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With The Walking Dead television series debuting next month, Image Comics is aiming to get the comic series in front of as many people as possible — which includes releasing the series digitally at the same time it arrives in comic stores.
iFanboy points out that this past Wednesday Walking Dead #77 not only arrived in comic shops, but also hit the Image Comics and comiXology iPad applications. It’s priced at $2.99, the same as a physical copy; previous issues have been priced at $1.99.
Image publisher Eric Stephenson spoke with ComicsAlliance about it, noting that it isn’t a one-time thing:
“In terms of scheduling, the digital version of the series has caught up to print version, so it makes sense to release both simultaneously,” Stephenson told ComicsAlliance. “With the debut of the AMC television series only weeks away at this point, our aim is to make ‘The Walking Dead’ as widely available as possible, in all formats, and I believe everyone involved will ultimately find this beneficial.”
Publishers have slowly been dipping their toes into the water when it comes to simultaneous digital and print releases. DC Comics has been releasing the bi-weekly Justice League Generation Lost that way for awhile now, while Marvel released Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 in shops and digitally on the same day earlier this year — although at a higher price than the print copy.