Looks like the short bus had a good night last night. this is the best comment:
"All of the empty space is meant to give a sense of relaxation and freedom. The cool green actually helps re-enforce this effect.
The main subject has just eaten a half bottle of pills and will be joining the dark lord soon. That's the ultimate freedom. The Red cats are her guide to the second plane of hell.
It's all very complicated I know, but if you look you'll see it all very clearly.
Thank you and..... thank you."
This is the worst:
"any poster that has to be explained and is illegible from 4 feet away isn't good."
Not true. Poster design is changing to where you don't have to have the information in your face. Good design draws the person into the poster to seek out what it's about. You think you could read the Fillmore era stuff from four feet away? You think Moscosco worried about legibility or explaining? Those posters are awesome and music fans will go to the shows regardless.
Why should you cater to the "common folk?" They aren't the only people going to the shows. Is there really an aversion to opening your mind and thinking about something...wanting to learn more about an object.
I ignore almost every plain B&W flyer with stacks of text because they all look like missing pet ads. Something like this would pop off a wall full of "common" posters. That in itself is a success.
I dig how the red forms a heart and the arrow. He's a great illustrator and his colour choice is always on. Why won't hess work on his type? All these years of interesting drawerings and he has nailed the type only a fraction of the time. That's just lazy.