To help comic shops recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, a surprise one-shot story, Negan Lives #1, will arrive in stores this July from Image Comics.
The award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon — Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — are returning to the beloved series. Negan Lives #1 will not be available digitally and will be available exclusively at comic book shops.
“I’ve been inspired by Steve Geppi and Diamond’s efforts to shine a light on how essential the Direct Market is to our beloved industry with their #backthecomeback campaign,” Kirkman said in a press statement.
Helping comic book stores
This shipment arriving in July will be without financial burden to receiving retailers.
“While Charlie Adlard and I had laid the series to rest, this felt like something special we could do for the store owners who made our series a success to begin with. To that end, I’m happy to report that 100 percent of the revenue generated from this book will go to the stores selling it. The retailer community does backbreaking work to get comics into the hands of our loving fans. We should all be doing more in these trying times to show them how appreciated they are,” Kirkman said.
Spurned by a slowly rebuilding society, Negan lives a life of desperate isolation… or does he? This all-new story will be in the tradition of Here’s Negan. It will show what happened since his last appearance in The Walking Dead #174.
Negan Lives #1 is a 36-page, black and white comic book, available exclusively at comic book shops on July 1. Extremely rare Gold and Silver foil variants of Negan Lives #1 are available in limited quantities. Inquire with your local comic shop for availability and further details.
Are you excited, fellow comic book geeks?