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6-page preview: Thief of Thieves #7

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Image Comics released a six-page preview of Thief of Thieves #7 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Shawn Martinbrough. Thief of Thieves #7 will be in your local comic book store on August 1, 2012.

The conclusion of the first story arc of this hit new series! Unfortunately for Redmond, despite all his efforts to the contrary… nothing goes as planned

The Walking Dead #97-99 Receive 2nd Printings and new covers

Image Comics Monday announced that The Walking Dead #97-99 would receive a second printing and the covers would connect to create a landscape of Negan and Lucille. The reprint will be in your local comic book store on August 22, 2012.

LANDSCAPE OF THE DEAD
THE WALKING DEAD #97-99 will be reprinted

The first three issues of the series-changing “Something to Fear” story arc of THE WALKING DEAD will receive second printings with covers that will combine to find a large, landscape image. Issues #97, 98, and 99 of Robert Kirkman’s zombie juggernaut, published by Image Comics/Skybound, have sold out. The reprint covers for #97-99, which will combine to depict the villain Negan and his now-infamous baseball bat, Lucille, are by series artist Charlie Adlard.

THE WALKING DEAD #100 became the best-selling comic in fifteen years when it sold more than 380,000 copies in July.

The reprints of THE WALKING DEAD #97-99 are scheduled to be in stores on August 22 and are available for pre-order now with the Diamond codes JUN128147 (#97), JUN128148 (#98), and JUN128149 (#99).

6-page preview: Super Dinosaur #12 Kirkman’s other book

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Image Comics Monday evening released a six-page preview of Super Dinosaur #12 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Jason Howard. Issue 12 will be in your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

‘ESCAPE FROM INNER-EARTH,’ Part One Derek Dynamo is a prisoner of The Exile – who has taken him deep into Inner-Earth! Super Dinosaur must assemble a team to track down The Exile and save his best friend, but along the way, he will learn the secret of Inner-Earth – something that could bring about the fall of human civilization!

Walking Dead #100 sells 383,612 copies


FROM IMAGE COMICS:

Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead comic series for Image Comics/Skybound reached its milestone 100th issue and instantly sold out of its 383,612 initial orders on July 11th, the same day it was released, effectively becoming the best-selling comic book in initial orders for any publisher since 1997, when Image Comics/Top Cow’s The Darkness #11 was released. The Walking Dead, created and written by Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard, featuring 13 variant covers for the 100th issue — all sold out — has been the talk of San Diego Comic-Con with a series of events celebrating its release. Kirkman is a partner in Image Comics, the first person invited to join the comic book industry’s premier publisher of creator-owned comics since its inception twenty years ago.

“This is a remarkable achievement,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “It’s extremely uncommon, if not flat-out rare, for a comic book to see a sustained increase in sales following its first issue, but The Walking Dead steadily climbed up and up since its launch in 2003, and we couldn’t be more proud of Robert, Charlie and the whole Walking Dead team.”

“The Walking Dead continues to greatly exceed all my expectations in all forms,” said Robert Kirkman. “I am especially excited for what this means for comics as an industry, that this is an independent comic hitting that number.” Kirkman continued, “The future of comics couldn’t be brighter as more and more readers are embracing new ideas in a big way.”

On Wednesday night, Hyundai, Future US, and Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics unveiled the Kirkman-designed Zombie Survival Machine from a transformed Hyundai Elantra Coupe. On Thursday, Skybound and Ruckus Sports unveiled The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, an obstacle course where anyone could live the experience of being a zombie apocalypse survivor and effects whiz Greg Nicotero and team transformed participants into one of the undead.

Kirkman will give away a Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in Charlie Adlard’s iconic cover of The Walking Dead’s 100th issue, which was on display Friday night at Petco Park during the private The Walking Dead 100th Issue VIP Black Carpet Event. The exclusive party featured a fully immersive recreation of a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies.

The Skybound booth at Comic-Con, #2729, featured a slew of exclusive merchandise, including The Walking Dead #100 Vannen Watch, The Walking Dead Bloody Michonne Variant action figure and The Walking Dead Hardcover Compendium, which collects issues #1-48 of the iconic comic series.

The Walking Dead topped the bestseller lists for graphic novels in 2011 and frequently topped the New York Times and Amazon’s bestseller lists, taking the top five spots on hardcover and paperback lists. Kirkman is also the executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S for season two. Friday’s AMC panel was one of the hottest events at Comic-Con. The show is also an international success in 120 countries, showing in 250 million households worldwide.

