In early August, Miss Violet DeVille asked for suggestions on Twitter for the title of a burlesque show based on the work of Neil Gaiman.
Naturally, I threw out a few ideas. They all riffed on Gaiman book titles; at least one of them was redundant to someone quicker on the draw.
While I’ve been thinking about running them on the blog as a Top X list, there are just five — and that’s counting the one that I came up with belatedly for the title of this post. So I decided to monkey with the covers to the books in question to spice things up visually. Comme ça:
You’re not gonna get these if you aren’t familiar with the original books, of course.
I’m presenting the covers in order of increasing vulgarity, more or less, although only the last — the sole cover on which I did more than simply rework the typography of the title a bit — is actually racy by any stretch. That one has impolite slang for boobs as well as boobs themselves, albeit covered up by pasties (since this is, after all, burlesque).
I can’t apologize enough to Dave McKean, who illustrated all of the covers.
Covers to Black Orchid, The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, and The Sandman: The Doll’s
House collected editions © 1991, 1995 DC Comics. Cover to The Day I Swapped My Dad For
Two Goldfish © 1997 Dave McKean. All original covers: Dave McKean. Photo of Neil Gaiman:
Kelli Bickman © 1995. Photo of boobs: Unknown. Typographical parody and disturbing
composite on the final cover: Brian Saner Lamken. I’m not sure why I kept the bowler.
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