All-New By Its Cover #5 (Covers For May 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). Note: Apologies for the delay this month. I’ll try to get the next installment out super quick!   Ninjak #3 by Lewis Larosa Wow, that is an extreme […]

All-New By Its Cover #4 (Covers For April 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Deep State #5 by Matt Taylor There are a lot of things working really well in this cover. The core image is very simple, while […]

All-New By Its Cover #3 (March 2015 Covers)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). The Empty #2 by Jimmie Robinson & Ei8ht #2 by Rafael Albuquerque Last month I featured the first issues of The Empty and Ei8ht, which both used […]

All-New By Its Cover #2 (February 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Ei8ht #1 by Rafael Albuquerque This is such a fantastic cover. The diagonal angle is dynamic, and the limited color palette is striking. The only things that break […]

All-New By Its Cover #1 (January 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Daredevil #12 by Chris Samnee When Daredevil looks shocked that someone is flying through the air, you know this is serious. But what really gets […]

By Its Cover Special: Image Expo 2014

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This will be the last By Its Cover for a few months, so I thought I’d do something special. Today we’re going to look at the Image Expo teaser images shown at SDCC 2014. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily covers. In theory, they’re teaser images intended to get people interested in each series, though half of […]

By Its Cover (07.09.14 – 07.16.14)

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A computer crash that I still haven’t been able to get fixed has resulted in my not being as thorough this time around as I would’ve liked. I hope you’ll let me know if there were any really good indie or GN covers I missed. DETECTIVE COMICS #33 This is a fantastic composition. Shape of the […]

By Its Cover (06.25.14 – 07.02.14)

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This is me still sort of figuring out where I want to go with this column. A side effect of so much comics output being monthly serials is that I often don’t have anything new to say in terms of design if a series has locked onto a solid trade dress. Maybe this is a column […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 06.18.14): Elektra Blindness

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While I try to point out aspects of good design some consider objective, art as a whole is pretty subjective. It’s unavoidable that the covers I pick each week reflect my personal tastes and biases. Every now and then someone will point out a cover that makes me think “how did I overlook that?” For example, […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 06.11.14): Design Vs. Illustration

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For anyone who was still curious, here’s the answer to which covers were used in the By Its Cover title. I tried to include several different genres and eras. My focus on design each week has led to my skipping over illustrations that were unfortunate enough to be ruined by the text laid on top of […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 5.28.14): Requests & Tangents

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[No one has guessed my challenge from the other week, so I’ll hold off a few more weeks before revealing the answer.] A few people have asked if I take requests. I think I’m up for the challenge. Let me know if there are any older covers you’d really like to see analyzed/discussed, or any recent […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 05.21.14): Warm & Cool

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  One of the toughest things about picking covers each week is how many fantastic illustrations I have to leave out because the text laid over it just didn’t serve it well. I make a point to only display covers here that have all their text elements, because that’s just as important to the whole […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 5.14.14): Q&A

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Being that it’s the column’s one month anniversary, I thought I’d do some reader questions. Except I don’t have any reader questions, so instead I’m going to ask you the questions. 1) What’s your favorite part of the column so far, the opening topics or the weekly cover picks? 2) How would you feel if the […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 05.07.14): Rethinking The Traditional Trade Dress

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Last week I asked: “why does anyone still use this layout at all?” My question was answered via a link in the comments to a previous installment of Brian Hibb’s Tilting At Windmills. The short version is that there are still comic shops that overlap the covers of new comics out of necessity, though I recommend reading […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 04.30.14): Thoughts On The Traditional Trade Dress

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If you’ve been reading comics for more than a few years, you’re probably familiar with the traditional comics trade dress layout: publication information at upper left, maybe a character image or some floating heads, and title logo centered in the remaining space to the right. For many of us, that’s just how comics always looked. […]

By Its Cover (Week Of 04.23.14): Let’s Talk Comic Cover Design

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s never stopped us. We can’t help it. If we could, publishers wouldn’t be hiring the industry’s top names to illustrate them.  Covers are the first thing we see, and its important that they make a good first impression. Every week I’ll select a few […]