Killing key char­ac­ter boosts Walking Dead

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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.

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