When laid out across the table, I have to admit, the new cover for Origins Unknown looks GREAT! Granted, the new design called for leaving behind the tag-line that defined the series: "You can't be what the world needs until you know what you are." But it really stood out well and drew the attention of many potential readers.
|Updated to reflect the "WHO" theme of the volume.|
They'd be very earnest in coming to check out this vibrant, bright cover, so proudly (and prominently) featuring its female lead. But when they began to flip through the pages, you could almost see the dismay on their faces as they looked into...a black and white book...:(
Obviously, I'd hate to believe fans to be so discerning, but I had to admit the possibility that we would've moved even more units if the interiors held any sort of the colorful splash that the cover initiated.
I only had the intention of coloring Somewhere I Belong, so the coloring style had to be something that would serve, not only the story, but the interest of the book. Too dynamic and I'd HAVE TO get the rest of the book colored; not enough and well...I might as well have left it black and white. So, with that thought in mind, I went on a feverish search for a solution and I found it in the pages of Marvel's Hawkeye! The muted colors (by Matt Hollingsworth) was exactly what I was looking for -- a range of operation that was easy to look at, but interesting. And it wasn't too domineering -- Jacob's line, while very thin and delicate on this issue, were still the hard selling point and should be protected (if not projected) above anything else.
And here's the final result!
And it just so happens, I finished production on these just as this review from Chris Ventura of Dark Avenger went live on YouTube (subscribe to his channel!):
Well...like I said in that first post, we ARE following up with three NEW stories (Pursuit of Happiness, No One Believes Me, and I Make Her Say), which will likely see publication next year.
But the best news of all...
...wait for it...
JACOB IS COMING BACK TO DO THEM!!!
That's right -- my right hand for the Origins Unknown project is laying down some serious awesome. Check out some of the sketches he's sent me already...