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Wizard World Des Moines Gets a The Walking Dead #1 Exclusive Cover By Phil Hester

The Walking Dead #1 Phil HesterWizard World, Inc. and Skybound today announced that The Wretch and The Coffin creator and Iowa native Phil Hester has drawn the 11th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, June 12-14.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Iowa Events Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Hester has been making comics for over two decades, beginning while a student at the University of Iowa. He spent many years on the indie comics scene, culminating in his Eisner Award-nominated series The Wretch . Phil broke into the mainstream with a long run as penciler on DC’s Swamp Thing. He also drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks. He created The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, and Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, now a television feature for Cartoon Network. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his wife and two children.

Phil’s more recent work includes writing Kirkman’s Invincible Universe, IDW’s THUNDER Agents, and Dynamite’s The Shadow , as well as drawing DC’s Batman Beyond and The Flash TV comic. He has also written Mythic for Image comics.

The Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines celebrity roster includes The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz, as well as William Shatner, Robert Englund, Billy Dee Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Jewel Staite, Alex Kingston, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins and Diva Paige and many others.

In addition to Hester, Artist Alley in Des Moines will feature Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, James O’Barr, Renee Witterstaetter, Dean Haspiel, Kenneth Rocafort and more.

The Des Moines show hours are Friday, June 12, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Around the Tubes

Check out some news and reviews from around the web this past weekend in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – April 2015 comics sales boom; Star Wars #4, Convergence, new Walking Dead GN lead lists – Should be interesting to see this post Convergence and Secret Wars.

ComicsAlliance – Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season Three Not Coming in 2015 – A shame, but at least it’s coming out.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Secret Wars #2

Comic Vine – Thor #8

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #36

Fashion Spotlight: Spawn Song, Buddy Cobra, and The Walking Dredd

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Spawn Song, Buddy Cobra, and The Walking Dredd from tweedler92, ClayGraham, and BliMation will be for sale on May 8, 2015 only!

 

Spawn Song by tweedler92

Spawn Song

Buddy Cobra by ClayGraham

Buddy Cobra

The Walking Dredd by BliMation

The Walking Dredd

 

 

 

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Fashion Spotlight: Crossbow, Use the (tri)Force, and The Sound Of MYAAAAH!

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Crossbow, Use the (tri)Force, and The Sound Of MYAAAAH! from RicoMambo, AtomicRocket, and wytrab8 will be for sale on April 23, 2015 only!

 

Crossbow by RicoMambo

Crossbow

Use the (tri)Force by AtomicRocket

Use the (tri)Force

The Sound Of MYAAAAH! by wytrab8

The Sound Of MYAAAAH!

 

 

 

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Wizard World Minneapolis Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Variant Cover By Clayton Crain

The Walking Dead #1 Clayton CrainWizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced that Ghost Rider and X-Force artist Clayton Crain has drawn the eighth in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 1-3.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Minneapolis Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Crain, who primarily uses digital painting, is also well known for his work with Todd McFarlane as well as with Marvel on Carnage, covers for DC and his unique sketch cover acrylic paintings. He is currently working for Valiant Comics on the popular comic Rai , with writer Matt Kindt. He also continues to develop his painting techniques with acrylic and oil sketchbook covers and commissions.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis include Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson and Michael Rooker. Other standout celebrities attending include Karl Urban, Gillian Anderson, Debby Ryan, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Kevin Conroy, Finn Wittrock, Sylvester McCoy and more.

In addition to Crain, Artist Alley in Minneapolis will feature Steve Fastner, Rich Larson, Bill Willingham, Phil Ortiz, Neal Adams, Michael Avon Oeming, Dan Jurgens, Michael Golden and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis show hours are Friday, May 1, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Team Rubio, X-Men and Walking Dead Fans

On Monday I ran a story about how the team for Marco Rubio noted that they’re fans of Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows and movies. It was a rather odd thing to include in a Presidential Twitter bio. After a few Tweets pestering them why they didn’t show any love for indie comics, I decided to go with an easier one. Now we know what they’re fans of.

