Team Pizza! (and a J&tD update)

Art by Roffles Lowell

My schedule is still fairly harsh through this coming week, but after Saint Paddy’s Day, things will slow down a bit for me. I hope to be posting more regularly.

Things are coming along smoothly so far on the publication process of the first volume of JAKE AND THE DYNAMO, which is currently under the working title of Down and Out in Fifth Grade. There’s no projected publication date yet, but some of the earliest preliminary work is done. I’m working on the bonus content: I had originally produced an extra chapter, but now I’m unhappy with it, and I’m considering instead including a novelette featuring Rifle Maiden’s misadventures while babysitting the Bubble Princesses.

I believe I’ve chosen a studio for cover art, and I don’t think he’ll mind if I say that I’m talking to Roffles Lowell about the possibility of doing interior illustrations. No commitments have been made, so this post isn’t an attempt to pressure him or anything. But I really enjoy the YA look of his style, and I appreciate that it differs from the standard style of Japanese light novels or Japanese-influenced work. This is obviously a weeb novel, so I like the idea of the art being non-weeb.

In the midst of our conversation, Roffles sent me the above picture of Team Pizza to show me what his work looks like in black and white, and he told me to do with the image as I wish. So this is me doing that. Featured up there, of course, are Pizza Margherita, her faithful dog Pepper, and Crazy Annie Shové, all riding comfortably on the Pie in the Sky.

  • Unclever_Hans

    I like Roffles’s style. Are you sure that you don’t want him to do the cover, as well, for consistency?

    • If he did the cover art, the art would be fine, but the design (mine) would be amateurish. I’m planning to go with a professional company.

      Perhaps my thinking on this is wrong, but I’d personally prefer if the cover doesn’t look like the interior art. I’d prefer it to look more like an “adult” novel. Some people are turned off by cover art that suggests a book is for kids.

      • Roffles Lowell

        I don’t know whether it’s bad form to chime in here or not but I remember reading something years ago about comic art and age-related marketing psychology….

        There was an artist, Michael Oeming, who uses a cartoony style similar to the 90s Batman animation. He handles the art duties on books that are targeted at adults, and someone asked him in an interview whether his cartoony art appealed to kids. He said it didn’t… reason he gave was that the drab color scheme turned kids off, even when they picked it up and skimmed through the books.

        (To be taken with a grain of salt. I never managed to finish his books either, and this was not the colors’ fault.)

    • Roffles Lowell

      Thank you for the kind words, kind sir!