Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Philip Belger's Scandals

It's another case of "If only these were real books!" As a project, graphic design student Philip Belger has created new covers for four classics, based on scandalous tabloids. They're really clever, and suit the chosen books extremely well, even if they do give the ends of the stories away.




11 comments:

Bob Fingerman said...

Those are terrific. Really clever, fun and beautifully executed.

JRSM said...

Aren't they? And how's Pariah vol 2 coming?

westwood said...

That is pretty innovative. I like it.

Craig D. said...

I hope a publisher hires this guy immediately, because his work is excellent.

I know that my Patricia Highsmith obsession results in me mentioning her far too much when I comment on this blog, but I'm about to do it again: the Ripley books are crying out for covers like this. The artist could take the newspaper descriptions right from the text.

Biblibio said...

I wouldn't call these the classiest of covers, but clever, entertaining and eye-catching - most definitely. Very cool!

JRSM said...

Craig, what a great idea! And anyone with a Highsmith obsession is more than welcome round these parts.

Biblibio, I think you're right--the cleverness and classiness are definitely inversely proportional. (Checks online to make sure that phrase means what he remembers it meaning--yes, it does, fortunately.)

Marc said...

These look very influenced by the new covers for HG Wells' stories, done by students a couple of years ago. I don't like these as much.

JRSM said...

These would be those: http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2010/10/social-relevance.html

I just saw them in the flesh, so to speak, and they look really good.

Ákos Polgárdi said...

I certainly prefer these to the Wells covers, although I'm a little bit skeptical about how they would work as actual books. Lovely spines (is this an italic DIN?).

JRSM said...

It certainly looks like it, going by http://www.fontshop.com/search/?q=ff+din+italic

Bob Fingerman said...

The fate of Pariah II rest entirely on Tor. I await their verdict, though it's been so long my breath is no longer bated. The mass market paperback of Pariah comes out June 28th, though, with a new, more mass-markety cover. Thanks for asking.