Sigh, I know the feeling.
The jacket of a book usually gives you a glimpse at what you’ll find inside, but according to author Maureen Johnson, it also give you an indication of the gender of the author. She heard from male readers of her books that they wished they didn’t have girly covers and realized it had nothing to do with the content, but with the author being a woman.
“If you are a female author, you are much more likely to get the package that suggests the book is of a lower perceived quality. Because it’s ‘girly,’ which is somehow inherently different and easier on the palate. A man and a woman can write books about the same subject matter, at the same level of quality, and that woman is simple more likely to get the soft-sell cover with the warm glow and the feeling of smooth jazz blowing off of it. This idea that there are ‘girl books’ and ‘boy books’… gives credit to absolutely no one, especially not the boys who will happily read stories by women, about women. As a lover of books and someone who supports readers and writers of both sexes, I would love a world in which books are freed from some of these constraints.”
This gave Johnson the idea for Coverflip which reimagines well-known book covers as if they were written by authors of the opposite gender. I particularly like Game of Thrones by Georgette R. Martin and Lord of the Flies by Willa Golding.
See more covers after the break…
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft are going to love these gorgeous props designed by DeviantArtist Jason McKittrick. There’s the Cthulhu Cultist Chest, the Joseph Curwen Occult Treasury from The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and Professor Angell’s Box from The Call of Cthulhu and more.
See more great props after the break…
Have some wall space? Hang up poster art that features entire books on a single page! British company Spineless Classics takes all sorts of titles and transforms the words into giant pieces of art. The negative space represents something important from the story. I’m surprised they get away with some of the designs because the material isn’t exactly public domain, but I can’t deny it’s an awesome idea.
Check out Harry Potter and Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies posters after the break.
If you were watching the new Doctor Who episode The Bells Of Saint John over the weekend, you undoubtedly noticed the book Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (hint hint) when Clara and Artie discussed it. Well, starting tomorrow you’ll be able to download it as an eBook to find out whether chapter eleven will really have you crying your eyes out.
Check out the synopsis after the break.
Marvel has announced its first Mighty Marvel Format book entitled Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection. The 16-pound, 720-page, $200 tome will include:
- Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins and Adam Kubert
- Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor Smith
- Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
- Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis and Leinil Yu
- Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
- And unforgettable single issue stories by Larry Hama, Mark Millar, Dave Cockrum, Jim Lee and Kaare Andrews!
The collection will also include a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics App and Marvel Digital Comics Shop. There will also be special augmented reality content available for free through the Marvel AR App.
So, if you are a big enough Wolverine fan (and have a coffee table strong enough), you’ll be able to purchase this beast come June. Check out more pics after the break.
These beautiful pieces of Star Wars art are from The Star Wars Essential Reader’s Companion and were drawn by artist David Tan. He’s recently published them on his deviantart page. It’s a gorgeous collection with some of the most popular characters in the extended universe (like Thrawn and Mara Jade) in scenes many of us have imagined as we’ve read their stories, but never before seen with our eyes.
See more pictures after the break…
This Little Tolkien Book for The Hobbit was designed by a student inspired by her teacher’s advice to “make art you want to get hired to do.” The pictures were painted with acryla gouache on watercolor paper and the cover was edited in photoshop. It looks like it could have been pulled from the shelf at your local bookstore. I hope his talented student has a break from her studies to finish the project.
See more pictures after the break…
Yep, it’s official – an X-wing looks cool even when it’s made from paper. Artist Jodi received a commission to sculpt the fighter out of a collection of three Star Wars books. As a book lover, it pains me a little to see pages of a book ripped out and folded, but it couldn’t be for a cooler reason. I’d love to hang something like this up in my Star Wars themed office.
I am generally opposed to stabbing books with knives, but these katana bookends would be the exception to that rule. One side looks like the hilt while the other looks like the blade sticking out of the end. It’s kind of like that magician’s trick with the lady in the box, only with more ninja stealth. Look for these to ship sometime in March.
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