Then I find out they are doing blanks for the Twilight Sparkle one-shot from My Little Pony -- Friendship Is Magic. As Twilight is my favorite character, I decide to look into it. Maybe even do my own sketch on it.
Limited to 500 copies. Not a good sign.
The others are just as expensive. The only exception is for #6 of the regular series, which has blanks going for $10, some higher.
So my desire to acquire these is running into direct conflict with the awareness that I'm being had. I mean, yeah, I'd love to make my own cover. But for that price, I'd rather let an actual pro draw on it.
But then, a thought hits me. I've often said that one of the perks of self-publishing my own comics is I can do whatever I want with them. Collect them in an omnibus. Make whatever page count.
Make blank covers.
I have two Doctor Whooves comics so far, with a third being readied for the end of the year. Nothing says I can't make all of them regulars and also make blanks to get pros to sketch on. And best of all, I get aaaaaaaaaaaaaall the blanks I want for the same price as the regular books (about $2.50 each).
If you can't join them, beat them.