EXCLUSIVE: 'The Walking Dead' Gets New, TV-Inspired Cover For Long Beach Comic Con

The Walking DeadWith the Halloween premiere of "The Walking Dead" fast approaching, I don't think I'm alone in noticing a few more shambling, flesh-hungry creatures with lifeless eyes and pasty skin than usual on my daily commute through Manhattan. In fact, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing promotion for AMC's upcoming television series about life after the zombie apocalypse — and I love every bit of it.

However, for fellow fans of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series (and the upcoming television series based on it), there's yet another piece of "Walking Dead" swag you'll want to get your hands on in the run-up to the series' premiere. An upcoming variant issue of "The Walking Dead" comic book will be available Halloween weekend at the Long Beach Comic Con for the awesome price of free, featuring a brand new photo cover ripped straight from the live-action "Walking Dead" TV series.

The three-day show kicks off October 29 at the Long Beach Convention Center in California, and the good folks at LBCC and Image Comics have provided Splash Page readers with the first, exclusive look at the cover!

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According to the LBCC crew, the exclusive photo cover of "The Walking Dead" is limited to around 1,000 copies, given out to the first 1,000 people to purchase advance weekend tickets and pick up their passes at the show. They'll also be giving out a few extra copies throughout the weekend to a few lucky, zombie-friendly attendees and visitors to the Image Comics booth (#218).

"Being able to have a variant with such a limited run is incredible for the fans and attendees at our show," said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. "We worked closely with the amazing team at Image Comics to make this available and are thrilled that Long Beach Comic Con will be part of such an exclusive event."

And there you have it, folks. Oh, and a final costume hint for the show: I have a feeling that zombie cosplay is going to be really popular that weekend.

Long Beach Comic Con runs October 29-31. You can find out more about the show at www.longbeachcomicon.com.

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