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Quote of the Day | Robert Kirkman on the price of success

“That’s the kind of thing that happens when things get as big as this is. There has been turmoil on the show and in the comic and a lot of crazy behind-the-scenes stuff, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to lie to you – it’s all worth it. It’s fun to have a successful comic and a successful show. Having a show as big as The Walking Dead that really is drawing attention on the comics industry as a whole and is definitely bringing new readers into stores … You know, the comics industry is very near and dear to my heart, and so, because this thing has grown into this giant machine that does seem to be serving a lot of purposes and doing a lot of good for a lot of people, if I have to deal with a couple of headaches from time to time, I think it’s completely worth it. It is a double-edged sword, but swords are pretty nice.”

Robert Kirkman, from an interview with Robot 6 alum Sean T. Collins,
addressing his recently resolved legal feud with former Walking Dead collaborator Tony Moore

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You hear that, everyone? He didn’t do it for the money. He did it for the industry!

My hero. <3

I’m astonished that the masses continue to gorge on mediocrity, whether it’s McDonald’s burgers, McMusic like Lady Gaga, or Kirkman’s McZombies.

Who was it that said “You can never go wrong underestimating the public”? (that’s probably not the exact quote)

QFT Jake

There’s another saying – “Simple minds are easily entertained”

Here’s the exact quote you’re looking for, Jake Earlewine. From H.L. Mencken:
“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

Mediocre it may be, but if it gets people into comic shops who wouldn’t be there otherwise, that’s a good thing, right? If it’s a good shop then the staff can recommend something less mediocre to the potential new reader such as “The Manhattan Projects” or “Who is Jake Ellis?” or maybe even something superhero related.

Oh Jake, if only the world was full of more people like you… it’d be a much better place. Or possibly full of arrogant, overbearing arseholes. Either way, it’d ay least be different.

QFT Jimmy.

I don’t understand why there’s hate from people on this. why does Anonymous’ comment sound sarcastic, but their name is Anonymous? why is Jake Earlewine saying TWD is mediocre? why is asdfjkl implying that people who enjoy TWD are simple minded?

why is it a bad thing to make money doing what you love? would you haters like TWD more if only you 3 read it and there was no tv show? would it be less mediocre then? would it be the ‘intelligent zombie comic book’ then?

I’d like to know what you three enjoy. Jake what would be your suggestion for the masses? what would be acceptable entertainment in your eyes, you know, so you’re not astonished by the mediocrity.

asdfjkl what would be acceptable to you? help my simple mind be better educated to the higher forms of intelligent entertainment that you seem to enjoy.

end of the day, i just wasted 10 minutes writing this garbage comment in response to 3 other garbage comments, so really you 3 idiots pat yourselves on the back, you’ve achieved your goal of bringing at least one person down to your level.

walking dead. the best at what it does. If you feel it is mediocre, you must not be watching and or reading what I am.

Why so angry, Chris?

The Walking Dead is good entertainment. It’s fun, it’s very readable and it’s not too ambitious.
Are there better but less successful comics out there? Sure.
Does it annoy some people? As seen above.

But Kirkman worked his ass off to get where he is, so I, for one, respect him.
To me, The Walking Dead great at what it does, and what it does may not be to your taste, but there aren’t many better ‘cliffhanger-to-cliffhanger’ comics. And I’d argue there aren’t better zombie comics at all.

Kudos to Sean for asking the question about Moore, and, moreover, to say some nice things about Moore while he was at it. Obviously Kirkman couldn’t get specific in his response, but it’s nice that he at least talked about it a little bit.

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