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Fat Vampire

29 Jul

Look inside Fat Vampire on the HarperTeen website.
Visit Adam Rex’s blog to read more about Fat Vampire and see book trailers.

I love this cover! I also like the marketing approach the author, Adam Rex, has taken with this book (LOTS of blogging, including an elaborate plot where he turned himself into a vampire … clever) but that is a discussion for another time and place.

I’ve actually included this cover as a tribute to the whole vampire craze in books. Because, while it’s not mimicking the black cover/red paper edges of the Twilight books (now there’s another collection I could talk about!), this cover is definitely capitalising upon and making a comment about that theme. The blood milkshake is a really striking image that says a lot about the book and about the vampire trend as a whole: you’ve got consumption, pop culture, and the whole red, white and blue thing going on. I love stuff like this that’s kind of poking its tongue out at the world and at itself.

I haven’t actually had a chance to look inside this book for real (only in the browse inside option on the HarperTeen website) because I only heard about it through blogs, but it is definitely one that I’d like to have the chance to see in real life. Heck, I’m probably going to buy it because I like the cover so much (and I have true respect for anyone who can turn himself into a vampire through the powers of blogs).


Marti Friedlander

24 Jul

This is one of the books designed by Spencer Levine, whose studio we visited and who talked to us about book design. He worked for Neil Pardington before going out on his own, and I think that the influence of Neil’s design is evident in the books designed by Spencer: clean, classic and uncluttered.

This book is a good example of a cover that uses an image and lets that image speak for itself. It’s also a good example of the bright colour plus black and white formula I’ve talked about, and it’s worth noting that the colour used on the cover is repeated on the endpapers and throughout the internal design of the book which creates really nice continuity. I noticed that a lot of the books designed by Spencer used colours like the blue here or bright yellow to really nice effect.