Annotations are fun. Here are some handy collections thereof, featuring…
- yummy obscure vocabulary in China Miéville’s The Scar (via a fan): gutta-percha, spillikins, oh my!
- and allusions in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (via the author): lots of D&D and ’70-80’s cinema, not surprisingly, but also webcomics and crime fiction…
If you love behind-the-scenes stuff, are weirdly interested in marketing, and/or fixate on cover art decisions for sff novels, check out creative director Lauren Panepinto’s wonderfully in-depth series (13 posts!) on the making of covers for a recent epic fantasy novel trilogy. The series goes all the way from casting of a martial artist as the photographic model, to prop and costume acquisition, to multiple rounds of retouching and graphic design.
So much chewy procedural and decision-making detail in there. It’s also a fun insight into what being creative director for a major sff imprint actually entails – being hyperaware of aesthetic and stylistic trends in current sff media, for example.
Panepinto also shares great advice for commercial sff illustrators over at the Muddy Colors art blog, which is where I first found her Orbit cover series.