With Andy Haynes‘ debut album release yesterday, it was a great reminder that comedy album artwork doesn’t have to be bad. Haynes’ album Greatest Hits was created by comedian Scott Moran is a breath of fresh air. It’s great when comics put as much attention to what goes onto a CD as much as what goes in it. Sadly, most comedy album’s cover art looks like something you’d find on a DVD you’d buy at the gas station. You shouldn’t have hacky jokes on your album, and your cover art shouldn’t be hacky either.
This is a salute to ten comedy albums that do cover art right.
It’s only fitting for Lawrence to take comic book approach to his debut album. Reflecting his love of Marvel’s X-Men, comedian and artist Matteo Lane is responsible for turning Lawrence into a more hairy and sad Wolverine. It’s a great piece and a real fresh of air, and damn it, I want this comic book.
Kinane’s debut album Death of the Party featured similar minimalist art, but Whiskey Icarus just barely trumps it. The great silhouette of Kinane set between some drunken wings is simple yet impressive. This could actually be turned into a t-shirt you wouldn’t look stupid wearing.
Wonderful use of negative space (can you tell I took high school art classes? Eh?). Seriously, it’s a bit of great typography that goes well with Mirman’s unique album.
Watt’s album is just gorgeous artwork, a piece that would make a great stand-alone piece. Gotta love the wild Starry Night swirls of blue hair that encompasses the majority of the piece. Good use of space and color.
In terms of art, sometime simpler is better. Minimalist art has become a big trend and this made for Maron’s best album cover art. Also, you just gotta love a good cat.