Wizard World, Inc. and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Bishop creator Whilce Portacio has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.
Portacio has been in the business for 30 years. He started as an inker on Alien Legion and Art Adams’ Longshot in 1984 before launching his career as a penciler. He has been a leading comic book talent ever since his big break on Marvel titles Punisher, X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men in the early ‘90s. Portacio was also one of the seven founders of Image Comics. He created Wetworks for Image.
Whilce has worked on Marvel, DC and Image titles like Iron Man: Heroes Reborn, Punisher, X Force, Journey Into Mystery, Hulk, Authority, and Stormwatch. Whilce recently returned to Image Comics collaborating with Glen Brunswick on Non-Humans and a new book soon to be announced.
The artists for future books will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans. The full schedule of 2015-16 Wizard World shows is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.
The Wizard World Comic Con Chicago celebrity roster includes Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Nathan Fillion (Serenity, “Castle”), Jeremy Renner (Avengers, The Hurt Locker), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, “Evening Shade”), Ben McKenzie, (“Gotham,” “The O.C.”), Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and WWE® Superstar Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Sting™, Daniel Bryan® and Diva Paige™and many others.
In addition to Portacio, Artist Alley in Chicago will feature Manuel Garcia (“Iron Man,” “Black Widow”), Gerhard (“Cerebus”), Pere Perez (“Birds of Prey,” “Marvel Adventures Spider-Man”), Arthur Adams (“Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up,” “Monkeyman and O’Brien”), Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), James O’Barr (creator, “The Crow”) and Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Daredevil”) and more.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 15th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-chicago.html.