Monday, June 14, 2010

Juicing a Concept for All It’s Worth

Los Angeles author Gary Phillips was the first person to bring this to my attention: the astonishing similarity between the cover of the recently released anthology, Orange County Noir, which Phillips edited for Akashic Books, and the graphics used in advertising for the upcoming A&E TV drama series, The Glades, which will premiere on Sunday, July 11, at 10 p.m. Phillips says the Akashic cover art was his idea. But who came up with the Glades promos--and can this really be a coincidence?

3 comments:

John Kenyon said...

They remind me of the cover of "Freakonomics," Which had an apple cut open to reveal an orange inside. This led to a lot of fruit-themed cover art in the business world.

Bill Crider said...

Ah, the old knives in fresh fruit cover! Zebra did a ton of those back in the '70s and '80s. I think Joe Lansdale's ACT OF LOVE used a strawberry. Gotta love it.

Anonymous said...

I love Gary, but people have been stabbing fruit for book covers for a long, long time. Check out the cover of PAMONA QUENN by Kem Nunn sometime. They stabbed into a whole crate of fruit for that one.

Fruit doesn't have a chance in the publishing world.

TL