Some of the people I wish had done my book cover instead of me.

Michael Whelan:

Dragonsbane by Michael Whelan


Mark Ferrari:

Last Light on Atlantis by Mark Ferrari


The people at Platinum:



The book cover I did, a Photoshop illustration designed for a hardcover wrap-around dust jacket with end flaps. The artwork was done with an ancient version of Accurender and an even older version of AutoCAD.

Castle Falcon Cover, dust jacket by Tom Alan Brosz

(All illustrations copyright of their respective artists)

“Amulet” artist doing new Harry Potter covers

Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet, Copper, and Daisy Kutter graphic novels, will be doing cover art for a new set of paperback editions of the Harry Potter series.

Good choice!

If you haven’t already, check out the aforementioned graphic novels.  Kibuishi’s website, Bolt City Productions, has plenty of links to places you can find them.

Online comics and art

Fair warning:  I’m not putting any links in this post.  I wouldn’t know where to start with great examples, and I wouldn’t know where to stop.

I just want to point out that the Internet and computer drawing tools have combined, and art and cartooning talent is busting out in all directions.   I have a bookmark list of about two dozen online comics that I check frequently, and they’re all great.

The kicker is that for me, this list could easily be fifty to a hundred links long.  Most online comics have ads for other online comics, many of them excellent.  It would be real easy for me to kill a lot of my day reading them.  It’s tough enough staying away from the Internet when I have useful things to do.

It’s a lot like book self-publishing in that the tools for getting your work out there have never been better or easier to use.  Will some people break out into paying careers doing this kind of thing?  Sure.  We’ve already seen that in the book and e-book self-publishing industry, and there’s no reason we won’t be seeing it someday for online art and cartooning.

You’ll never know unless you try.

“Lousy Book Covers”

A large collection of self-published book covers.

I’ve been scrolling through this off and on today, steeling myself for my own cover to pop up on the next page…

I’d feel better about “amateur” than I do about “lousy.”  It’s been pointed out that it’s not easy for self-published authors to come up with decent covers if they don’t have either the experience or the money to pay for experience, so keep that in mind.  It’s still a fun website, though.

(Thanks for the link to Aaron Williams at, who seems to have access to an entirely different and cooler internet than I do.)