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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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Feeling Lusty? Read Books!

Love or lust? Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “His Future Bride” in Brides in Love #10, Nov. 1958. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: An astonished man is watching a beautiful, smiling woman as she walks by.

MAN: Leaping, Lust! My heart just skipped three beats! This is true love! The kind you read about in books…dirty books…with lots of pictures!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Bookworm: John Lustig

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SCENE: An astonished man is watching a beautiful, smiling woman as she walks by.

MAN: Leaping, Lust! My heart just skipped three beats! This is true love! The kind you read about in books...dirty books...with lots of pictures!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Bookworm: John Lustig

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Today's Last Kiss comic

Love Story?

Today's Last Kiss comic

Vintage art & text.

Art by Dick Giordano from Sweethearts #70, March 1963.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman with multi-hued, dyed hair is holding a book in the foreground and looking back towards where a young man is signing books for another woman.

WOMAN IN FOREGROUND: OMG! I’m not the heroine in this love story! I’m the funny sidekick~

1963 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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SCENE: Woman with multi-hued, dyed hair is holding a book in the foreground and looking back towards where a young man is signing books for another woman.

WOMAN IN FOREGROUND: OMG! I'm not the heroine in this love story! I'm the funny sidekick~

1963 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Sex Scene

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Mama’s Little Girl” in JUST MARRIED #10, 1959.

 

Transcription:

SCENE: A woman is writing with what appears to be an old-fashioned fountain pen, but pauses to think.

WOMAN: This is tough! I need to write another sex scene…this time with ONLY two people!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Mama’s Little Girl” in JUST MARRIED #10, 1959.

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SCENE: A woman is writing with what appears to be an old-fashioned fountain pen, but pauses to think.

WOMAN: This is tough! I need to write another sex scene...this time with ONLY two people!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Vince Colletta from the story "Mama's Little Girl" in JUST MARRIED #10, 1959.

Today's Comic

Garfield in Love

Today's Comic

Vintage art & text.

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “The Sea Green Eyes!” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Young woman sitting looking at some sheets of paper.

WOMAN (thinks): Why does no one “like” my Garfield/Marmaduke fan fiction? I can’t be the only reader…who feels their unspoken passion!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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SCENE: Young woman sitting looking at some sheets of paper.

WOMAN (thinks): Why does no one “like” my Garfield/Marmaduke fan fiction? I can’t be the only reader...who feels their unspoken passion!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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