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Dec 04

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Tag Wizard Comments: Time for the long-overdue “Eschergirl” tag

Thanks Simon!

Published 2016

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.50 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Man Drowning”

  1. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Doesn’t this bend the rules a bit? Although Kuttner wrote a lot of SFF, this isn’t any of it—according to Goodreads, it’s a fairly violent noir crime novel. Having said which, the artist apparently can draw feet (and other things …).

  2. Tag Wizard Says:

    @LL – Rules? I’ve consulted with our GSS corporate lawyer and part-time psychiatrist and this cover has been ruled “fantasy”. We appreciate your concerns.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    If she twists around any more her top half will screw off.

  4. fred Says:

    Fatal femme tail.

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    All we know for certain is that the artist can do feet in stiletto heels which, given the cover, they might think is all you need to know about drawing feet.

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    [email protected]: Fair enough. It’s certainly someone’s fantasy. Centipede Press’s website gives the artist as Ron Lesser.

  7. Ray P Says:

    Is this a copy of Bruegel’s Fall of Icarus? Man drowning while woman flaunts herself in the foreground?

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    What are the odds those “clothes “were painted on later?

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    I hope there is a Chevy Camaro on the back cover.

  10. Leak Says:

    Ah, Escher – my favourite MC…

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Unless this is painted on the side of a B17 it’s tacky. Maybe GSS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of ‘1941’.

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    Nice. . . understated typography!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    No points for hands or feet. VLTTP points out the obvious shoe dodge. And—she’s got man hands! (Although the other parts are properly gendered.)

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I looked up the definition of “insouciant” in the dictionary and it’s a picture of her wearing that expression!

  15. Ro Says:

    I think that is a guy maybe dead lying on the ground. Behind her, her, hur hur hur. Ankles.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    How is a man drowning in an endless expanse of sand dunes? And what is that behind her ankles, anyway?

    @L_L: Rarely has an artist been more appropriately surnamed.

    @JP: I’m sure there is. Specifically, a bitchin’ Camaro. Or the rest of the van this is painted on the side of.

    @BC: I dunno… without being able to actually see the parts or her larynx, we can’t be sure anything’s gendered female here. Could be someone not stylish or imaginative enough to be on RuPaul’s show.

    @TW: If you’d had the Eschergirl tag from the beginning, it would show up over in that tag cloud thingy pretty well.

  17. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    I don’t think that even a drag queen would wear those shoes in that terrain, she must be longing for the refuge of loafers – and a warm coat too.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Vlttp: can you imagine how much sand must get into those shoes? Those giant, giant shoes. I’m more convinced than ever that the cover model was not born a woman.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I doubt that would be the way a book from a major publishing house would go in 1952. And probably not what the artist had in mind.

    The original cover is much, much better.

    Last time I went tromping around sand dunes in a desert, I wore athletic shoes (with sturdy socks) like a sensible person, and I still had to dump them out and found sand in them for a while.

  19. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: Of course athletic shoes are more suitable than loafers….

    …but I was trying to shoehorn a reference in. (Badadum, tish)

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