A professional graphic designer in an ocean of designers who work hard but sometimes lack imagination. I had so many excellent designs and really appreciate this site because it led me to Jacquie and her approach where she thinks outside the box, with a great eye. I highly recommend her (please dont everyone approach her all at once because she won't have time for me :) )!!!
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Entertainment & The Arts
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I'm an author (mostly famous from This American Life under my real name, David Ellis Dickerson), writing e-books for an audience that likes smart, funny urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher, Charles Stross, A. Lee Martinez, and Christopher Moore.
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I need a cover for the first book in a series. The series title is "Neighborhood Watch" and the book is "It Came From Behind The Mall." (So the title would be It Came From Behind The Mall: A Neighborhood Watch Novel; Dixon Chance) I need a cover that tells the reader, "This is going to be basically a fun action-horror-comedy romp with lots of smart dialogue." The premise of the series is that four people who have no business being heroes are drafted against their will in defending their small California town (Sanguine) against a series of weird invaders from other dimensions. I'm picturing a team pose, a la Charlie's Angels or the Justice League (only ironic), featuring four characters: 1.) A short busty Korean animal control officer lady (holding an animal control device--you know that stick with the rope loop at the end); a tall, slightly pudgy African American ex-college-football jock who is currently managing an office supply store (so: suit and tie; pens in pocket?); a young Coptic woman with cerebral palsy (in a wheelchair or on crutches; she does both) who's a grad student in mathematics; and a skinny white guy Burning Man type (ironic mustache, scraggly beard, top hat or bowler) who has an Art History masters degree and whose only job skills are juggling and slack rope and other Ren Faire stuff. I'm picturing putting this team pose on the front of every book, with a different background for each new installment. (The first background would be a mall...) But I will also consider ideas that have no figures in them; that simply emphasize the awkward disconnect between office/cubicle/humdrum life and the genuine creepiness (tentacles, blood) beyond the veil of normality, a la "John Dies at the End." Although the series is funny, I try to make it genuinely scary, too, so I'd rather not go full-on into cartoonishness. [NOTE: CARTOONS/ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FINE; BY 'CARTOONISHNESS' I MEAN I DON'T WANT THE VIEWER TO MERELY LAUGH; I WANT THEM TO WORRY THAT SOMEONE WILL DEFINITELY GET HURT, PROBABLY IN A WEIRD WAY.] Ash at the S-Mart (in "Army of Darkness") is funny, but he's also pretty desperate and the situation looks grim. I'd go about one or two shades lighter than that.The Charles Stross "Laundry Files" novels are just about perfectly matching my books in tone, but I think their covers are too serious.
The monsters in this first book are tiny black inky blotches that take over people's bodies when they sleep. They also hide out during the day in public statues and mannequins. Half of the interest in the books comes from the fact that the creatures our heroes fight are truly bizarre (one is going to be a teleporting house that eats pets) and partly because our heroes aren't very good at heroics. (None of them is any good at computers, and one time it's hard to organize a stakeout because the Staples manager needs to find a sitter and the animal control officer needs to renew her license at the DMV first.) So if I had to boil it down into the fewest words possible, it might be to convey "awkward humans vs unnerving monsters."
I have attached the one bit of art I've managed, which is the rough version of what I hope to put on the spine of the books to keep them consistent. It's a house, menaced by giant tentacles, seen through a targeting sight. If I like the cover, I'll probably hire you to clean this up, too. It needs to scale better and have better tentacles, a la David Trampier maybe.