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Designing Denis Johnson’s ‘The Laughing Monsters’ Cover

Denis Johnson's manuscript binder inspired the cover design

Denis Johnson’s manuscript binder inspired the cover design

In the Huffington Post series “Rejected Covers,” Rodrigo Corral–the designer behind a slew of recognizable covers for books by Gary Shteyngart, Chuck Palahniuk and Junot Díaz—shares the creation process behind the cover for Denis Johnson’s new book, The Laughing Monsters.

Johnson, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, had created a manuscript cover that served as inspiration. Corral described it:

“His sketch is what I like to think of as three-quarters Basquiat, one-quarter ninth grade geometry class. I love the two joyful skulls–violent and rapturous somehow with their grins and sharpened teeth. Denis also suggested that we take a look at the paintings of Ronald Sloan, an outsider artist who creates macabre, almost Goya-esque paintings. These images were menacing in a lot of ways, but there was almost a childlike regard to that danger, a joy in the face of it.”

The designers experimented with Basquiat’s work and more traditional African imagery for contrast, in the end going with Johnson’s skulls because they captured the duality of humor tinged by death. Gold was used to reference the “get rich quick” aspects of the plot.

Corral told HuffPo, “The final cover is one that I hope conveys just how unsettling this book is and that nothing that transpires is ever black and white. Denis said it best to his editor here: ‘I’m not trying to be Graham Greene. I think I actually am Graham Greene.’”

 

The final cover design for "The Laughing Monsters"

The final cover design for “The Laughing Monsters”

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Cover Unveiled For The 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Looking For Alaska’

Looking For Alaska 10th Anniversary

Young adult novelist John Green has revealed the new cover for the 10th anniversary edition of Looking For Alaska. We’ve embedded the full image, designed by artist Rodrigo Corral, above—what do you think?

According to the press release, this special edition features an “introduction by John Green, looking back at Looking For Alaska ten years later, essay by Michael Cart, Chair of the 2006 Printz committee, deleted scenes, and extensive Q&A from John Green answering fans favorite questions, the book will offer more for readers than ever before.” Penguin Young Readers Group has scheduled a release date for 2015.

Rodrigo Corral Designs Cover For The Mountain Goats Rocker John Darnielle

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John Darnielle, best known for being a member of The Mountain Goats band, has signed a deal with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to pen his novel. The publisher will release Wolf in White Van on September 30, 2014.

The FSG blog revealed the cover for Darnielle’s novel; it was designed by famed artist Rodrigo Corral. We’ve embedded the image above–what do you think?

The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green holds The Mountain Goats in high regard. Back in January 2013, they performed alongside Green and his brother Hank during their “Evening of Awesome” event at Carnegie Hall.

John Green Reveals New Cover & Contest

In the video embedded above, novelist John Green unveiled the cover for The Fault in Our Stars. His publisher also announced a contest to create a new cover for his 2006 book, An Abundance of Katherines. Follow this link for more contest details.

The new cover was created by Rodrigo Corral, the artist behind covers for Chuck Palahnluk‘s Pygmy, Colson Whitehead‘s Sag Harbor, Junot Diaz‘s Drown and many more titles.

Here’s more from the release: “When John Green first announced The Fault in Our Stars on June 29, 2011 it shot to #1 on Amazon and BN.com on the basis of title alone. Immediately, fans began creating their own covers for the unfinished book, posting them [to Tumblr]. This creative outpouring resulted in hundreds of fan-generated covers and inspired Penguin Young Readers Group to launch the ‘An Abundance of Covers’ contest to redesign the Printz Honor winning book about a boy named Colin Singleton who has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines.”

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Rodrigo Corral Named Creative Director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Graphic designer Rodrigo Corral (pictured, via) has been named creative director at Macmillan’s Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG). According to Unbeige, Corral actually worked at FSG from 1996 to 2000 following his graduation from the School of Visual Arts.

Here’s more from Unbeige: “He begins in his new post early next month and will continue to run Rodrigo Corral Design, the nine-year-old studio behind such memorable book covers as those for James Frey‘s A Million Little Pieces, a shelf of Chuck Palahniuk novelsDebbie Millman‘s smashing How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, and Jay-Z‘s recent memoir-cum-lyrical codexDecoded.”

Rodrigo’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Book Review. His art has also been seen on books published by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group (USA), and W.W. Norton.

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