'Walking Dead' artist visits Oshkosh comic book store

Tony Moore at House of Heroes in Oshkosh on October 20, 2017 (WLUK/Mike Moon)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Zombies in our area?

From movies to video games, Zombies have become an obsession for some in pop culture, but, perhaps, none more-so than "The Walking Dead" franchise.

The now cable tv show started as a comic book series and Friday the man who illustrated the very first books in the series was in Oshkosh.

At House of Heroes Tony Moore made time for fans.

You may have heard of his work.

He is the original artist for 'The Walking Dead' comic books, which first came out in 2003, when Moore says horror wasn't selling well.

"Put out the kind of material that we liked and it just happened that the audience was super receptive to it at the time and we got super lucky," he told FOX 11 News.

A few years later and the 'The Walking Dead' is one of the most popular shows on television. It portrays people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Moore advises those who only know the show or only know the graphic novels to check out the other.

"If you only know one, there's still gonna be plenty of surprises in the other that you can enjoy them both," He told us.

Moore has also done work for several Marvel comics, including 'Deadpool' and 'Venom.'

The owner of the comic book store, Scott Dercks, told FOX 11 Moore is very popular and very talented.

"He's got a fan following. Whatever he draws people wanna check out," Dercks explained.

Aside from his more well-known work, like 'The Walking Dead' and 'Deadpool,' fans of Moore's say there is a lot more work you should check out.

"'Fear Agent.' It's kind of like a sci-fi cowboy book that's really cool," described Dercks.

Moore visited House of Heroes in early 2016 for the first time. He told us HE is a big fan of the store and the people working here.

"We always try hard to have, like, a cool store. So when somebody tells you you have, especially someone like Tony, says they love your store, it's a good feeling," said Dercks.

And Moore said it feels good to be here, meeting the people who love his art.

"It's awesome to get out of the house and interact with fans, people who read the work and just kinda talk about, you know, shared love for the things that we all enjoy," he told us.

Moore visited the store last year and store employees say he stayed there until four in the morning making drawings for fans.

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