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  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Em_Press said:
    Joe, have you done any versions of the cover? Do you want me to play a bit in Photoshop and show you?
    Em, thank you. I'd be delighted to see. I can't seem to make the full-bleed image with text over it work very well (Goddess is the only recent one I've done), which is why I like the Penguin-ish split design.

    I've just posted my "thank-you" with cover. If you need a larger or higher-resolution image I can send you one.

    Best,
    JBB
     
  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Joe,

    By 'trapped' I mean something different as my duty station has nobody who would object to the images. Rather, like my son is now, when I was a tiny demon I wasn't fed on a bottle. Call it an atavistic memory that still catches me off-guard at times, while allowing me to appreciate the beauty of both form and function.

    The good news is I fully understand why the kid starts to growl when I get too close during feedings.
    midnight snacks.

    Got it. Later on you can try throwing the creature a hamburger to distract him or her ...
    JBB

  • Papi_SoñolientoPapi_Soñoliento Southern Escarpment Hill Country Librarian
    More like sit back with a bock and watch him barehanded stalk, take down, and eat a velociraptor [while feeling pity for the velociraptor].
    Joe,

    By 'trapped' I mean something different as my duty station has nobody who would object to the images. Rather, like my son is now, when I was a tiny demon I wasn't fed on a bottle. Call it an atavistic memory that still catches me off-guard at times, while allowing me to appreciate the beauty of both form and function.

    The good news is I fully understand why the kid starts to growl when I get too close during feedings.
    midnight snacks.

    Got it. Later on you can try throwing the creature a hamburger to distract him or her ...
    JBB


  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor
    I like it. I would use the background as is, remove the strip in the middle, publisher name included, make title much bigger, author bigger, no quotation marks in your name, keep colour and font. Perfect. You're onto something powerful. Don't move her or shift her angle at all.
     A citizen of the world.

  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Em_Press said:
    I like it. I would use the background as is, remove the strip in the middle, publisher name included, make title much bigger, author bigger, no quotation marks in your name, keep colour and font. Perfect. You're onto something powerful. Don't move her or shift her angle at all.

    Thank you! I'll play around with it some more.
    JBB
  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    Depends on how broadly we define, "Of the time," but now we're just debating semantics.

    Of the time the book is set, obviously.

  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    edited March 2018
    Em_Press said:
    I like it. I would use the background as is, remove the strip in the middle, publisher name included, make title much bigger, author bigger, no quotation marks in your name, keep colour and font. Perfect. You're onto something powerful. Don't move her or shift her angle at all.
    Does this come closer to what you describe? Seems awfully stark. Practically Soviet, in fact—perhaps an unintentional reference, given the subject of the image, but unrelated to the story itself.

    UPDATE: Image as used for the cover below.

    Thanks again for your suggestions.
    JBB


  • Depends on how broadly we define, "Of the time," but now we're just debating semantics.

    Of the time the book is set, obviously.


    Plus or minus....
  • Paul, if you're around, can you tell me whether posting (as a thank you to posters here for commenting on the excerpt) a link to a free PDF download of the source file for a print edition published on Lulu runs afoul of the Forum rules? This isn't an announcement or promotion per se, although I'll also include a link to the novel as published on Lulu.

    Thanks,
    JBB 
    Joe,

    Completely fine!
  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor
    A short quote about the book in space between neck and face. Black or white, italicized.

    It's powerful. Fantastic fonts and colouring, angle.
     A citizen of the world.

  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor
    Really really good.
     A citizen of the world.

  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Paul_Lulu said:
    Paul, if you're around, can you tell me whether posting (as a thank you to posters here for commenting on the excerpt) a link to a free PDF download of the source file for a print edition published on Lulu runs afoul of the Forum rules? This isn't an announcement or promotion per se, although I'll also include a link to the novel as published on Lulu.

    Thanks,
    JBB 
    Joe,

    Completely fine!
    Thank you.
    JBB
  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Depending on how the story goes it looks like it might qualify as erotic romance or possibly erotica, though since it does appear to have aesthetic value as well as some emotive quality it's not porn.

    No plot with a few random passages connecting all the sex with absolutely no aesthetic or emotive qualities would qualify it as porn.

    So far looks like a decent piece of work. Would I read further, that would depend on the day and my interest at the moment. I've had days I was so pressed for time I brushed my teeth with capsaicin cream, because I grabbed the wrong tube and didn't read the label.
    Well, I'm guessing your teeth felt pretty good that day! Or, not, I suppose. The minty flavor was lacking.

    Thanks for taking a look at it and for your comments. I'm hoping the plot carries the day.
    JBB


  • Em_Press said:
    PS. I would remove her unibrow in Photoshop.
    No! No! No! That unibrow was Frida Kahlo's trademark!

