February 20, 2013
Wrestling with a Texas Ranger cover we are working on for May. The problem we face is we have run group shots on the past two covers and I just don't want to go there again because the covers get stale and elicit remarks like, "I already have that issue," or, worse, "Well, that's the same old cover they've run for the past three issues." Not good. Did a sketch of the cover I really want:
Ranger advancing with a rifle in a border town. The problem is finding any old photos that illustrate this. Had Dan The Man Harshberger create a new photo from the pieces of several existing photos and he came up with a very strong cover image, but we're concerned it's a bit odd, or even unethical, to illustrate a non-Ranger as a Ranger.
It's an interesting dilemma: no one would blink if I did an illustration of this, from a composite of existing phtographs, but when you use a real photo of someone as a photo illustration it gets dicey. What do you think?
We may go with an art cover to illustrate The Deadliest Corridor on the Texas border:
"When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but, you sure do change the future."