Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nieve: A Tale of Two Covers

As we prepare to send Terry Griggs' Nieve off to the printer, we remain undecided over which cover to go with. The original concept was the Black City image, a painting on canvas by Alexander Griggs-Burr, which details the first view the reader gets of the Black City as Nieve and her companion leave the hotel basement to journey underground.


The second cover was originally meant as one of the many internal illustrations, though we think it makes a very effective cover. It depicts Murdeth, one of the soulless bureaucrats who do the Impress's bidding, processing the human "material." Both still need a touch of tweaking, but we're not sure what to go with: might take both to the proofing stage at the printer to see what looks most effective.

Thoughts?


7 comments:

Rebecca Rosenblum said...

They're both great, but I vote for #1--the openness of the street surrounded by lowering houses seems to pull the reader innnnnnn....

RR

Hey, my word verfication is "alitmg"--almost "a lit mag"!!

Kerry said...

I would read the first one, but probably not the second. So I'm with the Rosenblum.

(And my word verif is galstia)

Rosalynn said...

I think if you went with Number 2, you might have to change up the colour of the title: it's getting a little lost against the intricate background. Both are pretty spooky and intriguing. This is tough. If I were in the store, I might find the second too spooky to pick up because I'm a wuss, so if you want wusses and non-wusses alike to pick it up, I suggest #1 as well...

(dingsly!)

Kerry said...

Have thought some more-- not only would I read number 1, but I love it.

ednesu.

Andrew S said...

My scientifically chosen focus group (the kids) chooses #1.

margoh said...

I DEFINITELY would go with # 1 . # 2 seems a little too goulish for the cover.


# 1 intrigues.

B. Glen Rotchin said...

#1