DSTLRY + Kodansha announce cover artist exchange partnership

DSTLRY titles will feature variant covers by Kodansha artists, starting with a Shūzō Oshimi cover for ‘Somna’ #3.

DSTLRY has announced a new cover artist exchange program with manga publisher Kodansha, starting with a variant cover for Somna #3 by Shūzō Oshimi.

DSTLRY, the new comics company formed by former Comixology execs David Steinberger and Chip Mosher, began releasing comics last August with The Devil’s Cut, which was followed by print editions of Gone by Jock and Somna by Becky Cloonan and Tula Lotay. The company has gone all in on variant covers, offering them through retail channels, their own website and on the limited-edition digital comics they started releasing late last year.

“I was drawn to the story of Somna where dreams and reality intermingle, and the way it’s expressed through different artistic styles,” Oshimi said. “Drawing the variant cover was fun!”

According to the press release, this variant cover by Oshimi will be the first of many by Kodansha artists:

“Oshimi-san is one of my favorite mangaka of all time. He strings tension with the grace of a poet, subtly building anxiety with every stroke of his pen,” said Cloonan. “I can’t thank him enough for drawing a cover for Somna!”

The Oshimi cover is just one of several that will adorn Somna #3. Here’s a look at the open order covers by Becky Cloonan and Tula Lotay, along with variants by Emma Ríos, Anwita Citriya and Pernille Ørum:

Somna #3 will arrive in stores on March 27. Somna #2 is scheduled to arrive this week.

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