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All Out War AP Edition HC Features Original Pencils

See The Walking Dead comic as never before with THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION. In this 248-page hardcover, Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.


The special edition HC will be in comic book stores on October 1 and in bookstores on October 8. It is available for pre-order now using Diamond order code AUG140613.

Charlie Adlard said of the book, “I’ve always enjoyed books that show the ‘process,’ and All Out War certainly does that. Presenting the pencils as they are is an interesting thing, because they were done to show an inker what to do. So, at times, they are rough, fudged, incorrect…etc, but hopefully still provide an insight as to what goes into making a comic book.”

Adlard has penciled and inked more than one hundred issues of TWD before inker Stefano Gaudiano was brought onto the art team at the start of the All Out War story arc. All Out War has never before been collected in a single volume, and this edition presents the monumental story in a whole new way.

“And just sometimes it’s nice not to have a finished thing,” continued Adlard. “To be able to see the little bits of ‘magic” occurring in the happy accidents of random pencil marks, which were never intended for anyone other than Stefano to see, where I wasn’t caring that it would be seen by a wider audience, makes it all a little bit bolder.”

Check out this 4-page preview below!





  1. blsanchez1962 September 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    A must have for the hard core addict!

  2. Gustavo Enrique Mendez September 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    yea just take my money already

  3. Jordan L. September 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I want this SO BAD!!! These panels are beautiful in their original pencil work.

  4. Neutral Grey (Jonathon) September 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    … And there are people who insult Adlard’s work. Shame on them.

  5. Carly Hudson September 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Nice. Im going to have to get a second job to support this habit.

  6. ThatEpicBeast U Know September 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I was wondering if them speech bubs were gonna have ’em. That tells me I’m getting this. I wouldn’t have liked JUST having art.

  7. Mark Jackson September 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I was comparing the inked panels to the penciled, and sometimes the position of the eyes or even the look on the face is a little different by the time we see it. For example, Rick’s face after Andrea says we’ve been at war since the beginning looks a lot more surprised in pencil to me. Pretty cool!

  8. Ronan Barrett September 9, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    This book is shaping up to be great! I was skeptical on whether or not to get it because I already have all of the AOW series in individual comics but with this… count me in!

  9. Bastet September 9, 2014 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I don’t know what the “Diamond code” is all about but this is also available for pre-order through Amazon. Current price is $24.91 with lowest price guarantee when you pre-order.

  10. JW Coombs September 9, 2014 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Oh man, I’ve got to have this. I absolutely love Charlie’s original, untouched pencils. But, in my opinion, the real score about this collection, is the fact that it’s the entire AOW arc collected in one book. Just AOW, from start to finish, nothing else. I think that’s very cool, I look forward to reading AOW as a standalone story; could be neat.

  11. Zimovski September 9, 2014 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Looks like Charlie doesn’t like drawing Rick’s stump. I mean, look! He’s always hiding it somewhere… But that does’t really matter.

    I’m definitely getting this. I’m interested in drawing comicbooks myself and I think, I’ll learn a lot from Charlie.

    • JW Coombs September 9, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Yeah, I just pre-ordered mine. It looks awesome.

      As for the stump; I think I sort of understand Charlie’s logic with hiding it like he does. Because, I certainly agree, that it looks like he goes out of his way to tuck it behind things, or have it be just out of frame. I don’t believe this is a coincidence.

      I think Charlie does this for effect, to help in painting Rick in a more strong and capable light. After all he’s supposed to be this legendary leader, perceived as more than a man by some. I feel, that if Charlie made Rick appear clearly handicapped in every single panel, it would begin to manipulate us psycholigically on a subconscious level. We would cease to see Rick as a strong leader, and fierce warrior, but instead as a cripple and a liability.(Similar to Dale and Hershel, in the show and comic respectively. They purposely focused on their handicaps, so as to help to diminish their image of strength and capability, making them more reliable on Rick, thereby once again, elevating Mr. Grimes)

      Something else that support this is Rick current appearance in the comic. Now, he is no longer expected to be a fierce warrior, no longer expected to be that physically strong leader who will protect the masses, by literally standing in front of, and facing down any enemy or obstacle that threatens his people. He has earned his status, and is now more of a politician, a wise and benevolent king, respected and feared by all for the things he’s already accomplished. For his exploits in this past that built his empire. Now that he has achieved this patriarchal status amongst all the residents of the 4 communities, we no longer need to see him as unbending, and unbreakable, he no longer needs to be perceived as a relentless and unstoppable force. And because of this, if you notice, not only has focus been drawn to his handicaps(through his leg, the cane, and the prosthetic), to accentuate this elevation in status and achievement ; but Charlie also no longer attempts to hide his stump whatsoever, it actually appears to be the exact opposite now, he shows it every chance he gets.

      Another possible, and less symbolic reason for Charlie not depicting Rick’s stump often, could be for something Kirkman touched on one time when being interviewed about Rick losing his hand in the show. He said, the big reason why he would never maim his hero on television, is simply because television moves, it isn’t comprised of still images. And, because of this, a great many things would become difficult. The stillness and layout of a comic book, gives the author a great amount of control, and possibility and ability to achieve things on the page that wouldn’t translate well to the screen. For example, if Rick were to lose his hand on television, how would he does things like, climb a fence, jump over a car, reload his revolver, tie his shoes, drive a stick shift, use a rifle, button a shirt, climb a ladder, etc, you get the picture. These are all things, that are easily shown, or not shown in the comic, we never have to see him reload his gun, or vault over the hood of a car, those things just sort of happen or are assumed as having happened. But, on television, you can’t get away with that, you can’t have him on one side of a fence in one frame and on the other side in the next like you can in the panels of a comic, you have to actually show him climbing the fence. I think this may have been one of the reasons why Charlie avoided the stump, as to help avoid having to address some of those things that a one handed man just wouldn’t be capable of, and they never wanted Rick to ever appear even the slightest bit incapable. After all, who want an incompetent and crippled leader? Not me. 😛

      • hobbs September 9, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

        I dunno man, rick looks hard as nails without the hand, especially after he got in that fight with that guy that stabbed Gregory at the hilltop, and he slit his throat with one hand and then was all like “WHAT!!”, I thought that was rick at his best – tough as nails.

        • JW Coombs September 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          Oh yeah. That’s true grit right there; first day at the Hilltop and Rick slits mans throat one handed. DAYUM!

          But then again, he was also able to get all up in Negan’s grill and slit his throat one handed with his entire army of Saviors right behind him. That’s bad right there.

      • Zimovski September 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

        Didn’t expect this HUUUGE reply. I agree with you on most of those things. Although I’d love to see more of those things you mentiones, like Rick vaulting a fence, reloading a gun, etc… It would be interesting to see him struggle a bit, just because we already witnessed him being a complete badass many times.

    • Cheryl Anne September 11, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

      He tends to forget about the stump. I can’t remember where, but there is a list of places you can see Rick with a right hand. At least I got it right for my black and white comic book Rick Grimes cosplay. 😀

  12. Jason Thomas September 10, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Didn’t issue #131 come out today ?

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