Scott Meslow interviews Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic series:
There's very little "new" that's brought to the zombie plate here. [The Walking Dead] is kind of my effort to canonize zombie lore. Vampires have a set bunch of rules, werewolves have a set bunch of rulesbut a lot of time, when people try to do something with zombies, they try to reinvent the wheel ... It's confusing, and they have to explain it all. So I decided to start with the base, corewhat I consider to be the ideal, perfect zombieand go from there.
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