Monday, July 13, 2015

Robert Kirkman: King of the Comic Book Moguls?

Super Dinosaur is one of a growing number of Skybound properties. Credit: Skybound Entertainment.
By +Tim Beyers


Welcome to the show notes for issue 41 of +The Full Bleed. This news issue goes between the panels to explain how Robert Kirkman won this year's San Diego Comic Con, and why I think he's shaping up to be one of a handful of comic book moguls. Specifically:
  • He's making huge strides on TV. As of this writing, over 1.5 million have viewed the trailer for Fear The Walking Dead, which premieres on Aug. 23 on AMC. Outcast also got a trailer in advance of its 2016 debut on Cinemax. Season 6 of The Walking Dead falls in between, returning on screens in October. More than 4 million had tuned into Friday's Comic-Con trailer as of this writing.
  • Skybound is doing nearly as well. Kirkman's comics imprint celebrated five years at SDCC by showing off the sorts of projects you'd expect from a full-blown studio, including a licensing deal with Telltale Games to expand The Walking Dead narrative video game world with a Michonne mini-series. 
  • Finally, there's Skybound's first movie, Air, produced in concert with Sony Pictures. Only 17,000 had tuned in as of this writing but that's as much due to the sensory overload of Comic-Con than anything else. 
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a Kirkman fan. He was kind enough to sign my youngest son's copy of an issue of Super Dinosaur at SDCC 2013. He'll read as much SD as I can get for him. (For now, we have every issue and the collected works.)

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The point here is that Kirkman's brand is bigger than the genres he serves, which I think is good news for independent creators. Success may not come quickly or easily, but with time and consistent effort, it is possible to get your stories in front of a wide audience.


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