Comic Con International 2012 first impressions

The first day of Comic Con International was a long wait for a mad two-hour dash. No one got trampled this year. Marvel and DC Comics do not have as big a presence as previous years. This continues to be Robert Kirkman’s time to shine as he bounced from multiple booths that he is associated with. It was scary to see the Mario Lopez Extra stage in CCI’s backyard. This year CCI continues to grow and take over San Diego. The city is covered in viral campaigns for Archie and MAC to Grimm covering an entire restaurant. Thursday begins the chaos and I will be covering the Dreamworks panel for Comic Book Resources. More updates to come.

Review: Walking Dead #100 – Holy shit Lucille!

Issue: Walking Dead #100
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 7/11/2012

Mature Readers
‘SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD!

Story: 9/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 9/10
Curse words is all that is pouring out of my mouth after reading issue 100 of Walking Dead written by Robert Kirkman. As a reader of Walking Dead you knew that something bad was going to happen in this issue but you continued to read. Walking Dead readers are like NASCAR fans just waiting for the accidents. Evil happens in 100 and her name is Lucille. Kirkman sucks you in with his writing and build up and then he stomps on your heart over and over. This issue sends the series in a new direction with a new threat and a new philosophy on how to survive in the Walking Dead world.

This issue had 18-pages of build up and I mean tension. It’s what Kirkman does best. The book got to the point to where I just wanted to jump to the last page to get it over with, but I read on. Then when Kirkman smacks the reader in the face with the punchline he drags it out to bring you to tears. This book is well written but I wish I didn’t read it.

I do not know how Charlie Adlard sleeps at night. There are several splash pages in this book that will haunt me for a long time. I have the image of Rick’s wife and child’s death still burned into my memory. Walking Dead #100 has added a few more images to the horror category of my memory. The images and dialogue of the last four-pages of book left my soul shattered. Thank you Mr. Kirkman for ruining the first day of Comic-Con. Read Walking Dead #100 at your own risk!

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6-page preview: Thief of Thieves #6 – Kirkman will sleep when he is dead.

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Image Comics Monday afternoon released a six-page preview of Thief of Thieves #6 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Shawn Martinbrough. Kirkman has another book! When does this guy sleep? Thief of Thieves steals its way into your local comic book store on July 4th, 2012.

The heist you’ve been waiting months to see goes down! Will Redmond – AKA Conrad Paulson – be able to pull this off, or will his final caper leave him behind bars, or worse… six feet under?

6-page preview: Invincible #93 – Who is that guy?

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Image Comics Monday afternoon released a six-page preview of Invincible #93 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Ryan Ottley. Let the countdown to 100 begin! Wait, are we talking about Walking Dead? No, Kirkman has a second book approaching issue 100, simply amazing. Invincible #93 continues the battle in your local comic book store on July 4th, 2012.

More secrets about Robot’s and Monster Girl’s time spent in the Flaxan Dimension are revealed. Meanwhile, in the present – things go to hell, and the new Invincible has to prove if he’s worthy of the mantle in the face of… INVASION.

6-page preview: Haunt #24 Manhattan goes BOOM!

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Image Comics Monday afternoon released a six-page preview of Haunt #24 written by Joe Casey with art by Nathan Fox. Has it been 24 issues all ready? Do you remember when Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman were the creators of the book? Haunt #24 slips into your local comic book store on July 4th, 2012.

It’s mayhem on the streets of Manhattan! A relentless creature of fury andfire running amok! Only Haunt can save the city from an apocalyptic end! But at what cost? The new nightmare rolls on in 2012!

Review: Walking Dead #99 – a solid poker face


Issue: Walking Dead #99
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 6/20/2012

‘SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! The unthinkable happens, as we all gear up for next month’s monumental issue 100!

Story: 8/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 8/10

This is an average issue for anyone who has read Walking Dead. Issue 99 is the set-up to Walking Dead #100, where all hell should break loose. So, with all the hype over issue 100, issue #99 comes off bland. It,s like the power went off half way through a really good movie. This story-arc will read better in trade paper back form.

The book is bland because there is no great cliff-hanger at the end of this issue, but that is the way Kirkman planned it out. Kirkman wants the hype to be insane surrounding issue 100 and you don’t get that if you show your hand to quickly. Kirkman wants Walking Dead fans to burn-down San Diego Comic-Con with excitement. Walking Dead #100 comes out on July 11th, 2012, the first day of Comic -Con.

