Good and Bad Layouts

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The good layout is the Game Informer Cover, mostly because it doesn’t over spam text usage (they only used two from what i see).  it also maintains a good sense of placement and alignment (if you look at the G and the B, their both aligned to each other). 

The really bad one right below it makes me scream out “HOLY CRAMMING PROBLEM BATMAN!”  On top of the rather questionable layout is the way the actual text is used (different sizes and terrible alignment all over).  also the bar code seems out of place….

Genre Gig Poster [Final]

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As far as history goes, the style I made use of is part of a massive  sub-culture known as Anime (manga for the comic book adaptions).  Though normally regulated to both “nerds” and Japanese commercial notoriety, Anime and Manga are technically Japan’s version of American Pop Art (like how DC and Marvel comics are here in America) and have been around since the late 1980′s, initially as short movies and shows to compensate for the economic slump Japan was going through at the time.  As time moved on, popularity for art style grew more popular in Japan and, eventually, the US forming an official subculture akin to the Steam punk subculture. interestingly enough, it has a much larger base here in the US than its origin, Japan, but that’s a different story.  To this date, the subculture and its art has interwoven itself within most of Japan through mass media, especially considering how there’s an entire district of Tokyo devoted to the subculture called Akihabara district.  By my guesstimates, Takashi Murakami is basically like Liechtenstein as they both took their respective pop culture styles (Takashi=anime, Liechtenstein=American comics) and brought them to the art world even further.