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Here’s a cover that’s going unused for a 2014 project, the official details of which will drop a long while from now. I usually draw two or three covers for anything before settling on the final one. The publisher was (understandably) a little uneasy about how legible my lettering was, so we decided to put this in the bin and start work on a new one. I thought I’d post it over here as an excuse to write about some “process” stuff. Maybe this is super boring?
A friend pointed out to me that the past few covers I’ve designed (including this one, and some others which haven’t been posted yet) have become increasingly difficult to read. I sort of forget that my impulses as a designer don’t always intersect with the needs of a publisher, retailer, etc, who are the ones who actually have to sell my junk. My design sense was shaped largely by gig posters and record covers, where the point wasn’t really about accessibility, but drawing specific people in - and to a certain degree, keeping lames out. 
In fact, I’m usually concerned my covers are overly conservative (in both type and layout) compared to the designs that influenced me the most in high school and college. That was an anxiety I had about the cover above, right after finishing it, but before e-mailing it off. Legibility aside, I made some really sissy choices in terms of layout and colour. But I’m a fairly conservative cartoonist anyway, so maybe that’s appropriate. I make similarly sissy choices in my actual comics.
It probably wasn’t until a year or two ago where I felt confident enough in my lettering to push it to be as unreadable as I felt like - to just take pleasure in drawing the letterforms themselves. 
Bonus fact: This title was stolen from an Andy Milligan movie.
Part one of a five billion-part series on my anxieties as a “designer”

The great Michael Deforge on type, legibility, art and its various uses beyond “art.”

kingtrash:

Here’s a cover that’s going unused for a 2014 project, the official details of which will drop a long while from now. I usually draw two or three covers for anything before settling on the final one. The publisher was (understandably) a little uneasy about how legible my lettering was, so we decided to put this in the bin and start work on a new one. I thought I’d post it over here as an excuse to write about some “process” stuff. Maybe this is super boring?

A friend pointed out to me that the past few covers I’ve designed (including this one, and some others which haven’t been posted yet) have become increasingly difficult to read. I sort of forget that my impulses as a designer don’t always intersect with the needs of a publisher, retailer, etc, who are the ones who actually have to sell my junk. My design sense was shaped largely by gig posters and record covers, where the point wasn’t really about accessibility, but drawing specific people in - and to a certain degree, keeping lames out. 

In fact, I’m usually concerned my covers are overly conservative (in both type and layout) compared to the designs that influenced me the most in high school and college. That was an anxiety I had about the cover above, right after finishing it, but before e-mailing it off. Legibility aside, I made some really sissy choices in terms of layout and colour. But I’m a fairly conservative cartoonist anyway, so maybe that’s appropriate. I make similarly sissy choices in my actual comics.

It probably wasn’t until a year or two ago where I felt confident enough in my lettering to push it to be as unreadable as I felt like - to just take pleasure in drawing the letterforms themselves. 

Bonus fact: This title was stolen from an Andy Milligan movie.

Part one of a five billion-part series on my anxieties as a “designer”

The great Michael Deforge on type, legibility, art and its various uses beyond “art.”

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kingtrash:

this morning’s warm up drawing

Michael Effing DeForge. (Too, too good.)

kingtrash:

this morning’s warm up drawing

Michael Effing DeForge. (Too, too good.)

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Happy Halloween from Cloudy Collection! It’s a big week for us: we’ve just launched Hanging with the Dead (a 5”x7” letterpress edition), we put it onto a brand new website, and this Friday, we’re going to look at this new set, plus another new set, and all ten of the earlier editions on the walls of Pink Hobo Gallery in Minneapolis. That’s about 100 prints by 80 different artists from around the world!
Thank you all for helping make the project such a huge success! And remember: wash the zombie guts off your hands before handling your new print set.
P.S. Look at those “Dead” artists: Sam Bosma, Emily Carroll, Michael DeForge, Michael Slack, Natasha Allegri, Steve Wolfhard - are you kidding me? So good!
(via Cloudy Collection / Print Editions)

Happy Halloween from Cloudy Collection! It’s a big week for us: we’ve just launched Hanging with the Dead (a 5”x7” letterpress edition), we put it onto a brand new website, and this Friday, we’re going to look at this new set, plus another new set, and all ten of the earlier editions on the walls of Pink Hobo Gallery in Minneapolis. That’s about 100 prints by 80 different artists from around the world!

Thank you all for helping make the project such a huge success! And remember: wash the zombie guts off your hands before handling your new print set.

P.S. Look at those “Dead” artists: Sam Bosma, Emily Carroll, Michael DeForge, Michael Slack, Natasha Allegri, Steve Wolfhard - are you kidding me? So good!

(via Cloudy Collection / Print Editions)

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Michael DeForge continues to prove himself to be the world’s most prolific cartoonist. His new webcomic Ant Comic can be read every second Monday.

Michael DeForge continues to prove himself to be the world’s most prolific cartoonist. His new webcomic Ant Comic can be read every second Monday.

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Improv Night is the opening comic from Michael DeForge’s Lose #3. I’m happy to see it online.

Improv Night is the opening comic from Michael DeForge’s Lose #3. I’m happy to see it online.

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Michael DeForge’s Spotting Deer is online at What Things Do in its entirety. Buy the book itself from Michael’s shop.

Michael DeForge’s Spotting Deer is online at What Things Do in its entirety. Buy the book itself from Michael’s shop.

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It’s looking like Michael DeForge will maintain his fantastic batting average. This new offering through Koyama Press looks stunning. I won’t be at Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest where it will debut, but you can bet I’ll be snapping it up once he makes it available online.
Spotting Deer – Koyama Press « King Trash

It’s looking like Michael DeForge will maintain his fantastic batting average. This new offering through Koyama Press looks stunning. I won’t be at Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest where it will debut, but you can bet I’ll be snapping it up once he makes it available online.

Spotting Deer – Koyama Press « King Trash