Monday, June 3, 2013

The Walking Dead Goes Multilingual

In most zombie apocalypse stories, the epidemic is a worldwide phenomenon. Most of the better known tales however take place in a dystopian United States, meaning all the action is in English. Even mega-hits like The Walking Dead set in the lovely confines of Georgia. The work has been collected time and time again, but this may be the first time it hits as a Spanish-language publication. A Spanish translation of The Walking Dead Volume One: Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman, with art by Tony Moore, will be available for the first time in United States in September 2013.

"We're excited to bring The Walking Dead to the Spanish-speaking market in the United States," said Skybound's Director of Business Development Shawn Kirkham. "Our hope is that The Walking Dead in Spanish will help develop a new fan base in this emerging market for comic books."

The first volume collects the first six issues of the series, which will reach its 116th issue in September. The Spanish language edition of Days Gone By (DÍAS PASADOS) will be available for pre-order in July. Subsequent translated editions will be published quarterly.

Full press release below.

SPANISH LANGUAGE THE WALKING DEAD IN SEPTEMBER
Bestselling Image Comics/Skybound graphic novel gets translation

Its collections are the country's best-selling graphic novels, it has been adapted into the top-rated television series in basic cable history, its 100th issue sold more copies than any other comic book in the 21st century, and now THE WALKING DEAD is breaking new ground by becoming Image Comics' and Skybound's first Spanish-language publication. A Spanish translation of THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME ONE: DAYS GONE BYE by Robert Kirkman, with art by Tony Moore, will be available for the first time in United States in September 2013.

"We're excited to bring The Walking Dead to the Spanish-speaking market in the United States," said Skybound's Director of Business Development Shawn Kirkham. "Our hope is that The Walking Dead in Spanish will help develop a new fan base in this emerging market for comic books."

The first volume of THE WALKING DEAD collects the first six issues of the series, which will reach its 116th issue in September. The Spanish language edition of DAYS GONE BYE (DÍAS PASADOS) will be available for pre-order in July. Subsequent translated editions of THE WALKING DEAD will be published quarterly.
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT SKYBOUND
Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman's creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series,The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, Thief of Thieves, and Clone as well as Witch Doctor and Invincible Universe. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound's successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com.

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