I remember living at home with my parents in Las Vegas in 2003. I had fallen on some bad times but then had gotten a job and had some spare income. I heard about a comic book show coming to Las Vegas for the first time and I was off to see what I could find. When I arrived at the show I remember two gentlemen sitting behind a table trying to sell issues of their newly released comic.
That comic was The Walking Dead and I bought an issue without even thinking about it.
The comic has been adapted to a great television series, video games and even other novels that are spin offs or one shots. Zombie comics usually have a short life but this comic went on and on for months if not years. And people wondered when this tale was going to reach an end.
We recently received news that Walking Dead 193 would be the ending to this saga.
After the events of Walking Dead 192 with the death of Rick Grimes there were even fake solicitations showing off covers of the Walking Dead issues 194 and 195. However, we had no idea that this was coming and in Robert Kirkman’s letter column he had this to say:
“I hate knowing what’s coming, as a fan, I hate it when I realize I’m in the third act of a movie and the story is winding down. I hate that I can count commercial breaks and know I’m nearing the end of a TV show. I hate that you can feel when you’re getting to the end of a book, or a graphic novel. Some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones are when they’re structured in such a way and paced to perfection so your brain can’t tell if it’s been watching for 15 minutes or 50 minutes … and when the end comes … you’re stunned.
“I love long movies for that very reason. You lose track of time because you went in convinced that you’re going to be there for a long time, but the story moves at such an entertaining and engaging pace that by the time the movie’s wrapping up … you can’t believe it’s already over. Surprise, it’s over! All I’ve ever done, all a creator can really do … is tailor-make stories to entertain themselves, and hope the audience feels the same way. That’s all I’ve ever been doing … and it seems to work most of the time.”
You can pick up this issue of The Walking Dead at your local comic shop, if there are any left. What do you think about Robert Kirkman ending The Walking Dead? Do you think it will be a good ending or will things end bad for the group? Let us know by commenting below!