Walking Dead #99 is the calm before the storm, we hope…

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Lucille Is Coming – Walking Dead #100

Walking Dead #100
Written by Robert Kirkman. Illustrated by Charlie Adlard.

Mature Readers
‘SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD!

6-page preview: INVINCIBLE #92


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Image Comics Tuesday afternoon released a six-page preview of Invincible #92 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker. Invincible #92 lands in your local comic book store on June 13th, 2012.

INVINCIBLE #92
Written by Robert Kirkman.
Illustrated by Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker.

CORY WALKER RETURNS TO INVINCIBLE… AGAIN! What has been going on with Monster Girl and Robot? What happened to them while they were in the Flaxan dimension? All answers will be revealed – starting now! Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the present and the New Invincible is already in over his head! All this – and where is Mark Grayson?!

Review: The Walking Dead # 95 In A Larger World Part Three – Jesus Vouches for Rick, Knife Fight Ensues.

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard
Coloring by: Cliff Rathburn
Cover By: Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image

Alright! Here we go, time to roll up your blood stained sleeves and dig in! The pussyfooting stops right here! The Walking Dead  #95 finally delivers on the promise of exciting new stories with outsiders. Jesus vouches for Rick and his crew and they granted access to a massive walled-in community. There’s two hundred plus people in this well-established community and a bad-ass hotel that acts as kind of headquarters.  We introduced to the boss of the town that looks like a combination between a casino-owner and sleazy used-car salesman. He thinks he’s the shit, and let’s Rick know it.

Right in the middle of giving Rick the five-cent tour there is suddenly some action. One of their other scouts is back from a peace-keeping pow-wow and shit didn’t go over too well. Rick can’t seem to keep the fuck out of trouble if his life depended on it. Which in this case it might. After big-boss man get’s into with his scout, Rick finds himself in the middle of a knife fight. I can’t give away too much more than that, but some serious shit goes down. Fucking Rick… Jesus vouched for you, and you get into a fight like 5 minutes later. Is that how you repay him? Christ almighty!! In all seriousness though, it looks like this trading expedition is going to end badly for Rick’s camp. Everything seemed to be on the level, but this turn coat scout flipped the fuck out and ruined everything. The story is pretty wide-open from here and it sets up an interesting conflict that can be explored in various different tangents. It ends in a Kirkman signature cliffhanger that leave you guessing and wanting more. My guess is that in part 4 all hell breaks loose and we are going to see some serious human on human violence. It should prove interesting.

The art team on this continues to knock it out of the park. Adlard & Rathuburn constantly delivers what the story ask for. In this case it’s scope, scale, and little bit of opulence and a ton of grit. The walled-in community looks huge, and that hotel was lavishly rendered. The knife fight was exciting and absolutely grimy. Blood, mud, ruckus; it felt like a scene cut straight from Deadwood. My only critique is on conceptual aspects of the cover. The way it’s composed it feels more like a panel than a cover. There’s just a bit too much negative space on the top and all the action is crammed on the bottom. It’s fucking nitpicky, I know, but when you are executing on such a high-level that’s the sort of thing that stands out. A solve would be to pull back a little on the scene an reveal more of the fight, or even use an overhead shot and get it all in. But really, when all is said and done, it’s one of the most consistently good-looking black & white books out there.

 In A Larger World is shaping up to be quite the arc. What started as a slow-burn has ignited into an explosive and fresh story for The Walking Dead. War, siege, feuds, raids are all on the table now. The stage is set for conflict and I for one am ready for an epic warlord saga in the world of a zombie apocalypse. Like Game of Thrones but with zombies. Check out this issue and see what all the fuss is about.

