Friday, November 11, 2011

Resistance is Futile Blog Tour of the Universe.

Welcome to my stop on the tour!
The full-size 10 inch by 8 inch graphic (2.8 Meg) of the above poster / flyer, is available for download here should you wish to print it out.
Julia Phillips Smith is having a combined launch and birthday celebration today, to launch her debut novel Saint Sanguinus.
The electronic version of the novel is due to hit e-retailer virtual shelves in a matter of days, and the print version shortly thereafter.
I have had the honour of creating the cover for Saint Sanguinus, and here is a small account of how the Blogosphere has an effect on our lives.

Julia and I first encountered each other in June 2007, meeting as so often happens, by way of a fellow Blogger, Sushiboy in this instance, who acted as a bridge.
I did what I always do and read Julia's Blog from the beginning, and left some smarty pants comments and photo-shopped graphics.
Julia came over to visit my Blog just as I posted about my new fridge magnet, (yes, I lead such an exciting life,) and was taken by my bagpipe fridge magnet which was included in the posted picture.

Julia offered a lobster magnet in exchange for a bagpipe magnet. How could I refuse; and thus this strong bond of intercontinental attraction was born.

In due time, the international sign of peace and goodwill, the fridge magnet, was sent from Old Scotia to New Scotia, although in posting hers, Julia encountered the international symbol of obstruction and hindrance, the jobsworth.

"Sorry Madame, it is not permitted to send strong magnets in the post."
"It's just a fridge magnet."
"Sorry Madame, it is not permitted to send strong magnets in the post."
"But it's not strong, it's just a fridge magnet."
"Sorry Madame, it is not permitted to send strong magnets in the post."
Migraine.

And I very nearly sent Julia a full size replica of William Wallace's sword. The Canadian Postal service would have had apoplexy.

And thus the migraines description, led to the graphic depiction of the sword running through Julia.
Julia obviously recognised some quality in my graphics that she liked, and bore me in mind for her future full-blown book project.

One of my main graphic interests is the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who produced a number of book covers for Blackie & Son Ltd.
It is quite fitting that Blogging should lead me to follow the path of one of my heroes, and Julia allow me the honour of providing the cover for her debut novel, Saint Sanguinus. I hope you like it, and trust that my work does justice to the story inside.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Tara MacQueen said...

I had no idea re: magnet restriction. That's how I found out about perfume mailing though re: liquid. Great story!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Tara, thank you! It is interesting that a hated and feared event such as a migraine, can give rise to a powerful graphic sysmbol. The pain of the mind interpreted by the power of the mind.
It's all good!

12:10 PM  
Blogger dick said...

And just where is Julia to thank you for such an impressive gift??? Well???? Just goes to show you, Sans, nobody loves you like I do. If you'd done that for me, I'd be much more appreciative, if you "catch my drift"...

7:21 PM  
Blogger dick said...

*wink*

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Dick, I still love you totes!

I was paid $1,363,001.33 USD for the work. I lost it all in a casino.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

That is simply incredible. chills.
The wonders of blogging.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Mimi, thank you. It does make an interesting cascade of events. I'm not really able to explain it, but I feel it was one of these things in life that was just meant to be.

6:04 PM  

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