With thirty titles available, I’d like to give a shout out to the talented people who create the covers.
Waylon Bacon is an LA-area artist and filmmaker who has a flair for the offbeat. He was a little reluctant to try handsome instead of creepy, but his visual sense of humor relates to the written humor in the stories. His art doesn’t correspond to specific story incidents, but suggests he caught the characters at an unguarded moment. He likes to include partial faces to give the reader more room to imagine what Stinky looks like, and he loves to incorporate skunks. Real skunks are nocturnal and not always seen, so it’s amazing how often they can wander onto a cover. The striped frame on Stinky’s high school photo in the Volume 5 covers even has skunk stripes. I imagine that Stinky paid $1.99 at Ocean State Job Lot for the skunk towel and cooler set on Volume 4 covers.
fiverr artist vikncharlie hails from the UK. She takes the original art, changes the background color so each story is visually distinctive, and adds the title. She has an unfailing eye for placing the type so the words convey more than they otherwise would, while assuring that the stories have a consistent visual image. Sometimes the colors might have something to do with the story. When Eddie’s Irish mother is the guest star, the cover is an Irish green. When Stinky’s nephew finds himself at a dreary camp in the Poison Ivy Capital of America, we rub pink calamine lotion on the cover to show support. If the story doesn’t suggest a particular color, we use one that stands out from the other colors in the volume. Most of the time there is a connection, if you stop and think for a moment.
Stinky lives in a rich, colorful world, but a story doesn’t seem “real” until it has a cover and image.
I’m grateful to be able to work with such talented people as Waylon Bacon and vikncharlie.