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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 05:21 am:   

We're looking to get some feedback on possible covers here, so opinions are wanted.
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 05:23 am:   

These are very VERY rough designs for Joe Haldeman's War Stories. The source is Vietnam-era photographs of Haldeman.

#1

#2

#3

Thoughts?

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T Andrews
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 05:50 am:   

The first one is striking. I love the 'Jul * 68' on the border of the photo. The colour tones of the old photo are better than the second option with the red and black. The bottom one doesn't grab me.
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 07:23 am:   

Don't care for #2. It's a toss-up for me between #1 and #3.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 10:12 am:   

#1
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 11:30 am:   

#1, GI.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 12:45 pm:   

Yeah, put me down for number 1, too.

Matt Hughes
http://www.archonate.com/
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Bruce
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 01:23 pm:   

Door #1.
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Michael Walsh
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 04:01 pm:   

#1, no question.
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jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 05:04 pm:   

#1 looks gay. I like #2.
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Bob Urell
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 07:49 pm:   

#1
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 09:12 pm:   

Is it the image, or is it the design, or both? I really like #3, but I think it's that the design is integrated into the image, not the image itself that I like.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 10:48 pm:   

It's the actuality of the image in #1, with that old-time processing date stamp on the side.

Number 2 is too stylized and 3 is too arty or self-conscious, or something.

But bear in mind, I'm a writer, therefore visually illiterate... which may be an oxymoron. Is there such a word as aniconate?

Matt Hughes
http://www.archonate.com/
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Jonathan
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 02:47 am:   

Oops. Mistake. It's #3 with the helicopter that I like. The image is stronger, the design better integrated. It communicates something in a more definitive way. The photo in #1 and #2, irrespective of design, is a weaker image, and harder to design with well. At least I think
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 05:19 am:   

i like the colours and stamp in 1, but i like the position of the photo more in 2. i didn't much care for 3.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 09:38 am:   

#1 reminds me of the simple, stark, beige cover on an old trade edition of Michael Herr's DISPATCHES that I have packed away somewhere. Maybe that's what did it for me.
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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 01:42 pm:   

I kind of like the third one. But the first one's good too.
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 05:14 pm:   

#1 would be cool if it was done on the kind of paper that Black Sparrow Press used to use for Bukowski's books -- rough, raw, toothy. But if the cover is going to be glossy stock, definitely #2.

#3 ... I'm biased, I hate creative type treatments like that.

M

(Hi Bob!)
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Rick Hauptmann
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 06:05 pm:   

#1
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Bob K.
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 11:19 pm:   

#1, but you can't easily tell where the photo leaves off, and I think that's a mistake. I'd actually exaggerate the edges, have the picture peeling apart there, and have a slightly contrasting background.
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Clarkesworld
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 03:54 pm:   

I'm more inclined to pick #1.

-Neil
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lwmarti
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 08:42 am:   

I'll be the first to think outside the box here and recommend an entirely different choice. None of those three domuch for me.
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Rick Hauptmann
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 04:42 pm:   

Is there a firm publication date yet for War Stories?
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 07:54 pm:   

November 15th-ish.
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Rick Hauptmann
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 07:25 am:   

Thanks. Can't wait.

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