Claiming they are champions of up and coming comic creators, Marvel is releasing a “How To Draw Variant Covers” series of….variant covers. In addition to the title being a little on the nose, the series also gets off to the wrong start by having Chip Zdarsky, notorious….well…let’s say artist?…as the driving creative force behind the series.
Readers looking for tips on how to draw their favorite Marvel characters (and Hawkeye) can pick up these variants and benefit from Zdarksy’s months of experience as the most innovative comics creator to ever come from Barrie, Ontario. As a creator, Zdarsky can be blamed for such titles as “Prison Funnies,” “Monster Cops,” and “Royal Rumble.” His reputation skyrocketed after co-creating “Sex Criminals” with Matt Fraction, which earned him an Eisner Award for Best New Series. Investigations are still under way to uncover who Zdarsky slept with to secure the award.
Since then, Zdarsky wrote the first arc for the relaunched “Jughead” series for Archie Comics, as well as “Star-Lord” and “Howard the Duck” for Marvel. He is currently responsible for Marvel’s “Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man.”
Each cover will give artists instructions on how to draw the characters in six easy steps, as well as be accompanied by some helpful “Zdarsky Advice.” For his part, Zdarsky says, “I don’t really know how to draw so this whole thing feels quite irresponsible.”
Check below for a look at a few examples of the famed Zdarsky Advice, followed by the full list of the covers in the variant series:
1. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11
2. ALL NEW WOLVERINE #25
3. BLACK PANTHER #166
4. CABLE #150
5. CAPTAIN MARVEL #125
6. CHAMPIONS #13
7. DAREDEVIL #27
8. DEFENDERS #6
9. FALCON #1
10. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #21
11. HAWKEYE #11
12. INCIVIBLE IRON MAN #593
13. MIGHTY THOR #700
14. PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #1
15. ROYALS #9
16. SPIDER-GWEN #25
17. SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1
18. THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #25
19. VENOM #155
20. X-MEN: GOLD #13
Collect them all this fall!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
Marvel Announces HOW TO DRAW VARIANTS by Chip Zdarsky
Learn to draw super heroes in six easy steps!
New York, NY—August 1, 2017—Have you ever wanted the great power and responsibility of drawing Spider-Man? Do you look at the pages of Black Panther and wish you could draw a Wakandan king? How often have you been tempted to break the fourth wall and draw Gwenpool?
Marvel has always championed rising creators, and now fans can learn how to draw like a super hero with HOW TO DRAW VARIANT COVERS by blockbuster writer Chip Zdarsky (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Howard The Duck, Star-Lord.) First appearing on the back of a blank variant cover on Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, HOW TO DRAW VARIANTS will debut on the covers of select Marvel comics this fall. Each custom cover features a step-by-step process for drawing one of Marvel’s iconic characters – along with some helpful “Zdarsky Advice” for good measure.
“I don’t really know how to draw so this whole thing feels quite irresponsible,” said Chip Zdarsky, who must know how to draw. Right?
“I don’t know about everybody out there in Mighty Marveldom, but when I first started collecting comics, one of my hobbies was trying to draw my favorite Marvel heroes and villains,” said editor Devin Lewis. “Carrying on the grand tradition of the classic HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL is this series of HOW-TO Variants by Chip Zdarsky, one of the most… unique?… voices in comics today. In addition to giving REALLY ACCURATE instructions about how to draw each of these characters, Chip’s bringing his brand of humor to each and every piece, and we can promise that whether you’re a Marvel fan old or new, at least ONE of these ‘em will give you a chuckle!”
Don’t miss your chance to learn how to draw from Marvel’s best. Be sure to visit your local comic shop and pick up your HOW TO DRAW VARIANTS for these titles this fall!
- ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11
- ALL NEW WOLVERINE #25
- BLACK PANTHER #166
- CABLE #150
- CAPTAIN MARVEL #125
- CHAMPIONS #13
- DAREDEVIL #27
- DEFENDERS #6
- FALCON #1
- GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #21
- HAWKEYE #11
- INCIVIBLE IRON MAN #593
- MIGHTY THOR #700
- PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #1
- ROYALS #9
- SPIDER-GWEN #25
- SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1
- THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #25
- VENOM #155
- X-MEN: GOLD #13
Wait…he can actually draw, right?