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Hot off the press! Meet Humanist Perspectives' Art Director [Oct. 5th, 2012|11:26 am]
Young Geoffrey
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Humanist Perspectives, Authumn 2012 edition
Young Geoffrey, Art Director. Humanist Perspectives #182, Autumn 2012, should be on fine newstands everywhere (in Canada) next week!
It might only be a one-shot title (mine, that is; Humanist Perspectives itself has been around since 1967), but "Art Director: Geoffrey Dow" has a rather nice ring to it.

The previous Art Director begged off this issue for personal reasons and, at this point, I don't know whether he will re-take the reins. But there's no sense in pretending that I don't (for thoroughly selfish personal reasons) hope he decides not to return. The money is nice and I really enjoy the work.

I've become too jaded to say that I was "thrilled" when I got my hands on copies of the magazine yesterday, but I was happy to see them and to feel them for real — a far different experience than seeing something on a screen.

On a technical note, I did the work using open source technologies almost exclusively. LibreOffice for converting all manner of Word files, The Gimp for image manipulation and, especially, a program that has developed by leaps and bounds since I first used it maybe a year and a half-ago, Scribus, which in my humble opinion has become a real layout program. Yes, it still crashes more than I'd like, but if you save your work regularly it's not a serious issue. That last will be getting a donation from me just as soon as I cash my check.

Naturally, I spotted flaws as soon as I opened the magazine, as well as things I will just do differently if I get another crack at it, but all-in-all, I'm pretty pleased with my work. And the back cover cartoon cracks me right up, if I do say so myself.

 

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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2012-10-05 09:22 pm (UTC)
Go you! Hey, I think they published me once.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-10-06 04:36 am (UTC)

Our worlds keep intersecting, don't they?

Speaking of which, do you have any experience with museums asking you how much you charge to use a photograph in (what do you call it? Display? Exhibition?) thing they're putting on about the Spanish Civil War? Should I say one million dollars or 50 cents?

When were you published in HP? Was it under your real name or a pseudonym?
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2012-10-06 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Our worlds keep intersecting, don't they?

I think I once charged $50 for a snapshot I took of my roof garden; I'd ask for more if I were you.

I think it was HP. It was some humanist magazine, anyway, and I don't think there are many. At any rate, I won some essay contest when I was 16 or 17, so yep, it was under my real name. I got to go to this banquet but everyone there was old and earnest.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-10-06 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Our worlds keep intersecting, don't they?

I think I once charged $50 for a snapshot I took of my roof garden; I'd ask for more if I were you.

Thanks, that gives me a nice ball-park. Maybe I'll start at $250 and see what happens.

I admit, "old and earnest" doesn't sound too unlike HP. (Hmm ... maybe I should screen this comment thread to friends' only. I wonder if I can do that ...)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-10-06 04:37 am (UTC)

*snorfle*

I just noticed your icon. Go you.
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[User Picture]From: mijopo
2012-10-06 11:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-10-11 06:06 am (UTC)

Thanks

A little victory now and then is good for the soul.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2012-10-07 06:30 pm (UTC)
Young Geoffrey! this is great. And a liberal magazine to boot! I also use those programs these days though I have not tried my hand at Scribus yet. I hope many more such jobs come your way. We're moving up in the world a little bit at a time!

Nellie
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-10-11 06:17 am (UTC)

Could be a lot worse!

I hope more of those jobs come my way, too. As I said, I really enjoy that sort of work. And if I have a bit more lead time and there's something suitable to your style, I might well be trying to buy one-time rights to one or more of your pieces. (But we'll see. The word is the guy I replaced has every intention of coming back.)

Meanwhile, whether or not I do, do you have any paintings or even drawings that might fit a western/cowboy motif? I'm thinking of something that would suit the cover of a book I hope to package within the next few months. Money for that project would not be as significant, mind you; in lieu would be a percentage of cover-price (gross, not net), but frankly I wouldn't count on that being significant either.

Mr. Hard Sell over and out.
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