When it comes to variant covers, I have to say I’m usually pretty picky. I know that they are the “rarer” more “collectible” version of a certain comic, but I just can’t get excited about them if they are just a black-and-white sketch cover or a standard image that’s been slapped on. That said, I think Marvel does a great job with it’s “themes” when it comes to variants and as a big Skottie Young fan, I’ve been enjoying his work on the Marvel NOW covers.

A good variant cover to me is like buying a piece of art. I like to hang and display them in my office as if they were a print. I’ve never had the patience for reselling comics to be honest, so when I spend the extra dough on a variant it’s gotta be something good. Marvel’s “Art Appreciation” variants that they ran with Wolverine and Avengers themes were absolutely amazing for this reason. If you missed them, it was top artists giving their take on the characters in the style of the greatest artists. A Dali Wolverine, or a Monet Avengers for example. Great pieces that were a ton of fun to collect.

My absolute favourites however, still have to be the “Blank” variant covers. I think this is one of the most genius variants ever. If you haven’t seen them, they are just what they sound like. A blank, cardstock cover of your favourite comic that you can take to a convention or Free Comic Book Day and have your favourite artists sketch and draw on. A completely customized comic just for you. I’ve got loads of them, my favourite being an Aquaman Vs. Batman crayon creation by our very own Lar deSouza.

Who says comics can’t be fun?

Speaking of which, don’t forget: This saturday is Free Comic Book Day! I’ve spent the week getting our shop ready for the fun and I can tell you there is a lot of great stuff available this year. The perfect chance to get that friend of yours into comics for the low, low price of nothing! So go forth and have fun!

Today’s adoreable-horribleness comes to us from Lucas Elliott:

Lucas Elliott is a freelance illustrator, character & concept artist currently based out of the great state of Alaska. When he is not locked in his studio, writing and illustrating his own stories, or working on projects for various companies across the country, he is adventuring through the frozen wilderness with his wife and canine companion; or watching cartoons.

Enjoy FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, my friends! It comes but once a year and each one is greater than the last!

See you back here Monday!


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