Mar 31

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NoiselessPenguin Comments: I tried to make a list of what’s wrong with this cover, and stopped when I realised: EVERYTHING.

Thanks to NoiselessPenguin, I’ve never laughed so much!

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: 8.95 out of 10)

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49 Responses to “West of January”

  1. SI Says:

    Some people buy motorbikes. Others, expensive sports cars. And then there are the silent few who ride killer whales. His appendage must be huge!

  2. Simon Says:

    Free Knobul!

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Destiny of the ‘Sword’.

  4. SI Says:

    Do you think his whale can walk on land? Kinda limits exactly where one can be a hero.

  5. Zazu Yen Says:

    I think this was meant to be an Aquaman tie-in, but DC rejected it.

    Sadly, later in life the whale and man become estranged, the whale turns white due to stress and Knobul changes his name, becomes a sea captain.

    Things go generally downhill from there.

  6. James Lovegrove Says:

    Knobil. Well, I suppose your knob would be il after riding an orca bareback. That cartilaginous hide can be soooo rough.

  7. CSA Says:

    I really love this cover, it speaks to me of a child like joy of life or possibly of a homeless mans joy of life, more specifically, a homeless man whos best friend is a killer whale… I shed a single tear when i saw the reprint cover , it was like being told santa wasnt real

  8. SI Says:

    James> Strangely sounds like you’ve had experience riding a whale bareback. I find that a little disturbing… just a little. haha

  9. Michael Steele, the homosexual ghost Says:

    Of course the hero’s name would have the word “knob” in it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Worth $2000 at least, so long as he doesn’t want to marry another dude. Unless that killer whale is a dude. Then … well … I’m going to stop talking now.

  10. Jim Ryan Says:

    So this is what Sea World will look like after the apocalypse…

  11. LP Says:

    Dave Duncan, author of “The Destiny of the Sword” and also “The Sword of Destiny” and also “The Destiny Sword” and also “The Sword Destiny”. Not to be confused with David Duncan, author of “The Fate of the Blade” and also “The Blade of Fate” and also….

  12. Traveler Says:

    Oh my Cthulhu! I just bit into my keyboard… Real hard!

  13. Bookworm Bas Says:

    Let’s keep Cthulhu out of this no need to wake the Elder Gods.
    : P

  14. irisclara Says:

    This cover needs a faithful otter sidekick. Or maybe a pod of evil dolphins. Everyone knows dolphins are evil, right.

  15. JustinLeego Says:

    Well, it certainly looks like a Sweet show from here!

    As with all the Good Show Sir covers, if there are any details missing or incorrect please leave a comment or get in touch using the sumbit form.

  16. Pathman Says:

    You are seeing a man about to fall off, i think…

  17. John T Says:

    Caption: “Wheeeeeeeeee!” Scene not in book. Nothing even vaguely resembling scene in book. Disturbing insight into the artist’s personal life gratefully received.

  18. Mat T Says:

    ‘West of January’ perhaps. Somewhere south of taste and decency, certainly.

  19. Sam Finnemore Says:

    CSA @ 7: Publisher’s Weekly clearly had the original cover edition in mind when they gave their opinion on this one:

    “Painted in bold strokes with pleasingly offbeat and entertaining results.”

  20. David Cowie Says:

    I know that Del Rey hired Darrell Sweet to do most of their fantasy
    covers in the ’80s even though they thought he was a lousy artist
    because his covers sold books.

    Lawrence Watt-Evans in the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.written.
    Archived here

  21. A.R. Says:

    OW – OW – OW – OW – OW –

  22. Joachim Says:

    Women love his orca….

  23. arch9enius Says:

    If whales have good brakes… That guy should’ve fitted a saddle.

  24. ASterling Says:

    I did my post before checking out the top ranked covers. I can’t even breathe . . . Knobul!!!

  25. Lege Artis Says:

    And the guy looks like Chuck Norris….

  26. Stevie T Says:

    I wince everytime I look at this.

