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A 14-year-old's perspective on the recent Realms of Fantasy cover 
21st-Jul-2009 05:43 pm
Elayna - Oct08
So Adam and I were talking about the brouhaha over the Realms of Fantasy cover (read here). Specifically about the art director's claim that, as the art director, he has nothing to do with font selection.

At which point Elayna went o.O

Yes, even the 14-year-old knows the art director's job better than he does.

Elayna's other notes on the cover: "The font is really weak. I mean, they have a great font for the logo. Why such a step down?"

When asked about the art itself: *pained look* "Well. The feather is neat."

Me: "Yeah, that's the only thing I like about it. Any thoughts on the rest of it?"

Elayna: *another pained look* *long pause* "She has a grid on her breasts. No, seriously - it's like she was wearing a mesh shirt and fell asleep on the beach."

(She also notes that the "HARRY POTTER" is perplexing in its lack of specificity, and that the lede of the article is "not a lede. It's just not. It doesn't have the lede format, but it also doesn't have the format of a regular sentence. I cannot think of where I'd find a sentence like that." No, wait, she thought of something - Successories.)
Comments 
22nd-Jul-2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I was particularly amused by the comment "Someone definitely needs to get their “facts straight” but it’s not Adam Lipkin."...and he's right, that's incredibly blurb-worthy.

I will say that the cover's use of fonts isn't nearly as bad as what a magazine I otherwise enjoy had on their cover a few years ago. (They've improved significantly since, and the cover no longer gives me bad "look, I used all the fonts on the disk!" vibes. Speaking of which, you've probably seen this one already.)
22nd-Jul-2009 12:41 am (UTC)
It's amusing to me that the use of many different typefaces on one page used to be considered the height of fashion. Now it just shows a lack of design sense!
22nd-Jul-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
You bastard, you made me agree with Hitler on something!
22nd-Jul-2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Did you follow links and catch this gem? Bwahahaha.
22nd-Jul-2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
I love your child.
23rd-Jul-2009 03:43 am (UTC)
*kudos to Elayna* I really like her comments.

Listening to young teens' commentaries has become one of my favorite pastimes lately. LOL
It's amazing how cool kids are, and how often they surprise us adults.
23rd-Jul-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Specifically about the art director's claim that, as the art director, he has nothing to do with font selection.


It's no secret though (at least I don't believe it is) that Warren did the interior layout himself, and will keep doing so. So on that point at least, Doug is taking some flak he actually shouldn't be.

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