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    ... for B5 and more:

    I've been waiting impatiently for weeks to introduce B5 fans to digital artist Ric Easton and his incredible alternate covers for the B5 DVD sets (and those for other show and movies sets.) Since a lot of people have been replacing their cases because of hub problems anyway, putting really high quality, done-for-the-love-of-it-artwork seems like a no-brainer. I know of people who take Ric's designs on CD to their local Kinko's or other commercial printers and spend a few bucks to get them output on professional color printers, while others make due with high quality photo paper and home inkjet printers. (And probably a little Krylon fixative or self-adhesive clear plastic to protect the covers.)

    I especially love the way Ric made one side of all five sets into a single mural featuring the station and Epsilon 3 spread out across all the sets - something that I coincidentally suggested to Warner Home Video sometime in 1998 or 1999. Ric's exectution is much better than my vague layout sketch.

    The link that follows will take you to Ric's site, where you can download very hi-res (and very large) versions of the packaging for different tastes and case designs, as well as find information on where to buy replacement or alternate DVD cases - plus Ric's spectucular case art for the Trek sets and other series. Although I think Warner Bros. did a decent job overall on the sets (especially given that actors' egos and contracts probably had more weight than aesthetics when it came to certain decisions), but I think Ric's designs are more unified and pulled together and just generally look better. (Especially his one entirely original cover design.)

    Ric is a member of the Home Theater Forum, and first posted some of his preliminary designs over there, but he specifically asked me not to spread the word to any B5 fan sites until he was finished and had the covers ready for download . Recently he let me know that he was done and that he'd be happy for me to spread the word to the broader B5 community - and I've been so busy with work and family things that I haven't had a chance until tonight!

    You can all of Ric's terrific work at RixGraphix but here's a sample in the meantime:

    (Whoops! Didn't realize the "image" code was turned off on this board. Since the actual link is too long when expressed as a standard URL, here's a shorter version to take you to the "mural" that runs across all five sets in Ric's design)

    Pretty cool, eh?

    Regards,

    Joe
    Last edited by Joseph DeMartino; 05-16-2004, 08:02 PM.
    Joseph DeMartino
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  • #2
    These are great thanks Joe.
    Where are we going? And why are we in this hand basket?

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    • #3
      When I first read your post, I was thinking to myself, that I am very pleased with my current B5 covers, and think they look beautiful in my shelf. I'm also happy to have the originals of something, instead of having some homemade thing. But I have to say, the image you posted was an absolutely stunning cover, that WB definetly could have used when they gave out the B5 sets.

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      • #4
        These are awesome .

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        • #5
          All's fine, but these covers a bit small, aren't they? They'd probably make a not-too-well-looking cover in terms of resolutions. Aren't there any higher-res versions available?

          Otherwise they rock.

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          • #6
            The downloadable versions on Ric's site are quite high resolution and will print "actual size" covers that slide between the clear outer cover and the plastic case of the replacement cases that are available on the 'web.

            Regards,

            Joe
            Joseph DeMartino
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            • #7
              That depends on the DPI, now doesn't it. The standard for 300 dpi, is 3240 x 2175, if memory serves me (of course, for a 6-cd case it'd have to be a bit more wider than that).

              Oh well, too bad then, I really love those new covers.

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              • #8
                Ric's covers are 3661 W x 2175 H at full size and 300 dpi resolution, and are remarkably detailed even when blown up to several times that size.

                Alpha gives the case inlay (interior tray) dimensions as 31 cm x 18.3 cm, Ric's artwork measures 30.4 cm x 18.4 cm. I don't see the problem.

                Regards,

                Joe
                Joseph DeMartino
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