VAULT COMICS | BARBARIC: AXE TO GRIND VOL.1 NO.1 BLANK SKETCH COVER
ORIGINAL COMIC ART HAND-DRAWN & SIGNED SKETCH COVER + GICLÈE PRINT
The Cursed Barbarian illustration is taken from The Year of Axe original art project with illustrations by VENIEN. This illustration is a 1/1 original hand-drawn pencil sketch cover for an interconnected triptych cover set of Barbaric: Axe To Grind No.1 (Blank Sketch Cover Editions). Barbaric was created by Michael Moreci and Nathan C. Gooden. Barbaric copyright © Michael Moreci and Nathan C. Gooden.
- Written by Michael Moreci
- Illustrated by: Nathan C. Gooden
- Series: Barbaric
- Edition: Blank Sketch Cover
- Printing: First Printing
- Quantity: 1/1
- Cover: Barbaric: The Cursed Barbarian (Hand-Drawn Sketch Cover)
- Cover Illustration by: VENIEN
- Certificate: exclusive certificate of authenticity signed & numbered by VENIEN
- Publisher/Distributor: Vault Comics (USA)
- Publishing Date: Aug 2022
- Original Cover Price: 4.99 USD
- Buy Now Price: 375 USD *only sold w/the Triptych Bundle (125 USD per cover)
- Cat/Sku#: VPBOOKVAULT0001B
- Barbaric: The Cursed (13"x19" Giclee Art Print) (Cat/Sku#: VPPRINTTYA0001)
- Drafting Pencil: Pentel Graph Gear 500 Drafting Pencil - 0.3 mm
- Lead: Pacific Arc ML03-HB
- Book Format: B&W 56pg Comic Book
- Book Dimensions: 10" x 6.465"
- Protective Sleeve: BCW Mylites *4 Mil Regular/Silver Comic Book Archivals (7 1/2" x 10 1/2"
- Backing Board: BCW Comic Book Boards *24pt Regular/Silver (7" x 10 1/2") 100% Acid-Free
- Standard cover rate starts at 250 USD (hand-drawn & signed by VENIEN)
- Buy now discounted rate 125 USD per cover (50% off standard cover rate discount)
*Barbaric: Axe To Grind No.1 Blank Sketch Cover was previously only printed and used by Vault artists to sketch and sale to comic book fans at conventions. Whatnot Auctions via Vault Comics directly auctioned off blanks at the end of 2022
BARBARIC: AXE TO GRIND
(YEAR OF THE AXE TRIPTYCH BUNDLE)
INCLUDES: 3 INTERCONNECTED ORIGINAL HAND-DRAWN SKETCH ART COVERS + FREE BARBARIC: CURSED 13"X19" GICLEE ART PRINT BY VENIEN
BARBARIC: THE CURSED
(13"X19" GICLEE ART PRINT)
A blank sketch cover is a variant edition to a regular comic book released by the publisher. This type of cover edition is printed with an uncoated paper format for an artist to draw or paint directly on the cover. The blank sketch cover is commonly released as “blank sketch cover variant”. The trade dress (logos and issue number) may or may not be included, even in some cases a watermarked background is included in the design.
Not every comic book is released with a blank cover variant, but commonly the first issue of most new series that are popular will have a blank cover variant or even in some cases a special anniversary issue will get a blank variant release. Again, this is not always the case, especially for those publishers that feel there is a particular issue, arc, or character introduction that would benefit to highlight or promote a significant event in an on-going series. Blanks usually cost more at the retail level and are produced in lower quantity, making them more collectible and in-demand. Blanks are most commonly commissioned by a fan and/or collector to an artist to illustrate on the blank cover. The artist chooses to pencil, ink, or combination of all or other mediums they prefer as an artist. Any artist can draw on a blank then self-release it as a one-of-a-kind piece of original hand-drawn art. Comic fans commissioning a blank to be drawn by any artist of their choice and even in some cases the series creator or artist team can either work directly with the artist or not. Blanks allow the creation of a unique hand-drawn cover to either add to a collectors collection or to be sold back to the community. Blanks have created a unique connection between an artist, creator, publisher, collector, shop, and most importantly the comic fan.
The unofficial history of the blank comic book cover starts with DC accidentally publishing the cover to Wasteland #6 on Wasteland #5. Wasteland #6 came out, DC released it without cover art, so it had a blank cover. As an honorable mention and not really a blank cover, but Marvel's Generic Comic Book #1 definitely had blank space on the cover but was not what is considered a blank comic cover today. Starting in 1994, DC did a big crossover event called Zero Hour, where the series counted down from #4 to #0, and as the series progressed, the covers got whiter and whiter until the final issue was a blank cover. 1995 introduced J.Scott Campbell's Gen 13 #1 "Draw your own cover" variant, which was considered by many in the comic community to be the first marketed blank sketch comic book cover. Billy Tucci's Shi comic followed, with many other publishers following the trend to present day. The blank cover has become a standard practice by many publishers and self-published creators adding it to their titles.
*original source material taken from various internet articles, by various writers, and many valiant efforts to explain blanks.