Justified & Ancient
- Mar 17, 2014
Josh Kirby's cover art was what attracted me to read them in the first place. In the late 80s I saw a paperback of The Colour of Magic on my art teacher's desk with the strapline 'Jerome K. Jerome meets The Lord of the Rings'.
I think his pictures are fantastic.
Yes, it's really subjective, eh? We got a couple of illustrators in the family, and they're always on about this stuff. I found that art really off-putting - for reasons I can't really articulate - but I know people love them, and dislike the more recent covers. Somebody I know who has always enjoyed stuff I write, didn't buy one of my books because they said the cover art was "too grim". The book was about grim stuff! With a grim title. And obviously about deeply grim things. Made me laugh - you can't win em all. And I get it.
I've been messaging with an illustrator this week who has done a fair bit of cover art in her time and I love her work. Had one of her prints on my wall for nearly 20 years and couldn't read the signature so only just stumbled on the original online, and realised who she is. Had to message her just to say how much I love her art. It can really change how (potential) readers feel - think we underestimate the power of cover art, often!