January 16, 2016

Creative Corner: January 2016 Edition

What have KaCSFFS' Creative Friends been up to, lately? In the aftermath of the Christmas rush, not quite as much as in the recent previous months. But we do have some announcements from Bryan Thomas SchmidtMitch Bentleyand KaCSFFS' Hugo Awareness Project.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Bryan Thomas Schmidt has announced that later this year a story of his, Border Time, co-written with Kate Corcino, will be published in The X-Files Conspiracy Theories anthology. 

He will keep us posted when a publication date is announced.

Mitchell Bentley
Mitch Bentley of Atomic Fly Studios has alerted us to several new covers he's now free to announce, that will be published in 2016.

Alban Lake Publishing has released the January issue of Outposts of Beyond. It has undergone a format change and a new nameplate design. It will be shifting from its previous standard magazine format to a large 6x9” trade paperback size.

The January issue features Mitch's 2015 Calendar piece (also by Alban Lake), titled ElysAlian Fields
Sky Warrior Books will be releasing James K. Burk’s book, Redemption, on Audible audio book format, for which Mitch did the cover last year. The artwork is titled Confrontation.

Sky Warrior will also release several others in Audible format. Late last year, Mitch also converted the book covers we posted about in Creative Corner last August: Gate of Souls by Verna McKinnon, as well as Prophecy of Swords, Runestone of Teiwas, and Serpent Singer and Other Stories, all three by M.H. Bonham

Keep your eyes out for two titles from Yard Dog Books, with Mitch’s covers: Ancient Enemy by Lee Killough, and Dragon’s Tongue by Laura J. Underwood.

Both are redesigns, but the Dragon’s Tongue cover has a particularly interesting story. Mitch’s first Dragon’s Tongue redesign was for Sky Warrior to replace the Meisha Merlin cover by Matt Stawicki. He created a piece he titled Demon Attack. It was sold as an eBook through them, but never finished out as a trade paperback, though the art was ready.

Yard Dog has recently acquired the title, and though they liked the first version, they decided to change it yet again in order to have a clear separation of publishers, despite the earlier cover’s never having been printed as a trade paperback. The new version is a scene from much later in the book, titled Deadly Riddle. Mitch writes, “I have to say it has been an honor to be chosen each time for this same project!” 
Same book: two covers. L: Sky Warrior cover; R: Yard Dog cover.
In other news, Mitch also is finally stepping down as ASFA President. Elections will begin soon, but it looks as if Sara Felix will be the new driving force and President of ASFA. She has been the Secretary for the last year and has been instrumental in instigating several new programs for the Association. Mitch expresses every confidence in her abilities to move ASFA forward. 

IMAGES: Many thanks to Bryan Thomas Schmidt for the X-Files Conspiracy Theories cover, and to Mitchell Bentley for the cover illustrations in his section. 

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