Penny Dreadful

Shannon Stewart

March 31
Penny Dreadfuls were popular, cheaply produced 19th century magazines filled with brutal and sensationalist tales. At the center of this book of poetry is the story of accused serial killer Robert Pickton who murdered women from Vancouver’s East Side.

The Telephone Gambit

Seth Shulman

It turns out Alexander Graham Bell may not have been the true discoverer of the telephone. Elisha Gray may have beat him to it but missed out on the lucrative patent. I really liked this idea of showing the discovery as a race with Gray actually winning.

In the end we went with showing the original device Bell used to call Watson with a shadow reflected in it. Who the shadow is will be left up to the reader.

The Squandering of America

Robert Kuttner

I can’t say this cover was 100% successful but I am happy that they let me get away with putting the title on the side of a bus.

The Parker Novels

March 7

The publisher wanted a hardboiled mystery look for this reissue of the famous crime novel series. They also wanted it to have a film noir sensibility with a strong sense of locale/place. It also has to have an element that ties the series together.

Canada’s Rights Revolution

Dominique Clément

March 1
I Just finished this sketch. The book is a history of social movements and social change in Canada from 1937-82. The publisher wanted a conceptual approach and I thought that a windswept tree would be an original way of expressing revolution and change. I have an entire collection of books I have done about Canada and each time I start a new one I always try to find an original way to use our national symbols. The tree used in this case is in fact a maple tree.