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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Devil's Cape: the cover

I was very excited to see that Amazon.com has the final cover for Devil's Cape up today, beating even the Wizards Discoveries site. I liked the old one okay, but really prefer the revised version, which features a more purposeful figure in the foreground, a building that looks more natural for Louisiana, better and clearer lighting effects, and a font that really seems to pop for me.

One of these days, if people seem interested, I'll probably go into a little more detail about the cover process, at least from my limited perspective as an author (short version is that have input, but not the final word, although Wizards and the graphic designers involved were wonderful about keeping me in the loop and respecting my opinion). The art director for the cover and the book was Matt Adelsperger from Wizards. The cover artist is the talented Christian McGrath, which was a personal thrill for me because I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels and Christian McGrath is the most recent cover artist for those.

This is the cover to look for at bookstores come April. What do you think?


Jeff Hebert said...

I like it a lot, Rob! It's supernatural-ish without being overtly super-heroic, which I think will make it more appealing to a wider audience. The whole thing looks very appealing. You're lucky, I see so many really, really crappy covers (even from mainstream publishing houses), but this one has turned out just great.

I'd love to hear more about the process of choosing the cover, that's always been something I wanted to learn more about.

I'm so excited for you!

Charles said...

Looking forward to hear what the cover process is like.

The cover looks decent enough and I'm curious as to the change in colors (from black and gray to something more orange).

As Jeff said, it avoids being overtly super-heroic while still retaining that sense of wonder.

Spork Boy said...

WOO HOO. Yeah, this cover is way better. I think it adds more gothic elements, which better captures the essence of the book. I like the addition of the building, too.