Story: 9
Art: 9

Jerry Nelson

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Review : The Walking Dead Season 2 Ep 12 “Better Angels”

Walking Dead continues to slowly burn towards its final episode this season with a couple of surprises and twists for fans of the show and of the source material. I will tell you that yes I liked this episode but there were a lot of things that disappointed me as well. I’ll get into the details of the review below after the picture jump. However you’ve been warned. After this picture spoilers aplenty…..SPOILERS ..0k

This episode starts off moving in the right direction. Rick speaking on Dales behalf at his funeral is inter-cut with scenes of Shane leading Darrel, Andrea, and T Dog around the Farm to clear walkers and let off some aggression. The scene works out well establishing that yes indeed Shane is still his aggressive self while Rick thinks otherwise. This issue focuses largely on Shane, which I enjoyed. However the writer’s choice to try to have the viewer sympathize with Shane would have been the right decision if they hadn’t completely pulled a 180 and had Shane ultimately flip his shit the next thirty minutes of the episode. I enjoyed the conversation between Shane and Carl, but felt that Lori’s conversation with Shane was a bit unrealistic. Thanking Shane now for saving her life months ago, and apologizing to him for putting him in this situation in the first place was completely off base given the fact Shane had tried to rape her last season, and continued to be a threat throughout this season. Ultimately I get that it was supposed to “push Shane over the edge ” but it caused the development of Shane and Lori to take a step back. The women on the show still continue to be written half as good as the male characters. Though they did throw a bone to T Dog and allow him to say a few lines this episode. Too bad “aww Hell NO!” was one of them..but I digress.

So Rick has decided to Let their hostage Randall go, but Shane disappointed with the decision uses his conversation with Carl to tell Rick to follow-up with his son. As Rick talks with Carl he gives him back the gun he gave to Shane and tells him that he’s tired and that the reality is he must protect himself going forward. While Rick is with Carl, Shane ends up freeing Randall and leading him into the woods. The scenes between Randall and Shane work very well. Your not sure what Shane’s angle is until he finally snaps his neck off camera and tries to create a scenario in his head to tell the rest of his group on the farm. Shane heads back to tell the group that Randall got away and is out in the woods somewhere. Rick tells Darrel and Glenn to split up and take Shane with him to search for Randall. Anyone who has read the comic books could start to play in their head what was coming next.

The show decides to handle the Rick and Shane’s confrontation differently. While Glenn and Darrel search and eventually find a zombified Randall, Shane continues to take Rick further away from the group in what he hopes is their final confrontation. Glenn and Darrel quickly take care of Walker Randall and are startled when they realize that Randall died because of a snapped neck and not a zombie bite. Confused about what that may mean, they head back to the Farm to tell the others. At this point the end of the episode starts building tension as Rick starts to figure out that Shane is leading him to an open field to murder him. The dialogue between Rick and Shane is great and shows that there continues to be a lot of animosity between these two people who were once best friends. It’s a bittersweet reality, and was acted out amazingly by both actors. Now this is where I have a bit of a problem with the episode. I understand that they want to throw things into the story to keep it “fresh” the people who have already the comics but having Rick be the one who ends Shane’s life seemed a bit out of place. I feel the decision was more due to the fact that they can’t actually show a child kill another person on AMC and so they had to rewrite a scene that would have had much more dramatic weight to it by letting Carl end Shane’s life to protect his father. Instead Carl walks up on his father as he is kneeling over Shane’s body scared and confused.

One of the most compelling aspects about the book and the show should be Rick’s relationship with his son. This season has done more to hurt that relationship then make it believable and so we are left with a bit of a cop-out at the end of the episode as Carl saves Rick from Shane who has risen from the Dead quickly and is coming towards Rick. Yes I get you still had him shoot Shane in the head but it falls flat. I do like that they are finally showing you that it doesn’t take a bite to turn you into a Zombie now. The rules have changed and it creates some good story opportunities for Season 3. Finally speaking of Story opportunities, will we ever find out what the man at The Disease Control Center whispered into Ricks ear? I mean it’s not that Lori was pregnant and it wasn’t that the dead could still be turned without getting bit …so what could it be. I hope that the final episode of this season has some answers and finds a way to not only get the characters that do survive off the farm, but also strikes a good balance with continuity of season 1 and the comic. AMC please don’t be afraid to veer back towards the story Robert Kirkman originally wrote, there’s a reason people love these characters so much.

Score : 7.5/10

Reviewed by Mike DeVivo

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Review – “The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner”

Now that AMC’s Walking Dead is down to the last three episodes, the Comic Vault does not want to spoil your experience. This is your warning that after the photo below the recap of the episode and review will begin and it may contain spoilers that will make you very unhappy if you read this before you watch the show.

In the episode of “Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner” the group is deciding the fate of Randall. You may remember that Randal was the gentleman who was impaled by a fence two weeks ago. Rick tried to drop Randall off 18 miles away in the previous episode but when Randall admitted knowing about the farm, Rick and Shane knew they couldn’t let him go.

