TOMORROW STORIES COVER DESIGNS
Tomorrow Stories was an anthology title with several recurring features. The design drew on comics and pulp covers from the 1940s to 1960s when those magazines also featured several characters, often depicted in small vignettes. It was always a challenge to get everyone into these covers, add the type needed, and still have room for the art, but I think we managed it pretty well. The logo had several versions, but all using the same style, which was also used in the font I created for the book.
Alex Ross once again got us off to a great start. The main image is rather complex and takes a few moments to figure out, but there's no doubt it tells an intriguing story when you do. Alex's oval vignettes were also effective. I designed all the character logos for this title except for Jack B. Quick, created by artist Kevin Nowlan.
The feature artists took turns on the covers, and Kevin Nowlan's were always standouts, as on this one for issue three. I particularly like the way the vignette characters are also reacting to the nuclear explosion.
Mad magazine was the inspiration for issue four's cover by Jim Baikie. I had fun coming up with all the negative comments about our features. I also got to do multicolored type at the top, something I always wanted to try. Outside of "Fruit Loops" I can't think of many other places where that would work.
Hilary Barta's new lead character made this cover my favorite of the series. As I recall, the origin story that would appear inside hadn't been written yet when we needed the cover image, so I talked to Alan and we came up with this idea, which I loved. The text at the bottom was Alan's too. I also like Hilary's ink-splash vignettes.
Kevin Nowlan outdid himself with this hilarious tabloid take-off for issue 10. I believe Alan gave us the concept, and Kevin and I worked out the design. Despite the large amount of information we needed to put across with type, it remains clear and uncluttered thanks to Kevin's fine work.
All text and images ©Todd Klein, except as noted. All rights reserved.
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