After a more than a decade's worth of attendance, "Walking Dead" creator and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman will have to sit out this year's Comic Con International thanks to a minor throat surgery.
"Unfortunately, after years and years of being healthier than my physique would indicate I had to have minor surgery on my throat. Nothing serious, but in the aftermath of such a fun experience, it comes with a brief duration of time where I'm unable to speak so all that pink business inside me can heal. As luck would have it, that period of time overlaps with Comic-Con," Kirkman wrote in a blog post on his Skybound website.
Kirkman also missed Image Expo 2015, which took place last week. However, he plans on making a full recovery and returning to the stage by this time next year. "I plan on making my triumphant Comic-Con return next year, you've been warned. Until then I'll just be catching up on work and eating a lot of ice cream."
Though Kirkman won't be in attendance, his company and his creations will be. For instance, "The Walking Dead" -- the AMC based on his Image series with Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard -- will take over Hall H on Friday, July 10 from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Comic-Con International in San Diego runs from Thursday, July 9 until Sunday, July 12.