There is a wonderful meme sweeping the illustrators of blogland wherein they render an antiqued paperback cover for a modern classic.
I first caught this meme earlier in the month from the blog of author Martha Wells, who pointed to these clever Harry Potter covers, in the style of classic Penguin books. The same artist – M. S. Corley – also took a shot at Lemony Snicket and Spiderwick. I recommend spending a few minutes with Corley’s blog during which you scroll down to some of his prior work, much of which is fascinating.
However, that one blog didn’t push my to my posting tipping point – I needed a reminder. Earlier today I caught a link from Neil Gaiman for illustrator Mike Baker‘s entry for a classic Coraline.
Apparently Baker caught the bug from Spacesick, who rendered covers for cult cinema classics like Back to the Future and Highlander. Some of them are particularly excellent – I might print a set and wallpaper my cube.
Finally, Storyteller’s Workshop offers a primer on how to achieve the effect on your own.
If you have seen this meme elsewhere on the web please point me towards the art so I can update this post or pen a sequel.
I love the one for Highlander! That’s just genius.