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Re-Covering Issue #1


As you may or may not know-- and how could you NOT know? It's pictured above!-- I've redone the cover art for PoPT #1. Why? Because reasons.

And here they are-- in a If-You-Give-A-Mouse-A-Cookie kind of way:

A few months ago, the cover for PoPT #1 was the last page of art I created for the issue. It was hurried, it was (IMHO) boring and static, but it was needed. The printer gave me a deadline and if I wanted to have one hundred books printed and available for Free Comic Book Day, I had to get them my files. So the cover was rushed and the deadline was met.

So I've been working on Issue #2 ever since #1 was wrapped up. I had the cover to Issue #2 cleaned up an inked, so I took it to a local office supply store chain to scan it so I could go home and color it on my computer. The lady behind the counter said, "Oh we can't scan something that large."

I said, "That's crazy, I've done this here at least five times."

She said, "Oh... then our scanner... is... broken?"

Yeah. I know, right?

So in frustration I strode over to a copier where I made a black and white copy-- just to see how the inks held up. I was pretty satisfied with it and as I left, I joked to my wife, "Maybe I'll just take this copy home and color it by hand."

"You totally could," she said. (OMG I LOVE THIS GIRL.)

I'll likely never identify myself as a digital colorist. But part of this whole passion project is pushing myself creatively, so I grow as an artist. (I'm not much of an inker either, but I'm getting better!) So I went home and colored the copy using colored pencils.

I was pretty satisfied with the result, but most importantly-- it was fun! But this raised a few problems... The shaded colored pencil drawing for the cover of issue 2 didn't match the stagnant, digitally desaturated cover for issue 1. I kept telling myself, "I'll come up with a new cover for issue 1 if I ever get around to a second printing." But that wouldn't address what, to me, is the most glaring problem: The books that I have left still say "Pieces of Eight" instead of "Pirates of Padre Tiempo." It was just one more obstacle in selling these books: I shouldn't have to take five minutes to explain why the title on my book is different than the title of book I'm selling. (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!)

THEN I had the idea that I could just re-cover the leftover stock of issue #1. It would give me an opportunity to practice inking again before getting too far into issue #2, it would stylistically match the cover for issue #2, AND it would have the correct title on it! It's like a revision hat trick!

As for the new design of the cover: I always wanted Issue #1 to look like a movie poster. The way I thought of it is-- if I ever collect the complete story as a trade paperback, I'd want the cover of #1 to be the cover of the collected edition. So I went back and pulled some of the layout from the cover of the ashcan preview edition I created in 2015 (before I had really nailed down designs on a lot of the characters.)

So there you have it! That's why I re-did the cover for Pirates of Padre Tiempo #1: because the lady at the office supply store told me she couldn't scan an 11x17 piece of bristol board.

-TM


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Pirates of Padre Tiempo is a self-published comic book series about a little boy named Flynn who stumbles across a magic pirate coin and is instantly transported back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy! Now it's up to Flynn to face down deadly pirates, search for hidden treasure, and find his way home!

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