As I’ve mentioned before, I believe that cover art is similar to a type of bait — art directors and marketing teams hope that it’ll hook you. But in some special cases, you don’t have to know anything about the novel’s subject matter. The cover itself simply makes you want to know more.
This same idea also holds true for a pretty fantastic title.
A few observations can be made from this retro-tastic cover even before seeings its artwork:
- Stealing is somehow involved.
- Johnny Depp is somehow involved.
- ALIENS ARE SOMEHOW INVOLVED. Maybe.
Title aside, this cover felt like a throwback to the 1960′s and 70′s, and I felt the immediate need to watch Space Ghost when I saw this cover online. The color scheme is an odd yet perfect blend to accompany its sci-fi story, and this cover art will stand out in a sea of blues, purples and pinks, which seem to be the current trend in YA cover art. How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend is the perfect example of a distinct illustrative style, a fantastic title, and enough of a summary to make me demand, why can’t this book be published this week?
Dude. That is AWESOME.
Also, I totally hadn’t noticed the blue/purple thing until you pointed it out just now. Makes me sort of glad that my latest cover design for YA is, oddly, beige. It’s a strange thing when BEIGE will make something stand out more…
I automatically thought “How I met your mother” when I saw the name of this book lol – I don’t know why?! I like the retro colors of oranges & olive greens.
Really, G, How I Met Your Mother?
the title in and of itself make me want to read this book.
Oh my gosh, I love that. Brilliant.
This title and cover immediately caught my eye – Johnny’s Depp’s girlfriend? He’s married to Bellatrix LeStrange?!?! I want to know what this book is about simply because someone is creeping up on my Harry Potter character and I am not happy…
Thanks, Capillya !
Jennifer Tolo Pierce designed the book and the illustration is from a brilliant young artist called Jillian Tamaki
and I’m just like you… I wonder why this book isn’t out like… RIGHT NOW
Ahh, thank you so much Gary! I’ll definitely be stalking both of them (their work) online, in a totally non-creepy way. =)
I would feel more inclined to buy this book if Johnny Depp’s face was somewhere on the cover. He is one sexy man *swoons* and he makes one heck of a pirate.
Love. This reminds me of the posters we have up in our apt. Evidence: http://www.826la.org/store-sundries/#time-travel-posters