Sunday, December 1, 2013

Comics on Album Covers


Were all of these intended to be read sequentially? I don't know but they're art and I read them so I consider them to be "comics".

I don't want this to turn into a debate about "what is a comic?" and "what isn't a comic?" so the only rule will be: IF YOU READ IT as a comic THEN IT IS a comic.

btw, A lot of people have been using the term "comic art" to mean "a style of art that is for comics". Well guess what, fools? There's no such thing! ANY style of art can be used for comics.

There is a greater variety of storytelling, as well as impressionistic or rhythmic intensions, that can be expressed with comics than what we find within the most popular genres. I hope that this post encourages anyone with a limited view of what "comic art" can be, as well as what a comic can say and how it says it, to look beyond to the full range of possibilities.

Anyway, enough of my yakkin'. Let's boogie...

1965 - The Beatles - Help!
Robert Freeman - photography

From Wikipedia: The album cover features the group with their arms positioned to spell out a word in flag semaphore. According to cover photographer Robert Freeman, "I had the idea of semaphore spelling out the letters "H E L P". But when we came to do the shot the arrangement of the arms with those letters didn't look good. So we decided to improvise and ended up with the best graphic positioning of the arms." (On the British Parlophone release, the letters formed by The Beatles appear to be 'NUJV', whilst the slightly re-arranged U. S. release on Capitol Records appeared to feature the letters 'NVUJ'.)

1972 - Jamming With Edward!
Cover by Nicky Hopkins

(Sent in by Jim Woodring)

1972 - Marcos Valle - Vento Sul 
Cover by Juarez Machado

(Sent in by Matt Madden)

1974 - Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Design by Hipgnosis

1979 - Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Design – Andy Gill, Jon King

1981 - Van Halen - Fair Warning
Painting by William Kurelik

There are panels in the selection used for the cover but looking at the complete painting, it's more apparent.

1983 - Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
Cover by David Byrne

1984 - Laurie Anderson - United States I-IV Live (album sleeve art)
Art and film direction by Laurie Anderson

These are breakdowns or keyframes of animations she used in the stage show but printed on the album sleeve, I read them as comics.

1985 - Squeeze - Cosi Fan Tutti Fruitti
Art Direction: Michael Ross, Rob O'Connor / 
Design: Rob O'Connor / 
Illustrations: Simon Fell.

1986 - R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant 
(This is the correct title. For some reason they didn't place an apostrophe in "Lifes".)
Sandra Lee Phipps – photography / R. O. Scarelli – packaging

I'm currently going through album covers year by year and this is as far as I got at the time of first posting but to offer at least one album cover from this century....

2003 - The Strokes - Room on Fire
Peter Phillips - cover art / Colin Lane - photography / Brett Kilroe - art direction

Bonus album liner notes comic:
 "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe" from The Clash - Sandinista! by the great British political cartoonist Steve Bell:

(When I was in Jr. High, my brother had this album and I remember loving the comic so much that one day I  literally ran home from school to put on the record and read it again, over and over.)

So hey, I hope you're enjoying this post. It's a lot of fun to put together. Check back for more...

If you (yes, YOU) have any "comics on album covers" you'd like to send, you can e-mail me at: getsiv(at)ipinc(dot)net and I will post them here with your name (or anonymously, if you wish). Feel free to include any personal anecdotes or theoretical type jazz.

Please title your e-mail "Comics on Album Covers". Thanks!

Monday, November 12, 2012

mini comics!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

44 U.S. Presidents

Since it's still relevant after this last election, here's a comic I drew in 1 hour of all 44 U.S. Presidents for the Presidents Inspired Art Show back in 2009:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Impossible Eyeball

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Radio interview!

My interview with S.W. Conser for Words and Pictures airs Thursday November 8 at 11:30 am on KBOO 90.7fm in Portland Oregon. You can also listen to it on their website streaming or in the archive. I fear that I sound like a pretentious idiot. Please be kind... Read comic books, they're good for you!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sparrow and Crowe #3 is in the November Diamond Previews

My friends, please pre order Sparrow and Crowe #3 at a comic shop asap.
Page 300 of Previews, in the Hermes Press section. If you can't find issues 1 and 2,
ask your retailer to order it from Hermes Press!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sparrow and Crowe in Previews this Wednesday 4/25

Hello my comic book friends! The first issue of  my mini series Sparrow and Crowe is going to be available for pre-order in Diamond Previews this coming Wednesday (4/25) and will be on the shelves no later than July. Please order a copy. I will love you forever! Be advised there are some pretty violent parts. Cheers, Jared

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Impossible Eyeball

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cosmic Function page 4

Here is page 4 (of 6) from Cosmic Function:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Park-A Poster Sized Comic

I've recently finished a one shot comic that functions as both a single image, as well as 20 separate moments in time, each time the characters age 5 years.
Here are the details from the poster:

The final poster:

All of this comic are included in the poster, which is available for sale at Society 6. I highly suggest purchasing the extra large poster print, however, have included smaller sized options for folks like me who can't quite pay the full price. The prints are available here:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Amazing Powers Of Aging!

My latest design for threadless:
You can vote for it to win on threadless here:
The Amazing Powers of Aging! - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Intercorstal Page 50

My experimental comic, The Intercorstal continues to creep toward its 96 page target. Don't get fooled by the 'Page 50' suggesting I'm only half-way there -- the past year I've been working on pages out-of-sequence for other projects, and the total is much nearer to target, although it's difficult to get a consensus just how many pages are actually out there.

Early next year, with Anxietydecending's help I'll be releasing a very short run of 'Elipses' which collects everything collected so far, looking to drop some of the chaff and add some more premium content ready to get a 'proper', 'grown up' release sorted.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hermes Press to publish Sparrow and Crowe

Hermes Press is publishing a 5 issue mini series by me (Jared), David Accampo, and Jeremy Rogers called "Sparrow and Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles" in Spring 2012 and they issued a press release today to various sources.

Here is one of them:
(Please check it out and follow the links.)

We are also running a Kickstarter to help raise funds for production costs and there are lots of great incentives for backers, including among things, original art from the book, limited prints of the wrap around cover to issue one, books from Hermes Press and of course "Sparrow and Crowe" itself.

See it all here:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Open Call for The Intercorstal Help

I've thrown up a post over on my blog, asking for help with my abstract comic, The Intercorstal. Would anyone like to pick up a page?