Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard are digging into the world of The Walking Dead again this July with a surprise one-shot called Negan Lives!, per a recent announcement from Image Comics. As part of an effort to reinvigorate business for local comic shops, retailers will receive this shipment sans financial burdens, with no freight costs.

“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,” said Kirkman. “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.”

Furthermore, this book will not exist digitally; anyone who wants to read Negan Lives! will have to head over to their LCS and pick up a floppie. The comic itself is oversized, at 36 pages, and in black and white. It’s also available in gold and silver foil variants, although those are in limited quantity.

Look for Negan Lives! in your local comic shop on Wednesday, July 1. Remember to call ahead, wear a mask, and maintain a distance from others.

Spurned by a slowly rebuilding society, Negan lives a life of desperate isolation… or does he? In the tradition of Here’s Negan, this all-new story in Negan Lives #1 gives readers a glimpse into what has happened to one The Walking Dead‘s most popular characters in the time since his last appearance in The Walking Dead #174.

As long-time readers of the post-apocalyptic survival series will recall, The Walking Dead #174 proved to be a pivotal point for Negan, as he was tracked down and confronted by a vengeful Maggie, still heartbroken and furious over the murder of her husband, Glenn, in The Walking Dead #100.

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