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Philipp Lenssen
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 1  

A little project of mine is Cover Browser (a kind of comic book cover gallery using different APIs), and I now added a special section -- Cover Browser Labs. The purpose of the first experiment is to do visual pattern matching... e.g. which comic book cover looks most like a black triangle? One interesting result was when I was looking for the brightest covers (the ones using the most white), a John Byrne issue popped up... Alpha Flight #6!
http://www.coverbrowser.com/labs

The other Alpha Flight covers are here by the way -- #3 has got to be one of the coolest comic book covers in history:
http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/alpha-flight

PS: If any of you wants to match a specific pattern, just post the image here and I'll run it across all covers (or if you want to limit the search to a specific series, let me know).

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John Byrne
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 10:11am | IP Logged | 2  

ALPHA FLIGHT 3 stands to this day as my favorite of
all the covers I have done. Glad you liked it!
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Soren Hjortkær
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 3  

Alpha Flight 3 is my favorite Alpha cover...a couple of months ago it was actually for sale on ebay. It had a buy me now and I was to late and still kicking myself over that.
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Steve Gumm
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 10:41am | IP Logged | 4  

Soren- What's even more crazy is the Buy It Now price was $500 or maybe even lower if I recall correctly. WHAT A DEAL!!

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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 10:43am | IP Logged | 5  

JB, would you do a recreation or reimagining of that cover if requested? I'm far from artistic, so it's hard to wrap my brain around the bars interweaving like they do.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 6  

The bars were a piece of cake. The trick to that cover was positioning Aurora just right, so that the "negative space" still read as her proper silhouette.

As to a recreation or reimagining, I think I would prefer the former -- for just that reason. It would be less work!

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Ryan Maxwell
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Thanks!  I just put Aurora on your commission list, but it didn't occur to me to have this cover done.  Don't worry, I won't go changin'...
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John Byrne
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Incidentally, both Frank Miller and I have had to fight the same fight when it comes to "bright" covers and interior pages. Colorists almost universally want to use yellow to indicate "bright". It's the same kind of thinking that knocks out the blacks in explosions, making them red or somesuch, and not grasping at all that this makes the blast look less bright!

The colorists who understand this simple concept are rare and special, and probably should be cloned at the earliest convenience.

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Roger A Ott II
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 9  

I think there might be one or two still in the business.

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Hence my use of present tense, Roger.
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Aric Shapiro
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Posted: 07 December 2006 at 11:08am | IP Logged | 11  

Alpha Flight works on so many differetn fronts.  Still one of my favorites to this day. 
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Roger A Ott II
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Whatever happened to Glynis?  I haven't seen her name in a credits box since the late 80's.  She was one of the finest colorists to work in the industry.
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