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Variant / Sketch Covers

Alternative Variant Book Cover Design Options

Variant Covers

Prevalent with comic books, variant covers refers to a comic printed with multiple covers. The purpose of these covers is to encourage fans to acquire multiple copies in order to complete their collection.

You can print as many variant covers as you like. X-Men #1 (1991) published the issue using five different images that formed a single image when laid side by side.

Pricing for variant covers are based on the number of designs you have.


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Sketch Book Cover Comic

Sketch Covers

Sketch covers are blank comic book covers often printed as special editions. The surface is generally uncoated so other artists can easily draw their own cover art. Your original cover artwork will still make an appearance as the first page inside the sketch cover. As you can see in the photo to the right the creator decided to make the sketch cover on the backside of their book.

Project Tip Split Bindery Variant Cover Sketch Cover

Project Tip

You can combine multiple specialty options for a truly one-of-a-kind product at a fraction of the cost. For example, you can order a split bindery run with variant covers on both binding types, one of which, could be a sketch cover.

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