No White (Covers) After Labor Day

So I'm a little slow sometimes.

For years they've been releasing comics with "variant white covers", and I've been asking myself, who would want such a thing? I think variant covers are an evil marketing gimmick on any given Wednesday, but agreeing to buy a full-price (or over full-price if someone is desperate enough to get all the variants) comic that's MISSING A COVER?! I didn't get it.

Then someone told me they'd gotten an artist to sketch a cover at a convention and I went ohhhhhhhhhh. Your white covers are supposed to end up looking like this (this sketch by José Rodriguez):
Since I've never gone to a convention, nor do I have the artistic chops to draw my own covers, that just never occurred to me. I feel like a dumbass.

If they'd been available when I was a kid and fancied myself a good tracer and a fair cartoonist, I might have been all over this personalized comics stuff. Alas, now I'm old and cynical and talentless... Ah well. (Defeatist too, it seems.)

But it's a good day to be those things. Labor Day. I'm going to sit on the couch and do no labor whatsoever.

(What do you mean I've still got a podcast to edit?!)


snell said...

Great minds thinking alike. I've often been agog at the temerity of the comic companies actually charging more for blank covers? Talk about the emperor's new clothes!!

And it's also a LOT more. Example--Dynamite's new James Bond cover--$3.99. Their "Blank Authentix Edition"? $10. 6 bucks more for a blank cover!!

Is Professor Henry Hill running the comics industry these days?

Siskoid said...

THEN, you have to figure in the artist's fee!


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