Today’s Art (21st October 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the cover art for “Nocturnal” – this year’s Halloween comic. You can check out previous Halloween comics here: 2015, 2016, 2017. You can also find lots of other comics featuring these characters here too. Stay tuned for the next page of this comic tomorrow 🙂

Wow! This cover took longer to make than I expected! Initially, it was just going to be a minimalist cover featuring fangs and silhouettes of the characters. But, well, this looked terrible – so, I ended up doing some fairly extensive digital editing.

As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“Nocturnal – Cover” By C. A. Brown

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Today’s Art (21st October 2016)

Woo Hoo! It’s the cover of this year’s Halloween comic 🙂 Although the rest of the comic will be in black & white, I felt like making a full-colour cover. Stay tuned for page one tomorrow 🙂

As regular readers of this site might have noticed, this comic features the main characters from my occasional “Damania” webcomic series – you can see these characters in B&W narrative comics here, here, here and here.

These characters also appear in more traditional 4-6 panel full-colour webcomic mini series (of varying lengths) that can be read here, here, here, here, here and here.

As usual, this comic cover is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Zombies Again! - Cover" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Zombies Again! – Cover” By C. A. Brown

Does Cover Art Matter?

2016 Artwork Does Cover Art Matter

Although this is an article about books and comics, I’m going to have to start by talking about a silly videogame controversy from earlier this year. As usual, there’s a good reason for this that will hopefully become obvious later. Plus, I may have talked about some of this stuff before – so, apologies in advance if this article gets repetitive.

Back in February, there was a ridiculous amount of fuss on the internet about the planned box art for the then-upcoming modern remake of “Doom”.

The original cover art was described as generic and boring. Although it’s a cool-looking picture, it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. It’s just a picture of a space marine posing with a gun (it also uses a rather low-contrast yellow/green/brown/orange colour scheme too). By comparison, the alternative designs later released by Bethesda look a lot more true to the spirit of the series.

The original “space marine” cover design isn’t really as good as the cover art for the original “Doom” or even “Doom II“. But, at the same time, it isn’t exactly a bad image. If I had a much more modern computer and a larger gaming budget, I’d probably still buy a copy of the new game because, well, it’s “Doom”. It’s a modern version of one of my favourite games. The box art could be completely blank and I’d still buy it.

Still, this silly controversy about the good-but-not-great box art for the “Doom” remake made me think about how important cover art actually is when it comes to things like books and comics.

Good cover art is probably only really important for catching the attention of totally new readers. Even then, it isn’t everything – the old adage of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” springs to mind for starters. I mean, I’ve bought books purely based on cover art in the past- but it’s no guarantee that they’re worth reading.

The other thing that makes good cover art important is it’s decorative value. If you’ve got a collection of books and/or comics, then you’ll know that they’re more than just functional objects that only exist to be read. They’re a way of making a room look more interesting. They’re decorative too.

However, apart from these things, cover art isn’t really that important.

When it comes to books and comics, things like online reviews, plot summaries/ blurbs, the price, word of mouth and the author’s name matter a lot more. If you’re a major fan of a particular author, then you’re probably going to read their next book regardless of what the cover art looks like. The same is true for books that are part of a series or which are based on TV shows, movies etc…

If you’ve heard or read a lot of good things about a particular book or comic, and it seems like the kind of thing that you’d enjoy, then you’re probably going to seek out a copy of it, regardless of what the cover looks like.

Likewise, whilst a good cover design might make a new reader pick up a copy of a book or comic, this will probably only hold their attention long enough for them to read the blurb and/or plot summary. If this interests them, then they might look at the first few pages. If those pages interest them, then they’ll probably buy a copy.

The price probably plays a role too. I’m no expert on book or comic pricing, but I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve seen something that looks really cool, but decided not to buy it (or to buy it later and/or to buy it second-hand) because of the price was too high.

In other words, good cover art is important, but it isn’t exactly the be-all-and-end-all of whether someone chooses to buy something.

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂

Today’s Art (14th June 2016)

Woo hoo! It’s a new self-contained 8-9 page comic, starring Derek and Rox from “Damania” (the last “Derek & Rox” comic was made in 2013). If you want to see more of Derek and Rox (plus a couple of other characters) they also appear in comics here, here, here, here, here and here. Although the cover is in colour, the rest of the comic will be in black and white for time/effort reasons.

Well, I was originally going to wait a bit longer before starting this comic, but I was in such a comic-making mood that it was affecting the quality of my “ordinary” paintings (I wanted to make comics, so making paintings just felt like a chore). So, I thought that I’d start this series now.

Stay tuned for page one tomorrow 🙂

As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

" The 'Let's Play' - Cover" By C. A. brown

” The ‘Let’s Play’ – Cover” By C. A. brown

Today’s Art (11th May 2016)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to introduce “The Charity Case: A Harvey Delford Mystery”. This is a new short comic (which is a spin off-from my “Damania” comic series – you can catch up on recent comics in this series here, here, here and here) which I’ll update daily. My current plan for this comic is for it to be seven pages long, plus the cover – which I’ll post today.

Stay tuned for page one tomorrow 🙂

As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"The Charity Case - Cover" By C. A. Brown

“The Charity Case – Cover” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (22nd October 2015)

Well, since Halloween is only eight or nine days away, I thought that it was time to make a new horror/comedy comic and I’m very proud to present “The Horror Of Hardtalon Hall”. It’s kind of a follow up to my “Diabolical Sigil” comic from earlier this year.

Anyway, here’s the cover. Stay tuned for page one tomorrow 🙂

As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE]"The Horror Of Hardtalon Hall - Cover" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE]”The Horror Of Hardtalon Hall – Cover” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (28th July 2015)

Well, it’s only a year or two late, but I’ve decided to make another “Damania” comic. This will probably be another short comic like the ones I made earlier this year (they can be read here and here) and the rest of the comic will probably be in black and white for time reasons. Still, it’s interesting to return to this old comic series of mine that even I had almost forgotten about..

Anyway, here’s the cover – stay tuned for page one tomorrow at the usual time 🙂

As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Diabolical Sigil - Cover" By C. A. Brown

“Diabolical Sigil – Cover” By C. A. Brown