Sneak Peek: BULL SPEC #1’s cover (draft)

Still some tinkering to do in all likelihood, but for the most part I’m going to leave it alone. Interior design and layout is going actually quite nicely this week, though still some important things to decide on and some last bits of art to select and place.

Anyway; here’s something fairly close to what should any week now be on a shelf near you, if you’re in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, or in your mailbox if you’re elsewhere, with cover art by CLOSED SYSTEM’s Mike Gallagher to accompany the feature fiction for this issue, C. S. Fuqua’s RISE UP:

And after the jump? The back cover, though it is much, much more subject to change and tinkering.

Thanks for checking it out, and for any feedback! The “font of interest” here is Bleeding Cowboys and it is used by permission. As always, the Burning Catalonian Bull is by Stuart Yeates and is used and available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license.

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4 Comments on “Sneak Peek: BULL SPEC #1’s cover (draft)”

  1. Dame says:

    Glad to see it all coming together. I had a couple of thoughts – it looks a little like CRULL SPEC with that bottom of the B "distressed." I have to say, I prefer the back image to the one for the front, but I'm sure that is just a personal style thang.

  2. montsamu says:

    Hm… I think you're on to something with the "CRULL" spec comment; I'll have to see what I can figure out on that front, but unfortunately I have no artistic talent of my own.The back image is also not likely to remain even on the back cover; I have tried and tried to contact the photographer for a higher resolution image suitable for full-size print but have been unsuccessful.So it's back to the drawing board on a couple of things. Thanks again for the comments!

  3. Very cool!Re: CRULL SPECI can see how it could be read that way. I didn't see it that way on first read, but that could be because I knew the title before seeing it in that font. In any case I don't think it would take much effort to make it more readable. I think it comes off as CRULL SPEC for two reasons:1. The bottom of the "B" is kind of faded, like a vintage T-shirt. Which is a little bit odd, since none of the other letters are at all faded. This makes it look like an "R". If you filled in the "B" more completely then it would like a "B". And since no English words I know of start with "CB" it would easier to discard the curlicue at the beginning as a serif instead of a "C".2. I don't really have a problem with the serif at the beginning, but if it is deemed hard to read, just prune it back a bit. Cut it off at the point where it's vertical before it curves back on itself. Then it won't look like any letter.

  4. Dame–It's good to see a familiar name commenting round here. :)


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