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San Diego Comic-Con: Demons are the new zombies for 'The Walking Dead' creator

Robert Kirkman, the man behind 'The Walking Dead' comic book series famously made into a pop culture phenomenon for AMC, confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con he has a new show under development at Cinemax. 'Outcast' is based on a comic book series that had yet to make it to print when Cinemax optioned it back in November 2013. The first issue of the comic was just released on June 25, 2014, and is already outpacing 'Dead' in its initial popularity.

'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman
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Unlike 'The Walking Dead,' 'Outcast' features demons instead of zombies, prompting Kirkman to take to Twitter to boldly pronounce, "Demons are the new zombies." But as 'Dead' continues to be a strong fan favorite, let's hope both sub-genres remain viable players in the space.

In addition to the shift to a different horror genre, 'Outcast' will be Kirkman's pilot writing debut and he will also serve as executive producer on the new series. The story features Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child, and now as an adult decides to face his demons head-on to uncover the truth behind the burden he's carried for years.

At Friday's 'The Walking Dead' panel, moderated by fan favorite Chris Hardwick and also attended by Kirkman, the stars and executives confirmed season five will premiere Sunday, October 12, at 9 p.m. on AMC. There is no word yet on the premiere date for 'Outcast' on Cinemax.

More Robert Kirkman at San Diego Comic-Con:

The Walking Dead Escape
When: Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Cost: $75-$135, based on character selection
What: The world’s largest zombie event returns to San Diego Comic-Con. Players immerse themselves in the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ and fight to survive through a multi-level obstacle course. Are you a walker or a survivor?

Full SDCC zombie coverage from AXS.com: Zombies to invade San Diego Comic-Con 2014