As the class begins its final projects, the most difficult yet if my Spidey senses are right, our days of weekly topical blogging are over. I will be back for two Weekly Blogger posts, but the book cover investigations are done. I would like to take a moment to reflect on my experiences blogging about book covers and what I have learned from them.
1. There’s so much more to learn.
Through this blog, I have taken a brief look at the semiotics of book covers, the roles photography and believability play in them, analyzing series in terms of comics, and fan made remixes.
And that’s barely scratching the surface.
I never got to touch comics, graphic novels, picture books, comparing genre fiction covers, and a whole host of other terms I have never heard of. Like any good learning process, it never ends because there is always more to learn. (Seriously. They are publishing new books every year after all.)
2. Fear not, starving artists.
I have heard apocalyptic talk over the past year or so about the end of book cover illustrations, how they will fall out of use as more people buy books online and are relying less and less on book covers to tell them what looks good. Then again, there are plenty of doomsayers about the publishing industry in general at this point. Anyway, I think working on book covers for this blog has shown me that the book cover business, though it will, like everything, face change, will be fine. Readers like having awesome cover art for their favorite books, especially in today’s world of constant visual stimuli; some are even inspired to make their own.
I don’t know how easy or difficult it is to get a job making book covers, but I am reasonably certain that there will be jobs in this department for some time to come.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the book cover posts, and wish us all luck on our final video projects!