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Walking Dead spins off new zombie apocalypse one-shot, Negan Lives, exclusively in comic book stores.

Image Comics Walking Dead Negan Lives Issue #1

The Walking Dead party is not over after all, Negan Lives #1 debuts July 1, 2020

It’s been a year since the Walking Dead comic book suddenly ended. Today we hear the series will continue with a surprise issue, Negan Lives #1. Negan Lives will be a 36-page one-shot centering on the baseball wielding maniac.

Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics will handle publication of the issue and the comic will land in comic book ships on July 1. Surprisingly, there will be no digital release (at least for now). The comic book will only be available in comic book stores. Co-creator Robert Kirkman shared the decision and a surprise for comic book shop owners:

“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. 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% 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.”