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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME

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Happy Tuesday, Swooners!

We know you've been waiting for this one, and we are so excited to finally share them with you: It's time for cover voting for the recently renamed The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas! Here's a summary in case you're in need of a refresher of this SUPER awesome debut:

"In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats from trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.

That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.

After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black." 

Swoon designer Becca S. has dreamed up four SUPER (it never gets old) cover directions for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about her inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will most likely be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Tuesday, August 29.



Lightning Bolt Cover

This is a more graphic option, referencing traditional superhero graphics we can all recognize right away! This book is fun because it takes hero stereotypes and flips them on their head. Right away you know you're getting a hero book—with a twist!


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Cityscape Cover

As we learn through the story, being a hero (or a "villain") can be isolating. Here they're standing over the city, isolated from it. This is the most romantic/moody option.


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Wall Cover

Right away, I thought it would be "super" (ha!) fun to juxtapose a hero and and a normal person. Supervillain is about how not all heroes have superpowers, so showing a normal girl and a hero (appearing rather vulnerable) is a fun way to bring these very different people to the same figurative and visual level!



Pow! Cover

This is the second graphic option, referencing the brighter/ pop-art era of comics! It's bright and bubbly, and immediately reads "superhero!"

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