    The two of them better maintain a synchronous speed, or “Chuck” there is going to smack his “Knobil” into the dorsal.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The anatomy on the killer whale is off. Killer whales have actual snouts, meaning that their fronts don’t end bullet-shaped like hers. Yes, it’s a her, you can tell from the dorsal fin, which is awfully far forward. The eye is out of place, it should be further up and a bit back.The pectoral fins should be in front of the dorsal fin. Also, there’s a hairy git riding her, which is goofy. Unless you’re wearing armour and your son’s life is on the line (and God help you if you get that ref!)

  28. Yoss Says:

    The thing I find fascinating about this entry at goodshowsir is that the word “blowhole” doesn’t appear in any of the comments. Must I be the one to gather the low-hanging fruit?

  29. Phil Says:

    The thing I find fascinating is that I have looked at this one a hundred times, but apparently never commented. How remiss of me.

    All I can think of is: “Shamu! Shamu!”

  30. Tom Noir Says:

    @DSWBT: Well OF COURSE it’s a her. Only a classy lady like this could ensnare Knobul’s heart.

  31. anon Says:

    @Yoss: Blowhole? Now that’s what I call an orcasm!

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What an orca-dork.

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    I wonder if Nobby is related to Dick Blade.

    Whatever his family, his legs are three times longer than they ought to be. Maybe Orca stopped abruptly at some point in the past.

  34. Tor Mented Says:

    Frashback Fliday?
    Sorry. I’m still thinking of yesterday’s books.
    My comment was very igknobil.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is this guy related to Sos the Rope and pals?
    Knob the Bow, maybe?

  36. fred Says:

    How many other variations of ‘noble’ did Mr Duncan consider before settling on Knobil.

    That would be about the best episode of ‘River Monsters’ ever.

  37. JuanPaul Says:

    This image will be my spirit guide for the day.

  38. Bibliomancer Says:

    Shamu. Shame you.

  39. JuanPaul Says:

    I am a big naked man riding an orca
    I am a big naked man riding an orca
    I am a big naked man riding an orca

  40. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood (33)—it’s a classic example of cramming hard to pass the “How to Draw Feet” class at the Unknown Artist’s Institute but then forgetting to register for the “How to Put Feet On Legs” elective offered in the following semester.

  41. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Needs “anatomical issues” for those lower legs. No wonder he has to ride an orca-esque thing; walking must be a bitch with his shins so out of proportion.

    Also, not an “unknown artist”. Alas.

    I think he miiiight be wearing a loincloth, which is trailing way too much extra cloth behind him. And at the angle the cloth’s fluttering, I do mean “behind”.

    @BC (40): Judging by the covers we’ve seen, I find it hard to believe that there is a “How to Draw Feet” class at UAI. If there is, it’s certainly an elective, probably senior level, and many don’t ever take it. Maybe it’s only offered in alternate years and nobody likes the professor.

  42. THX 1138 Says:

    “No, Orca, wait, that’s not Bo Dereeeeeeek…!”

  43. Raoul Says:

    arts council 46th annual report and accounts

  44. Hammy Says:

    @Raoul (#43):

    It’s a novel by Dave Duncan, of course.

  45. Thea Says:

    This looks like rejected Lisa Frank concept art.

  46. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Thea: Rejected for not enough colors and sparkles?

  47. RachelJ Says:

    All this time and I only just noticed that the main character’s name is KNOBIL. Shame on me!

  48. Ryan Says:

    I saw this book at a store in Anaheim this weekend, and I knew that there was NO WAY that GSS would have missed this one.

    Also, shame on you for your negative comments regarding his feet and shins. They are epic masterpieces compared to 99.9999% of cover appendages.

  49. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: It’s exciting finding a GSS entry in the wild, isn’t it?

    I agree that the feet are pretty well done, staggeringly well done by GSS standards. But there really is no excuse for his shins to be that long.

    Knobil. Snerk.

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