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Walking Dead #100 Breaks Record

Best-Selling Comic of the 21st Century

By Robert T. Trate     July 16, 2012
Source: Image Comics

Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead comic series for Image Comics/Skybound reached its milestone 100th issue and instantly sold out of its 383,612 initial orders on July 11th, the same day it was released, effectively becoming the best-selling comic book in initial orders for any publisher since 1997, when Image Comics/Top Cow's The Darkness #11 was released. The Walking Dead, created and written by Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard, featuring 13 variant covers for the 100th issue — all sold out — has been the talk of San Diego Comic-Con with a series of events celebrating its release. Kirkman is a partner in Image Comics, the first person invited to join the comic book industry's premier publisher of creator-owned comics since its inception twenty years ago.
"This is a remarkable achievement," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "It's extremely uncommon, if not flat-out rare, for a comic book to see a sustained increase in sales following its first issue, but The Walking Dead steadily climbed up and up since its launch in 2003, and we couldn't be more proud of Robert, Charlie and the whole Walking Dead team."

"The Walking Dead continues to greatly exceed all my expectations in all forms," said Robert Kirkman. "I am especially excited for what this means for comics as an industry, that this is an independent comic hitting that number." Kirkman continued, "The future of comics couldn't be brighter as more and more readers are embracing new ideas in a big way."

On Wednesday night, Hyundai, Future US, and Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics unveiled the Kirkman-designed Zombie Survival Machine from a transformed Hyundai Elantra Coupe. On Thursday, Skybound and Ruckus Sports unveiled The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, an obstacle course where anyone could live the experience of being a zombie apocalypse survivor and effects whiz Greg Nicotero and team transformed participants into one of the undead.

Kirkman will give away a Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in Charlie Adlard's iconic cover of The Walking Dead's 100th issue, which was on display Friday night at Petco Park during the private The Walking Dead 100th Issue VIP Black Carpet Event. The exclusive party featured a fully immersive recreation of a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies. 

The Skybound booth at Comic-Con, #2729, featured a slew of exclusive merchandise, including The Walking Dead #100 Vannen Watch, The Walking Dead Bloody Michonne Variant action figure and The Walking Dead Hardcover Compendium, which collects issues #1-48 of the iconic comic series. 

The Walking Dead topped the bestseller lists for graphic novels in 2011 and frequently topped the New York Times and Amazon's bestseller lists, taking the top five spots on hardcover and paperback lists. Kirkman is also the 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 for season two. Friday's AMC panel was one of the hottest events at Comic-Con. The show is also an international success in 120 countries, showing in 250 million households worldwide.
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calhob 7/16/2012 2:28:34 PM

 Awesome. And other Image comics rock too!

jedibanner 7/16/2012 3:14:24 PM

At this point, I have them all and this is where I'm stopping. It was fun at the beginning but at this point...meh.

vitieddie 7/16/2012 5:08:57 PM

Is it good Jedi? I am slowly getting pulled into the hype.

calhob 7/16/2012 5:16:02 PM

 It's awesome. Get in!

jedibanner 7/16/2012 5:48:53 PM

It's good to start from scratch but in the end...it's getting repetetive. The storyline right now is the same as a bit earlier except there is no prison.

And for those who read the #100, for me...that was the end because of what happened...can't really say without spoilers but let's just say the comic won't be the same anymore.

Don't hold back if you have interest but for me...I've stuck since the beginning...now is a good time to leave.

HudsonTaco 7/16/2012 6:33:05 PM

 Sorry Jedi but I don't quite understand you are saying that it getting repetitive and then say it won't be the same anymore because of what happened? Seems contradictory to me. I do agree to an extent about the similar arc to the prison with what is happening now, but 100 was gut wrenching and I had trouble sleeping after reading it. Not much can effect me as an adult like that and Walking Dead has more than once. I can wait to see what Rick is gonna do next, remember his character has changed a lot since the prison I doubt the outcome will be the same but only time will tell. 

All that said I doubt Kirkman can sustain this for 100 more issues, but I have been wrong before.

Betenoire 7/17/2012 3:37:42 AM

I realize the optics of it and all, but when I think "independent comic" Image only counts if you assume the "non indy" market means Marvel and DC. Hell Image is probably ahead of Archie Comics by a lot and would also be ahead of Disney if they hadn't bought Marvel.

While Image may not be one of those two it is a far, far cry from the guys who are printing their own comics and hoping to get rnough buzz that they can become a thing on the con circut or maybe even reach a point where Diamond might consider carrying an issue of their comic.

jedibanner 7/17/2012 5:28:05 AM


Regarding # 100 Hudson Taco...killing a major character for me that was one of my favorite kind of puts me off the series now. It won't be the same without him anymore but still, the stories are still similar so that's what I meant.

Yes it was sad and nice to read but in my mind, with the end result, I don't see myself caring much for Rick anymore and the stories in the end will most likelly be the same for the near future (running, getting comfortable, bad guys everywhere). Yes it does apply for all comics that some things can appear similar but for me, it's a sign.


Mythos 7/17/2012 1:26:30 PM

i'm actually reading them at work lol. i'm right now in issue 95 and by god am i blown away how great of a comic it is! only comic better then walking dead that I like is The Crossed series and thats only cause it feels like there is absolutly no hope in that book and it leaves you feeling deeply disturbed by what you read in it.

HudsonTaco 7/17/2012 7:34:03 PM

 Jedi - that's fair they were my favorite character also, but I want vengeance :)

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