Go read Kevin’s post on comic cover design as regards book sales.
Really! Go read it!
That’s funny. I was just trying to decide whether to come here first or to stop by Beaucoup Kevin on the way. I’m in a loop.
I think the Whiteout cover looks best, mainly because it carries the theme and look of the story itself onto the cover.
The Daredevil one is supposted to give you a feel for being Daredevil, but you can only do this so much on a cover before it gets boring. I get it, DD can’t see.
The Punisher even more so. How much black can you look at? The great thing with the Punisher though is you can do a cover where you can see through his eyes and get a feel for the character and still have variations on that theme: looking through a scope, cleaning a gun, loading a magazine, etc. I wouldn’t be suprise to walk though the crime novel section of the local Boarders and already see cover designs like that already in place.
For Y:The Last Man I think a better metaphor to place on the cover is a man, sitting alone, in a woman’s clothing store. Preferably with a purse in his hand. I do like the idea that the guy is the only person visible on the cover though.
I don’t think comic book covers should be entirely about the characters themselves, but more about what the story inside is. Why should a cover give you the feel for being the main character?
These comic covers are decent. The Punisher one isn’t gritty, just black. The Y: The Last Man one is good, but a wider shot might express more of the isolation the image was going for. I’m not convinced of the typography in the Daredevil cover, but the imagery is good.
Why should a cover give you the feel for being the main character?
Because the comic book character in question, the Punisher, is almost always the narrator of his own book. Seems self-evident to me.
Those are fun stuff, great idea for a contest.
As for you lawyering, I have an update on the UDE loss of YuGiOh. They are suing Konami for $75 Million:
It’s like a superhero showdown or something.
The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny! (That was so awesome).
I’m genuinely puzzled to find that the Whiteout cover doesn’t look like that.
(And on a related note, I had to be told that Marvels: Eye of The Camera 1 had come out because its cover is so un-grabbing.)
I actually thought it was a bit odd that he zeroed in on “Whiteout” to rework, as the current edition of the series has notably well designed covers.
(scroll down, click to enlarge, etc.)
While they do violate Kevin’s unstated rule about not involving the interior artists in the cover design, they’re attractive, exciting, uniform, and let the buyer know that the book is a comic about a woman doing action stuff in the snow. They’re a win by my scoring.
Delusions of grandeur at making graphic novels look more legitimate. It doesn’t look like a comic even though it is! WOWIE ZOWIE.
I don’t see what’s wrong with covers as they are. Comics are comics, let them be what they are without pretension.
What’s next, cleaning up dollar store romance novel covers with avant garde art? Fabio’s gonna be pissed.
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