Mar 29 2011 3:02pm

Designing the covers for Dan Wells’s John Wayne Cleaver trilogy

John Cleaver trilogy covers

Please enjoy this classic post on the cover-making process for Dan Wells’s John Cleaver trilogy. The final book, I Don’t Want To Kill You, hits shelves today!

As much as I appreciate the convenience of digital layout tools, I do often miss the short time I spent with an X-Acto, T-square, and can of Spray Mount before making the switch. This series by Dan Wells, about a teenage boy trying to stop serial killers in his town while struggling to control his own tendencies in that direction, presented a good opportunity to step away from the computer, if only briefly. These jackets could’ve been created purely digitally, but it wouldn’t have necessarily been any easier, and certainly not as personally satisfying.

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