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Aug 05

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Good Show Sir Comments: When the whole plot is given away in the title. (Read the back cover).

Published 2017

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: 8.82 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “The Visible Ghost”

  1. DaveM Says:

    Random thoughts:

    You know, maybe, just maybe if you’re a visible and tangible “ghost”, just maybe you’re alive and you DIDN’T die?

    The cover itself is of the “drunk aspiring webcomic artist does a 5 minute sketch on a bet” style of art, and a notable example at that!

    Does the Author portrait on the back cover seem familiar to anyone else? Maybe it’s the hat, or the pet, or the build, but somethings ringing a distant carillon to me…

  2. fred Says:

    For your information this cover meets book-industry standards, so be kind.

    https://www.trafford.com/Services/Design/CoverDesign/ArtDirection.aspx

  3. DaveM Says:

    @fred, you wound me! The “drunk aspiring webcomic artist does a 5 minute sketch on a bet” style is a (relatively since we’re talking about webcomics) long established and deeply nuanced genre even if you ignore the stylistic language and individualistic flourishes! Far from mocking this cover, I was proclaiming it as an early (or possibly pre-interwebs) example to be admired, not mocked.

    TL/DR: “I don’t know much about art, bit I know what I like!” 🙂 🙂

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I see bad art.

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @DaveM 1) Spoiler alert?

    @Fred, DaveM 3) Indeed it is an exact science and difficult to get right, artists needing to follow a precise formula involving units of alcohol/bodyweight and art style when sober/time to achieve an authentic look.

  6. THX 1139 Says:

    Also the cover of Subsidence: Its Causes and Solutions.

  7. fred Says:

    Mr Chelossi sold bottled water once upon a time. Alas the website mentioned is no longer in existence. This youtube video is on a par w/ his book covers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTmm1z2SvgI

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Woman: “I see a little silhouette-oh of a man.”
    Man: “Scaramouche, Scaramouche will you do the fandango?”
    Scaramouche: (At right, does the fandango.)

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    @verylatetotheparty there is also the final step: The publisher must be drunk at the time the printing starts, otherwise they might have second thoughts.

  10. Adzel Says:

    When Take Your Kid To Work Day goes terribly wrong.

  11. daard23 Says:

    As mentioned before on other Dante posts, Humboldt County is the weed capital of California. This may be an accurate depiction of the coroner’s office (including the paint choices and the hand drawn morgue freezer sign). There’s probably a bong just off screen.

  12. NomadUk Says:

    [email protected]:

    DPC (in agent’s office in Humbolt County): Like, like, get this, man, he’s, like, he’s a *ghost*, but he’s, like, *visible* — to ALL LIVING BEINGS … ALL THE TIME. (Passes blunt.)

    Agent (taking a hit): Ohhhh … dude … that is so … like, wow, man …

    DPC: And look: the doctor is coming THROUGH THE WALL.

    Agent: It all makes sense, man. I’m seeing it now.

  13. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @JuanPaul: Oh, I just took the publisher being drunk as a given.

  14. Leak Says:

    Well, around here (Upper Austria) “Schauweker” sounds exactly like “schau wegga”, local dialect German for “don’t look” – so the name checks out.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “Humboldt County.” ‘Nuff said. Explains story and art. Duuuuude.

    @DaveM: There’s a psychiatric syndrome where someone thinks they’re dead. Maybe that’s what this guy has? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotard_delusion

    @Leak: I wonder if he comes from a long line of bad Austrian artists? “That family thinks they can draw, but don’t look at their work! Gott in himmel, it’s bad!”

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The tragic story of a physician trapped in a dimension where pespective doesn’t exist.

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