Sunday 17 June 2007

covers- BACCHUS no.25/27

After that gorgeous cover Pete Mullins made for DeeVee #1 of feb '97 (see yesterday's post) I commissioned one for Bacchus in the same manner. So he put together the image of the Anchovy, a character in the storyline being reprinted in the second half of the book, in his own studio, and brought it in and it appeared on my #27 August 1997 issue. This was one of only two or three occasions when a Bacchus cover was coloured on the computer. That approach would never have been cost or time effective in the Campbellian set-up. It was much more expedient to just get out the markers and paints and work over a good quality xerox of the image. Pete could always get a good crisp result that way as in the cover of Bacchus #25 of May '97, the gathering of the Elvises, which is also all his work. In pulling out pictures to scan here I was again struck by how clean and bright the pre-press proofs in my files are (used here for both of the above) compared to the printed results.

p.s. Some time later we put together a whole 8-page Spirit story for Eisner and Kitchen Sink Press that we coloured in-house on computer. It had its own technical problems. I'll talk about that some other time.
hayley campbell sends this link: Doherty, the scruffy urchin with the million pound record contract and supermodel girlfriend, will join drinking pal Shane Macgowan and Meltdown festival curator Jarvis Cocker to pay tribute to classic Disney songs as part of the South Bank's annual music jamboree. Nick Cave, Baaba Maal, Ralph Steadman and Bryan Ferry will also perform. The event is June 17. you may have missed it already.
In other news:
China censors "Pirates" for "vilifying Chinese"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As per usual the pre photoshop version rules supreme.

Hayles, did anyone decent play at that South Bank show ;-o

I tried to post yesterday but gave up after four bounces.

17 June 2007 at 04:36:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Producer Hal Willner, curator of splendid tribute albums to people like Kurt Weill and Charlie Mingus, did a great set of Disney songs by notable artists in 1988. It's called 'Stay Awake' and has been out of print for years, unfortunately. Features one of my favourite Tom Waits songs, him singing the dwarfs' 'Heigh-Ho' in the tortured and lugubrious manner of his recent albums.

Willner's most recent collection was 'Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys' featuring (among others) Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Ralph Steadman and Bryan Ferry (no Baaba Maal).

17 June 2007 at 08:13:00 GMT-5  

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