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Mats Öhrman: Covers for Månblad Alfa

Månblad Alfa is the (approximately) quarterly 'zine published for the members of Linköpings Science Fiction Förening (Linköping Science Fiction Society).

Several other members usually compete for the covers, including Roger Klein and Joachim Verona.

Månblad Alfa #9

Since fashion seems to only be able to go in reverse nowadays, will they have to back all the way to the sixteen-seventeen-hundreds as the nearer centuries are used up? Perhaps...

Or is she really a secret agent in mid-mission during a masquerade? Could be...

What I really wanted to do with this image was to contrast some space-style armour with really old-fashioned, non-fantasy clothing.

I wish I would have had the time to put in a proper background, though, since a few more lines would have helped to establish the perspective. And that I had left enough room so that the person in armour did not have to bump his head on the logo.  

Månblad Alfa #16

Someone remarked in a fanzine review of Månblad Alfa, that "the covers only contain girls and big guns". So I just had to make this cover. Really.

Otherwise, this is what happens when you read cyberpunk while looking at Art Noveau posters.  

Månblad Alfa #17

So, what do you do when when you are asked to make an image for a cover, and you have no prepared sketches to use, beside a few small doodles? Well, you take those doodles and bunch them all together into a nonsense "comic strip".

Putting in all these straight squares and rectangles, however, was far to static and immobile with the heavy logo on top of the page, so I put everything at an angle to make it look a bit more dynamic. Did I succeed? You be the judge.  

Månblad Alfa #18

There are several problems with the common representations of winged persons. One, they usually don't have any tail, giving them zero maneuverability. Two, the wings are placed on the shoulder blades, which makes a great cape, but lousy stability.

Ideally, the wings should be placed on the hips, since the human centre of gravity is in the middle of the pelvis. Putting the wings there, however, makes it hard to draw any reasonable clothes on the person in question, so this image is kind of a compromise. I've used a similar design before, on a cover for The Beholder.

This is all of course ignoring the energy needed for a human to actually lift from the ground. But that is an easier fact to ignore, since dragons can fly in most fantasy (and even some SF).