By Jarrod Jones. One of the perks of turning 25 is that you get to celebrate your birthday all year long. I did it, you did it, and of course, Image Comics is doing it. And, just to show everybody how it’s done, Image’s celebration will ultimately contribute a charitable donation to one of the world’s most important causes. Because they’re cool like that.
Every month this year Image Comics will feature a special variant theme for its titles, and in June the publisher will honor Pride Month with a series of variants from some of the most popular artists in the industry. What’s more, they will donate 100% of their variant sales directly to the Human Rights Campaign. But I’m sure your loft party was totes impressive, Dean.
The variants, according to an official press release from Image, will “serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all.”
“We are so thankful for the opportunity to support the LGBTQ community during Pride Month this year by partnering once again with the Human Rights Campaign,” Image Publisher Eric Stephenson said in the press release. “It’s never been a secret that Image Comics is supportive of creative freedom, but it’s important that we also make it clear that we stand for inclusivity, diversity, and equality, now more than ever. We hope these variants will serve as a positive display of that ongoing commitment.”
A breakdown of June’s Pride Month variants, along with their final order cutoff deadlines, is below. And, for your personal enjoyment, we’ve included a small gallery of the images that are coming your way this summer. Please consider contributing to this incredible promotion — it’s for a great cause, sure, but don’t forget — it’s Image Comics’ birthday.
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):
THE WALKING DEAD #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Diamond Code MAR178612)
THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):
BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
ROSE #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th):
CROSSWIND #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
THE OLD GUARD #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez (Diamond Code MAR178604)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):
BLACK MAGICK #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
DEADLY CLASS #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig (Diamond Code MAR178607)
SHUTTER #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
REDNECK #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178737)