This is wonderful…

It’s the poster (which moves) for the UK edition of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, out on Thursday. Click on it and be made happy.

http://www.teainteractive.com/clients/ocean/

sassyfrasscircus:

sometimes you have to ignore everything and bust out some fanart. The Hempstocks from Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane! —jb

Wonderful. I think this is the first all-Hempstock fanart I’ve seen…

sassyfrasscircus:

sometimes you have to ignore everything and bust out some fanart. The Hempstocks from Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane! —jb

Wonderful. I think this is the first all-Hempstock fanart I’ve seen…

annemeier:

I think I’m officially done now with the first quarter of my illustration senior thesis.  The overall project is to do four different book jackets for books that I really love, and the first one I chose is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I knew right off the bat that I wanted to do a Neil Gaiman book, but it was a tough choice deciding which one.  My favorite book is Neverwhere, but I already did a book jacket for that last year (which I actually got to give to Neil when he visited UArts!!). I also thoughtt of Coraline, but I just feel like, at this point, so many great artists have had their hands on it already that I didn’t know if I could avoid their influence and create something really original.  In the end I went with this book because I think it is kinda unexplored territory in the art world, and so many of the creatures in it are abstracted in a way that I thought would be a really fun challenge to represent.  Also, it’s just an amazing book, haha.  

The drawing I did here is supposed to represent the hunger birds.  From the description in the book, I imagined them as…a grey area between a flock of vultures and a mass of ominous shadows, I spose you’d say, haha.  The moon is supposed to represent Old Mrs. Hempstock shining through the birds.  At first, I also had the children’s hands emerging from the feathers to hold on to each other because I think that was a really wonderful childlike thing in the book that the main character would always be safe as long as he held Lettie’s hand. I think that says a lot about the bravery and strength children have in the face of daunting adult problems. Anyway, my teacher told me to take the hands out for compositional reasons, and annoyingly, as is often the case with teachers, I believe he was right, haha.  I decided to include both versions here though so that you can make up your mind for yourself. At least you can all say to yourselves “Hmm, that was a good thought” even if it wasn’t executed that well;)  

So that’s pretty much all I have to say about that.  I hope you like it!  If you haven’t read the book yet, then I recommend it, and don’t forget to look out for future book jackets (by me) for The Book of Lost ThingsAbarat, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making.

Definitely moodier without the hands…

gto12llll:

Ух, ребята! В ноябре АСТ выпускает последний роман Геймана.

The Russian cover for THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE!

gto12llll:

Ух, ребята! В ноябре АСТ выпускает последний роман Геймана.

The Russian cover for THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE!

The really wonderful OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE Spanish Booktrailer. (It’s out in SPANISH!)

(It’s El océano al final del camino)

soprabito:

Raccontare dal punto di vista dei bambini: due libri, uno bello e uno un po’ meno

Cara Virginia, sapendoti molto affaccendata oggi mi limito a raccontarti due letture, senza…

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I spy an Italian cover. How cool… (Nope, I hadn’t seen it before. I seem to mostly find out about these things from Tumblr.)

soprabito:

Raccontare dal punto di vista dei bambini: due libri, uno bello e uno un po’ meno

Cara Virginia, sapendoti molto affaccendata oggi mi limito a raccontarti due letture, senza…

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I spy an Italian cover. How cool… (Nope, I hadn’t seen it before. I seem to mostly find out about these things from Tumblr.)

authordoppelgangers:

Itty bitty doppelgänger

Moderator’s note: OH MY GOD, PERFECT.

Outclassed by a dog. Sigh.

thesanityclause:

I was just doodling and Lettie Hempstock turned up. What a lovely character.

thesanityclause:

I was just doodling and Lettie Hempstock turned up. What a lovely character.

asker

halfsickofshadovvs asked: If you don't mind me asking, why is The Ocean at the End of the Lane so expensive? I mean is it that you need money because I figured you wouldn't because of all the other stuff you've done that's been made into movies and things.

I’m afraid the author doesn’t set the book prices. That’s the publisher does that. Author royalties are a very small part of setting the price of a book. Normally the publishers bring out a hardcover first, and then, a year later, they bring out a much cheaper paperback. THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE has just been published, so it’s still in hardcover. 

You can buy it relatively cheaply from online retailers: Amazon are selling it right now for $14.60, and as long as it’s in the New York Times Bestseller list most of the large chains, like Barnes and Noble, and some of the Indies, are also discounting it.