May 13, 2009
Behind the May Cover
Tilting at windmills—and pinwheels—with Metropolis’s art department.
For our May cover we approached Brian Collins to create a conceptual illustration for the winning Next Generation project. He and his talented team—John Fullbrook III, Timothy Goodman, and Jason Nuttal—passed along a handful of smart directions, but the pinwheel/pylon juxtaposition really piqued our interest. That concept turned out to be the one John felt the strongest about as well, and he was excited about developing it further. The final cover—fun, bold, and hopeful—clearly reflects our winner’s idea. And be on the loookout for pinwheels; they’re likely to pop up in the oddest places…
Left: an alternate version of the May cover; click to view a larger image.