Caeser's Head, Part Two - The Rage
Cannot thank everyone enough for the support on my first contest! Got some great stuff, learned some keen lessons.
Thanks everyone for the work on the designs, and the feedback! Apologies to anyone who fell victim to my lack of specificity. Going to try again with lessons learned. This time, I will be much more specific about what I want. One design, wrapped around spine front and back. Blind contest.
It's a scene of revolt. After everyone has been co-opted by mechanical insects and synthetic microbes, we have a situation where almost everything is burned to the ground. All of that mess and burn is kept outside of cobbled-together barricades that surround the city center (optional to show the outside ashes). (Oh, this city has nowhere near a million people, so a vast landscape of tall buildings would not match the story)
Inside the barricades, the ruling pedophiles/pederasts are kept motivated by a large cache of kidnapped children, held prisoner there. (Bldgs inside barricades are not burned)
But the folks on the outside are getting wise, and so they stage a revolt. They commandeer a three story tall metal cowboy, and place him on a large flatbed trailer truck, and roll it up to outside of the barricades. Now these revolters are firing rifles out of each of the cowboy's eyes, and another one is firing a flamethrower out if its mouth.
They are aiming down of course, into a scatter of panicked people running on a street (or intersection) inside the barricades. Most are male adults armed with pistols (with a slight touch of zombie, but not too creepy, and no blackened clothes), but there is a dash of youth of both genders, suggesting a hint of children escaping.
Barricades are dark, made of fence-pieces, pallets, planks, old busses, trucks, etc., and a few buildings stand across from the barricades (inside) on the other side of the street. My suggestion is metal cowboy and barricade on the right of front cover, street/people in the middle and around spine, buildings on the left of back cover, but whatever works for you is also likely good. Midday, summer, smoky skies, some dust, maybe burnt amber/orange color? (Aerial point of view, street point of view, building looking down point of view, it all can work)
Some specifics about the metal cowboy: Coat; Colonel Sanders or bolo tie; shirt; cowboy hat; narrow toy story-ish caucasian face; right arm at 90 degree angles giving geeky wave; left arm down; black pants. Some evidence of burn.
Some specifics about the folks in street: Since everyone has lost their personalities, they are compensating with costumery. Masks are not allowed, but makeup, tatooes, and outlandish clothes are. All carry pistols and holsters. Some are firing back at the cowboy revolters. Children are wearing pillow cases or rucksacks with holes cut in the bottoms for heads and arms. (Sack is worn upside down, open at bottom like a thigh-length skirt. Bare legs and no shoes.) None of the characters in the story are visible.
Since this is a continuation of Part One, the covers need to resonate with each other. That likely means similar fonts (& spine layout), and the fade-to-dark rim around the entire thing. But you all know more about these things than me! Preview Part One cover is uploaded
I hope that this description works. I have raised the price of the contest, as I know that I am asking for more.
I will make every endeavor to stay close to email and respond quickly. I will also be making use of star ratings, as suggested to me by tech support at 99. Good luck to all of us, I hope we can make it work!
What will be the winner? Capturing the mood. I am open to modest abstraction/texture but not too much, as Part One cover has detail.
Back text will match Part One if white on dark, but I am open. Maybe cover text is over a dark cloud in the sky or bldg?
Back Cover Text:
With Bad Halloween now an officially confirmed reality, things have changed. The new order of the day is nanodrones, steroid
mutations, and remotely operable cyber police. As Trevor and his family continue to flee their enemies, they find that things are not as they seem. Yes their whole world is burning, but the culprits behind it all may have more to fear than they think!
“What is the opposite of royalty? Sharing? For one family to stay in power, they must master two feats: Inflict poverty on their subjects to keep them struggling not revolting, and two; slaughter anyone who doesn't go along. Fancy clothes, gaudy palaces, and gay parades do not change the underlying game one bit!”
- Carla de la Cruz
Forget winners and losers! Forget givers and takers! There is only one reality: The caring, and the parasites who are not them!
- Trevor Holmes