Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Penguin & Not-Penguin

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Two covers of note today: the first is this marvellous design for one of my favourite novels, Kinglsey Amis's Lucky Jim, a new edition coming out from Penguin in April. It's by comics creator and illustrator Luke Pearson, and captures the characters and several of the situations (one a great dream of revenge). For more of Pearson's covers (for his comics), see the end of this post.

The other cover is for a self-published book by David Thorne, who I had not previously heard of (though his first book was published by Penguin). He has proudly posted a full cease-and-desist letter from the publisher on his site, commenting that it will make the first few copies of his book a collector's edition. You can see why Penguin might be worried--they have a sense of humour about their logo, but only when they're the ones doing the joking.


And now to those other Pearson covers...





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Penguin's issue with the David Thorne cover isn't about "humor", it's about the fact that he closely simulated the Penguin branding on a book they didn't publish.

It just seems like he tried (and failed) to offend the company...kinda lame.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

That Penguin with the middle finger is priceless. Sure, I can see how it can piss off someone though.