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The inspiration for this post essentially is my love of comics books. I always loved drawing when I was younger which left me in good stead for my later progress into graphics. At a young age I would spend ages copying scenes from comic books of my favourite characters so this was, pretty much, how I learned to draw. But heres the thing, yes I love comic books and think they are wonderful pieces of art, but I actually (and I am sure this will upset a few people) don’t always think they are wonderful pieces of graphics. Yes, the ideas are usually great, and the artwork is usually fantastic, but its the combination of this with typography and all the other information that doesn’t always work and can sometimes look cluttered. The covers often don’t feel like a designed piece of art in their own right, but rather a great picture with everything else slapped on top. But of course this obviously depends on the comic. In fact there are some wonderfully creative covers out there, with a f f f fabulous use of type in a minimal fashion to accompany the artwork. So that’s what this article will concentrate on. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do and appreciate them as works of art AND design in their own right. I have kept it short but hopefully sweet.
Again, typographically I love this one. It is beautifully done in a hand written font which adds to the chaotic and dark feel to the cover and also makes it seem so carefully crafted which only adds to the quality. The whole comic on this has a kind of limited edition feel with this, and the matt textured coat of the cover compliment this feeling of something special. The type also displays a funny kind of topsy turvy balance. Again this draws the eye up towards the centre mouth on the page which seems to be the focal point of the cover. It also could represent the fine balance of the psychotic mind that lurks within the character. Whatever the reasons it works. The type doesnt conflict with the image but rather works with it.
The colours of black and yellow are used in a bold and hard fashion and compliment each other well. Black and yellow are thought to contrast with each other better than any two colours, even black and white, which is why they are used so often in high visibility signage for roads and construction. A straight edged large and bold san serif runs down the side which again is not that common in comic cover design. Indeed, the cover has a more graphic feel than that of a traditional comic making it a true original.
Well I hope you reading this article. Do you have anything to add?