Returning to the land of THR newsletter graphics after a couple of weeks off — because the newsletter itself took a couple of weeks off for the holidays — and I’m surprised by how completely I’ve forgotten creating any of these images. Apparently these things really don’t stick in my head very long. That, or the holiday period was more thought-provoking than I thought at the time.
There was no THR newsletter the week of Thanksgiving, so only one week of newsletter graphics this time around — but it was, oddly, a very busy week in terms of what was asked of me, so there’s more to see than might be expected. Subliminal planning for the week off that followed, or just a happy coincidence…?
Just one week’s graphics from the THR newsletter this time around, because we ended up skipping the Friday after Election Day, because… well, it was the Friday after Election Day and we all had better things to do with our time. Thankfully, there were so many graphics we’d worked up the week before, you’ll barely notice a lack…
If there’s one thing I remember from this selection of graphics from THR‘s weekly newsletter, it’s how happy I was with the text from the Meg 2 graphic at the very bottom; it was a last-minute graphic with not a lot of time available to get it right, and I remembered just how well I deal with things when I don’t have time to overthink everything. There’s a lesson for life in there somewhere, but I’m going to choose to ignore it.
Whatever the reason, I’m particularly proud of a couple of the graphics in this collection of THR newsletter pieces — it’s the colors and the way everything just seemed to come together for a couple of them in particular. Sometimes, I can surprise even myself, even if — in the moment — I find myself dissatisfied and frustrated at the way everything looks. (There’s value to revisiting these a few weeks after their creation, it turns out.)
Every now and then, the THR newsletter graphics feel like the bright spot of a particular week, because they’re something that I don’t have to necessarily spend a lot of time working on, or preparing for: I get my marching orders and I go do it. It’s a relief, it’s a break from the norm — and it’s something that, when I look back for these posts, I realize that I occasionally don’t even remember that some of them exist, despite timestamps showing that they do. The first graphic below? I guess I did that? Maybe?
This is an unfinished graphic for a story that ended up not coming together in time for the newsletter…
No joke; the headline rewrite on this might be my favorite pun that we’ve done in all of the newsletters to date, even though the actual story ended up not running at all…
In a THR newsletter update: We returned after the Labor Day break — which means just one week’s worth of newsletter graphics — with a surprisingly short newsletter, which required just two graphics, only one of which I actually dig. Somewhat frustrating, but what can be done? (I was in a strangely 45 degree line mood this particular week, in case you can’t tell.)
The very first of the THR newsletter graphics created for the site’s new back-end system — which ultimately didn’t make that much of a difference for me, despite what everyone expected ahead of time. They stayed the same size, and we approached the process the same as we ever had; it turned out to be much ado (and much a-stress) about nothing, which is likely better than the alternative.
A different take on the idea of sharing a THR graphic, for once; this wasn’t done for the newsletter, but for an Image Comics story for the site proper. There’s a rule at THR that you can’t just post images of a corporate logo to accompany a story, which makes a reasonable amount of sense until you have to find an illustration for a story where the only thing that makes sense is the corporate logo.
In this particular case, it was a story about changes at Image Comics’ sales department, which… isn’t really about a specific comic or anything else with a visual hook, per se, but about a company. So, company logo, right?!? Or some kind of graphic to encompass Image as a publisher. The only problem being, that’s not something that really exists — indeed, given Image’s ethos, the idea of one image (no pun intended) that sums up Image Comics is almost antithetical to the publisher’s operating theory. So, what to do?
I made something I thought skirted the rules enough, merging pictures from three different titles that felt “Image Comics,” but also big enough for the casual reader to get — in this case, the new Brubaker/Phillips title, Reckless; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga; and Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead. Each one put into a color filter to let them be differentiated, but also play well together. Oh, and then there’s the Image Comics logo, because I needed the damn logo in there.
The graphic was rejected, because it was seen as being a corporate logo. In the end, we went with cover art from the first issue of Bitter Root, an Image Comics title that I chose more or less because, fuck it; I’m going to pick a book that I liked.
I still liked the graphic, though, so I rescued it and posted it here. Look, if I can’t use this site for something like that, what’s the point…?
A post of two separate THR newsletter weeks, this one. I mean, that’s almost always true, but in this case, it’s more true than usual because the two weeks were so different — for the first, there were a bunch of makeovers for a variety of reasons (“Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The Amazing Amy” were for the same story, for example), but the following week, not one image got reworked. Did we just all get ourselves together for once, or was it just a happy coincidence? I wish I knew.