“The Walking Dead” Pride variant cover.Photo: Image Comics
Image Comics is marking Pride month with special edition covers of comics to “celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all.”
All of the proceeds made from the June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.
Image Comics revealed the first six of eleven variants, including a cover of “The Walking Dead” that shows the Jesus character impaling a zombie with the Pride flag, which has to be a first.
That cover art was created by out artist Sina Grace, with colors by trans artist Tamra Bonvillain.
The cover for “Redneck” shows a vampire with a shirt declaring, “I’m here, I’m queer, I’m fucking immortal.”
Pride variant covers for “Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks,” “Rose #3,” and “The Divided States of Hysteria #1” were also revealed.
“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,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics in a statement. “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.”
The publishing schedule for all the comics with variant covers celebrating the LGBTQ community follows:
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7
“The Walking Dead #168” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain
“The Divided States of Hysteria #1” by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14
“Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro
“Rose #3” by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21
“Crosswind #1” by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
“Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #4” by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
“The Old Guard #5” by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28
“Black Magick #6” by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott
“Deadly Class #29” by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig
“Shutter #29” by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca
“Redneck #3” by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce