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Feb 22, 2014
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If I remember correctly, my editor and I were on the phone talking about format ideas and trim sizes for Steal Like An Artist, and the problem was that my slides for the original talk were landscape format but books are usually portrait format. So I think Bruce suggested meeting in the middle and making it square.

So I went hunting for square books, and it turned out that James Kochalka’s The Cute Manifesto, one of my favorite little square books, is in the exact trim size we were talking about using, 6x6. So I drew up a cover, printed it out, and wrapped it around my copy to make a dummy book:

dummy book

I took that up to Workman and left it with them, and the story goes that they mocked up a bunch of other covers and laid them all out, but the late Peter Workman pointed to my dummy book and said, “That one.” (I regret so much that we never got to meet.)

It’s very, very rare that an author gets to do the covers for his books, but much to the credit of the Workman design team, they’ve let me in on every part of the process. I think part of what made that cover work is that it’s too stupidly simple—I’m not sure any real book cover designer would dare suggest something so simple.

Anyways, when it came time for Show Your Work!, I really conceived of both books as a kind of “Robin Hood” box set — you steal, and then you share — so it made sense to make them the same trim size. (We’ll see about the box set…)

May 17, 2013
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Death stops the manuscript. (via)

Death stops the manuscript. (via)

Feb 03, 2013
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Cover for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Peter Mendelsund


  he was covered in the detritus of his work

Cover for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Peter Mendelsund

he was covered in the detritus of his work

Nov 16, 2012
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Aug 21, 2012
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Fire In!

Back cover of The Bill Alexander Story (Bob Ross’s predecessor)

Fire In!

Back cover of The Bill Alexander Story (Bob Ross’s predecessor)

Aug 19, 2012
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heyoscarwilde:

It’s a Long Way to the Top
via DEM’s Book Shelves 

F yeah, William Steig!

heyoscarwilde:

It’s a Long Way to the Top

via DEM’s Book Shelves 

F yeah, William Steig!

Feb 10, 2012
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Ernie Bushmiller, Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1)

Awesome. Filed under: Nancy

Ernie Bushmiller, Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1)

Awesome. Filed under: Nancy

Aug 08, 2011
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Through Beatnik Eyeballs - R.A. Norton

WITH COMPLETE GLOSSARY FOR SQUARES

Apr 02, 2011
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A PLANET FOR TEXANS


From the book’s description:When the whole ornery state of Texas took off for a new planet more to their liking, New Texas was the result: a rough-and-tumble world where everyone packs a gun and it’s legal to shoot politicians (if they deserve it)! But now these rugged and independent space pioneers are the targets of an expansive race of aliens. Is the Solar League’s new ambassador tough enough to steer them back to Earth’s embrace?

adamnorwood:

Reporting live from space station Austin.
(Via John-Mike)

A PLANET FOR TEXANS

From the book’s description:

When the whole ornery state of Texas took off for a new planet more to their liking, New Texas was the result: a rough-and-tumble world where everyone packs a gun and it’s legal to shoot politicians (if they deserve it)! But now these rugged and independent space pioneers are the targets of an expansive race of aliens. Is the Solar League’s new ambassador tough enough to steer them back to Earth’s embrace?

adamnorwood:

Reporting live from space station Austin.

(Via John-Mike)

(Source: patrickschwasted)

Mar 25, 2011
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