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The Cobol Braindarin

Victo Ngai

This cover illustration is for the latest ComputerWorld magazine.The story: when the last Cobol programers retire, 50 years of business processes within the softwares they created may be lost. I was playing with the term “braindrain, and came up with the idea of a giant creature mourning over the lost of his precious programer blood from his third eye (the gateway to higher consciousness and knowledge). 
Initially, the editors were a bit concerned the image may be too bloody. Big thanks to AD April Montgomery who fought for the idea as she was insightful to know that my style would balance out the gore factors. We also decided a more robotic form would address the concern. Nothing beats working with someone who speaks the same visual language.
I love April’s layout and type treatment and am very happy with how the piece turned out.  
This is one of the projects that made me go -” I get paid to have this much fun? Life is pretty sweet!”
Happy Memorial long weekend guysss!