    (Hasbro is currently under fire from every direction for not including the unibrow on their Frida Kahlo Barbie!)
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  • I doubt the women in your story have a unibrow. I personally don't enjoy looking at it on men or women. And your goal is to sell. Most people think like me. A unibrow is not in these days.

    It is nonsense, but a unibrow is classed with low intelligence, and those who have one usually shave it off anyway.

    Yup. That must be why Frida not only kept hers but even exaggerated it in her self-portraits.

    By the bye, I would make doubly sure to research the provenance of any Frida Kahlo image to make sure it is actually in the public domain. Both her family and the Frida Kahlo Corporation are very jealous regarding rights. For instance, the family is currently fighting with Hasbro about their new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll.

    __________________________________________
    Black Cat Studios http://www.black-cat-studios.com/
  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    edited March 2018
    Em_Press said:
    PS. I would remove her unibrow in Photoshop.
    No way! Frida without the unibrow? Wouldn't be Frida. Like Diego Rivera without a belly. Thanks for pointing out the one-paragraph possibility. We're still left with the total stereotype about the un-named country but I can work around that, maybe. I'll nose around. I think her estate or whatever foundation inherited her IP owns the image.

    Thanks for the tips.
    JBB
    I agree. Frida is both very well-known and extremely distinctive. Removing the unibrow would only look very odd. It would be like Photoshopping out Lincoln's mole. 

    (I would not use any image of Frida on a book that was not about her or did not involve her.)
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    Black Cat Studios http://www.black-cat-studios.com/
  • I would look at a lot more pornography than I do but I no longer have my pornograph.
    __________________________________________
    Black Cat Studios http://www.black-cat-studios.com/
  • Papi_SoñolientoPapi_Soñoliento Southern Escarpment Hill Country Librarian
    Then I must be lucky to have what my father called a pornographic memory.
    I would look at a lot more pornography than I do but I no longer have my pornograph.

  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    edited March 2018
    Em_Press said:
    PS. I would remove her unibrow in Photoshop.
    No way! Frida without the unibrow? Wouldn't be Frida. Like Diego Rivera without a belly. Thanks for pointing out the one-paragraph possibility. We're still left with the total stereotype about the un-named country but I can work around that, maybe. I'll nose around. I think her estate or whatever foundation inherited her IP owns the image.

    Thanks for the tips.
    JBB
    I agree. Frida is both very well-known and extremely distinctive. Removing the unibrow would only look very odd. It would be like Photoshopping out Lincoln's mole. 

    (This is especially true regarding the photo of Frida with the gun...it is a very famous image. In fact, I would not use any image of Frida on a book that was not about her or did not involve her.)
    Turns out there's a little more to the story. The image of "Frida" is a composite image of Frida's head by Imogene Cunningham and a rock musician photographed in 1983. UPDATE: The original Frida montage with the photographer's commentary is here. It later was made into a montage that purports to be her with the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. 

    If Wikimedia Commons is to be believed, of course. Here's the full quote:

    "The image of Frida Kahlo with gun is a collage created by Robert Toren aka Angrylambie; a copy of it is here in the commons. Toren added Kahlo's head (from photo by USA photographer Imogene Cunningham) to a 1983 photograph Toren took of Sacramento rock musician Donnette Thayer. The resulting montage went viral July 2012.

    "Later that year, Russian artist Alexander Djikia combined Toren's Frida with gun with a photo of Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky; that second montage also went viral mainly in Europe and other regions where Mayakovsky is well known.

    "Technically the creators of the image are Robert Toren & Alexander Djikia."

    Both images, Torn's original composite and Djikia's subsequent mash-up, are released under a Creative Commons license that permits any use or change, under certain conditions.

    Since my cover is a derived image and transformation of Torn's original image there's no copyright claim. I'll acknowledge the Creative Commons license, anyway.

    Fun fact: The Frida Kahlo Corporation does not appear to have the image on its site, which is not surprising given its history.

    Second fun fact: The internet is crammed with derived images of Frida in all her many guises and poses.

    I'll update the cover image here and on Lulu as soon as I can. I'm grateful to Em especially for her comments and suggestions for the cover.

    Cheers,
    JBB

  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor
    Wow, your cover is gorgeous. And your writing superb. You will sell.
     A citizen of the world.

  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Em_Press said:
    Wow, your cover is gorgeous. And your writing superb. You will sell.
    Thank you. I'm working on a digital edition for Lulu to publish as well.
    JBB
  • Em_Press said:
    PS. I would remove her unibrow in Photoshop.
    No way! Frida without the unibrow? Wouldn't be Frida. Like Diego Rivera without a belly. Thanks for pointing out the one-paragraph possibility. We're still left with the total stereotype about the un-named country but I can work around that, maybe. I'll nose around. I think her estate or whatever foundation inherited her IP owns the image.

