Saturday, October 15, 2005

Jetting today...


Jetting today...
Originally uploaded by Gelatomettista2.
[jimlee]

Traveling further east today, over the Atlantic in preparation for the Frankfurt Book Fair next weekend. A working trip, I will be once again back in Studio Gioco Duro with my studiomates italiani Lee "Hellboy" Bermejo and Cammo "Captain Atom" Comeondaiyoucan. It's only 9 hours from JFK and I will be snoozing all the way or checking out my new PSP which I just bought for the trip.

In the meantime, here is a file I found on my laptop--it's a sample of the kind of cover layouts I do. This time it was for the All-Star Wizard jam cover I did with Frank Quitely. I laid out the cover and then he did All-Star Superman and I did Batman. The two images were then composited by the magicians at Wizard to produce the cover which came out just several months ago. BTW, they went with layout C. If you were an editor, what would you have run with?

17 comments:

JP Mavinga said...

D is dynamic, but C is best.

Sagar said...

I would have gone with D. I agree with JP above in that it is much more dynamic.

Hey Jim, if you could have any superpower, which would it be?

missleman said...

Be safe, and thanks for posting those sweet layouts.

RichardFriend said...

I like the D the best because it feels the most unique and has got a cool kick to it. The characters aren't exactly getting equal face time but I don't have a problem with it.

If everything is only approved with such an eye for the norm and only thought of in a more straightforward approach(which feels a familiar) than nothing ever get's pushed any which way.

I think it get's a little boring, maybe predicatble would be a better word.

I understand why they pick the things they do but it's fun to see stuff that's a little different......D has got a little more b@!!s.

I think that's why Drew Struzans last few Star Wars posters have suffered. They don't have him lay them out anymore. They use Doug Chiang (I belive) and to me his stuff is straightforward and in a way predictable. I don't react to these new pieces because it's nothing outstanding.

The technique is nice...but that's all Drew.

ricH.

Batgirls--itch said...

(B) It reminds me of the title splash page in HUSH 612 (chapter 5 "The Battle") It seems like the reader is about to have a gripping conversation with both characters. It's imminent and exclusive.

DC said...

D is a bit too similar to a previous Batman Hush cover/poster. I think I would have preferred A, but C is definitely not a bad choice. Jim, should have given me some time to work my magic on your PSP. Could have dropped the firmware back to 1.50 and hook you up with some homebrew apps! Nothing better than playing old school classics on the road!

kagero said...

I'm going with F. The little guy always gets left out.

Barak said...

I like D. C is ok but I like the perspective in D more. Cool layouts, thanks for sharing.

Tyler Wilken said...

I personally would have went with E. Dunno why, I think that the poses you have them in describe the characters so much.


Tyler

Edco said...

I would have gone with A, because by nature I would think Batman avoids the spotlight-- Superman sorta leads the charge for shock factor, Bats follows in to start laying down the hammer amidst the chaos.

By choosing cover C, Wizard simply took advantage of an up-front Lee image, subversively moving the less copius Quitely to the back. Wizard's cover is soley about marketing, however, so they do as they must.

Marvin Durán said...

I totallt agree with mr. edco. I liked A better, ´cause you get a very good action view of both characters. D is great also, but Bats takes all the credit there.
You, Jim... it would be nice to have a little no-prize (or yes-prize, your call) of some of us aspiring artisti, to draw a cover based on one of your designs... what do you think?
Like an amateur iron chef!!

T Bird said...

I gotta go with D, even though similar poses are used a lot. I really like the sense of action. C is good, but I D is better.

RichardFriend said...

for some reason I didn't realize what this piece was for exactly. It's spotlighting two different titles as well as sporting art from two different artists.

My choice is wrong.

I'd go either E, B, or C. With C and B being interchangable depending on if you want a little action or not.

D is still my favorite but that was thinking it was Jim solo and just a spotlight on the two characters he had currently worked on. My choice was with the thought of spotlighting Jim's artwork more.



:)



Rich.

Larry Shuput said...

I would have gone with B. Similar spacing for the two characters. The emphasis on one character over the other is distracting.

Brandon said...

I would have chose F, but had you move Robin to the foreground. Maybe put Superman's hand on Robin's shoulder or something "Supermanish".

Design-wise...I really dig A & D though.

Russ Sheath said...

Hey Jim,
what did you think of the PSP?
I think the movie and game quality are excellent but I bought the thing and have hardly touched it since. Maybe when they bring out more 'PDA-esque' accessories I will go back to it. What games / movies did you get?

Ray Dillon said...

I really like A. Great stuff all around!