The adage "Never judge a book by its cover" doesn't quite translate to the publishing industry. Eye-catching cover art can mean the difference between a commercial flop and a bestseller, regardless of the quality of the novel. Finding that visual connection with the reader is absolutely crucial in science fiction/fantasy, where imagination and speculation play a huge role in the literary experience. And no artist is hotter right now than John Picacio, who has created dozens of spectacular covers for some of the genre's biggest books. To name just a few: Frederik Pohl's re-released 1976 classic Gateway; The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams; George Zebrowski's Macrolife; and the 2006 reissue of Walter M. Miller Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Cover Story is the first-ever published compilation of Picacio's work, an impressive 200-page collection that includes not only a plethora of stunning science fiction/fantasy cover art but also non-genre work for magazines and various promotional jobs for plays, bookstores, etc. Also included are numerous sketches, commentary on the illustrating process, and a 20-page, in-depth interview with Picacio, who discusses his youth, his fascination with comic books and superheroes, and the unusual path he traveled to become the award-winning illustrator that he is today.
Boris Vallejo. Michael Whelan. Frank Frazetta. Todd Lockwood. Picacio deserves to be included in this elite list of extraordinary speculative fiction artists. But Cover Story confirms that he may be the best there ever was. A must-have for art connoisseurs as well as fans of science fiction/fantasy, this book proves that John Picacio is, simply put, the Picasso of speculative fiction. Paul Goat Allen