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The Walking Dead IOS App by ComiXology Upgrade

THE WALKING DEAD IOS APP POWERED BY COMIXOLOGY UPGRADES FROM 2.0 TO 3.1

It’s time to experience Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in CMX-HD

July 3rd, 2012 – New York, NY – Skybound, The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, are thrilled to announce the release today of a newly updated 3.1 version of The Walking Dead iOS app available to fans everywhere. This new release includes major design improvements, accelerated speeds, and an ever-expanding library of CMX-HD ready The Walking Dead digital comics and trades to take advantage of the new iPad’s enhanced Retina Display.

The Eisner Award-wining The Walking Dead comic series was not only the #1 seller in graphic novels for 2011 — and is on track to retain the title again this year — but the top rated basic cable drama of all time during season two of the hit AMC television series. Kirkman serves as both writer and Executive Producer on the TV series.

“The comiXology-powered 3.1 interface takes The Walking Dead iOS app to a whole new level for fans of both the comic and the TV series,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “ComiXology is dedicated to delivering the best shopping and reading experience around and the upgrade to 3.1 — with CMX-HD capabilities and our revolutionary Guided View™ — hands down delivers to all Walking Dead fans around the world!”

“I don’t know of a better way to experience The Walking Dead in the digital space than through the newly upgraded Walking Dead iOS app,” said series creator Robert Kirkman. “Simply put, the comics have never looked better and they’ve never been easier to get a hold of than they are right now.”

The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app’s smooth new design and interface not only enhances overall stability it also increases the usability beyond the original 2.0 functionality. New advancements in the UI enables a near instantaneous launch, dramatically cutting down on the app’s load times and allows fans of The Walking Dead to start reading faster than ever before.

In addition to the overall redesign, the app now exhibits enriched feature spotlights and CMX-HD — comiXology’s Hi-Def comic format —for users of the new iPad. “Purchases” now has its own tab so users can always find their The Walking Dead comics for quick and easy download without cluttering their “My Comics” area. The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app brings the thrills and excitement of the comic series that inspired the hit TV show to a whole new level.

Fans will be happy to know that while a number of great new improvements have been made, The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app continues to deliver the same quality comic reading and shopping experience customers have come to expect from comiXology powered apps. Through the use of comiXology’s revolutionary patent-pending Guided View™ technology that includes a wide variety of reading options and settings, comiXology enables users to set the speed of transitions in addition to page orientations and much more.

The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app is available for download through iTunes for the iPhone and iPad today.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010.  Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-runningInvincible, all-ages Super DinosaurThe Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/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, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a  potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

About comiXology

Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

About Skybound 
SKYBOUND is Robert Kirkman’s imprint of Image Comics. The imprint provides a new generation of comic book creators the opportunity to publish their works as SKYBOUND Originals. With SKYBOUND, Image COO Robert Kirkman handpicks up-and-coming creators and maintains an active role in promoting and expanding the projects of this already growing talent pool. Artist and imprint alike will be fully vested in the global development of their properties into new mediums, such as television and film.

About Image Comic
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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SyFy To Sponsor The 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic Con

Syfy Sponsors the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Kirkman, Martin, Ross Among Presenters

SAN DIEGO – The 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will be held Friday, July 13 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This year’s title sponsor isSyfy, the television destination for imagination-based entertainment. Syfyfeatures acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, and will present four exciting series at Comic-Con this year:Warehouse 13, Alphas, Being Human, and groundbreaking transmedia entertainment property Defiance.

The Eisner Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, will be given out in 28 categories, for works published in 2011. Awards presenters will include British talk show host and comics author Jonathan Ross; authorGeorge R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones); The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard; actress Erin Gray (Buck Rogers); voice actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Young Justice); cartoonist Bill Morrison (The Simpsons); nominee Eric Powell (The Goon); and Comic-Con special guests Tom Batiuk(Funky Winkerbean), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Michael Uslan (Batman movie producer and Archie comics writer), andSergio Aragonés (MAD magazine). A few surprise celebrity presenters can be expected as well.

The doors for the event will open at 7:45, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00. Attendance at the event is free to anyone with a Comic-Con badge. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) and those with pro badges will begin at 7:00. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:30. All who attend the awards ceremony will receive a graphic novel from the Will Eisner Library, published by DC Comics.

In addition to Syfy as the title sponsor, the major sponsor for the Eisner Awards ismycomicshop.com. Principal sponsors areGentle Giant Studios and Lebonfon, while supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld(Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comic DistributorsFlying Colors and Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), Strange Adventures(Halifax, Nova Scotia), Warp 1 Comics & Games (Edmonton, Alberta), and Mel Thompson and Associates.

The Eisner Awards evening includes the presentation of several other special awards, given by both Comic-Con International and other organizations. Comic-Con’s own awards are the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, and the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture. More information about the Eisner Awards can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php.

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The Walking Dead Escape

The Walking Dead Escape will be held in San Diego during Comic Con. This obstacle course is in conjunction with the release of issue No. 100 of the Eisner Award winning “The Walking Dead” comic book series.

[box] “Our fans have been reading about it, watching it, and now they get to live it with The Walking Dead: Escape,” series creator Robert Kirkman said in a statement. “We are literally transforming Petco Park into the early days of society’s collapse and San Diego is just the first city to fall.”[/box]

The FAQ section of the “Walking Dead Escape” has the following info for those interested in participating:

OVERVIEW

The course has been specifically designed for participants with a wide range of abilities.

The world we know is about to end. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions will sweep the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. The only way to survive is to buy an Evac Pass, track the virus and get out before it is too late.

