Welcome to Book World

I’ve gotten a very positive response to today’s image. And some questions. So here’s a little info on how it was created:

Without any idea of how I’d use it, I created the basic image as an experiment using the AI program MidJourney. My prompt was “Photo of a beautiful woman on the edge of the world. In a photo by sherry akrami.”

(The resulting image wasn’t an actual Akrami photo, but was done in the style of Akrami’s black & white, fantasy photos.)

I then created several different versions of the “photo.” Here are just four of them:

Then I picked the one I liked best and started enhancing it. (By that time I had an idea for the text to go with the image.)

Then I ran the black and white image through a second AI program called PixBim Color Surprise (new to me) which colored the image. Then I fired up Luminar Neo (also new to me) which among other things has an AI function which allowed me to swap out the rather dull sky for a much more colorful one—with a single click of a button.

And then I put the image into Photoshop where I significantly enhanced the image’s colors.

Then I placed the image into Illustrator and lettered it.

All in all, it was a lot of steps—some with new tools—but, oh boy, did I have fun!

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman standing on the edge of a cliff, looking over a colorful, fantasy world.

CAPTION: Reading books opened a new world for her! And now…she was ready…to rule it!

2022 Art: A.I. Magic Book Lover: John Lustig

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SCENE: Woman standing on the edge of a cliff, looking over a colorful, fantasy world.

CAPTION: Reading books opened a new world for her! And now...she was ready...to rule it!

2022 Art: A.I. Magic Book Lover: John Lustig

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I Miss Whomever He Was

My thanks to my brother-in-law Rich Hernandez for helping me come up with today’s gag. (I knew my sister marrying you was a great idea!)

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “To Stella with Love” in FIRST KISS #3, 1958. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A crying woman lies on a couch, hugging a cushion.

WOMAN (thinking): I really miss my third…or was it my fifth husband? Gosh! What was his name? I really need to write these things down!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Writers of Things Down: John Lustig & Rich Hernandez

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SCENE: A crying woman lies on a couch, hugging a cushion.

WOMAN (thinking): I really miss my third…or was it my fifth husband? Gosh! What was his name? I really need to write these things down!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Writers of Things Down: John Lustig & Rich Hernandez

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Medicinal Tequila

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Frank Frazetta in the story “A Love of My Own” in Personal Love #24, 1953. Published by Eastern Color. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

Here’s a scan of Frazetta’s original line art.

 

The Abby Amour miniseries runs every Friday. Dialogue by Tony IsabellaIf you’ve missed any episodes, no problem. You can catch here:

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Johnny Sacko is driving Abby to the hospital in his Jeep.

LOGO: The Loves of Abby Amour

JOHNNY SACHO: You sure you wanna go to the base hospital, Lt.?
JOHNNY SACHO: I’ve got medicinal tequila in my barracks.
ABBY: I’d rather take my chances…
ABBY: …with the food poisoning!
CAPTION: To be continued…

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SCENE: Johnny Sacko is driving Abby to the hospital in his Jeep.

LOGO: The Loves of Abby Amour



JOHNNY SACHO: You sure you wanna go to the base hospital, Lt.?




JOHNNY SACHO: I’ve got medicinal tequila in my barracks.


ABBY: I’d rather take my chances...


ABBY: ...with the food poisoning!


CAPTION: To be continued...

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Mystery Lover

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “Honeymoon Continued” in First Kiss #24, Jan. 1962. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Middle-aged woman is talking to a younger woman. The younger woman is drinking from a teacup.

MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN: Y-You’re sleeping with my son?

YOUNGER WOMAN: I’m not sure! Can you describe him?

1962 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

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SCENE: Middle-aged woman is talking to a younger woman. The younger woman is drinking from a teacup.

MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN: Y-You’re sleeping with my son?

YOUNGER WOMAN: I’m not sure! Can you describe him?

1962 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

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Loving Leftovers

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Bill Ward in the story “Rapture at Homecoming Time” in DIARY LOVES #8, 1951. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Man and woman kissing.

WOMAN (thinking): Tastes like chicken…kisses like a turkey!

CAPTION: She hungered for a finger-lickin’ good romance! But…alas! He was just another overcooked turkey leftover.

1951 Art: Bill Ward
Re-creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Tasteful as Always: John Lustig

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SCENE: Man and woman kissing.

WOMAN (thinking): Tastes like chicken…kisses like a turkey!

CAPTION: She hungered for a finger-lickin' good romance! But...alas! He was just another overcooked turkey leftover.

1951 Art: Bill Ward
Re-creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Tasteful as Always: John Lustig

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