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    6. Robert Kirkman
    Known For: "The Walking Dead." Big Number: In March, he had four of the top 10 paperback slots and three of the top 10 hardcover slots on The New York Times graphic books best-seller list.

    “Zombie fiction is a little untapped, and there’s a lot of potential to explore there,” says Kirkman of the genre he brought into the mainstream, first with the hit graphic novel, then with the TV show based on it. The AMC drama continues to rewrite ratings records in its third season, with its October return drawing nearly 11 million viewers — the biggest drama series telecast in basic cable history. While the bow was impressive, it’s just part of the banner year for the veteran comic-book writer and Image Comics partner. In addition to writing and executive producing the Walking Dead comic and AMC series, Kirkman oversees his own imprint at Skybound, publisher of his latest effort, Thief of Thieves. The crime thriller already is being adapted by AMC. Says the married father of two, “Being able to watch everyone in the Walking Dead writers room adapting a nugget of what’s in the comics and spin them into completely cool things has made me a better writer.”

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