Last July, the folks at Image Comics hit their long-time readers of “The Walking Dead” with a baseball bat as they revealed on the day of release that issue #193 would be the final issue of the long-running series. We discussed that shocking news HERE for those who might just be joining us here on the website, and this leads us to some awesome news about a special edition one-shot coming this July.
The Press Release:
The New York Times bestselling, award winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon—Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—returns to the beloved series for a surprise one-shot story, “Negan Lives” #1, which will arrive in stores this July.
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.
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
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). Continue reading Image Comics Reveals Panels, Signings & Exclusives For SDCC 2019→
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.” Continue reading Released Today: Image Comics “The Walking Dead” #193 – The Final Issue!!!→
I’ve been sharing these “variant covers” items for several months now and a LOT of them have been coming from the Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment side of the fence in honor of the companies 25th Anniversary. This batch seems to be a different celebration entirely and the different covers on these eight issues can be learned about via the press release that is provided below. As usual I’m posting this a couple of weeks before they hit the stands so they remain in your memory and can be inquired about when you hit your local retailer on New Comic Book Day. Dig in.
The Press Release:
Image/Skybound Entertainment introduces Italian comic artist Lorenzo De Felici to the United States market in a big way with Skybound’s line-wide variant covers which will hit stores this September. De Felici is the artist of a new, soon-to-be-announced, ongoing Skybound series sure to be a major hit with fans and critics alike upon its launch.
THE WALKING DEAD #171 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn, Cover B by De Felici.