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June 8, 2016
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note June 2016

Something of a bumper post this month, with lots of black and white covers for some reason. Perhaps it’s a thing…? Addlands by Tom Bullough; design by Jenny Grigg (Granta / June 2016) Barkskins by Annie Proulx; design Jaya Miceli … Continue reading

March 20, 2015
by Dan
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Emory Liu on Design at Fantagraphics

At Sequart, designer Emory Liu talks about working at Seattle comics publisher Fantagraphics: My first start in the design world came through designing / screen printing posters, and doing album artwork for bands. I played in a bunch of bands, and … Continue reading

September 23, 2014
by Dan
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Beasts!

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! I’m kicking off a new series today on animal book covers. The first post is on ‘beasts’ — mostly ‘wild’ beasts, but one or two more domesticated (and dead) animals may have nosed … Continue reading

August 6, 2014
by Dan
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Kern Your Enthusiasm

Thanks to Jacob Covey for kindly pointing me in the direction Kern Your Enthusiasm, a new series of short posts at HiLobrow about typefaces. Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History (and co-founder of HiLobrow), kicked off the series on Friday with a fascinating post about … Continue reading

March 20, 2014
by Dan
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Jacob Covey: Pirates in the Heartland

Designer Jacob Covey recently posted a short essay on his personal Facebook page about his cover design for Pirates in the Heartland, the first volume of Patrick Rosenkranz’s biography of underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson. I asked Jacob if I … Continue reading

June 7, 2013
by Dan
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New Book Covers by Jacob Covey and Others

 Laura Warholic by Alexander Theroux; design by Jacob Covey In Case We Die by Danny Bland; design by Jacob Covey The Devil’s Workshop by Jáchym Topol; translated by Alex Zucker; Design by Telegramme Studio  Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz; … Continue reading

March 3, 2013
by Dan
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Nancy and the Messy Shelves

Who doesn’t like tidy shelves? I do have a strange and peculiar love of Ernie Bushmiller’s ‘Nancy’ comic strips, especially when odd panels are taken out of context, but Fantagraphics are doing a great job of collecting them properly into … Continue reading

November 25, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Jacob Covey’s stunning cover for Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 due in March 2012 from Fantagraphics. Anxiety and Time — Adam Roberts, author of By Light Alone, on science fiction at The Browser: The common belief that SF is … Continue reading

April 28, 2011
by Dan
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Koji Suzuki | Vertical

After watching Lauren Panepinto’s how-to video yesterday and talking with designer Jacob Covey about op-art book covers, I was reminded of Chip Kidd’s amazing designs for the Vertical editions of Koji Suzuki’s Ring books: Vertical are apparently releasing Edge by … Continue reading

May 25, 2010
by Dan
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What Is All This?

Fantagraphics Art Director Jacob Covey‘s first foray into designing for prose fiction is this cover for a 600-page collection of short stories by Stephen Dixon, What Is All This? Incidently, Jacob also did a nice job colouring Gilbert Hernandez‘s cover … Continue reading

December 1, 2009
by Dan
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Q & A with Jacob Covey, Art Director Fantagraphics Books

I get excited just about every time I post an interview on The Casual Optimist (I am officially a cheap date), but it is a special thrill to post a Q & A with Jacob Covey, designer and Art Director … Continue reading

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