Sleepless Knights Cover!

15 Apr

With Sleepless Knights now on pre-sale from Atomic Fez, and with just a few months until release, it’s a pleasure to reveal the cover – the work of designer, artist and all-round splendid fellow Jimmy Broxton!


Click on image for bigger version of Broxton brilliance

The initial brief in an email to Jimmy was for a tone that mixes “the domestic with the fantastic. ‘Gleeful anachronism’ might be a good way to describe it… But there’s also a poignant tone to the book – these characters are far from home and have all seen better days.” In addition to the comedic elements to the book, the story of Sir Lucas is an unlikely hero’s journey that tests him to his limits and beyond, and I was keen to avoid anything too overly wacky.

Jimmy responded with an initial sketch which he described as “a representation of authentic brass rubbings coming alive, cavorting, boozing, eating kebabs/fried chicken and generally acting up as described… it’s comedic, but not a cartoon as such… a darker, more satirical feel.”

The finished version not only met that initial brief, but far exceeded my expectations. I’m hugely proud to have such a striking and original piece of design as the cover to Sleepless Knights.


4 Responses to “Sleepless Knights Cover!”

  1. Chris Miles (@slimejam) April 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    What a fantastic cover! Everything about t is perfect — the type, the illustration style. It looks timeless. No wonder you’re proud! Can’t wait to read the book. (I hope there’s a rubbish green CGI snake in it.)

    • markhwilliams April 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks Chris, glad you like it! The timeless quality really struck me, too. The image looks like a Penguin or Puffin classics cover or something, but the type makes it feel fresh. He’s one talented designer. Have you seen his Goldtiger kickstarter project with Guy Adams? Might be your kind of thing. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book! No CGI snakes, alas, and all dragons are rendered in full Harryhausen stop-motion 🙂

    • Ian Alexander Martin April 24, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      Please disregard the author’s claims of Harryhausen stop-motion dragons’ inclusion in the book. Due to budgetary restraints (which he continued to blatantly ignore by sticking his fingers in his ears and making la-la-la-la-la noises), all dragons have been rendered in Supermarionation®. Basically, picture one of the lunar explorers in Space: 1999 lifting off, only then imagine it’s a dragon. A very slow, boxy-shaped, wobbly dragon. That’s what you’ll be getting.

      Click the link in the post up there to pre-order the exciting, SFX-filled experience!


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