Saturday, 25 June 2011

Choosing a Variant Cover, Pt. 1

I wanted to share some of the process work for the book with you, giving an insight into the production side of the project.
For the issue one variant cover, I really wanted to feature something by Jonathan. His interior work is really establishing the theme and tone of the book, and he has such a great handle on the characters. 
I told him to go with what he felt worked, but to keep in mind that this was the first issue and so the first time that we would be seeing these characters. Something with all three in the image would be preferable, but if he had an idea for a single character cover, he should feel free to share this.
Jonathan offered up 9 possible takes, seen in the image below.

These are just the rough thumbnails to give an idea of composition.
I really liked the dynamic look of the individual covers (numbers 2,3,4,6,7,9). They give off an excellent sense of the power and energy of the characters. Jonathan also seems to get the warmth and humanity of the character Optiman (numbers 3 and 7, in particular).
However, from an editorial point of view, the layout of cover option number one really worked for me. Containing all three characters looking out to the audience, it felt like an introduction to the world. 
If you have a favorite thumbnail, or opinion or any questions, please feel free to share them in the comments.

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