So a series about the apocalypse and another that focuses a lot on tolerance/racism/and exclusion. Some lessons to be learned from both as the campaign chugs along.

 

 

 

Wizard World Las Vegas The Walking Dead #1 Variant Cover By Gilbert Hernandez

Gilbert Hernandez The Walking Dead #1Wizard World, Inc. and Skybound announced that Love & Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez has drawn the seventh in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, April 24-26.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Hernandez’s Love & Rockets has been translated into French, Japanese and many other languages, and has received numerous awards for excellence. The book collections from Fantagraphics have garnered almost nothing but rave reviews from fan and mainstream press alike for over a decade. Hernandez’s early comics featured a passel of fascinating females, but the one who commanded center stage in every respect was Luba, who first appeared as an ambitious “voodoo woman” in the science fiction pastiche BEM.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas include  Norman Reedus, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Michael Cudlitz, Seth Gilliam and Michael Rooker. Other standout celebrities attending include Tom Felton, Tom Mison, Arthur Darvill, Robert Englund, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, WWE Diva Paige, Milo Ventimiglia, RJ Mitte and more.

In addition to Hernandez, Artist Alley in Las Vegas will feature Salvador Larroca, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Phil Ortiz, Michael Golden, Clay Mann and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas show hours are Friday, April 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Diamond Select This Week: The Avengers, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and More!

This Wednesday is a huge New Toy Day for comic shops, as a ton of new products are heading their way from Diamond Select Toys! Granted, a lot of those products are tiny, 2-inch Minimates mini-figures, but when you bring together sets from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Buck Rogers, Pulp Fiction, The Walking Dead, SpongeBob SquarePants, Grimm Fairy Tales and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, they can be quite a handful! Plus, a new bank of Cesar Romero’s Joker, silicone trays of Deadpool and the Infinity Gauntlet, and the electronic U.S.S. Excelsior from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock! Check out pictures below!

Batman Classic TV Series The Joker Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Release! The clown prince of crime is now his own worst enemy! With its ability to store your pocket change, this 8″ vinyl bank of The Joker is the perfect target for The Joker, who loves himself even more than he loves money. Based on the likeness of Cesar Romero as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series, this vinyl bust bank has a coin slot on his back and an access door in his base. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!  (Item #NOV142177, SRP: $22.99)

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Buck Rogers Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Warp into the 25th century with the first-ever Minimates box set based on the classic Buck Rogers TV show! This box set includes four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures of Captain Buck Rogers, Colonel Wilma Deering, Princess Ardala and Tigerman, each featuring a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Plus, you get a bonus 1″ micro-figure of TWIKI! Re-create Season 1 of the sci-fi classic in the palm of your hand! Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142251, SRP: $19.99)

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Grimm Fairy Tales Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! They say fairy tales can come true, and now they have, with Minimates mini-figures of your favorite Grimm Fairy Tales characters! Celebrating 100 issues of the comic series by Zenescope Entertainment, this four-pack of Minimates features four fan-favorite characters: Belinda, Nissa, Sela Mathers and Red Riding Hood. Each 2-inch Minimate features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Comes packed in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #OCT142191, SRP: $19.99)

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Minimates Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jay and Silent Bob return in a second box set of Minimates minfigures based on their biggest film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”! This time, a mask-wearing Jay and Silent Bob come packaged with Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly and notorious jewel thief Justice — plus a micro-‘Mate of their orangutan friend Suzanne!  Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142211, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Deadpool Silicone Tray

A Diamond Select Release! Eat me! That’s what your snack will be screaming at you once you cast up an assortment of chocolate, ice cubes and gelatin (not tacos) in the shape of the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool! It’s easy to crack wise when you add Deadpool to your diet, and this 4″ by 6″ silicone tray lets you put Deadpool where your mouth is! Deadpool! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV142175, SRP: $14.99)

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Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Silicone Tray

