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  • November 29, 2011 10:10 am

    30 Covers, 30 Days 2011: Day 29

    It’s the second-to-last day of November! Good luck to all of you who are sprinting towards the finish line, and a huge congratulations to everyone who’s already won. Today’s cover was created in 24 hours by the first-class Charlotte Strick:

    By Example by Puella Hilare

    Gayle Cord never thought that super powers were real— until she survived an insane accident and found herself with powers that boggled her mind, among them (and her favorite) the ability to fly! 

    Fortunately, her father had been a big comic book fan (as well as a cop) before he died, and had passed that love on to her. They’d had long, rambling talks about the things in comics that would never work in the real world, so when Gayle decided to put on a costume and play superhero, she did things in a smart, thought-out fashion. 

    She hadn’t realized, though, how her heroics would affect the world around her— and how that would affect her. A secret identity turned out to be a pain in the neck— but worse was her growing conviction that she couldn’t possibly be the only person with super-powers for very long. Surely someone else would get powers— and then things would be very different. 

    In fact, things were different already— and as she struggled with how much of the truth to give the public that wanted to know as much as possible about the masked heroine Gayle Cord had become, she realized something very, very important: 

    When you are the first of anything, you have to lead…By Example.

    Charlotte Strick is the Art Director of Faber & Faber, Inc. and the Trade Paperback division at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She’s the an award-winning designer known for creating the jackets for books by Roberto Bolaño, Lydia Davis, and Jonathan Franzen, among many others. She is also the Art Editor and designer of The Paris Review, and the mother to twin boys who turned one just yesterday. Until she finally gets around to designing her very own website, you can view some of her work here: http://designrelated.com/profile/pickupstrick

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