Now, hereâs an art show that New York Comic Con attendees can really sink their teeth into: Metropolis Galleryâs upcoming Jersey Shore resident James Johnson’s Walking Dead exhibit, which will feature original comic art, TV production art and CGC graded comics celebrating the âTWDâ zombie phenomenon.
The show opens October 6âjust in time for Comic Conâand runs through December 1.Â
At Metropolis, a unique gallery dedicated to comic art, fans can feast their eyes on the worldâs most complete collection of Walking Dead comics and art.
âThis show features the best of everything,â says Vincent Zurzolo, Metropolis Gallery curator and co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, âfrom the highest-grade copy of the first comic book in the seriesâ¦to Tony Moore and Charlie Adlardâs original art featuring iconic scenesâ¦to concept art created by the late, great John Watkiss to inspire the TV production.âÂ
The exhibit precedes a massive Walking Dead auctionâfeaturing the first auction of the more than 500 pieces of art and 750 comic booksâending on December 5th and on Metropolisâ online auction site, ComicConnect.com. The collection is valued at $500,000.
Remarkably, it all belongs to a single consignor, James Johnson, a contractor on the Jersey shore whose passion for zombies dates back to George Romeroâs horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. He started his collection after getting hooked on the TV series in 2010.
âI started by collecting TV props,â says Johnson, who also collects baseball cards, stamps, gas promo trucks and toy soldiers.
âLike many people, I didnât even know the show was based on a comic book. But once I found out, I became obsessed with building the ultimate collection of Walking Dead comics and…