In a matter of months society will crumble and San Diego will be first of many cities to fall. Only a few will escape. Some won’t even try.

What is a Walker?

This is a Walker

Survival is Not a Race

The average time of completion is 35-45 minutes.

The Walking Dead Escape is not a race. No one is timed, and you are not required to run, but the slow usually die for a reason.

Be prepared to climb, crawl, and slide.

Depending on the encountered Walker, you may need to move briskly or lightly jog in an effort to avoid infection.

Hiding is recommended if confronted with a Walker horde.

Move swiftly the end is near.

Rules

The goal is to make it to the Evacuation Zone without having contact with any Walkers.

Be aware, the Government believes infection can be spread by touch.

Government Scientists will be waiting at the Evacuation Zone, and will perform a scan to determine whether or not participants have been infected by the virus.

You must start with your assigned Evacuation time in order to participate.

All participants are expected to be respectful, safe, and courteous on the course and to fellow participants. The course was designed to create a fun experience; common sense applies.

All entries are final with no refunds.

All decisions by officials are final and binding.

Costumes ok.

Absolutely no weapons allowed (real or otherwise).

What’s Included

All Survivors and Walkers will receive an Exclusive Special Edition of the 100th Issue of The Walking Dead.

All Spectators will receive an Exclusive Special Edition poster of the cover of the 100th Issue of The Walking Dead.

Who is the Walking Dead Escape for?

Anyone looking for a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime.

Must be 16 years of age to participate.

3 Ways To Participate

Survivor – Navigate through Zombie infected Evacuation Zone.

Walker – Embrace the inevitable and become one of the undead.

Spectator – Watch the Apocalypse from the sidelines at the Escape Party.

Wave Times

You will select your wave time during registration. Waves will run every 20 minutes.

Thursday, July 12 / 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday, July 13 / 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Evacuation Time

You will select your evac time during the online registration process. Plan on arriving 20 minutes before your wave time to check in.

Obstacles

The Evacuation Route will feature multiple obstacles such as cargo nets and rope bridges.

No one will be disqualified if they are unable to complete a certain obstacle, but it may heighten the risk of infection.

For more information please visit The Walking Dead Escape website: 

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Get a Free Digital Copy of The Walking Dead Vol. 1 at WonderCon

Get The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Free
at the
comiXology Booth @WonderCon ’12

 

ComiXology
@WonderCon ’12
Anaheim, California
March 16th-18th
Booth #107

ComiXology and Skybound partner up to give out 5,000 free digital copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1 
first come, first serve

ComiXology@ WonderCon ’12: Giveaways, Panels, and more!

ComiXology, the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle Fire and the Web with over 50 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date, will be exhibiting for the first time this year at WonderCon ’12, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from March 16th-18th.  To celebrate their WonderCon ’12 debut they are offering a not-to-be missed giveaway!

The first 5,000 WonderCon ’12 attendees to come by comiXology’s booth (#107) will receive a limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.comIn partnership with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, comiXology is making sure attendees of WonderCon ’12 get a “taste” of the first graphic novel — regularly $8.99 for 140 pages —that the hit The Walking Dead TV show is based on.

In addition to the must-have The Walking Dead Vol. 1 giveaway, comiXology will be providing hands on demonstrations of some new as-of-yet unannounced features on it’s Comics by comiXology digital comics platform at their booth all weekend long.  Attendees will also find comiXology leading the digital comics discussion in a number of different panels during the show.

All WonderCon ’12 attendees are invited to attend the special “ComiXology Open Discussion Panel” where comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger will answer questions from the audience on “Everything Digital” with no topic off limits. The “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel” will be on Friday, March 16th from 3:30pm- 4:30pm in Room

What: WonderCon 2012
When: March 16th -18th, 2012
Where: The Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA
Booth #:  107Giveaway: Limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively oncomiXology.com.

Panels:

Friday March 16th
3:30pm – 4:30pm – ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 203.

Saturday March 17TH 
11:30am – 12:30pm – Digital Comics Price Fight Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 208
3:30pm – 4:30pm – Comic Book Entrepreneurs Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 211.

Sunday March 18th  
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101 with comiXology’s Chip Mosher – Room 208.

 

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True Blood Tainted Love Comic Writer At Golden Apple Comics

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson True Blood Comic Book writer: Marc Andreyko

Golden Apple Comics hosted several signings at their store today for “Free Comic Book Day”. Marc Andreyko was there signing the new True Blood series-“Tainted Love” for fans.

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson

Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard were there signing copies of “Super Dinosaur” comic. Many Walking Dead fans were also there getting their comics signed by Robert Kirkman. (he was great to all the fans and took photos with them.) The lines went out the door for the signings!

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson Jason Howard and Marc Andreyko

One of the great things about these signing events is seeing the different writers have a chance to spend time and talk about their projects.  Jason Howard and Marc Andreyko looked like they were enjoying signing books and chatting about what was going on. It was a lot of fun to go to the event and see all the younger fans getting their free comic book. Comic fans come in all sizes and ages. The True Blood comic series is a fun one for fans to enjoy while waiting for the season to start up. I was really happy when I got home and had a chance to look at the issues and see the characters from True Blood that I’ve been missing since season 3 ended. Here are the ones I brought home:

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson True Blood comic autographed by Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian

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Photo Credit: © 2011 B.Henderson True Blood comic autographed by Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian

Waiting sucks but at least I have some thing new to read while waiting for new True Blood! The gallery below contains more photos from the event today.

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