terrific news! my biggest concern was that they would try to squeeze everything into a movie or two. tv is the perfect medium for this big of a cast. it will allow the proper screen time for each character to develop as they did/do in the comic.
as for Kirkman being a sell out- i hope he makes an obscene amount of money over the obvious care, talent, and effort he and his crew put into the Walking Dead. Even if the worst case scenario comes to past- the tv adaptation turns out to be garbage. it wouldnt matter to me- the comics wouldnt be diminished for me. He did a great job, i WANT the guy to get paid. from what i heard- comics dont pay well, unless you get a deal like Kirkman apparently might.
generally im disappointed in the comic book adaptations, but i tend to avoid nearly all of the recent movies and just spend my money at the comic shop on the real deal. thanks for the post- first i heard of the it!