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What makes a hero?


Okay, up front I’ll say this isn’t a serious, in depth post about the the type of people we consider to be heroes or what we should strive for as individuals or anything like that.  Yes, that could be a discussion that could go forever, including the resent happenings with Lebron James, because in some circles people see him as a “hero.”  No this is entirely on what the imagery of a superhero and what people perceive and recognize as a hero, from a graphic design point of view.

The background is this: I was commissioned to design a superhero wildcat for Bath County Middle School, using my previous wildcat design I created for their yearbook as the template, to be used as a promotional piece for the coming year’s theme, of being a hero.  So, after working and tweaking the look, the pose and everything, I went with the design shown.  Trying to keep the feel of a teenage, I kept the “attitude” look I had used previously, went for what I would consider a teenagers superhero pose,blogcat one that communicates more attitude, with arms across the chest, rather then the fists on the hips ala Superman.  I took the idea of the current Superboy, Kon-El of wearing just jeans and a t-shirt; which was what I already had the wildcat in, as his “superhero costume” with the goal still wanting to be translated as this character is a teenager.  Finally I added a cape, something that I would consider a universal icon if you’re wanting to project a character as a superhero.  You can basically take anyone, anything, slap a cape on it, and it becomes a superhero, right?  RIGHT?!

Well apparently I’m dead wrong!  One of the people involved with making the final decisions decided that the cape was a terrible idea, and went with the imagery of a shield instead, not even giving me the opportunity to redesign the wildcat again, but this time holding a shield.  Apparently my concept of wearing a cape insulted this woman to such an extent she decided she wasn’t going to use anything I was going to do, and came up with her own design, just using a bland shield.

Now, I realize, everyone should follow the moniker “the customer is always right” but come on!  Someone thinking a shield communicates a superhero more then a cape?!  Really?!  Who else besides Captain America is a mainstream superhero that carries around a shield?  Why, when you have Superman, Batman, Thor, etc that wear capes, that are well known superhero icons, would you consider a shield a better communicator of a superhero over that of a cape?  A shield doesn’t say “progress” to me, which is what the whole HERO theme is to be a symbol of, but rather says protect, or shielded off.  I personally don’t see it communicating what the school is wanting.

Regardless, the decision is anyone’s but mine, and I realize I’ve used this space online as a soapbox to voice my frustration, but considering it’s the week of the San Diego Comic Con (which I WILL attend one of these days!) and I’ve used this space to show designs before, I felt it was reasonable to post about this as well. 

And as a bonus, what was to be my first submission for the full design is below.

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Store on Zazzle


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After some people have shown interest in a few of my designs, and if/where they could get them on a shirt, hat, etc I’ve decided to setup a little “shop” on Zazzle.com.  So here is my one shameful plug for my slowly developing page with the banner that you can click below.  I’m slowing gong to start filling it with items, along with random shirt designs that pop into my head, including the wildcat design I did for BCMS last year.  I have never really done anything like this, so am unsure of the success I could possibly find on Zazzle.com or where their royalty percentages rank compared to other sites.  I will possible blog about the ups and downs I face while setting up shop on Zazzle.  If anyone has had any experience using Zazzle, or know of a better site to use or have anything other suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email or comment below.

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BCMS 2010 Yearbook cover – Final


The final design and layout for Bath Co Middle School’s 2010 yearbook cover.

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If anyone is interested in having a custom cover design, feel free to head over to my other site, www.parsonscs.net, or simply email me.  I’d be happy to discuss things, and am very easy on price, including being willing to trade for ad space.

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