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SQUEAK

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Tiger Shark

Subj: Re: Item: The Establishing Illustration For Barbarus Was Awful!
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 10:22:15 am EST
Reply Subj: Item: The Establishing Illustration For Barbarus Was Awful!
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 09:17:18 am EST

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That's one of my main dislikes--complaints--about this new volume. Barbarus is a very cool character and deserved somehting better than the 4th-rate illustration he got--the same with Avalanche (and about 15 others)--his establishing illustration is terrible.

John Buscema must be rolling in his grave.

As I said below, one of the editors should have rejected those illustrations as acceptable. In the classic 80s handbook, we never, ever saw such lousy artwork.

I actually like Paul Smith's work myself; I think 4th rate is more than a bit harsh on the guy. I'm with you on Avalanche, though.

The 80s Handbooks had new art for most entries. The current Handbooks don't have the budget for that, apparently - 150 characters, with a wild guess at, what, maybe $100 a page for a new pin-up, so it'd only be maybe an extra $15000 in creative costs to commission original art? I guess they don't think the extra sales that might generate would be worth the costs. In any case, I'm sure that's not a surprise - if not having new art is a deal-breaker, yeah, don't buy the books. \:\(

SQUEAK / Mark O'

> That's one of my main dislikes--complaints--about this new volume. Barbarus is a very cool character and deserved somehting better than the 4th-rate illustration he got--the same with Avalanche (and about 15 others)--his establishing illustration is terrible.
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> John Buscema must be rolling in his grave.
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> As I said below, one of the editors should have rejected those illustrations as acceptable. In the classic 80s handbook, we never, ever saw such lousy artwork.