When NECRA (the New England Comic Retailer Alliance) invited me to a signing tour of five stores in NE on the weekend of the release of ANGEL & FAITH #1 (9/3-9/4) and asked me to do an exclusive variant cover for the event, I happily obliged. I showed three sketches to my editors, and honestly I didn't expect this one to get picked. It was my personal favorite, but I thought it might be too silly and/or polarizing. Luckily they and the tour organizers dug it. I should state for the record that I'm mostly a Red Sox fan by association (Jon is from Boston and religiously follows the Sox/Pats/Bruins) BUT having spent a bit of time in Boston and having lived in NYC for 3.5 years, the intense rivalry between the two cities and their sports teams is a never-ending source of fascination for me. </i>(Side note: this was released to the general public online recently and I saw a few bewildered comments from fans abroad as to whattheheckthiswasallabout; here's a great wikipedia article on the rivalry - [link]
The spray paint can and graffiti were something I thought of in the pencils stage -- I searched around for anti-Red Sox t-shirt slogans and "Redsux Nation" was by far the most hilarious and appropriate, considering who would be graffiti-ing it.
Fans have probably already heard that the series will be set in London -- this cover is set in Boston (New England's got quite a few cobblestones in common with its namesake) and is simply for-fun. It doesn't play into the events of the series in any way.
This cover will have a limited print run of only 200 copies, available at the 5 stores that are part of the signing tour:
Saturday September 3rd:
Double Midnight Comics 11-1
Chris's Cards & Comics in Seabrook, NH 2-4
Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH 5-7
Sunday September 4th:
Larrys Comics in Lowell MA 12-2
Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA 3-5