Killing key character boosts Walking Dead
STILTED gaits and mindless shambling did nothing to stop demand for Image Comics’ The Walking Dead series, with the 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed series garnering the top spot as 2012’s top-selling comic book. The book, published by Image Comics, led the annual list of top-selling comics compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors, the Baltimore company that distributes comics, graphic novels and pop-culture merchandise worldwide. The series’ 100th issue was published in July and has been garnering new readers, thanks in part to the ongoing TV series (pictured) of the same name. In the issue, Kirkman shocked longtime readers by graphically killing off a key character, a development that saw the book sell out and go through three printings because of demand. Series three launches on Australian pay TV station FX, where each episodes airs 33 hours after its US broadcast from February 12.