Skybound, The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, are thrilled to announce the release today of a newly updated 3.1 version of The Walking Dead iOS app available to fans everywhere. This new release includes major design improvements, accelerated speeds, and an ever-expanding library of CMX-HD ready The Walking Dead digital comics and trades to take advantage of the new iPad’s enhanced Retina Display.
The Eisner Award-wining The Walking Dead comic series was not only the #1 seller in graphic novels for 2011 — and is on track to retain the title again this year — but the top rated basic cable drama of all time during season two of the hit AMC television series. Kirkman serves as both writer and Executive Producer on the TV series.
“The comiXology-powered 3.1 interface takes The Walking Dead iOS app to a whole new level for fans of both the comic and the TV series,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “ComiXology is dedicated to delivering the best shopping and reading experience around and the upgrade to 3.1 — with CMX-HD capabilities and our revolutionary Guided View? — hands down delivers to all Walking Dead fans around the world!”
“I don’t know of a better way to experience The Walking Dead in the digital space than through the newly upgraded Walking Dead iOS app,” said series creator Robert Kirkman. “Simply put, the comics have never looked better and they’ve never been easier to get a hold of than they are right now.”
The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app’s smooth new design and interface not only enhances overall stability it also increases the usability beyond the original 2.0 functionality. New advancements in the UI enables a near instantaneous launch, dramatically cutting down on the app’s load times and allows fans of The Walking Dead to start reading faster than ever before.
In addition to the overall redesign, the app now exhibits enriched feature spotlights and CMX-HD — comiXology’s Hi-Def comic format —for users of the new iPad. “Purchases” now has its own tab so users can always find their The Walking Dead comics for quick and easy download without cluttering their “My Comics” area. The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app brings the thrills and excitement of the comic series that inspired the hit TV show to a whole new level.
Fans will be happy to know that while a number of great new improvements have been made, The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app continues to deliver the same quality comic reading and shopping experience customers have come to expect from comiXology powered apps. Through the use of comiXology’s revolutionary patent-pending Guided View? technology that includes a wide variety of reading options and settings, comiXology enables users to set the speed of transitions in addition to page orientations and much more.
The Walking Dead 3.1 iOS app is available for download through iTunes for the iPhone and iPad today.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit 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 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.
SKYBOUND is Robert Kirkman’s imprint of Image Comics. The imprint provides a new generation of comic book creators the opportunity to publish their works as SKYBOUND Originals. With SKYBOUND, Image COO Robert Kirkman handpicks up-and-coming creators and maintains an active role in promoting and expanding the projects of this already growing talent pool. Artist and imprint alike will be fully vested in the global development of their properties into new mediums, such as television and film.
About Image Comic
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.