Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Walking Dead #100 Exclusive Variant Cover for The Walking Dead Escape

The final variant cover (attached) for Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead issue #100 is by Matthew Roberts. Roberts began working with Kirkman early in his career on the Kirkman-created Battle Pope series. The only way to get this variant is to sign up for The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego at and the variant is free with your admission purchase to be a Survivor or Walker.

Matthew Roberts has been drawing all of his life, inspired by Art Adams' Longshot series and Mike Mignola's Rocket Racoon. When Matthew Roberts worked on Battle Pope, he confesses, "I was moonlighting from my day job in the Air Force." After years of serving his country, "With my patriotism quenched and my kids able to make their own breakfast, I'm back at the drawing table and honored to draw the variant for such a milestone issue and an amazing event in The Walking Dead Escape."  Roberts' says, "I'm grateful beyond words for the opportunity to draw again, and to be working with Robert is a huge cherry on top. I couldn't be happier."

"I've had the pleasure of working with Matt Roberts since the very earliest days of my career on Battle Pope," says Kirkman, "I couldn't be more thrilled that he's coming back to comics to work with Skybound and I can't think of a better way of reintroducing him to the world of comics than with this cover, commemorating The Walking DeadEscape and our monumental issue 100."

The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego takes place July 12 -15 at Petco Park, centrally located near the San Diego Convention Center. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party. The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego is unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S., expanding on Robert Kirkman's best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, allowing Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse. Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers, while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking DeadEscape is not a race, and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near, and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone at the end where it will be determined if they have been infected. Participants will be amazed at the interactive displays and The Walking Dead references along the course. Early registration is strongly recommended, as walk-ups may not be available on event day.  This summer, The Walking Dead will be taking over Petco Park and fans will have a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime. For more information or to register for this event, please visit

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