Just showing off cover art for books that won’t be coming out for quite a while. There’s “Wonka” which is kind of like a retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the world of Beyond Thunderdome, “Quicksand House” a quiet surreal story about children in search of their parents inside a mansion the size of a country, and the super-sized 10 year anniversary edition of Satan Burger which will feature a lot of bonus material like illustrations, new intros, and perhaps even new bonus chapters. (Note: this version won’t be replacing the original edition with the butt on the cover.)
Archive for the Bizarro Artists Category
I recently stumbled across this bit of fan art from Jeff Burk’s Shatnerquake
Andrew Goldfarb, bizarro musician and author of Slub Glub in the Weird World of the Weeping Willows, has a new Christmas song for you. Goldfarb’s pet guinea pig Coco does percussion on the song.
Listen to it here:
Having an artist illustrate your work is one of the most satisfying things for a writer. But even better than having a publisher pay an artist to illustrate your books is finding art that a fan created just for fun. I don’t know who illustrated the images below. Somebody else found them and sent them to me. They are illustrations of the characters in the Eye World section of “Ocean of Lard.”
If you created any art based around my fiction, send it to me. I’d love to see it.
Artist Ed Mironiuk has done a good amount of my covers: Sex and Death in Television Town, Teeth and Tongue Landscape, Sausagey Santa, Ultra Fuckers, Apeshit, The Egg Man, and Cybernetrix. As well as covers for my upcoming books: The Cannibals of Candyland, Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland, and The Kobold Wizard’s Dildo of Enlightenment +2.
He specializes in strange fetish pinup girls who can kick your ass. In other words, his artwork goes perfectly with my fiction. Almost every book I’ve ever written has a female character that would make a good Ed Mironiuk painting. He has brought to life some of my favorite characters I have created, and lately (with future books such as The Super Evils) I have started writing books based on the girls he creates.
Ed has just come out with a book of his artwork that I received in the mail recently, and I have to say it is amazing. Definitely check it out:
Here’s a description:
Some people hide their deepest fantasies and fetishes from a world they know will never understand them. They live lives of quiet kink and desperate bondage. Then there are types like Ed Mironiuk – loud, proud, and unmatched in his love of the bizarre and who delights in the spikey edges of what’s not appropriate. And he makes a fine living at it as well! A remarkable artist, Ed’s love of fetish, tattoo, piercing, and all things weird and wonderful make him a most excellent candidate for a showcase of his own! His pin-up girls have a rough and ready attitude, his latex and leatherworks shine with the sweat of a well-spent evening in a well-appointed dungeon, and his general design-sense is – well – Stimulating! Not for the faint of heart, but a must for the thrill-seeker who likes his (or her) stillettos pointy and their boots thigh-high.
You’ve seen some of his artwork on my book covers, but here are some more of his images:
These are images I might be using for future books:
I’d like to use Hornet Girl (pictured above) as one of the characters in my not-yet-written bizarro superhero book The Super Evils. This book is about a man who wishes he could be a superhero. Unfortunately, his only super power is that he can make babies explode. Still, he wants to somehow use this power for the better good (like by stopping bank robbers from escaping as they pass by strollers), but in doing so he ends up becoming the most evil super villain in history. This attracts the attention of a squad of super villains called The Super Evils, who want to recruit him into their ranks. Hornet Girl will probably be one of the main super villains. I should be writing this book later this year or early next, but I’ve got a couple other projects I want to do next.
The above picture will be on the cover of the re-release of Sunset with a Beard.
I hope to write a book based on this character. I might call it “Space Elf” or something. Not sure. Either way, I’ve been wanting to write something set in outer space for a while so I think this would be a good character to write about.
Get a special signed copy of the book for $20 here:
Get a special signed copy with an original sketch by the artist for $40 here:
Help support this artist by picking up a copy from his site. I highly recommend it.
There is fantasy art, horror art, and science-fiction artwork. But is there such a thing as bizarro art? I believe so. In order to define bizarro artwork, I’d say it would have to be an image that tells a bizarro story or could easily inspire a bizarro story. With that definition, I would say that Jase Daniels is a definitive bizarro artist. His work is dark, surreal, somewhat cartoonish (in a good way), and it always tells a strange story. It reminds me of the French film Fantastic Planet, or the web cartoon Salad Fingers, or the surreal animated MTV shows from the ’90s like Aeon Flux, The Maxx, The Head, and Liquid Television. Fans of bizarro should take note.
I first discovered Jase Daniels when I picked up his book (a collaboration with bizarro writer Forrest Armstrong) called This City is Alive:
It’s a great book that was nominated for the Wonderland Book Award. Although it is now sold out, it is perhaps the most beautiful bizarro book to be published. It is a short novel with full color illustrations. Forrest and Jase are the perfect match of artist and writer. They compliment each others’ work perfectly. I hope they work together on many future projects.
Last week I got an advance copy of his new book, The Grubby End:
It was published by Crossing Chaos, a new company that has released books by some bizarro people like Jase Daniels, Forrest Armstrong, and Tom Bradley (although I’ve heard the company is anti-bizarro for some reason).
The Grubby End is a wonderfully surreal story of pictures, like a 100 page bizarro version of a David Wiesner or Maurice Sendak book. The story is genuinely creepy in style, and weird as hell. It’ll take you on a journey through an insecty world of soggy sky scrapers, maggot eggs, and little goblin-like people. It’s genuinely creepy and weird as hell. It is also 100% bizarro. I highly recommend it.
Here are some samples:
It’s coming soon. Watch for it on amazon.com or crossingchaos.com.
To check out more of Jase Daniels’ artwork, go to his website: http://www.jasedaniels.com