Cover to Cover: Come Be with Me

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of my favorite things to do is prowl used book stores (something that’s getting harder to do here in Austin — another one just closed!). And in between infinite copies of The Shack and endless piles of Harlequin Romance, there is occasionally a gem, something so unexpected it brushes gently alongside the poetic.

But really, I should let a master’s work speak for itself. I give you the verse of … Leonard Nimoy.


Rocket ships

Are exciting

But so are roses

On a birthday


Computers are exciting

But so is a sunset


And logic

Will never replace



Sometimes I wonder

Where I belong

In the future


In the past



I guess I’m just

An old-fashioned



You’re right, Mr. Nimoy — with poetry like that, who needs to design something for the back cover? Who could see through tear-and-wonder filled eyes?! Just sign that sucker and move on; it belongs to the ages, now.

Come Be with Me
Poem: “Rocket Ships”
Cover design: SandPiper Studios, Inc.
1979 edition (Blue Mountain Press)

In the great hall of the Justice League …

Posted: January 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Usually, the covers of the Austin Chronicle aren’t anything to get excited about. Every now and then the weekly alternative newspaper will have an illustration interesting enough to catch the eye, but more often than not readers can expect a static shot of an artist, local politician or members of a band sitting (sometimes standing) and staring out from the rack.

The latest issue was a different story.


Obviously, I love this cover.

Not only does it feature the classic Super Friends lineup, but does it in a way that shows artist Jason Stout understands these characters well enough to have fun with them. I really dig Clark Kent making an appearance, and how bad-ass does Wonder Woman look? I would camp out overnight to see that band. And for whatever reason, Robin looks totally natural in a tutu.

(Honestly, I have no idea why Batman is more of a Fatman, but I’ll bet no one knows their way around a lobster like Aquaman.)

Mostly, I appreciate Stout’s attention to detail. Not only is the tone of the illustration right on, but so is the tweaked DC Bullet and re-purposed Comics Code Authority badge. And I just noticed — Wonder Woman’s guitar is plugged into her golden lasso! Almost every element of this image deserves a second look, and that’s basically the definition of an effective illustration.

If you like what Stout’s done here, be sure to check out more examples of his work at his website (I’d kill to get a copy of The Birders).

Small Sundays: Superman

Posted: January 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 5 Comments »



Superman action figure (with arm-raising action)
Acquired: Unknown (possibly a gift)

Note: How else would I start the new year?! Bonus points to anyone who can name where the background image comes from.