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Image Comics Reveals Panels, Signings & Exclusives For SDCC 2019

As previously discussed, the San Diego Comic Con for 2019 is heading our way and with that being the case I’ve a lot of cool nerd news to showcase for you. This post outlines the stuff coming from Image Comics and if you’ve missed any of the other announcements just click HERE to open up a new tab with a full rundown of what’s been posted on PiercingMetal.com so far. Let’s go.

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The Press Release:
Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego, California this year for Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 and will be located in a new booth space—for the first time in decades—booth #1915.

Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the official website at the close for the most up-to-date information.

LIMITED* CONVENTION VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#1915):
*Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.
• SEA OF STARS #1 by Jason Aaron, Dennis Hallum & Stephen Green, $10 +tax
• GUNNING FOR HITS hardcover by Jeff Rougvie & Moritat, $30 +tax
• BAD WEEKEND jacketed hardcover by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, jacket art by Phillips, $16.99 +tax
• SPAWN #299 by Todd McFarlane, $10 +tax
• SPAWN Orb T-shirt, S-3X, $25.00 +tax
• SPAWN Parody T-shirt, S-3X, $25.00 +tax
• SPAWN Logo Pin, SPAWN Parody Pin, SPAWN Triangle Pin, SPAWN Skull Pin, and SPAWN Orb Pin, from $10.00 – $12.00 +tax
• The McFarlane Event Exclusive SPAWN Art Print featuring its own unique identification number and limited quantity of 250, $20.00 +tax
• SPAWN BumBumz Vinyl Figure, packaged with an exclusive art card, in black or blue, $25.00
• SPAWN Logo Lanyard, $10 +tax

SDCC PANELS:
Image Comics: Bone-Chilling Insight into Bestselling Horror Comic Books, Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 23ABC
Join W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel), Dan Watters (Coffin Bound), Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls), Kieron Gillen (Die), and Chuck Brown (Bitter Root) as they discuss their spine-tingling craft and share the secrets to creating some of the darkest, most thrilling comic book series on the market. Moderated by Chloe Ramos-Peterson (Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics).
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Today’s Shocking “The Walking Dead” #193 Immediately Rushed Back To Print

As today is Wednesday, that means its “New Comic Book” Day and its the best day to purchase first issues, or final ones as comic book shop patrons learned when they reached for the latest copy of Image Comics breakout hit series “The Walking Dead”. Yes my friends it has ended. Read more down below and also check out the alarming news as it was revealed to the Geek Press by clicking HERE.

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The Press Release:
Image/Skybound is pleased to announce that THE WALKING DEAD #193 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—which hit shelves today and concluded the long-running comic book series—is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand as the news of the book’s contents goes viral.

This final chapter in the bestselling zombie saga was hinted at by the events of issue THE WALKING DEAD #192—but kept secret and surprise-dropped with fans today.

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THE WALKING DEAD #193 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY198901) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers to get their orders in to restock this 80-page issue is Monday, July 8.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS: Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information see links below.

ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT: Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, comics, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I noted earlier today, I’ve only actually read a couple of the compendium editions myself as I was too late to catch up on the individual issues for an affordable price when it came to the earliest ones. I learned this was ending via the grapevine and made sure to purchase a copy at my local shop when I learned that some where still available once I finished seeing “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. This truly came out of nowhere and will cause the fanatics some heartache as they seek a first printing of the mega-popular series. Did you readers snag one or are you stuck waiting on the second printing that will be available on Monday. Chime in down below.

Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walking_Dead_(comic_book)
Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com

Released Today: Image Comics “The Walking Dead” #193 – The Final Issue!!!

Shortly before I had to get myself into the matinee to see “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, the email came that announced that today the blockbuster comic book series “The Walking Dead” was ending with issue #163. Check out the press release and some statements down below.

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The Press Release:
Image/Skybound’s long-running series THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard has come to its conclusion with today’s #193 issue. This final chapter in the pop culture phenomenon was hinted at by the events of issue THE WALKING DEAD #192 and, according to Kirkman’s farewell letter at the end of the issue, has been planned and a longtime coming.

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“I’ll say it again, I love (loved… oh, god, I’m not ready for past tense) writing this series. I really don’t want it to end. In fact, I’ve been… kind of unsettled since I wrote the script for this issue. The whole thing just feels… weird,” Kirkman wrote in the letter. “In a way, killing this series has been a lot like killing a major character. Much, much harder… but the same feeling. I don’t WANT to do it. I’d rather keep going… but the story is telling me what it wants and what it needs. This needs to happen. Whether I want it or not.”
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Marvel Comics First Issues Coming In July 2019

Hello my friends and welcome to July where the summer is only going to get hotter thanks to the awesome comic book releases and the soon to be opening film “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. That film opens tomorrow so if you’ve fallen behind about it, just click HERE to see the Official Trailer so you are well informed. Oh and super important is the news that “Avengers: Endgame” has returned to the theaters and is slowly closing in on “Avatar” to become the highest grossing film of all time. Let’s make that happen my fellow geeks since it’s at $2.62 billion or something like that as I post this latest narrative. So there are a LOT of issues coming from Marvel Entertainment this month and you are going to want a lot of them. As usual, the finer details and any posted images come from their provided resources and the closing editorial is all me. Let’s go.

MARVELS EPILOGUE #1
Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross (W) • Alex Ross (A/C)
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE JOHNSON
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY FRED HEMBECK
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
PHOTO VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
An all-new standalone epilogue to the classic MARVELS graphic novel written by Kurt Busiek and fully-painted by Alex Ross!
A “Marvels” look at the “all-new, all-different” X-Men of the 1970s. In this 16-page story, Alex and Kurt bring Marvel’s world to brilliant, realistic life one last time, as the now-retired Phil Sheldon and his daughters, in Manhattan to see the Christmas lights, find themselves in the middle of a clash between the outsider heroes and the deadly Sentinels, giving them a close-up perspective on the mutant experience.
Also featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this special story, and other bonus features.
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS (1 OF 2)
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HUDDLESTON
FLOWER VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
CHARACTER DECADES VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY JOE MADUREIRA
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
PARTY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
FACE THE FUTURE
Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99
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Marvel Reveals Variant Covers For “Marvel Comics” #1000

Last year, both “Action Comics” and “Detective Comics” from DC Comics reached their milestone 1000th issue and to celebrate them had a wealth of variant covers for fans to scramble to collect. Clicking the highlighted text will bring those articles up in case you’re still hunting for a particular variant. Now its Marvel’s turn to celebrate as their milestone “Marvel Comics” #1000 will soon hit the stands and they’ve unveiled a crop of variant covers for the issue. As new reveals come to light I will add them into this same post, let’s go.

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The Press Release:
In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year, scores of comic creators – some Marvel icons, some first-timers – are assembling for an epic comic book story in honor of the very first issue of MARVEL COMICS. This August, get ready for MARVEL COMICS #1000, a massive collaborative effort that will see 80 different creative teams weave together one, expansive story. In honor of an 80-year legacy, we’re proud to present an incredible lineup of variants, all by an exceptional roster of artists, that exemplify the richness and scope of Marvel history. Collect these iconic covers soon!

MARVEL COMICS 1000 40’S VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS

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