Saturday, November 5, 2011

NC Comic Con 2012 - Look at Banner, Michael!

I'm not always the most practically capable creative person. I can draw decently, but not enough to do my own stories. I can't sit down long enough to knock out a script or short story. So it's always exciting for me when I'm just driving around, an idea pops into my head, and I'm able to make it a reality. This banner is one of those things.

I was driving to Sub Spot about a month before the show. I knew we were going to need some kind of banner, but I wanted something that would pop a little better than the 1983 Acme grand opening vinyl that was pretty much only being kept alive by duct tape. Going back to the first Wave Projector logo, I was thinking in an old-timey-type RKO Radio feel with a modern spin. And the Rocketeer obviously always fit into that style.

Cut to the office with my hands covered in steak 'n' cheese and me doing a google search for "rocketeer fonts". I found something called "Aeronaut" and I was off to the races!

The other set-back was working at a 3'x5' size, bigger than anything I'd ever done. 8 1/2"x11"? Got it. 11"x14"? Done! But luckily Pages, the Apple proprietary word processor, has plenty of vector based shapes and I was able to blow it all up HUGE!

The final step was getting it up to print-ready resolution. One last time I was lucky enough to have a stable of extremely talented designers (and cartoonists) for good friends that came to my rescue.

Submit files. 24 hours later. Boom.

It's almost magic!

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