Cover Girl

Free Comic Book Day is May 7th this year and I will be doing a signing at Jimmy Jams Comics and Games that day.  I’ll be there with Brian Bastian along with a few other comics people.  Brian and I have done signings there in the past and each year we put out a new ‘Uptown Girl’ comic as well as a new ‘Tommy Chicago’ comic.  The Great Danno will be illustrating the ‘Tommy Chicago’ comic as he has the past few years.

It’ll be a fun day and once the guest list is finalized I’ll pass that on.

For the past week I’ve been trying to think of a comic to do for the signing.  I had a few ideas but nothing was really grabbing me.  But today I was at a bookstore and was looking at the magazines.  I like looking at magazines and I am amazed at how many different fonts the average magazine cover has.  I thought it’d be fun to do a comic book cover like that.  I started to think about what kind of story I could do that would make a magazine cover parody work.  I came up with an angle and bounced a few ideas off my wife Amy and came up with a story.

After the story was figured out, I couldn’t wait to do the cover.

Like most covers, it started with a simple drawing.

I cleaned up the drawing, added the logo and got ready to color it.

I usually add a lot of texture and crosshatching to my drawings, even if they will be colored.  But this time I wanted Uptown Girl to look like a photograph on a glossy magazine.  I’m not too hot with Photoshop but I had fun coloring it.  I’m sure someone else could do a much better job.

After the background was colored, I got to work on the titles of the articles that are usually crammed onto the covers.  Amy was helpful in coming up with these.

Finally, the cover was finished.



Filed under Uncategorized

3 responses to “Cover Girl

  1. The great Brian Bastian better get me a damn script soon.

  2. Mark L.

    I can’t wait! Danno, you’re invited as well, just didn’t have a way to contact you and my brain doesn’t work all that quickly.

  3. “Great meaning large or immense! We use it in the pejorative sense!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s