I’m extremely pleased to see John Picacio and his new company, Lone Boy, will be putting out a calendar via a kickstarter campaign. Â And in the calendar? Â Girl with Microphone (You Say You Want a Revolution), which is the cover of The Creative Fire. Â I believe she’ll be July. Â Chances are she’s looking at you right now from my webpage header, where she’ll stay for at least a few months.
I couldn’t be more tickled about the calendar. Â Both for John, who is one of our great SF artists, and because Â in a way this means Ruby Martin is getting more play. When I first saw John’s art, he had so clearly captured Ruby’s essence that I wrote the second book with his rendering of Ruby up on the screen so I could look into her eyes. Â It gave me a fresh new way to talk to a character.
Ruby aside, I love the other work John has chosen for the calendar. Â The cover is fabulous. Â Gateway is a beautiful print I want to own someday…and Away From Here was the cover of an Asimov’s I had a story in.
There’s an extra bonus. Â I learned a thing or two about John while working with him on my cover. Â Not only is he thoughtful and creative, but he’s a complete perfectionist. Â And he’s designing the whole calendar. Â I think that means it’s going to be really awesome. Â Get yours by sponsoring the kickstarter.