I Wish I Wrote It: The Walking Dead
Ever since its humble beginnings, the idea of The Walking Dead has been, “the zombie movie that never ends” and that’s taken it very far. The series has grown from a small indie comic with a print run of fewer than 10,000 copies for the first issue, to becoming one of the most popular and recognizable independent comics out there with monthly print runs in the hundreds of thousands. The series has also become a television show that has been going for ten seasons as of the time I’m writing this.
It’s essentially a zombie movie that never ends. The story follows Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer who wakes up from a coma roughly a month into the zombie apocalypse. His first challenge is finding his wife and child, and from there he works to keep them safe and eventually try to bring civilization back to the post-apocalyptic world. Where the usual piece of zombie fiction would end, this series simply begins another story arc following the same characters, or at least the ones who survive. The story continued for 193 monthly issues over the course of over a decade. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I won't go further into what each arc is about, but trust me when I tell you that it starts out strong, and stays that way for all 193 issues.
Why I wish I wrote it
I wish I wrote this because Robert Kirkman and I both felt the same way at the end of classic zombie movies. We wanted more. We thought the story was just getting interesting. We wanted to know what happened next...and what happened after that, and so on. He turned the zombie apocalypse into a massive never ending sandbox for people to play in.