Exclusive ‘Calexit’ # 1 Comic Book Store Variant Covers

It’s time for California to leave this great union behind. That’s the premise behind Black Mask Studios’ upcoming comic book series, Calexit, which finds the citizens of California attempting to secede from the United States after a demagogue is elected President. Fortunately, that could never happen in reality. Let’s just pretend that’s true for a second.

Within the world of the series. California declared itself a sanctuary state after the President tried to expel all immigrants. Naturally, the U.S. wasn’t about to let California escape so easily, and a new struggle for freedom emerged. The Calexit ongoing series begins several years later, and follows a smuggler named Jamil and Zora, a leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance. Together, Jamil and Zora have managed to escape from a prison camp in Los Angeles, but greater challenges await.

Calexit # 1 was written by Matteo Pizzolo and drawn by Amancay Nahuelpan. As part of the promotional push, several comic book stores have set up variant covers for the series. Today, we’re exclusively revealing those covers in addition to announcing the Calexit: Comics Change The World Tour.

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First, the covers!

Fried Pie Comics

Illustrated by Tyler Boss

Frankie’s Comics

Unknown Comics

Illustrated by Skylar Patridge

Jesse James Comics

Illustration by Amancay Nahuelpan

Rick’s Comic City

Illustration by Amancay Nahuelpan

Third Eye Comics

Illustration by Alexis Ziritt

Click over to the next page for the remaining Calexit # 1 store variants as well as the details for the Calexit: Comics Change The World Tour.

Calexit # 1 will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, July 12.

Photo Credits: All images provided by Black Mask Studios

Before we wrap up the rest of the variant covers, here’s the official description for the series.

“In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year — ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.”


Level Up Comics

Illustration by Maria Llovet

Pop Comics

Illustration by Amancay Nahuelpan

Hypno Comics

Illustration by Amancay Nahuelpan

Cape & Cowl Comics

Illustration by Amancay Nahuelpan


Illustration by Ben Templesmith

Hoknes Comics

Triptych of interior art by Amancay Nahuelpan

Series writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Amancay Nahuelpan will be going on a Calexit: Change The World Tour of comic stores to promote the book. In a statement, Pizzolo said “Given the level of conversation we expect around Calexit, it made sense to debut the series timed to San Diego Comic Con. Our intention is to spark a dialogue with fans, press and retailers about what’s happening, both in the real world and in the fictional world of Calexit. There’s no better way to do that then hit the road on the Calexit: Comics Change The World Tour signing tour.”

Here’s a list of the comic book stores that will host the first wave of the your with Pizzolo and Nahuelpan, as well as other Black Mask Studios talent.

•Southern California Comics, San Diego
•Comickaze, San Diego
•Alakazam Comics, Irvine
•POP Comics, Anaheim
•Pulp Fiction Comics, Long Beach Pulp Fiction Comics, Culver City
•4 Color Fantasies, Rancho Cucamonga
•A Shop Called Quest, Claremont
•A Shop Called Quest, Downtown LA
•A Shop Called Quest, Redding
•Njoy Comics & Games, Northridge
•Golden Apple Comics, Hollywood
•Meltdown Comics, West Hollywood
•Hypno Comics, Ventura
•Comics Conspiracy, Sunnyvale
•Comix Experience, San Francisco
•Mission: Comics & Art, San Francisco
•Escapist Comics, Berkeley
•Cape & Cowl, Oakland
•Brian’s Comics, Petaluma
•Comics Factory in Pasadena

Black Mask Studios notes that the second wave of the tour will begin this summer with signings in Tijuana, Oregon, and Washington State. The third wave will be “a Red State Tour” this fall.

Calexit # 1 will be released on Wednesday, July 12.

Photo Credits: All images provided by Black Mask Studios