The Lie That Got 'Walking Dead' Published (Exclusive Video)

In an excerpt from next year's "The Image Revolution" documentary, Robert Kirkman talks about convincing Image Comics to publish the zombie series.

These days, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on TV, with a massively successful series for AMC, a video game series from Telltale Games and a prose series from Macmillan all having been spun out of Robert Kirkman's original comic book. But it nearly didn't happen.

In this exclusive clip from Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution, Kirkman and Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson tell the story of what Kirkman had to do in order to convince Image to publish the series in the first place -- including the unexpected revelation of just what the writer told Image was behind the zombie apocalypse.

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