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Sketching the cover

DC Comics is wrapping its September issues in 3D covers -- no glasses needed. Here's how they built those creepy covers.

Jay Fabok sketches the cover he wants to draw, noting which elements should "move" in the final product.
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Foreground layer

Then Fabok fills in the detail, from pencil to ink to color, on each element. Here's the character layer for the Joker.
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Hero in the background

The next layer, which doesn't move much, is the trussed-up hero in the background.
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Setting the stage

The setting layer also doesn't contain much motion, but it's important so the characters don't appear to be floating in the ether.
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The deadly laugh

While some villains might shoot lasers from their eyes, and the lenticular covers depict that, the Joker's "power layer" is his laugh.
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The villain in 3D

This flattened version of the final art shows it all on one layer. Read the story to see an animated GIF of the Joker cover, and a video showing how the comics look when held in your hand.
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