This week, I'm setting aside my banal ramblings to introduce you to a few links I think are funny. Some of you may already be familiar with some of them, but maybe you'll find something you didn't know about in the mix.
Go browsing through Amazon's bookstore, and as soon as you get out of the best-sellers you'll start seeing covers so awful you'll sometimes stop to take a second look because, you think, surely no one intentionally saddled a poor innocent book with such a cringe-inducing cover.
But the truth is, the place is littered with hilariously awful cover art.
I found a site that catalogs such covers. It's worth a look, if you're bored and you have a strong stomach. Consider it a crash-course in how NOT to make a cover.
See them here, at http://lousybookcovers.tumblr.com/
The premise sounds strange, but give it a chance. The folks make hilarious 'rap battles' between fantasy princesses. There are quite a few, but here are a couple of links to get you started.
Ariel versus Snow White: click here.
Hermione Granger versus Katniss Everdeen: click here.
Tolkien versus George R. R. Martin, and a host of others. You'll love these.
Tolkien Versus Martin: click here.
THE HILLYWOOD SHOW
The Hillywoods do parody videos, and they do them RIGHT. My favorite is the one I'm linking to, which is a musical Dr. Who number set, of course, to 'Let's do the Time Warp Again.' Brilliant stuff -- the Walking Dead entry is hilarious too.
Do the Time Warp: Click here.
Hope you enjoy the links above!
I've been working hard on the new Mug and Meralda this week. Made a lot of progress. I also started a new Meralda art project, and while it's a long way from being done, here are a couple of test renders.
Meralda is seated at the controls of a huge clunky walking engine. Here's a render of her atop it.
And here's another test shot, of her taking the engine on a stroll through Tirlin's famous park.
I'll be refining these as I have time. But the actual book takes first priority.
In Markhat news, I've started on the second round edits for WAY OUT WEST. Which means a release isn't far off. I also have a cover, which I'll be revealing here as soon as this round of edits is done.
That's it for this week! Take care, people. Smile at someone.