Sunday, August 1, 2010

The BEAT to a PULP: Round One Cover!

There is still one small design element to finish, but this is it -- the cover to BEAT to a PULP: Round One. We couldn't be more excited about the outstanding artwork by James O'Barr and sensational cover design by John Bergin. Click on it to enlarge.

41 comments:

Oscar said...

Is that...is that...Rocky Marciano on the cover? Awesome!

Ron Scheer said...

Whoa. Forward my mail to the hills. Just ran for them...

Geoff said...

That's very cool.

David Cranmer said...

Oscar, I'm not sure, you would have to ask Mr. O'Barr. But Marciano was my dad's favorite boxer.

Ron, Ha. I know what you mean.

Geoff, We're very happy with it.

Chris said...

Wow. Just... wow. The image, the text, the weathering to make it look all classic-like... I've got some full-on object lust for this anthology right now.

Oh, and my word verification for this comment? "Terse." Methinks the gods of pulp would approve.

Matthew P. Mayo said...

Yeah, heh? Now that's a hot covah. I need me a copy of that antho, right off quick!

Well done!


Cheers,
Matt

Kieran Shea said...

just plain shit hot.

Chris said...

Absolutely fantastic.

Scott Parker said...

I was going for some sort of verbal analogy to how friggin' cool this cover is...and I'll just second Kieran's comment.

David Cranmer said...

Glad everyone is digging it. Two things of many that I like about this cover -- one is the referee casually having a smoke and the other is that even though it's titled Round One the guy on the mat looks like he ain't gettin' up anytime soon.

Diane said...

The colors compliment each other nicely.

G said...

Very kewl.

Looks like one of those MMA fighters, but a bare knuckle throwback will do just as well.

Naomi Johnson said...

Great cover, and one heck of a line up.

David Cranmer said...

G, Yes it has a nice past and present feel to it.

Naomi, I wish I had room for everyone on the cover because each story in this collection packs a wallop.

Fred said...

Great cover! I look forward to seeing the book.

RReynolds said...

Well doesn't that kick butt.

Randy Johnson said...

Great Cover! After all the other superlatives, that's about all I could come up with.

Like It.

Keith Rawson said...

Fantastic, David! I can't wait to read it!

David Cranmer said...

Keith, Right back at you with the current CF issue and next year's print edition!

Anonymous said...

The referee's cig is a nice touch. Congratulations on a super cover.

Jim

James Reasoner said...

That's a fantastic cover.

David Cranmer said...

James, I'm sure glad you like it and thrilled you are on board.

Charles Gramlich said...

ooooh, I like.

Alan Griffiths said...

Fantastic cover, super artwork and an awesome lineup of talented writers.

Congratulations to all who are involved with this project - it really looks the business.

Nik said...

Beats the hell out of any competition! Great stuff.

David Barber said...

That's the dogs b******s!!! Very gritty looking. You must be very pleased with the finished product, David. Congrats to all involved.

Release dates??

David Cranmer said...

Once again, Elaine, dMix, and I are glad the cover is being so well received.

David, I was shooting for August but it may slip into September. We're working hard toward this but the main priority is to get it right.

Frank Bill said...

I'm floored. This is an amazing cover. Great work.

Glenn Gray said...

Awesome artwork! Brutal and pulpy feel for sure...Congrats.

Chris said...

Me and Kieran talked it over, and we think you should sell T-shirts of that bad boy. Great publicity, and I know of two sales you'd have right now...

David Cranmer said...

Chris, I agree and am going to begin looking into this.

Travis Erwin said...

Looks awesome.

Austin Carr said...

I wanna f-ing T-shirt!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hilary was able to post a fan page on facebook for Beat to a Pulp with the cover on it. That should get it some added attention in the month before it arrives. People have already indicated they are fans. Hard to explain if you're not on there. I am on there and I don't quite get it!

David Cranmer said...

Patti, That's fantastic! I will write to Hilary and thank her. We are overwhelmed with all the kind words and attention.

I really need to get off my arse and join Facebook.

Anonymous said...

Out of the ballpark, my friend.

Geoff

Mike Wilkerson said...

Cooool. And I'm lovin' the ref with the cigarette dangling.

Congrats to the BTAP crew.

Richard Prosch said...

Go away for a few days and look what I missed! If the artist would go for it, I second the T-shirt idea --or maybe a limited poster run.

Dave King said...

I'm persuaded!

David Cranmer said...

Dave, I hope so. There is a little for everyone in Round One.

Hilary Davidson said...

I know I'm late to comment, but just had to add how awestruck I am by the cover. It's truly amazing!

And yes, as Patti mentioned, Beat to a Pulp now has a fan page on Facebook. You know you want to join:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beat-to-a-Pulp/120622367985562?ref=ts

Love the idea of a T-shirt.