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Seth’s cover unveiled for new Lemony Snicket book

Little, Brown has revealed Seth’s cover for Who Can That Be at This Hour?, the eagerly awaited first book in a new series by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler), whose 13-volume A Series of Unfortunate Events sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

Seth is also providing the spot illustrations for the four-volume new series All the Wrong Questions, an autobiography of sorts that goes back to Snicket’s childhood in a “fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted.”

As is customary for Lemony Snicket books, the cover unveiling comes with a warning: “I suggest extreme caution … The distribution of this cover image should be on a need-to-know basis, limited to librarians, booksellers, readers, e-readers, educators, journalists, muck-rakers, bloggers, tweeters, men, women, and children.”

Who Can That Be at This Hour? arrives Oct. 21.

(via GalleyCat)

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So nice. So… Seth-y.

Without a doubt the best Canadian graphic designer working in the literary field at the moment.

He’s not a designer. He’s a cartoonist. Everything he does screams Seth, and it has complete disregard of the actual work.

Why the fuck would anyone redraw John Stanley?

Why does it have to be either/or?!?! Seth has a distinctive, immediately recognisable style–if you’re gonna say that his design has a “complete disregard of the actual work” you may as well level that criticism at, say, Chris Ware as well….and who re-drew John Stanley?!?! Are you referring to the Melvin Monster books, Mr. Pants? Seth’s Doug Wright book is gorgeous. I don’t see how anyone could have a problem with such beautiful objects…

To “Mr. Pants”:

People put covers on books to sell books. Clearly D&Q thought having a unified cover design and illustration by Seth would sell more books than whatever artworks were available to them by Stanley, attempting to do the same thing.

But I assume you knew that.

How fortunate for you, that you’ve been given an axe to grind whenever hated Seth’s name is mentioned anywhere on the internet. Some people go their whole lives without being pointlessly irate at perceived–but not actual–injustices, and here you get such a perfect burden. Bravo.

regardless of what opinion you have of the designer, the cover does look pretty awful. i don’t know whether the book would be gearing towards a more dark, satirical style like ASoUE (which also had that gothic and humorous art style) but this just looks like some shitty comic work.

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