67Issue 68Issue 69Issue 70Issue 71Issue 72
Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
Volume 14: No Way Out Issue 79Issue 80Issue 81Issue 82Issue 83Issue 84
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves Issue 85Issue 86Issue 87Issue 88Issue 89Issue 90
Volume 16: A Larger World Issue 91Issue 92Issue 93Issue 94Issue 95Issue 96
Volume 17: Something To Fear Issue 97Issue 98Issue 99Issue 100Issue 101Issue 102
Volume 18: What Comes After Issue 103Issue 104Issue 105Issue 106Issue 107Issue 108
Volume 19: March To War Issue 109Issue 110Issue 111Issue 112Issue 113Issue 114
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two Issue 121Issue 122Issue 123Issue 124Issue 125Issue 126
Volume 22: A New Beginning Issue 127Issue 128Issue 129Issue 130Issue 131Issue 132
Volume 23 Issue 133Issue 134Issue 135Issue 136Issue 137Issue 138
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