Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cover Art at Its Finest

Since I don't pay attention to the multitude of book competitions out there (the results of which usually leave me scratching my head -- to put it mildly), I haven't been following this year's Rainbow Awards run by Elisa Rolle. But she did contact me to let me know that Anne Cain's cover for Visible Friend is a finalist in both the Jury Poll and Popular Poll. (Christine Griffin's cover for Fugly placed third in last year's competition -- remember? -- and I was pleased as punch . . . even though I don't have a clue what that phrase means.)

I know I've said this before, but I respect and admire talented cover artists to the point of awe. Dreamspinner has some of the best, and my gratitude to them is boundless.

Click on the post title to see the other finalists. What an array of stunning work!


Tam said...

Congrats to your cover artist and you by association. :-)

Here is the origin of that phrase from the Punch and Judy puppet shows, we may want to refrain from using it. LOL

Though no two shows are quite alike and the story has evolved a lot in the last four centuries, the traditional plot has Mr Punch kill his infant child, then beat his wife Judy to death. He is thrown in prison but escapes using a golden key. He then kills a policeman, a doctor, a lawyer, the hangman, death and the Devil. He murders everyone with huge pleasure, each time squeakily repeating his catchphrase, “That’s the way to do it!”

It’s the enormous satisfaction of Punch with his awful deeds that led to the idiom as pleased as Punch appearing at the beginning of the nineteenth century for somebody who was delighted.

Chris said...

Congrats on your cover making the finals!!

How... educational, Tam! ;)

Tam said...

My goal in life is to educate the masses Chris. :-)

It's those wacky Brits letting their kids go to puppet show about pathological serial killers, and finding it funny. Ack!

K. Z. Snow said...

Thanks, Tam! You're a font of knowledge. Or is it Wikipedia? ;-)

I will forever pimp talented cover artists. We'd be so dead in the water without them.

K. Z. Snow said...

Sheesh, Punch was a real prick, wasn't he? Dudes like that don't deserve golden frickin' keys. (Well, maybe a little piece of one for killing the lawyer. Heh.)