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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bookmark Designs - Opinions Officially Solicited

Okay, I'm putting together some of my promo stuff for the Small Press Expo in D.C., and I'm going to be making some bookmarks, basically to cement that the Crogan Adventures is a series in the minds of folks who buy the first book. Anyway, here are two designs I've come up with, and I could really use some opinions as to what you think might be best.



The one on the left is a little more dynamic, but the one on the right makes better use of the vertical canvas and may give a better sense of setting.

And yes, I know he's missing a hand; I screwed it up and have to redraw it. I may do away with the flying sweat-beads, too, as they might compete with the flying splinters for attention.

Anyway, thoughts? Which would get you more interested in the book?

9 comments:

Sara said...

I like the second one better. It just seems really unique and certainly peaks my curiosity about the series.

Alec Longstreth said...

I too vote for the tower with the flag. I think it gives a better sense of a new historical setting (playing into your emphasis of a SERIES) while the one on the right could just be a fight scene from any era (even though the costume is there...) The calmness of the scene in #2 gives you time to consider the costume!

Jacob York said...

I like the second one as well...but...



I would like it more if he was waving. Like, "Hey...you stopped reading here!"

Check out how this mind of mine works.

Andrew Wales said...

I guess I'm in the minority so far. I like the one on the left better. It has a lot more action and lets the viewer know these books are full of action. I don't feel the sweat beads compete with the splinters either.

Both of them are really neat!

Shawn Crystal said...

you know where i stand. They both look nice. The tower is a stronger design. I like the action of the first. I still think by popping a low transparency version of the first one, in the tower, you'll have it.

jackcomics said...

If you promise that he will get another hand, I would vote for the action shot. The composition is much more dynamic and immediately caught my eye.

But if you did BOTH of them, I would walk by your table and say something like, "Wow! You did TWO! These are BOTH great! Can I have one of each?"

Just sayin'.

escapegoat said...

Both are great, though I enjoy the second one a little more because, as you mentioned, it plays more strongly with the vertical bookmark shape.

Justin Colussy-Estes said...

I vote for the first, plus a hand, minus the sweat beads. I say this as the graphic novel buyer for a children's bookstore trying to get the attention of 10-14 year-olds.

The second is interesting, but doesn't promise action and adventure. It suggests it, sure--but it doesn't promise...

Dan said...

Perhaps you could do the tower with some ne'er-do-well sneaking up the side with conflict in mind. That way you have the composition with a taste of the action. A little chocolate in your peanut butter.