Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Eyes of Crow cover

In a fit of self-Googling, I stumbled upon the final version of the Eyes of Crow cover.


Here it is.

The artist, Chad Michael Ward, has done a lot of other media work, including--get this--the CD artwork for Marilyn Manson's latest release. Browsing the site for his company, Digital Apocalypse Studios, is not for the faint of heart. It takes me back to my Goth days in London, slam dancing at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town.

Okay, there was no slam dancing. But there was a lot of sulking.

Anyway, considering my pasty-faced (distant) past, it's pretty cool that they've chosen someone known for doing very dark, edgy work to design my cover. He also did the cover for Jenna Black's Watchers in the Night, coming out this November, from Tor Books. You should buy her book while you're buying mine.

Funny thing was, when I first saw Black's cover several weeks ago, I was insanely jealous, hoping that I would get an artist nearly that good. Turns out, I did.

Unfortunately I can't post the cover on my web site until I get an official file from my publisher, which I'm told won't be until August. I've seen a mock-up, and the back cover has the same woodsy background, along with these words.

Let me know what you think. Since I'm not the artist, I won't mind if you don't like it, as long as it doesn't keep you from looking inside.



Jeri, it looks wonderful. Really cool.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 5/02/2006 9:50 AM

The cover is totally stunning. Can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 5/02/2006 10:10 AM

I like it a lot. The face and the one visible eye draw your attention. I thin it would stand out on a shelf.

P.S. Is it me, or does she look kind of like Jennifer Grey, pre-nose-job?

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 5/02/2006 10:42 AM

P.S. Is it me, or does she look kind of like Jennifer Grey, pre-nose-job?

Andrew, that's a really nice way of putting it, because I liked JG pre-nose-job. But yeah, the nose is, uh, something.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I love the design and the colors, and I think it'll get people to pick it off a shelf, which is its job. The back cover copy makes it sound like a unique story (which it is), so hopefully that, along with a few quotes from illustrious authors, will lead them to the cash register. From that point it's my job to make them like it. But I think the marketing/art department has done their job really well.

I should note that Luna, unlike some (most?) publishers, asked for my input on the cover design, and they used a lot of my ideas. Part of me is curious as to what they would have come up without my input, since I'm not an artist or marketing person.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/02/2006 11:30 AM

For my part, I love the nose. And Jennifer Grey's old nose, for that matter.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 5/02/2006 12:41 PM

Oh absolutely. I'm with both of you.

I think it was a mistake for JG to get the nose-job - it made her look more... generic.

And generic is not what I think you want on this cover. There this sort of standard dark-haired chick in a lot of fantasy art (RPG anyway). This isn't that.

It's part of what draws your attention to the cover.

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 5/02/2006 1:25 PM

Wow, guys, thanks. That's a whole new perspective. And here I was sulking (a little) because Rhia didn't look purty enough.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/02/2006 1:36 PM

Oh, no... she looks much sexier, and a LOT more real. Imperfections are how we tell each other apart. Kathy's got a crooked tooth I'd take a bullet for.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 5/02/2006 1:54 PM

(um, that's my wife Kathy, not your frequent poster, whom I've never met and with whose dental records I am entirely unfamiliar.)

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 5/02/2006 1:57 PM

I love the cover, I love her nose (I loved Jennifer Grey's nose, too) and I LOVE THE BOOK. I can't wait to get my hands on the printed version, but in the meantime I get to dance around going "Neener neener!" 'cause I've ALREADY READ IT MUAAHAHAHAH *beam*

*laughs out loud at Rob S* Your comment(s) about Kathy & the crooked teeth were funny enough to read aloud to my husband, who thought they were funny too. :)


Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 5/03/2006 7:34 AM

That is a really cool cover! Almost as cool as mine! LOL (I didn't even know the name of my artist, because it's not on the cover anywhere. How did you find out we both had the same artist?)

Posted by: Blogger Jenna Black at 5/03/2006 11:08 PM

Thanks for clearing that up Rob. I was afraid I had gotten married and didn't remember it.:-)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 5/04/2006 1:31 AM

Hi Jenna, welcome to the blog! I found out because the artist listed it on his website. (I found his site by Googling "Eyes of Crow".)

Here's the page--scroll down near the bottom on the right-hand column.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/04/2006 7:30 AM

BTW, speaking of great books, everyone go buy Catie (C.E. Murphy)'s new book, Thunderbird Falls. The first in the series, Urban Shaman, was one of my favorite books of last year, and it was so popular it sold out (reprint coming soon, I hear). The series is about a Seattle cop/mechanic who's also a reluctant shaman. She solves heinous supernatural crimes and stuff--it's really cool and fast-paced. Even though it's published by Luna, it's not "girly" at all, which is probably one reason why it's sold so well--not only is it well-written, but dudes like it, too!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/04/2006 8:49 AM

Argh! I now realize why the artist doesn't have my cover up on his site--he's the one who did the FIRST cover. The one that got rejected by the publisher. And I just wrote to him to tell him how much I loved the cover. D'oh! Color me embarrassed.

However, your cover is still great!

Posted by: Blogger Jenna Black at 5/04/2006 1:18 PM

Oops! Jenna, I'm sorry for steering you wrong. I wondered why he hadn't posted it on his site--I figured he hadn't gotten permission from Tor.

Hey, maybe he'll let you see the original concept. And I still think your cover is awesome. As everyone here is tired of hearing me say, I'm sick of vampire books with bare-chested men under a full moon. I like that yours just shows the guy's eyes--more mysterious. And that chick on your cover has ATTITUDE!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/04/2006 2:01 PM

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