Wizard World Ft Lauderdale Attendees to Receive 'The Walking Dead #1' Cover By Julian Totino Tedesco

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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (1888PressRelease) September 15, 2015 - Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that superstar artist Julian Totino Tedesco has drawn the 19th 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 Fort Lauderdale, October 2-4. 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 Music City Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

    Buenos Aires, Argentina-born Totino Tedesco has worked on such popular titles as "X-Treme X-Men," "Uncanny X-Force," "Venom" and "Hulk." He has been working mostly for Marvel in the past few years, including covers of "Northanger Abbey," "Fantastic Four" and more.

    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 Fort Lauderdale celebrity roster features "The Walking Dead" stars Norman Reedus ("Daryl Dixon") and Jon Bernthal ("Shane Walsh"), along with William Shatner ("Star Trek," "Boston Legal"), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), Christian Kane ("The Librarians," "Leverage"), Burn Gorman ("Torchwood," "Game of Thrones"), WWE® Diva Natalya™, Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat™, Superstar Dean Ambrose™, Dennis Rodman (former NBA player), Eve Myles ("Doctor Who," "Torchwood") and many others.

    In addition to Totino Tedesco, Artist Alley in Fort Lauderdale will feature Neal Adams ("Batman," "X-Men,"), Billy Martin ("TMNT New Animated Adventures"), Harvey Tolibao ("Green Arrow," "Silver Surfer"), Claudio Aboy ("Heavy Metal," "Marilyn"), Stephanie Hans ("Journey Into Mystery," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), Ethan Van Sciver ("Justice League," "Green Lantern"), Arthur Suydam ("Marvel Zombies," "Army of Darkness"), Rob Liefeld ("Deadpool," "X-Force"), Brad Guigar ("Evil Inc.," "Phables") 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 20th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Fort Lauderdale show hours are Friday, October 2, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, October 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Fort Lauderdale, visit http://wizd.me/FortLauderdalePR.

    About Robert Kirkman
    Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, and the new exorcism comic, Outcast which was released in June 2014 and recently received a pilot pickup for CINEMAX with Fox International.

    Since entering the comics scene with his self-published cult-hit Battle Pope in 2000, the Kentucky native has risen to fame as one of the most successful names in comics and entertainment. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics, and in 2010, he opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.

    That same year, Kirkman continued to expand his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show. The show is in production on its fifth season and has become the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.

    Kirkman is also slated to executive produce AMC's upcoming The Walking Dead companion series.

    Under the Skybound Entertainment umbrella Kirkman wrapped production on his first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.

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