Oh my. Now this is a wondrous example of GoodShowSir-riness! Technically pretty well executed, but that used dragon salesman’s seedy little moustache just screams registered sex offender. I imagine the dragon trying to tell her with its eyes “Run lady! Oh, the things he does! Run!”
The great thing about GSS is that I submitted this so long ago that I’d almost forgotten about it! So seeing it pop up is a nice surprise.
@FoM – I’m pretty sure that what drew me to this cover is exactly what you describe: the lovely illustration style combined with the seedy-looking characters. Even the dragon manages to look like somebody’s dimwitted half-brother.
@DSWBT—can you imagine two of these PhD wizards battling it out?
Wiz 1: I fling an enjambment at thee!
Wiz 2: Ha! I parry with a sprung rhythm!
1: A Villanelle! Have at thee!
2. Eat my Rhyme Royal, thou scoundrel!
1: Free verse!
1: Anapestic Tetrameter!
2: Dactylic Hexameter!