Farmhand writer/artist Rob Guillory has drawn a retailer exclusive variant for IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 - and its for a new variant cover company called Cover Alpha.
While many artists working on variant covers get paid only after the book is sold, Cover Alpha is paying artists upfront and also giving them a share in the profits once the variants are sold.
"One of the company’s founders is the owner of Big Easy Comics, which has always been one of my biggest supporters. He mentioned the concept of Cover Alpha a while back, and I offered up some bits of advice to make the company a bit more creator-friendly," Guillory explained.
Cover Alpha was founded by Big Easy Comics' Stephen Smith and I Want More Comics' Keith Boyle.
"Having dealt with the speculator market after Chew’s success, I’m a pretty big advocate for creatives getting to enjoy more of the financial fruits generated by their work. The Cover Alpha folks were on board with everything I was preaching, so I was happy to help."
While Guillory is busy on Farmhand and the planned AMC adaptation, he jumped at the chance to draw the Turtles - especially for this milestone #100.
"I’m just a sucker for nostalgia. Having grown up in the 1980s, the Turtles are probably my favorite pop culture characters, period," Guillory told Newsarama. "They’re always a ton of fun to draw, and any chance I get to draw them, I’ll happily take."
Guillory's TMNT #100 Cover Alpha variant is available on pre-sale now, with the issue expected to go on-sale December 11.