After Daryl tortures Randall, he confesses that his group raped two young girls and made the father watch. When Rick finds out this information he decides that the best thing to do is to execute Randall. Dale the moral compass of the group is outraged and goes on a mission to convince the other members of the group that this is a horrible decision and that they would be just as bad as the other group if they went through with this. Rick gives Glenn till sunset to convince the others.

Meanwhile, Carl takes a gun from Daryl’s motorcycle and heads into the woods. He finds a walker stuck in the mud and Carl studies the walker and gets closer and closer. Carl pulls out the gun and it looks as if he will shoot the walker when the walker frees itself from the mud and attacks Carl. Carl manages to wiggle free from the walker and runs home leaving the walker and the gun.

At sunset the group reconvenes but Dale has only managed to convince Andrea that this wrong and they need more time to make a decision. When Dale has exhausted the argument and cannot convince anyone else to his side he says, “This group is broken,” and walks off to not be part of the execution.

Rick, Shane and Daryl drag Randall to the barn to shoot him. They blindfold him, kneel him down and ask him if he has any final words. Rick has the gun pointed at Randall’s head and is about to shoot him when Carl comes in and tell his dad to, “Do it! Shoot em!” Rick then can’t shoot Randall after Carl comes in. They lock Randall back up and Andrea looks for Dale to tell him the good news.

Dale, walking in the fields hears groaning, but it’s not a zombie groan so he goes to investigate. Dale discovers a cow that has been attacked and the cow’s guts are all over the place. In proper horror film fashion Dale turns around and a walker attacks him. This is the same walker that Carl set free in the mud earlier. Dale gets knocked down and struggles with the walker. The group hears Dale’s screams and rushes to his aid. Before the group gets to Dale the walker rips his gut open. Daryl kills the walker but Hershel examines Dale and determines there is nothing he can do. Dale is screaming in agony and Andrea begs for someone to do something. Rick pulls out his gun and points it at Dale. Rick can’t pull the trigger and Daryl takes the gun from his hand and points it at Dale again. Dale lifts his head towards the gun, Daryl says goodbye and the screen goes black and you hear a gun shot.

One side note, while the group discovers Dale, Carl goes over to the walker and recognizes it from earlier. He then runs to his mother’s arms and cries.

This episode was crazy!

Like most of the series it was slow-paced. As the viewer I was almost to the point where I thought it was a filler episode but then the ending happened and this episode, good or bad became a game changer. Dale was the moral compass of the group and now that it gone. Who will step in and take that role? (Rick, Hershel, Andrea, Glenn?)

I feel that with the death of Dale it puts the writers in a corner and could hurt Rick’s character development. Rick was in the middle of the spectrum of Shane and Dale (good vs. evil). Now the spectrum just got a lot smaller. I also believe that the viewers do not want to see Rick as the moral compass of the group. They would like to see Rick be a badass and kill walkers and people from Philadelphia. The moral compass character is sometimes preachy and annoying. I would not like to see Rick turn into this character. What makes Rick a great character is he is figuring out the rules along the way. He brings the assets of being a sheriff and family man to the table to face the new world in front of him.

Okay, AMC’s Walking Dead there is a fork in the road with two episodes left. Which way are you going to turn?

-Matt Sardo

Please leave a comment and let the Comic Vault know what you think of this new direction in Walking Dead.

Image Expo recap and photos

Image Expo was February 24th thru the 26th at the Oakland Convention Center just minutes away from the Image Studios in Berkley, CA.

Every Image founder (Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and Rob Liefeld) gathered for the weekend except Jim Lee but Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman stepped in Lee’s shoes. DC Comics did not allow Lee to attend the show because of a conflict of interest.

The vibe at Image Expo was a heavy dose of creator owned property. Image Comics has made their publishing company a destination for established writer to publish books that main stream publishers i.e. Marvel and DC Comics would not.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri encouraged up-and-coming creators to get off their ass and make a creator owned book. Even as a journalist I was extremely motivated by the founders enthusiasm and passion for the industry.

What made this convention special was the intimate setting, because this was Image’s first convention the attendance was low. This gave every guest an opportunity to meet and chat with even the most popular people in the house.

The Comic Vault was able to interview Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Brian K Vaughan and Blair Butler. Every guest seemed relaxed and not bothered, which happens at San Diego Comic Con because of the insane craziness of population.

