The Walking Dead #1 variant covers will be free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World event in 2013. A different superstar artist will create the variant cover art for each of the eight scheduled Wizard World shows this year. The upcoming Wizard World Portland Comic Con on February 22nd through 24th will feature a cover by comic book writer/artist Michael Golden. The cover artists for other events have not been announced yet, but at each event, the cover artist will be on hand to sign fans’ copies.
According to Wizard World, 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 Robert 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!”
Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, stars of the AMC series based upon The Walking Dead will attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con. Comics legend Stan Lee, Happy Days star Henry Winkler, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, Homeland headliner Morena Baccarin and WWE® Superstar The Miz® are among the other headliners.