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Just like the rest of
the issue, the design
of this week’s cover
was a collaborative
effort. This process
consisted of passing
a production file from
designer to designer
until completion. With
the instructions to build
on the work done before
them, each artist had
hours to produce their
own unique design.
Although the deadline
for print passed before
everyone who signed up
was able to contribute,
the challenge continued
on for several days
afterward so that more
people could participate.
Brian James Simmons
The concept behind the cover challenge was thought up only a week
and a half before things needed to be finalized for print, which did
not allow us enough time for planning. Thinking that partication
would be a problem, we encouraged designers to sign up multiple
times. Once the word got out, we had too many designers. This led to
the list having to be cut nearly in half for the print deadline.
The most controversial issue with the challenge, however,
was deciding on what the design of the actual cover would be.
Some of the staff wanted us to pick the best cover out of the bunch,
while others wanted to use the final cover that was submitted by
the deadline for print. Not wanting this to be seen as a competition,
I had difficulty siding with either of those positions. I did not
want to favor any designs or have designers waiting to sign up in
final spots. A compromise was reached by overlaying each of the
completed 21 covers on top of each other in the order they were
submitted for the final product. This shows the progession of all the
designs and emphasizes the challenge as a community effort rather
than a competition.
-- Susie Sobota, Art Director 14:34, 25 January 2009 (EST)
If I was cold runnin thangs:but I'm not. . . Sqawk!)
I would picked:
#1: Claire Eckstrom
I like the way it was designed. And plus her
initial are CE, kinda like ET. Perhaps the
design has some alien telepathy message directed
at me: Ben . . . pick me! CE 2 da ET!
Ben . . . pick me! Ce 2 da ET!
Kinda weird . . . huh?
--Benjamin Williams/BW Comix
P.S.: My second choice would had been anything
I would had designed. (unbiased of course)