Herewith a series of book cover designs for Joyland, a short-fiction e-book publisher.
Chris Eaton asked that I use the pugilist image supplied by illustrator Julian Forrest. (I cropped the image to hide the fighter's identity, and gave it a postage stamp edge, providing a couple of Pynchon in-jokes) I really liked the slight impasto quality of the illustration and it ended up informing the rest of the series in that I made sure that the hand of the creator – the rough edges - remained visible, or at least the appearance of rough edges remained visible.
This all fit nicely with Joyland's already-established old paper, faux-analogue look.
You can read me ramble on at greater length about the inspiration behind this series here with Joyland author, e-book advocate and one-time advertising reporter, Jim Hanas.