February 22, 2010 - Snow Job Ch 03 Cover
Snow Job Ch 03 Cover

Snow Job Ch 03 Cover

When I did the first two Snow Job covers, the series was still supposed to come out in print as single issues. By the time I got to this cover for issue #3, I had fully committed to the webcomic (and direct-to-graphic-novel) route. So the concept of single issue covers didn’t really make sense. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I needed to do covers anymore, but ultimately, I decided that since I had already done them for the first two issues, I’d at least be consistent and do them for the remaining issues as well. I also figured for the graphic novel collection and the webcomic Series Index, it would be nice to have these covers as chapter break images.

Honestly, I have no idea what I’ll end up doing for the next story arc though. I go back and forth between whether I should keep doing covers/chapter images or not.

For the record, I do really like this cover, especially since it’s the first one where I didn’t feel the need to showcase the main characters or the ship. If I do keep doing these images, it’ll be nice to know that they aren’t being used as covers to sell single issues. As chapter break images inside a book, I might feel freer to experiment and do something that wouldn’t work as well for a cover meant to catch your eye on a crowded comic store shelf.

Discussion (14)¬

  1. Kitomakazu says:

    Good job with this cover!

    IF this was in a shop, it would catch my eye for sure

  2. Sean Wang says:

    Thanks! You say that now, but in an actual comic shop, it would be competing with a lot of breasts. 🙂

  3. Charlie says:

    Although it’s kind of frustrating as a webcomic reader when an update day is used by a cover, I really do like the idea. It provides for nice clean chapter breaks, like you said, and it gives the whole collection a much more professional look (above and beyond your usual jaw-droppingly amazing pages).

    And I agree with Kitomakazu- I would definitely check out your book if I saw this cover in a shop.

  4. Angela says:

    I like the chapter break pages. I think it will be a great place for us to see you experiment and look forward to more. Gets me prepared for what’s to come and whatnot.

    Also, as a lady comic book reader, nothing turns me off a comic more than a cover of boobs. 🙂 So I would probably pick this cover over many other covers.

  5. Kitomakazu says:

    Hrm… Even though I’m a male, a shelf full of breasts might get a bit tiresome and cliche. *cough* marvel *cough*

    Or even worse… the typical bad/good dude (like Wolverine) being surrounded by half-naked women, now that’s very tiresome and repeatable by talentless writers slash artists employed in the dear ol’ Marvel.

  6. William says:

    AWESOME cover!

  7. Sean Wang says:

    Note to self: scrap issue #4 cover idea of Bocce surrounded by half-naked female snowmen.

  8. greg donovan says:

    i love the cover/chaper break pages. please keep them. and the idea of bocce with a snowoman harem is pretty funny.

  9. Woden says:

    Warsaw looks like a man who enjoys his work.

  10. 613 The Evil says:

    Female snowmen, like…. snowwomen? 😛

  11. Gabriel says:

    Personally I hope you continue the chapter covers!! It gives me an almost nostalgic feeling, that even though I’m reading a webcomic, It FEELS like I’m reading a traditional comic. I’ve always loved splash pages and cover arts – I feel that they really enhance the story by adding more to the world/characters/story depending on what the artist chooses to draw.

    Also, biggest turn off for me about comic shops is the boobs everywhere. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get your wife to be interested in comic books if you take her into a comic book store? Thank GOD for artists like Stan Sakai and Jeff Smith lol

  12. Sean Wang says:

    Ditto your sentiment on Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai. And yeah, I really like the chapter break images too, so I’ll probably stick with that.