It's Happy Fun Time
I found a new toy! And you have to try it out! At least, if you love old paperback art and B-movies like I do.
First, you find the "Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual" website, which features interactive serial stories modeled on old pulp SF magazines--the current story is "The Toaster With Two Brains" and it's kind of like a Choose Your Own Adventure story. The Pulp-O-Mizer is this great toy on the website that lets you design covers like these. You pick from a library of backgrounds, characters, and titles, and then add your own subtitles and comments. It took me quite a while to figure out how to use it--it's a complicated little set-up that lets you do quite a lot of customizing. Also, you have to use it in Chrome so make sure to do that.
If you're stuck for ideas, there are some samples to show you how to get started and how to create certain effects, and there is a really fun extra help with titles: Cornelius Zappencackler's Derange-O-Lab's Pulp Sci-Fi Title-O-Tron. There you will find titles like The Stalker of the Villainous Labyrinth, or The Aluminum Rockets.
Pretty fantastic, right? AND you can get them printed up, should you be feeling wealthy, which I am not, but someday maybe! He even has some cool library posters. And excellent t-shirts! Go take a look!