'Walking Dead' Creator to Miss Comic-Con

Robert Kirkman had to have surgery on his throat and will miss the July 8-12 event.
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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is going to miss Comic-Con.

The creator of the zombie drama announced Tuesday that he is going to miss his first Comic-Con in more than a decade after having throat surgery.

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"Unfortunately, after years and years of being healthier than my physique would indicate I had to have minor surgery on my throat," he wrote in a blog post on his company's website. "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."

The news comes at a busy time for Kirkman as he was poised to have three scripted series panel at Comic-Con: AMC's The Walking Dead and off-shoot Fear the Walking Dead as well as Cinemax's Outcast. Additionally, Kirkman was poised to participate in premiere event for his first feature film, Air, starring Walking Dead favorite Norman Reedus. All that was on top of comics panels for Skybound Entertainment's fifth anniversary as well as signings and more.

Kirkman also missed last week's Image Expo 2015. 

But Kirkman shouldn't feel too left out: Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is also skipping Comic-Con this year — to focus on the next book in the fantasy series.

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