Image Expo will grow in popularity and size but for the people who attended the first expo their memories will be golden.

Matt’s Image Expo interview schedule: McFarlane, Brubaker, Butler, Vaughan and Silvestri

Image Expo is this week in Oakland and Matt Sardo from the Comic Vault is here to cause a ruckus. Be on the look out for tweets, pictures and videos (follow Matt @comicvault). Here are the interviews that we have currently line-up for the week but Matt will crash a few more interviews as well.

Robert Kirkman and friends are currently chatting it up at the Twelve Bar at the Oakland Convention Center. Let the stalking begin!

Saturday
10:30 – 10:45AM Todd McFarlane
11:30 – 11:40AM Marc Silvestri
4:15 – 4:30PM Ed Brubaker

Sunday
11:45 – 12:00PM Blair Butler
2:30 – 2:45PM Brian K Vaughan

Tweet Matt @comicvault with your questions for his guests.

Image Expo exclusives all 6 covers

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Image Comics Wednesday released all the exclusive covers for Image Expo, the covers include The Walking Dead #94, Glory #23, Thief of Thieves #1, The Darkness #100, Chew #24 and Artifacts #14. Image Expo will rock the Bay Area February 24, 25 and 26 at the Oakland Convention Center.

IMAGE EXPO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS
Posted on February 13, 2012
SIX EXCLUSIVE COVERS AVAILABLE ONLY AT IMAGE EXPO

Attendees of Image Expo, taking place February 24, 25, and 26 in Oakland, California will get something else in addition to excellent programming, array of exhibiting publishers and artists, and face time with their favorite collectors — the chance to get six comics with convention-exclusive covers.

The first 5,000 attendees of Image Expo will receive a free copy of THE WALKING DEAD #94 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn with an exclusive cover picturing Michonne, katana at her side, atop an intertwined mass of zombies.

An exclusive GLORY #23 featuring a new cover by Ross Campbell and the slogan “FIGHT CENSORSHIP” will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and will be available only at the CBLDF booth.

Other exclusive covers are THE DARKNESS #100, featuring a sketch cover by Marc Silvestri; ARTIFACTS #14 with art by Stjepan Sejic and a blank back cover for attendees’ favorite artists to sketch on, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 with art by Shawn Martinbrough, and CHEW #24 with art by Rob Guillory.

The Image Expo convention-exclusive variant covers will be available in limited quantities. For more information about Image Expo, visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.

Kirkman responds to Walking Dead lawsuit

On the eve of the second-half premiere of “AMC’s Walking Dead,” Robert Kirkman the creator of The Walking Dead has responded to the lawsuit file by Tony Moore on Thursday. Moore claims that he was mislead into signing his rights away to the franchise.

Kirkman’s attorney Allen Grodsky had this statement:

“The lawsuit is ridiculous, we each had legal representation seven years ago and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid for the work he was hired to do. Tony regularly receives payment for the work he did as penciler, inker and for gray tones on the first six issues of The Walking Dead comic series and he receives royalties for the TV show, to assert otherwise is simply incorrect.”

Grodsky also released this image of the first issue of Walking Dead that credits Tony Moore with “penciler, Inker and Gray tones.”

Walking Dead #94 Image Expo Exclusive

The Image Expo in Oakland, CA will be held on February 24th thru the 26th and Image has started to announce some of the free swag that you can get by attending. The first Image Expo exclusive is a Walking Dead #94 variant for the first 5,000 attendents.

From Image Expo (http://www.imagecomicexpo.com/)

The first 5,000 attendees of Image Expo will receive a free copy of THE WALKING DEAD #94 with this con-exclusive variant cover. More exclusive variant covers to be announced!

Image Expo is the premier comic con experience of Northern California in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center February 24-25-26. Celebrating the creative spirit of independence, The Image Comic Expo commemorates the formation of IMAGE COMICS 20 years ago. But more than just looking to the past, the event showcases the evolving the comic market by spotlighting the future of the publisher.

Headline guests include IMAGE COMICS Founders & Partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Special guests for Image Comic Expo include BK Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Blair Butler, Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey, John Layman, Jonathan Hickman, and many more!

The Image Comic Expo is a fan fest spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comic books. From a show floor packed with over one hundred exhibitors, to an exciting artist alley, and autograph sessions and master-class workshops that give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, the Image Comic Expo brings the best of popular culture to the Bay Area!