Thursday, September 4, 2008

Gregg Kulick: The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

A Russian novel (so I'm sure there are allegories aplenty) about a 2,000 year-old werefox who transforms into a beautiful nymphette and falls in love with a werewolf intelligence officer. In many ways this reminds me of the Curious Incident cover, but still, the silhouette is magnificently done - she looks very manga. The book, apparently, is full of sex, hence the dainty, russian-y stars. The back cover text is set in the same two-column grid as the front. AND, the turns - the small slivers that exists between the cover and the inside flaps, are spectrums. Super thin spectrum lines are also on the spine, separating the text.

Jesse Marinoff Reyes: Game Boys

Illustration by eboy. Eboy is a trio of German illustrators who "create re-usable pixel objects and [use] them to build complex and extensible artwork. And [they] make toys." You can find out more about them here. There is a glossy cross-hair bull's-eye over the whole cover that you can only see in person.

The book follows two professional video game teams - team 3D and team CompLexity as they battle each other for supremacy in a sport that is doing its best to become as mainstream as football.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Jean Traina: The Question of Bruno

Saw this at a friend's house this weekend and thought it looked awesome. Reminds me of Paul Rand. A collection of eight short stories by a Bosnian refugee who learned English when he came here in the 90s and swiftly began writing. Maybe the double cropped head refers to the quality of a man being displaced.