Author Topic: Official Fan Art Thread  (Read 11316 times)

House of Mustard

  • Level 44
  • *
  • Posts: 2934
  • Fell Points: 3
  • Firstborn Unicorn
    • View Profile
    • robisonwells.com
Official Fan Art Thread
« on: June 03, 2009, 05:17:37 AM »


I thought it was time you got some fan art, too.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.

www.robisonwells.com

Peter Ahlstrom

  • Administrator
  • Level 59
  • *****
  • Posts: 4902
  • Fell Points: 2
  • Assistant to Mr. Sanderson
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 05:57:35 AM »
Spoilers!!
All Saiyuki fans should check out Dazzle! Emotionally wrenching action-adventure and quirky humor! (At least read chapter 6 and tell me if you're not hooked.) Volume 10 out now!

Chaos

  • Administrator
  • Level 36
  • *****
  • Posts: 2170
  • Fell Points: 3
  • The Original Hero of Ages
    • View Profile
    • Eric Lake
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 06:03:35 AM »
Dan, I think you just found a new desktop background.
www.17thshard.com - The Official Brandon Sanderson Fansite.

Oh SNAP, I'm an Allomancer.

ryos

  • Level 17
  • *
  • Posts: 824
  • Fell Points: 0
  • The Decemberween Thnikkaman
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 08:52:42 AM »
Spoilers!!

Meh, it's in the cover copy, isn't it?
Eerongal made off with my Fluffy Puff confections.

Peter Ahlstrom

  • Administrator
  • Level 59
  • *****
  • Posts: 4902
  • Fell Points: 2
  • Assistant to Mr. Sanderson
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 04:59:34 PM »
That's the problem with cover copy sometimes. You want to sell the book by letting people know how cool it is, but sometimes a book works better narratively if something isn't known. But if you don't put it in the cover copy, what reason will they have to pick up the book?

It's like in the Stargate episode 200, where O'Neal walks in toward the end and says, "Come on, don't tell me the viewers wouldn't see this coming," and someone else says, "They'd put it in the preview the week before."

Anyway, if I know I want to read a book because I've read something else by the author or someone else has given it a good recommendation, I do not read the cover copy before I start reading the book. That always makes the journey of discovery more interesting.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2009, 05:01:46 PM by Ookla The Mok »
All Saiyuki fans should check out Dazzle! Emotionally wrenching action-adventure and quirky humor! (At least read chapter 6 and tell me if you're not hooked.) Volume 10 out now!

Fellfrosch

  • Administrator
  • Level 68
  • *
  • Posts: 7033
  • Fell Points: 42
  • Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder.
    • View Profile
    • Fearful Symmetry
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 05:29:08 PM »
Interestingly, for the US version we've cut out all mention of the demon until the demon actually shows up. It's only a couple of lines here and there, really minor in terms of word count, but it gives the book, and the reveal, and entirely different feel. Obviously that means we'll be keeping supernatural stuff out of the cover copy as well. I'm interested to see how it's received.

As for the fan art, well, now you see why my brother can't get a job.
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die." --Mel Brooks

My author website: http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net

Peter Ahlstrom

  • Administrator
  • Level 59
  • *****
  • Posts: 4902
  • Fell Points: 2
  • Assistant to Mr. Sanderson
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009, 05:39:09 PM »
If it's still being released under the Tor imprint, I think most people will guess there's something supernatural.
All Saiyuki fans should check out Dazzle! Emotionally wrenching action-adventure and quirky humor! (At least read chapter 6 and tell me if you're not hooked.) Volume 10 out now!

Bookstore Guy

  • Level 21
  • *
  • Posts: 1089
  • Fell Points: 2
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009, 05:46:07 PM »
depends if is is actually Tor Horror or Forge.
Check out our blog, Elitist Book Reviews at:
http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Fellfrosch

  • Administrator
  • Level 68
  • *
  • Posts: 7033
  • Fell Points: 42
  • Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder.
    • View Profile
    • Fearful Symmetry
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 06:05:32 PM »
That was part of our thinking, actually: we wanted it to be a surprise, but not a shock, which is why the demon was originally mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs--we didn't want people to think it was a normal crime thriller and be blindsided halfway through by a supernatural monster. Then when F. Paul Wilson read it, we talked quite a bit about the surprise factor and he insisted it would be a much stronger book if the demon came out of nowhere (and he's right); he also pointed out that in modern horror, especially coming from Tor, supernatural is pretty much the expected default, so the publisher and the cover image and the little hints dropped throughout the early chapters are all the preparation the audience needs.
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die." --Mel Brooks

My author website: http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net

Bookstore Guy

  • Level 21
  • *
  • Posts: 1089
  • Fell Points: 2
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 06:22:51 PM »
F Paul Wilson is a stud, and I agree with him that making the Demon a surprise is important and more fun for the reader.
Check out our blog, Elitist Book Reviews at:
http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Tage

  • Moderator
  • Level 29
  • *****
  • Posts: 1615
  • Fell Points: 2
  • That thing exing the machina? That's Deus.
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2009, 07:30:58 PM »
The demon actually confused Kimberly when she read it. She had to call me up then and there to ask if she'd read it right or if it was supposed to be a dream or something. On the other hand, I don't think she reads a lot of fantasy, so she wasn't going to adapt to it very quickly either way.
"The Maintenance Shed will sometimes spontaneously explode after being built."

Miyabi

  • Level 45
  • *
  • Posts: 3098
  • Fell Points: 1
  • Simple is the concept of love as eternity.
    • View Profile
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009, 03:47:07 PM »
As he referred to the demon all the way through the book I assumed he was first talking about himself.  Then, up until the end I thought that the demon was just John's mind making up stuff so that he wouldn't feel guilty or have to take the blame.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2009, 10:15:41 PM by Fellfrosch »
オレは長超猿庁じゃ〜。

Shi

  • Level 5
  • *
  • Posts: 111
  • Fell Points: 0
    • View Profile
    • My Deviantart page
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2009, 07:49:21 AM »


Read I am Not a Serial Killer on vacation and loved it! And for shame, Dan, making me order your book from the UK! Hee hee! Anyway, ended up starting this the day after I finished the book, and putting it off much longer than I should have. So here's my contribution to the world of Dan, cause there's just not enough John Cleaver out there.

sortitus

  • Level 15
  • *
  • Posts: 675
  • Fell Points: 0
  • MVP of the WORLD
    • View Profile
    • I'll kick you in the face!
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2009, 08:16:50 PM »
I like it. :)
Hero of Ages: Impressive Regality Over Niceness, Y'all
좋아! This time with more ecstatic! 좋네!!! I'll say it again in french! Trois fois voiture!!! Ça va. C'est vrai. C'est bien.
High Knight of the Grand Pie of the Holy Order of Pie, The Left Hand of Pie

Fellfrosch

  • Administrator
  • Level 68
  • *
  • Posts: 7033
  • Fell Points: 42
  • Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder.
    • View Profile
    • Fearful Symmetry
Re: Official Fan Art Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 08:53:40 PM »
Holy crap, I love it! Very cool approach to the character, with the peeling wallpaper and such. And a wonderful omen of Book 2....
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die." --Mel Brooks

My author website: http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net