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Infinity Gauntlet is the most powerful weapon in the Marvel Universe, allowing the bearer to control time, space and reality. And now it can cool your drink! Cast up six ice cubes in the shape of the Infinity Gauntlet using this 6″x8″ silicone tray, or fill the tray up with chocolate to make six tasty treats! Your guests won’t know what hit them! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142217, SRP: $14.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 61 Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost here – the most anticipated Marvel movie since the last Marvel movie! With the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” already shattering records, DST is preparing the first assortment of Minimates based on the movie! Four two-packs will feature Iron Man with Black Widow, Thor with Captain America, Hawkeye with Ultron and a rare one-per-case variant pack of Hawkeye in his long coat with a Sub-Ultron! Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #DEC142219, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Pulp Fiction 20th Ann. Minimates Bonnie Situation Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ve got a dead body in your car, you’re covered with blood, you’re hiding out at your friend’s house, and his wife is on the way home. What do you do? You call the Wolf! Re-creating the famous storyline form Quentin Tarantino’s groundbreaking film Pulp Fiction, the “Bonnie Situation”  Minimates Box Set includes Minimates mini-figures of Bloody Jules, Bloody Vince, The Wolf, and Jimmie. Each 2-inch Minimate features various interchangeable parts and accessories, including guns and coffee mugs. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV142183, SRP: $19.99)

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SpongeBob Squarepants Minimates Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It’s SpongeBob Squarepants, the star of a new Minimates mini-figure line! Based on the long-running hit animated series, the first assortment of two-packs includes SpongeBob with Sandy, Patrick with Squidward, Mr. Krabs with Perch Perkins and a rare, one-per-case box set of Grandpappy Redbeard with an orange Perch Perkins! Yarrr! Each Minimate stands approximately 2 inches tall with multiple points of articulation, and each figure features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB152155, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Star Trek 3 U.S.S. Excelsior NX-2000 Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hot off the assembly line, it’s the test version of the U.S.S. Excelsior! As seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the NX-2000 Excelsior features button-activated lights, plus all-new sound effects and dialogue taken straight from the film, including lines by the ship’s boastful commander, Captain Styles! Measuring 18 inches long, the Excelsior comes packaged in try-me packaging. (Item #JUN142090, SRP: $60.00)

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Walking Dead Minimates Series 7 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Walking Dead Minimates is here, and this time it’s war! Featuring characters from more recent issues of the hit comic book series, this assortment includes three different two-packs: Rick with Jesus, Negan with Dwight, and Hunters leader Chris with Zombie Holly, plus a one-per-case variant set of Scavengers leader Derek with Zombie Holly. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Holly. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142212, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Fashion Spotlight: Dead Wars, Pokethrone, and Turtles Forever

Rit Apparel has three new designs today for fans of The Walking Dead, Pokemon, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dead Wars, Pokethrone, and Turtles Forever from AtomicRocket, Harantula, and iwilding will be for sale on April 6, 2015 only!

 

Dead Wars by AtomicRocket

Dead Wars

Pokethrone by Harantula

Pokethrone

Turtles Forever by iwilding

Turtles Forever

 

 

 

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The Walking Dead Posts Best Ratings Ever for a Finale

walking-dead-5 photoIt shouldn’t be much of a surprise but The Walking Dead continued to flex its muscles as television’s highest rated series. The season finale pulled in a best 15.8 million viewers of which 10.4 million were adults 18-49. That’s great, but doesn’t match the series high, which was this season’s opener which saw 17.3 million viewers.

The series’s 16 episodes ranked in the top 20 entertainment telecasts across all of television for adults 18-49. When you add in sports and specials, the 16 epsiodes all rank in the top 50 telecasts, the first time a series has achieved this in cable history.

The show ended the season as the number one show in adults 18-49 with an average 14.4 million viewers and 9.4 million adults 18-49 live/same day. That’s an increase of 9% in adults 18-49.

The success spilled over to the after show, Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead. That show saw its best episode to date and pulled in 7.5 million viewers, of which 4.9 million of them were 18-49.

The evening also saw the first teaser ad for The Walking Dead spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead which will debut this summer.

(via AMC)

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