I've been thinking about this a bunch, and I think... Well, why don't I post a topic here? I might get some advice, and I'll be able to think a little better putting everything into words. Although, most of what I'm going over isn't about words, it's just visual.
I've been preparing the first chapter of my comic for printing. With print-on-demand services I don't have to be bothered by the fact that I won't sell many copies; I can do it just because I want to. I'm also starting work on my comic's second chapter.
I decided from the onset of my comic that I wanted to do chapter covers that I post like a regular page. I think it's a fun addition and a great way to play around with themes and ideas, especially for a comic with a significant humor focus.
I made a rather poor cover for my first chapter, and one of the things I'm doing with the print version is revising its design.
Well let me cut to the chase. Right now I'm basically working on the covers for my first two chapters.
And something I really want for my series is to have a unifying theme or motif to use for all my covers.
And I'm having trouble figuring out how to handle that.
What I first came up with was to have a black bar at the bottom of the cover which states the chapter number and title. Add my comic's logo at the top, and I have a simple non-intrusive design that gives me room to play around with whatever I want for each chapter, and also adds a layer of consistent motif for my covers.
But as I've been working on my second chapter, I've been strongly considering to have this cover styled with a parody of old pulp/schlock movie posters, the type of thing you'd see for a movie done by Mystery Science Theater 3000, the kind of movies that have titles like "It Came from the Black Lagoon" or such nonsense.
After all, the reason I decided to have chapter covers was to have fun with doing things like that.
But soon I came to realize how this idea clashed with the cover motif I was planning. A schlock poster really needs its dramatic lettering of the title, and I was going to have the title written in a consistent font in a black bar at the bottom of the page.
If I change my design to have the chapter title written out in a different way for each chapter, then what do I have left to use for a motif?
But if I keep with that consistent motif, then I can't play with the cover as much.
And most perplexing to me of all, if I use a motif that requires me to draw a chapter title unique for each chapter, how do I handle chapters that don't lend themselves to a particular theme or style?
So I'm trying to figure out what I can do to have the best of both worlds. I want to have some consistent unifying theme/motif for all my chapters, but still have the freedom to play with different designs for each cover.
My webcomic: Mischief in Maytia