Cristy Burne


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Which would you choose? A sneak peak at cover art for Takeshita Demons 3

Only two more sleeps till The Filth Licker comes out in the UK! YAY!

Already the wheels are turning on book 3 in the Takeshita Demons series: it’s called Monster Matsuri, which means Monster Festival (or Monster Party).

With thanks to the artistic genius of Siku…

We’re stoked to have manga artist extraordinaire Siku on board for the Takeshita Demons books. Siku’s manga-style artwork appears in 2000 AD, Judge Dredd magazine, the Manga Bible and more. The Takeshita Demons books feature his artwork throughout: full-page black-and-white manga-style drawings of all the action (woo hoo!)

And now the sneak-peak rough cover art!

I am always getting great feedback about Siku’s cover art for Takeshita Demons and The Filth Licker, and now I’m thrilled to share a couple of sneak peaks at how the cover for Monster Matsuri might look…

On the left is a more detailed look at the background, with Miku, Cait and Alex facing the throne.

On the right the background has been sketched faster, to give an idea of how it might look with the characters facing the reader.

What do you think?

Siku's cover-draft-Monster-MatsuriSiku's cover-draft-option2-Monster-Matsuri


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Akaname, lick your heart out: The Filth Licker is here!

Takeshita Demons - The Filth LickerWoo hoo!

Sometimes in this book-making business, I forget that we’re actually making a book.

And then — and it always comes as a surprise, even when I am kind of expecting it —

— a package arrives. Sits at my front door, all cardboard and plastic and customs declarations. I still don’t believe it until I’ve ripped it open and the precious innards are flicking through my hands.

Voila! We actually made a book!

For me this is Book #2, so only the second time I’ve had this enormous pleasure. It’s a pretty serious buzz. And still surreal, even though all along, I’ve known we were aiming to make a book.

And so here it is: Yee ha! The Filth Licker, part two in the Takeshita Demons series…

These books are a sneak peak. For the real thing, you can pre-order online, but you’ll have to wait another couple of weeks for your package to arrive. 🙂 🙂

The akaname emerges - Takeshita Demons The Filth Licker

I keep stroking the Filth Licker...he seems to jump out of the page. (Three cheers for Siku, the awesome artist)

One of Siku's great illustrations - Takeshita Demons The Filth Licker

One of Siku's great illustrations - our heroes run into the tofu kozo demon.

The Filth Licker advance copies

The Filth Licker arrives! Buzz, buzz, buzz


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Takeshita Demons: help us choose the cover art

In fab news, art director Jane Donald is now working on the cover art for Takeshita Demons. She’s discussed some ideas with Siku, a renowned graphic artist who’s worked for Sega Europe, Usborne, Marvel Comics and more. He’s also worked on The Manga Bible and Judge Dredd. This guy can really draw!

The roughs we’ve had back are all ace, featuring Miku, Cait and some very spooky yokai from the book, but now for the tough bit: which one do we choose?

Takeshita_Demons_cover_roughs_SIKU

I love them all, but that doesn’t help. I guess we need to think about:

  • how they’ll look in colour,
  • how they’ll look when shrunk down on Amazon pages or in book catalogues,
  • how well they represent the book and its style and story,
  • how well they appeal to boys, to girls,
  • how well they appeal to parents and librarians (who may well be forking out the cash)
  • gut feeling
  • other stuff  (what other stuff? what else should we be thinking about?)

Which cover idea do you prefer? What do you like about it?