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Apr 12

Radical dude! A cat's anus!Click for full image

Durbin Comments: This is actually a pretty decent book. It’s the story of a golden sorceress dragon and a male cellist who battle an evil dragon in the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are no skateboards, blonde girls, rainbow dragons, Valley girl fashions, or palm trees. There is, however, a passing mention of cats.
Published 1990

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: 9.01 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Make Way for Dragons!”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    Is that supposed to be a cat?

  2. ptr Says:

    It’s the crossdressing alligator-creature from Clash of Star Kings!

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Woah, it’s so difficult to stay on a skateboard – imagine if it was actually moving!”

  4. SI Says:

    Wow.. just wow… my eyes are kinda bleeding with this one!

    “Where we’re going… we don’t need perspective!”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Lizard-boy looks waaaaay too happy to be grabbing her thigh and staring at her pink-short-clad butt. If they run into daddy he better watch out!

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Just noticed that the author’s name is ‘Thorarinn Gunnarsson’. Danish? Can just imagine the look on his face when he saw this cover.

    “Vat?! Vat ees dis???”

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover art swiped from the little-known 80s movie THE VALLEY GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Suddenly I pictured a much darker version of the cover: MAKE WAY FOR DAGON!
    ;-P

  9. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Make Way for Darklings

  10. NGpm Says:

    @ Yngve: I laughed hard enough to induce a coughing fit. Lovecraft is a personal favorite and thinking of the “vast and polyphemus” Dagon riding on a skateboard … too funny!

  11. Pat Says:

    Tom, Thorarinn Gunnarsson claimed to be Icelandic but was lying about this and much of his bio, according to Wikipedia.

  12. fred Says:

    This looks like a poster for an unmade Spielberg produced John Hughes summer blockbuster.

  13. B. Durbin Says:

    Huh. Now that I look the writer up, I find an interesting confessional from the man himself on why the whole fictional persona came about. It’s here at the Wayback Machine.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Durbin: make way for Dynaprin?

    I want to give the author a hug.

  15. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Rowena is usually a whole lot better than this. This cover looks phoned in. It looks like it was meant for a whole different book, or was just something lying around the artist had been playing with. If it weren’t for the girl (well-painted and in Rowena’s distinctive style), I wouldn’t have thought it her artwork.

    I wonder if it’s like Rubens’ paintings, like she did the figure and someone else put in the rest of it.

  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    That Neon Vomit dragon is a perv.

  17. hestia Says:

    @ 7: “Cover art swiped from the little-known 80s movie THE VALLEY GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.”

    You win.

    Read the whole post on Wayback Machine and honestly, it made this morning’s time on the internet much less of a waste than it usually is. I don’t know why.

  18. rev Says:

    At some point there must have been a decision made by the artistic community to completely disregard what skateboards and guitars actually look like (there aren’t any guitars on this cover, but I digress) and just draw a general vague idea of what one might possibly look like if it was described to you via telegram.

  19. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Pitch for ‘Back to the Future – Part IV’:

    “So, Marty McFly goes back 145.5 million years and steps on a butterfly, and on return to the present finds everyone’s become lizard-people. Also Marty’s a woman.”

  20. anon Says:

    …but I want to read about a valley girl and a lizard skateboarding!

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s a fortunate thing her house is at the top of a hill, and she can skateboard down from it. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be any drama in this picture.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    I don’t care if that’s a dragon or a magical lizard or whatever – there is no way both it AND the girl can balance on a skateboard in that pose.

  23. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    [email protected] just reminded me of a kids’ story by the marvellous Margaret Mahy called “The Downhill Crocodile Whizz”, in which a crocodile does almost exactly that.

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