It was just a short time ago that I posted the completed artwork for the cover to A$$hole #1 and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the result. The image came out exactly as I had imagined it in my head, something that rarely happens for me, and the overall design was well received. But only a few days after posting it I came across an article on comicbookresources.com where they held a convention panel discussion with some of todays top cover artists about what goes into a great cover. I knew this would be a perfect article for me to read as I wanted to continue to have all my covers to have a great degree of impact. Frank Quitely was one of the panelists, and when I scrolled down the page to view his work they were discussing I nearly fell over when I saw this:
How could this have happened I thought to myself? In the entire time I had been planning my cover I had done months of research not only into what could make a cover great, but also to make sure this did not happen. I wanted to craft an image that was entirely original and now here I was left with a great cover that bore a striking resemblance to another great cover. Well after the feeling of dismay and nausea wore off it was time to get to work on a redesign. Fortunately I already had an idea in mind so I wasn’t going to have to spend too much time agonizing over what to draw.
I had already begun preliminary work on designing the back cover for the comic, which would now be bumped up to the main cover. And in this instance I felt comfortable in knowing if someone saw this new cover and felt they’d seen something like it before its because they should, as it references the classic James Bond movies I’d loved as a kid. There was a certain amount of trepidation however, as I didn’t want to give too much away in terms of the upcoming story-line or confuse readers by what they saw on the cover. But the more I thought it over the more I knew I was going in the right direction. So folks, without further adieu, I present to you the new (and improved) cover to A$$hole #1!
Now I don’t want anyone to think that with this cover that I’ve completely scrapped the original, as thats not the case. For the sake of the printed book the original cover now becomes the back cover, and for the digital version it will still be the main cover. I still love that image and have no plans to abandon it, ever. But hopefully you guys will enjoy this version just as much, if not more so than the original, as always let me know what you think!