AMC is working with Robert Kirkman on "Thief of Thieves" in the hopes of recapturing the lighting of "The Walking Dead." The timing of the release of "The Walking Dead" was perfect, and the comic had gained a significant following at the time. This is not true for Thief of Thieves.
SynopsisThief of Thieves is a comic published under the Skybound imprint at Image Comics. Conrad "Redmond" Paulson is a master thief who decides to start stealing from other thieves instead of going after his own finds. The story follows him as he attempts to avoid the police and powerful criminals.
Too new and without impactThe comic version of The Walking Dead came out in October 2003 and already had a large following when the series premiered on AMC. Thief of Thieves premiered in February 2012 and has not been making a significant impact on the comic book market. According to Diamond Comic Distributors, The Walking Dead issue #104 was the ninth highest-selling comic of October 2012, while Thief of Thieves was not in the Top 100.
Following the zombie trendEven without "The Walking Dead" on TV, zombies had been making a return to popular culture. Writers such as Brian Keene and movies such as "Zombieland" were reminding fans about the shambling flesh-eaters before most TV viewers had heard of Deputy Rick Grimes. The show came out at the right time; the entertainment market was calling for more zombies. There is not a growing market right now for thief-related entertainment, so Kirkman and AMC are starting a few steps back with "Thief of Thieves."
Horror TVWhen the economy tanked four years ago, people needed some type of distraction from the fears they were dealing with. Since horror entertainment is a typical release for pent-up fears, networks released shows such as "The Walking Dead," "American Horror Story," and "Grimm." "Thief of Thieves" is not hitting at a time when America needs it.
Groundbreaking"The Walking Dead" was the first major attempt to bring zombies to the small screen on a weekly basis. Of course, shows such as "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "Dark Shadows," and "The X-Files" dealt with zombies, but these were only one-off distractions for the characters. "The Walking Dead" was a groundbreaking show as it was taking a horror subgenre, which had never been widely explored on TV, and made it into a hit show. There is nothing groundbreaking about a thief show, so "Thief of Thieves" will have a steeper up-hill battle than Deputy Grimes and his group of survivors.
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