Los Angeles-based charity The Hero Initiative announced Tuesday that a series of 106 Walking Dead comic cover sketches will be up for auction beginning in late May.
In honor of the 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book series, creator Robert Kirkman’s company Skybound and The Hero Initiative teamed up last year to release over 100 blank-cover copies of the hundredth issue of The Walking Dead to various comic book artists and let them put their own designs on the blank covers.
The result was 105 unique designs for the No. 100 issue of The Walking Dead. The covers will be featured in a free-to-the-public gallery event to celebrate the success of the The Walking Dead franchise, raise money for The Hero Initiative and showcase the cover artwork.
The gallery event will also feature three of the artists who sketched the covers. Sina Grace, Todd Nauck and Jason Reeves will appear at the event to answer questions about their cover designs.
Four cover designs will be auctioned off during the event: two will be auctioned via eBay, one cover will be auctioned off live at the event and one cover will actually be drawn live by artist Todd Nauck during the event. This last cover brings the total of Walking Dead cover designs up for auction to 106.
The remaining 102 Walking Dead covers will be auctioned off via eBay beginning June 4.
The Walking Dead cover art gallery event will be held on May 31 from 6- 9 p.m. at GUSFORD | los angeles, a contemporary art gallery.
The Hero Initiative is a not-for-profit corporation that “creates a financial safety net” for comic book artists and writers.