Here is the official press release from Wizard World:
NEW YORK, February 13, 2013 – Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award winning The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novels continues to break records in all of its incarnations. Wizard World and Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have teamed to bring fans what they want, more of The Walking Dead! Now, all full-price attendees at every Wizard World event in 2013 will receive a limited-edition, exclusive cover variant of The Walking Dead #1.
A different superstar artist will create the variant cover art for each of the eight scheduled shows this year. Comic book writer/artist Michael Golden illustrates the first variant cover at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center. At each event, the cover artist will be on hand to sign fans’ copies. More cover artists will be announced shortly.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention.
“Wizard World cons have always been great events for The Walking Dead,” said Kirkman. “I’m excited to present the all-new #1 cover variant by the legendary Michael Golden at Portland Comic Con this year.”
John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO added, “With The Walking Dead #100 as the highest-selling comic book of last year, we are absolutely thrilled to have this exclusive book that started it all available to all our Wizard World fans, beginning in the Pacific Northwest. Giving it away for free to all paid attendees is our way of giving back to the fan community that has supported us!”
The Walking Dead graphic novels accounted for seven of the 10 bestselling titles of the year and were #1 overall for both 2011 and 2012.
Wizard World Comic Cons kick off in Portland, Oregon this February 22-24th 2013. Wizard World has been really pushing to make their Comic Cons an all-around great experience for comic book fans, movie fans, TV show fans and more. This sounds like one good deal for any fan of The Walking Dead.
Here are the dates for all Wizard World Comic Cons:
The 2013 event schedule to date can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
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February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con