Comic-Con 2015: Surgery Will Force Robert Kirkman To Skip SDCC


When it comes to zombies anyway, it’s Robert Kirkman’s world, and we’re just living in it. The co-creator of The Walking Dead has built that property into a pop culture empire, staying involved in the production side on the TV show based on his relentlessly popular comic, as well as its upcoming spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. Kirkman should be basking in all of his success at Comic-Con 2015 later this week, right?

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Normally he would be, but not this year. In a blog post on the Skybound Entertainment site, Kirkman announced that he won’t be making the trip to San Diego due to minor but necessary surgery on his throat.

"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."

The events he’s referencing include multiple Skybound panels, Hall H panels for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, autograph signings and the Walker Stalker Fan Fest at Petco Park. His absence will no doubt be a bummer for fans of the franchise, but considering he hasn’t missed a Comic-Con in “well over a decade” and is already vowing to return in 2016, everyone should get a chance to see him next July at the latest.

And considering the way his zombie-fueled juggernaut keeps shambling on, probably before that.

(via Comic Book Resources)

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