Last month we found Image Comics releasing a score of variant covers in honor of its 25th Anniversary. The innovative comics publisher plans on continuing the process throughout the year and since I love bringing the comic book coolness to your attention, I will do my best to keep up with all of those posts. If you missed the item from last month about those variants, please click on THIS LINK and show it to your local retailer to see if they can get you copies of the ones that you have the most interest in. Now it’s time to discuss and showcase the March offerings which will help celebrate “Women’s History Month”. Dig in, and know that I will return at the close.
The Press Release:
Image Comics is pleased to reveal the first five of 11 variants planned for March’s 25th anniversary theme month—“Women’s History.” The variants will serve to celebrate the careers of women in comics, the strides made throughout comics history made by the women’s movement, and the company’s history of shaking up the status quo. 100% of the proceeds made from these March Women’s History variant covers will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
“Many of Image Comics’ staff—myself included—and an ever-growing catalog of some of the most talented writers and artists in the industry, feel strongly about supporting women’s reproductive rights,” said Corey Murphy, Director of Sales at Image Comics. “Women have come a long way in this country, and the progress that’s been made is in part due to the efforts Planned Parenthood has made in sex education and affordable, preventative healthcare. I’m extremely proud to be a part of a company that’s unafraid to take a stance in supporting a non-profit that’s recently been under fire. This month we celebrate Women’s History, the strides the women have made in the comics industry, and the difference that everyone—male and female—has made by coming together in spreading equality.”
Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”
Available in stores on Wednesday, March 1st:
RAT QUEENS #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Owen Gieni, variant artwork by Colleen Doran
ROYAL CITY #1 by Jeff Lemire, variant artwork by Emi Lenox
Available in stores on Wednesday, March 8th:
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #27 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, variant artwork by Chynna Clugston-Flores
MOTOR CRUSH #4 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr, variant artwork by Leslie Hung
EAST OF WEST #32 by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta, variant artwork by Meredith McClaren
LOW #16 by Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini, variant artwork by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Available in stores on Wednesday, March 15th:
MOONSHINE #6 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, variant artwork by Jill Thompson
Available in stores on Wednesday, March 22nd:
SHE WOLF #7 by Rich Tommaso, variant artwork by Marian Churchland
MAGDALENA #1 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady & Christian Dibari, variant artwork by Roberta Ingranata
Available in stores on Wednesday, March 29th:
MONSTRESS #11 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, variant artwork by Sanya Anwar
OLD GUARD #2 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez, variant artwork by Nicola Scott
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS: Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I might have said this already but I am not one for collecting the variant covers for this stuff since I am already shelling out a little too much of the finances for the monthly titles that I rush to get off of the shelves. That being said I do know many people who are chomping at the bit for them and these March variants from Image Comics are surely a worthwhile way to upgrade the quality of issues in your long box since the money is going to Planned Parenthood as you’ve read up above. It’s commendable for Image to turn over 100% of the proceeds on these particular issues and don’t worry about it costing you anything extra since I believe all of the titles will bear the same price as the normal issue. If your retailer is charging more well, then that is on him or her. Oh and by the way, this press release came at the beginning of the month but I waited a little longer since I wanted to add more of the covers in for your enjoyment. I couldn’t find the very last one but that is fine. The rest will aid you in tracking them down at the comic store. Are you getting copies of these? Let me know which ones spark your fancy down in the comments below.
Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com