claytonrsmith got their new book cover by running a design contest:
A comic-book style book cover my novel, Apocalypticon
Check out claytonrsmith's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I have written a novel, for which I need a full book cover (front, back, spine). The book will be marketed to fans of speculative fiction mainly in the U.S.
What's your vision?
I need a full cover designed for a 6" x 9" book with a 3/4" spine. The title of the book is Apocalypticon, the author's name is Clayton Smith. The only text on the front should be "Apocalypticon" and "Clayton Smith." Here is the blurb that should go on the back cover, and which will also tell you what the book is about to get the ideas a-flowin'! "Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that "normal" includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it's time to cross one last item off his bucket list. He’s going to Disney World. This hilarious, heartfelt, gut-wrenching odyssey through post-apocalyptic America is a pilgrimage peppered with peril, as fellow survivors Patrick and Ben encounter a slew of odd characters, from zombie politicians and deranged survivalists to a milky-eyed oracle who doesn't have a lot of good news. Plus, it looks like Patrick may be hiding the real reason for their mission to the Magic Kingdom..." Please feel free to be creative as you'd like! I'm open to new ideas, but I'd really like to see something in a cool comic book style.
Someone recently suggested to me that this story has a "Walking Dead comic aesthetic" like that pictured here: http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/17100000/The-Walking-Dead-Comic-the-walking-dead-17116726-1440-900.jpg I think that's a really great motif. Something along those lines, style-wise, would be brilliant. One thing I've learned through this process is, I do not want an image of an actual person on the cover. I think maybe a silhouette would fly, but I'm more interested in illustration or setting...I'd like to leave the look of the characters to the reader's imagination, and having a picture of a person on the cover doesn't help that, methinks. The only other request I have is that the cover utilizes a yellowish-green color. It doesn't have to be the only color, of even the main color, but it should be in there somewhere. There's a prevalent yellowish-green fog that covers the planet in this story, and it's a byproduct of the apocalypse, so it's pretty important, and I'd like it worked into the cover. That's it! Thanks so much!
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $399.
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