The Walking Dead Official Magazine Issue #1 will be released this week. Titan Magazines and Skybound’s premier issue of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels and the Emmy-winning AMC TV series, hits newsstands/digital platforms on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.
The 100 page premier issue gives an inside look at The Walking Dead – from the comics to the show and everything in between. As you can see from the front cover, the creators of the series realize how much fans have been looking forward to the introduction of Michonne, the katana-wielding warrior, and they have a special interview with Danai Gurira inside. The magazine’s opening editorial comes from none other than Robert Kirkman himself, who is not afraid to tell you that “This magazine is going to rock!” The next pages of the magazine are filled with informational blurbs talking about season 3 of the show, The Walking Dead Video Game from Telltale Games, new toys/merchandise, and the Big Zombie tour in Atlanta.
Next up is an interview with Robert Kirkman, who drops hints regarding Season 3 of the show (in which Michonne is referred to as the Boba Fett of the Walking Dead universe), a spoiler about the comic issue 100 (where a major character dies), and other projects he is working on. There’s a rough guide to the comic book version for those who need a refresher (featuring images from the comics), a preview of season three, a big story on Michonne where Danai Gurira talks about how she is approaching the character, a visit to the set (including the prison), an exclusive short story, and an interview with Chris Hardwick (from Talking Dead).
Redd Skull Comics Alternative Cover
There’s more! A visit to San Diego Comic Con, an interview with artist Charlie Adlard, insight into the show’s production and storylines, book/toy reviews … basically, The Walking Dead Official Magazine gives the Walking Dead fan everything he or she could ask for. It’s a colorful, informative issue printed on quality coated/glossy paper, but you can also get digital versions on the iPad, Nook and Kindle Fire.
The first issue debuted at this year’s New York Comic-Con with a special NYCC variant cover. Other special variant covers include: an alternative art cover by The Walking Dead comic artist Charlie Adlard and colored by Cliff Rathburn; seven retail variant covers available at Comickaze (San Diego), Forbidden Planet (London), Midtown Comics (NYC), Redd Skull Comics (Calgary), Ultimate Comics (Durham), Ultimate Treasures (Clinton), and Wade’s Comic Madness (Levittown), each featuring art by Adlard and Rathburn.
The Walking Dead Magazine – Comickaze Retail Cover
The magazine is currently offering fans an exclusive free Walking Dead T-Shirt (not available in stores) with new print subscriptions. You can check out the magazine website for more info. Also be sure to visit the Facebook page and Skybound.
The print issue of The Walking Dead Official Magazine will also be available in the U.K. on November 8, 2012 and Australia/New Zealand on December 18, 2012. (Digital editions are available this week).
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