I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping for a Saturday, free and clear, and ready to be filled up with at least 5000 words! Get your typing fingers at the ready, but first, take a gander at today’s cover, designed by the fantastic Chris Silas Neal:
The Seawrack Wars by tomato-greens
The first time Zee Khalil saw a mermaid scalp for sale, she was ten. Six years later, the mermaid tourist trade is the only thing standing between her small island fishing town and its absorption into one of its larger mainland neighbors. Though the town has received some negative press, Zee’s never seen a problem––mermaids are legal prey, and traps have come a long way since the first mermaids were netted. She should know; after all, her dad was one of the first fishermen to adopt and promote the new humane policies.
Then his body washes up on shore, wrapped carefully in mermaid hair. All of a sudden, the town is flooded with big city reporters and the governor’s being pressured to shut them down. Someone’s not following the rules. And Zee plans on finding out who.
Chris Silas Neal is an illustrator and designer whose work has been published by a variety of magazines and publishers and, featured on television. His book jackets and posters have been recognized by the AIGA, Type Directors Club and American Illustration. His first picture book titled, “Over and Under the Snow" with author Kate Messner has just been released by Chronicle Books. He keeps a studio in an old Pencil Factory located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.
Keep an eye out next week for a blog post from John Gall, art director at Vintage / Anchor Books and helmer of 30C30D, checking in on our project as we approach the halfway point. And please let Chris and T.E. know what you think!