Magic: The Gathering highlights LGBTQ+ artists in Secret Lair set

It’s not even Pride Month yet, but it’s never too early to get in the mood. Wizards of the Coast just announced their upcoming Secret Lair alternative art card collection for Magic: Gathering, each of which is illustrated by an LGBTQ+ artist. Fit, the collection is called Pride Across the Multiverse.

Released in 2020, Secret Lair is a licensed print-on-demand book series Magic fans to purchase custom versions of existing cards. These special sets are only available for a limited time, although in this case, purchase runs are pretty generous: Pride of the Multiverse will be available to order from May 4 to June 30. Wizards of the Coast will donate half of the proceeds to Project Trevor, a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

All eight cards in the Pride Across the Multiverse collection

Clockwise: Sol Ring by Lauren YS; Merlin GGby Triumphant Reckoning; Bearscape’s Ricardo Bessa; Winona Nelson’s Alesha, The One Who Smiling Before Death; Ricardo Bessa Collective Voyage; Peo Michie’s Spring Heartbeat; Jabari Weathers’ Mana Confluence; Kieran Yanner Taste the Moment
Image: Wizards of the Coast

Stephanie Cheung, the artistic director of Pride Across the Multiverse, describes the process as follows: “I look for artists with LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC identities; Having a variety of artists is an important part of celebrating the diversity of our community and experiences. ” Cheung also noted that “there is no way this collection of eight cards will represent every community, but we want to honor the hope and joy found in our multifaceted identity. “

Cheung concludes by emphasizing the core qualities that bind these cards: “Each card in Pride Across the Multiverse tells its own story of love, struggle, resilience, joy, and togetherness. copper. Stories are how we practice hope, and I think it’s important to have hope, really hold on to hope and live it right. It is our victory, and we will shape the future with our fierce resilience. “

The set of eight cards costs $39.99 for the regular finish and $49.99 for the foil versions; they will arrive in a rainbow foil box. The order will also include codes for virtual card sleeves in Magic: Collecting Arena; The four card designs in the image at the top of this article show what they should look like. Magic: The Gathering highlights LGBTQ+ artists in Secret Lair set

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