To help Beach Ball Comics celebrate their 25th anniversary, the shop will host The Infinite creators Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld on Wednesday. The duo will sign copies of the first issue with an exclusive cover created specifically for the Anaheim, Calif. retailer.
This is one of five covers that together form the image up top; Beach Ball's special cover features the character in the middle, Bowen. Three additional retailers will each have one of the other covers, while the last one will be available on the Skybound website.
You can find more details on the event and the covers in the press release after the jump.
IMAGE LEGENDS ROB LIEFELD AND ROBERT KIRKMAN SIGNING AN EXCLUSIVE COVER AT AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT EXCLUSIVELY
Anaheim, CA: Two comic book legends are teaming up for the first time in this summer’s The Infinite published by Kirkman’s new Image Comics imprint Skybound, and Anaheim, California legend Beach Ball Comics has brought them together to celebrate! Kicking off their 25th Anniversary festivities, Beach Ball has a very special exclusive cover making its debut at this event on Wednesday August 3rd.
“We’re always looking for ways to bring the excitement of comics to our fans. So, when this historic creator coupling was announced, we knew we had to do something to have them both at Beach Ball,” says Beach Ball Comics and CornerStoreComics proprietor Thomas Gaul. “We can’t wait to take our exclusive cover out of the box on Wednesday and see the fan reaction, to both the book and the legendary creators behind it.”
Among the covers released to comics shops on Wednesday, the Beach Ball Comics Variant stands out from the crowd. It features main character Bowen, and serves as the centerpiece of a five-cover spread by series artist Liefeld. The remaining four covers will be available from three of the top comics sellers in the country, with the final piece available from the Skybound website.
Beach Ball Comics can be found at 3024 West Ball Road (at the corner of Beach Blvd) in Anaheim, California. The line for this exclusive signing begins when the store opens at 11am. Rob and Robert are scheduled to begin signing sharply at 4pm. Supplies of this cover are limited, so fans are encouraged to get there early.
Beach Ball Comics was founded in the summer of 1986, making it the oldest surviving comic shop in Orange County. The current owners took over in late 2008 and set about reinvigorating both the shop and the comics business in Anaheim, garnering “Best of” awards from the OC Weekly and MyFoxLA within the first two years, as well as an Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award nomination.