    Thanks for the tips.
    JBB
    I agree. Frida is both very well-known and extremely distinctive. Removing the unibrow would only look very odd. It would be like Photoshopping out Lincoln's mole. 

    (This is especially true regarding the photo of Frida with the gun...it is a very famous image. In fact, I would not use any image of Frida on a book that was not about her or did not involve her.)
    Turns out there's a little more to the story. The image of "Frida" is a composite image of Frida's head by Imogene Cunningham and a rock musician photographed in 1983. UPDATE: The original Frida montage with the photographer's commentary is here. It later was made into a montage that purports to be her with the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. 

    If Wikimedia Commons is to be believed, of course. Here's the full quote:

    "The image of Frida Kahlo with gun is a collage created by Robert Toren aka Angrylambie; a copy of it is here in the commons. Toren added Kahlo's head (from photo by USA photographer Imogene Cunningham) to a 1983 photograph Toren took of Sacramento rock musician Donnette Thayer. The resulting montage went viral July 2012.

    "Later that year, Russian artist Alexander Djikia combined Toren's Frida with gun with a photo of Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky; that second montage also went viral mainly in Europe and other regions where Mayakovsky is well known.

    "Technically the creators of the image are Robert Toren & Alexander Djikia."

    Both images, Torn's original composite and Djikia's subsequent mash-up, are released under a Creative Commons license that permits any use or change, under certain conditions.

    Since my cover is a derived image and transformation of Torn's original image there's no copyright claim. I'll acknowledge the Creative Commons license, anyway.

    Fun fact: The Frida Kahlo Corporation does not appear to have the image on its site, which is not surprising given its history.

    Second fun fact: The internet is crammed with derived images of Frida in all her many guises and poses.

    I'll update the cover image here and on Lulu as soon as I can. I'm grateful to Em especially for her comments and suggestions for the cover.

    Cheers,
    JBB

    Thanks for clearing this up! Good job! 
    It does illustrate very well the necessity of making certain of one's sources!
    __________________________________________
    Black Cat Studios http://www.black-cat-studios.com/
  • Joe_Bondi_BeachJoe_Bondi_Beach San Francisco Bay Area Creator
    Em_Press said:
    PS. I would remove her unibrow in Photoshop.
    No way! Frida without the unibrow? Wouldn't be Frida. Like Diego Rivera without a belly. Thanks for pointing out the one-paragraph possibility. We're still left with the total stereotype about the un-named country but I can work around that, maybe. I'll nose around. I think her estate or whatever foundation inherited her IP owns the image.

    Thanks for the tips.
    JBB
    I agree. Frida is both very well-known and extremely distinctive. Removing the unibrow would only look very odd. It would be like Photoshopping out Lincoln's mole. 

    (This is especially true regarding the photo of Frida with the gun...it is a very famous image. In fact, I would not use any image of Frida on a book that was not about her or did not involve her.)
    Turns out there's a little more to the story. The image of "Frida" is a composite image of Frida's head by Imogene Cunningham and a rock musician photographed in 1983. UPDATE: The original Frida montage with the photographer's commentary is here. It later was made into a montage that purports to be her with the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. 

    If Wikimedia Commons is to be believed, of course. Here's the full quote:

    "The image of Frida Kahlo with gun is a collage created by Robert Toren aka Angrylambie; a copy of it is here in the commons. Toren added Kahlo's head (from photo by USA photographer Imogene Cunningham) to a 1983 photograph Toren took of Sacramento rock musician Donnette Thayer. The resulting montage went viral July 2012.

    "Later that year, Russian artist Alexander Djikia combined Toren's Frida with gun with a photo of Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky; that second montage also went viral mainly in Europe and other regions where Mayakovsky is well known.

    "Technically the creators of the image are Robert Toren & Alexander Djikia."

    Both images, Torn's original composite and Djikia's subsequent mash-up, are released under a Creative Commons license that permits any use or change, under certain conditions.

    Since my cover is a derived image and transformation of Torn's original image there's no copyright claim. I'll acknowledge the Creative Commons license, anyway.

    Fun fact: The Frida Kahlo Corporation does not appear to have the image on its site, which is not surprising given its history.

    Second fun fact: The internet is crammed with derived images of Frida in all her many guises and poses.

    I'll update the cover image here and on Lulu as soon as I can. I'm grateful to Em especially for her comments and suggestions for the cover.

    Cheers,
    JBB

    Thanks for clearing this up! Good job! 
    It does illustrate very well the necessity of making certain of one's sources!
    For sure about the sources. Kind of a relief to discover the original mash-up wasn't intended to be "fake," although the second one may have been.
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