Friday, November 10, 2006

to sell a better sasquatch

Look, I'll be honest, I often buy books or CDs based on good cover design. Conversely, I'm sure I've bypassed a great deal of good music and literature simply because it suffered from unfortunate packaging. This is generally the fault of record and publishing companies and therefore shouldn't reflect negatively on the artists, but it does.
Now, let's imagine that you've dedicated yourself to the study of Cryptozoology. Specifically, you have made it your life's goal to find the Australian Sasquatch. You will no doubt face skepticism and disrespect from large portions of the scientific community and general public, but all this will do little to thwart your passion for the subject matter. You're forging ahead into the unknown, damn it, and you will return with truths that the rest of us might not quite be ready to comprehend. In fact, you're a bona fide author and you're going to put these things in books that aren't likely to recieve the the credibility they deserve in your lifetime, though the bastards will certainly respect your work when somebody turns up with an actual "Yowie". Yes, you believe in yourself, and that's all that matters for now.
Indeed. However, you or your publishing company probably should have put a bit more thought into your jacket design.
Yes, I've spent my life in search of this mythical beast described in the traditional stories of the Aboriginal people. I've been lampooned, discredited, and cast to the dark corners of the scientific community for the sake of unraveling the mystery of this elusive humanoid...What does it look like? Well, I like to describe it as a rabid Chewbacca with fangs and a penchant for lipstick. Do you think they could convey that on the cover?


Blogger Short and Fat said...

They did a good job. The quality is nearly photo realistic, down to the awkward red-eye (they should have photo-shopped that out).

And look at the birds flee while the Kanga silently prays that someone other than Tigger will look after Roo.

Tigger is just plain stupid.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

Indeed. This would have been the perfect cover for a children's book detailing the sasquatch vampire's rampage through the hundred acre wood.

1:43 PM  
Blogger newscoma said...

The pelican/bird/whatever butt at the left of the photo is what is compelling me.
As a life-long devotee of trying to find Sasquatch, this ain't helping the cause.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous shauna said...

I don't think those are actually fangs -- it appears to me that the Yowie was trying to chew off a few of those obscene toenails and they got stuck in his mouth.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

Either that or the photo was taken just as he finished ingesting another Yowie down to the toenails, thus rendering him a vampire cannibal sasquatch who has a thing for lipstick.

8:57 AM  

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