|Here’s the final cover of my upcoming comic, Ex Libris, which is coming out in October from Uncivilized Books—and it would be great if you wanted to pre-order it now for a 20% discount plus a bonus art print!|
|What do you think, will this jump out at you from across the bookstore? Maybe even as a thumbnail online? I’m excited about it!|
The cover’s a collaboration between me and my publisher, Tom Kaczynski. I had the initial concept and made a sketch of it a few years ago.
Once Tom approved it, I drew up the final art—including the fairly elaborate and head-breaking miniature comic spread which tells a story while conforming to the shape of the spiral which is pulling us to the middle of the cover (and, my idea is, into the book itself).
Tom had the idea to extend the spiral to the background and really use it as an overarching design element, which he then extended to the treatment of the type, giving it an early modernist flavor very much in keeping with the mood and inspirations of the book.
|Here’s a small gallery featuring my original sketch and early pencils as well as a few alternate takes of Tom’s:|