I’ve learned a lot about graphic design and book covers, as well as interior book design over the past few years. With a potential table slot at MileHiCon this coming fall, I figured it was as good a time as any to do some polishing on the books I have in print already, starting with Just Cause. The very first edition of Just Cause was published by another company, with custom art done by a very talented artist. Unfortunately, the rights to use that art stayed with the original publisher, and when they broke their contractual terms with me and Just Cause reverted to me, I had to scramble to find new artwork. Fortunately, I had a picture of Mustang Sally that Jeff Hebert had done for me as a prize for winning a HeroMachine contest. I asked him if I could have permission to use it, and he graciously agreed. The new, third edition of Just Cause is using the same artwork, but with a bit of shading which I did myself, and a new color scheme for the background. Here’s the old one on the left and the new one on the right. The new one has a bigger logo and character, and a better font for the byline, and I think it’s a significant improvement.
Just Cause gets updated cover art!
About the Author: ianthealy
Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. His popular superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is ever-expanding, as is his western fantasy epic The Pariah of Verigo. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Check out his exclusive publishing imprint, Local Hero Press.