The Walking Dead is a monthly black-and-white US comic book series chronicling the travels of Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse. First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the comic was created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore (who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward, though Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24.) The series received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. A television series bearing the same name premiered Halloween 2010 on AMC. The series has inspired a Kirkman-approved full length novel prologuing the comic book's timeline.
Shot in the line of duty, Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes wakes from a coma in the hospital to find his town overrun with walking corpses. He travels to Atlanta, Georgia in search of his wife and son, and finds them in a small survivor camp outside the ruined city.