(The first person who gets the inside joke I’m making in the blog post title and posts the answer in the comments section, gets their choice of any book I’ve done signed and mailed to them).
Fantasy Faction did an exclusive reveal of the cover of the British edition of CONTROL POINT the other day. It’s by the digital photography artist Larry Rostant, who also did the amazing cover of Peter V. Brett’s The Desert Spear, which is one of my favorite covers in fantasy. I’m also super fortunate to have Pete’s *awesome* jacket quote on both covers.
It has a totally different feel from the US edition of the book, done by another artist I greatly admire, Michael Komarck. Komarck has been illustrating book covers for many novels and also did a lot of the interior art in my favorite role-playing games (including Shadow Run and D&D).
Here are the two covers, side by side:
I have to admit, I feel like I won the lottery with both of these covers. The Komarck image is action packed and exciting. The Rostant image is moody, evocative and iconic.
In both cases, the gear is right, with both artists willing to accept a *lot* of technical detailed guidance from me and able to reproduce it on the cover. I love that Oscar Britton is front and center for both. It’s so amazing to see a person I’ve known for so long on my imagination become flesh and blood through someone else’s art.
What’s really fascinating for me is the notion that different national audiences have different expectations for covers. British audiences may find the US cover too … comic-booky. US audiences may find the British cover too … staid. Or maybe I’m totally off base. The exciting part is this: the different covers remind me that my work is stretching across different cultures, reaching different sets of people with different sets of experiences and expectations, miles apart.
Here’s hoping they love the story as much as I love the artwork.