Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced THE WALKING DEAD and many of their comics will feature a new variant cover in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander month of May. Each variant will be penciled by creators of Asian or AAPI heritage. Get more details on this right after the break.
From The Press Release
Skybound Entertainment announced today that many of their comic book releases in May will feature new variant covers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Each of these covers will be penciled by creators of Asian or AAPI heritage.
All proceeds from the sales of these AAPI Heritage Month variant covers, will be donated to CCED, a Los Angeles based volunteer organization that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.
“With the dramatic rise in hate crimes against the AAPI communities, Skybound decided to launch this new initiative to raise awareness of this epidemic and to raise money to support the excellent work that CCED is doing here in Los Angeles,” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP/Editor-in-Chief at Skybound Entertainment. “We recognize that it isn’t enough for every single one of us at Skybound to simply oppose these racist actions—we must also take actions to support those in AAPI communities doing the work at a local level to affect meaningful change.”
All of Skybound’s AAPI Heritage Month variant covers will be available exclusively at comic book stores and includes:
- FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #11 CVR B HENDERSON AAPI VAR (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Erica Henderson – Diamond Code FEB219190
- WALKING DEAD DLX #14 CVR D YOUNG AAPI VAR (MR) (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Ethan Young – Diamond Code FEB219192
- BIRTHRIGHT #49 CVR B Su AAPI VAR (FOC 4/19, ON-SALE 5/12) by EJ Su
- STILLWATER #7 CVR B Lee AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Soo Lee
- ULTRAMEGA #3 CVR E TBA AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by TBA
- THE WALKING DEAD DELUXE #15 CVR C YOUNG AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Cynthia Young
- EXCELLENCE #11 CVR B Ha AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by Robin Ha
- MANIFEST DESTINY #43 CVR B AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by TBA
|ABOUT IMAGE COMICS|
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, 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. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
|ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT|
Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform content company that works closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending their stories to further platforms including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, events, and beyond. The company is the home of notable properties including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur.
Skybound holds strategic partnerships across the entertainment industry, and has the in-house capabilities to serve as publisher, producer, and global distributor for tabletop and video games. On screen, Skybound holds a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios and a first-look movie deal with Universal. Additional partnerships include comic book publishing with Image Comics, book publishing with Simon & Schuster, and a first-look narrative audio deal with Audible. Skybound also houses a variety of unique creators and their IP, including Kristian Harloff and his pop-culture movie trivia platform the Schmoedown Entertainment Network, and printmaking expert Peter Santa Maria’s Attack Peter brand.