Image Comics is spotlighting artists and "the importance and impact they have in defining the comics medium" with a series of 14 virgin wraparound covers on various books in the months of February and March. The effort is the first in a series of initiatives the publisher has planned in 2018 under the hashtag '#WeBelieve' to highlight the "important, lately overlooked components of the comics industry."
"Simply put, without artists, there would be no comics. The success of the comics industry ultimately hinges on well-told stories, but because comics is by definition a visual medium, artists are integral to that storytelling,” said Image publisher/writer Eric Stephenson. “Image has always believed in the importance of artists - our company was founded by artists, after all - and we are proud to celebrate the fact that artists of all stripes—from pencilers and inkers to colorists, letterers, and graphic designers - continue to make this wonderful medium so vital, vibrant, and unique.”
These artist variant covers will run without any text - be it logos, names, jacket copy, or price.
Here is the list of titles carrying these covers, organized by release date.
Note: Newsarama asked Image for the names of the colorists of these illustrations, but the credits weren't available at the time.
Available on Wednesday, March 7th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 12th:
EXTREMITY #12 (Diamond Code JAN180743) by Daniel Warren Johnson and colorist Mike Spicer
I HATE FAIRYLAND #17 (Diamond Code JAN180756) by Skottie Young and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34 (Diamond Code JAN180654) by Jamie McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson
WITCHBLADE #4 (Diamond Code JAN180875) by Roberta Ingranata
Available on Wednesday, March 14th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 19th:
CURSE WORDS #12 (Diamond Code JAN180722) by Ryan Browne
DEADLY CLASS #32 (Diamond Code JAN180624) by Wes Craig
MAESTROS #6 (Diamond Code JAN180797) by Nicholas Pitarra
VS #2 (Diamond Code JAN180842) by Esad Ribic
Available on Wednesday, March 21st, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 26th:
KILL OR BE KILLED #17 (Diamond Code JAN180793) by Sean Phillips
MONSTRESS #15 (Diamond Code JAN180801) by Yoshi Yoshitani
RUMBLE #4 (Diamond Code JAN180820) by David Rubín
Available on Wednesday, March 28th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 5th:
BEAUTY #21 (Diamond Code JAN180700) by Jeremy Haun
SPAWN #284 (Diamond Code JAN180831) by Todd McFarlane
EAST OF WEST #37 (Diamond Code DEC178255) by Nick Dragotta
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