The Walking Dead has as many feuds as The Real Housewives.
Original showrunner Frank Darabont vs. AMC. Second showrunner Glen Mazzara vs. AMC and possibly Robert Kirkman. And TWD comic book writer Robert Kirkman vs. Marvel Comics. If any of these men were female, they'd be given meow sound effects, so they should count themselves lucky.
Robert Kirkman is a highly respected and extremely busy guy, working on much more than The Walking Dead comics while executive producing the insanely successful TV show for AMC. If he has a beef about something, people listen, since he knows what he's talking about — especially when it comes to the future of the comic book industry.
Comicbook.com shared a rundown from the recent Image Expo, during which Robert answered a question about his relationship with Marvel Comics. He worked on several projects with Marvel in the early 2000s, including Irredeemable Ant-Man, Ultimate X-Men, Marvel Team-Up, Marvel Zombies, Captain America, etc. He's now a partner at Image Comics, which publishes The Walking Dead, which had the best-selling comics of the past two years.
Robert was asked if there was any bad blood between himself and Marvel. “I don’t have bad blood with Marvel per se," he answered, "aside from the fact that I think they’re a poorly run company that is partially destroying the comic book industry.” Well, if there wasn't bad blood before!
He said there are a lot of good people working at Marvel, but he took a shot at the upper-management, calling them “extremely short-sighted." He doesn't want to launch a back-and-forth feud, though, just presenting his criticism as tough love because he cares about Marvel and “wishes they were doing a better job.”
That sounds very similar to the executive-level complaints both Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara shared about The Walking Dead when they had to exit stage-right. It actually sounds like the kind of criticism everyone shares about their former workplace — the bosses were penny-wise and pound-foolish, they had the wrong priorities, but I still care about people who work there....
Heavy are the heads that wear the crowns — and hold the purse-strings!
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.