For this next assignment this week, I decided to create a children’s book cover for the “Mashedup Children’s Book” assignment. Lately I have been excited with the news of there being a Season Two of the Amazon Prime Show Good Omens, so I wanted to create a mash-up book cover that reveals some of the plot without fully giving it away.
For anyone not familiar with it, Good Omens (1990) was written by Neil Gaimen (of Sandman fame) and Terry Prachett (of Discworld fame). They are two of the greatest British authors in recent times, and Good Omens has had a devoted cult following since its release in 1990. Amazon Prime adapted the book into a six-episode show in 2018, starring Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as the demon Crowley. The show is a marvelous adaptation of the book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a platonic love story between former enemies, which also has some very dry comic bits in-between. The book does this more than the show, and some parts will have you doubled over laughing as how off-track-without-actually-getting-off-track it is at times. 10/10, glowing recommendation from me!
Anyways, I started by looking around for some Good Omens fanart. There’s quite a bit, since the book came out in the 1990s. However, I found a wonderful piece by Chocodile on Twitter that portrays Crowley driving his 1933 (in the show; it’s a 1926 in the book) Bentley as it’s on fire. This is something that occurred in both the book and show, and I immediately knew the title I wanted to go with. First off, I do not own this fanart! Chocodile is the artist, and I only repurposed it for this project! The original Tweet that contains the art can be found below!
To make the book cover, I downloaded the image then used Pixlr to create a canvas that was approximately the size of a book cover. I wanted to keep the yellow background, because I liked the way it looked and felt it really complimented the children’s book aesthetic. I messed around with shading a bit before deciding it looks better as the original. From there I generated the title “A Demon’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Prachett. I personally like to image there’s a sequel out in the world somewhere, titled “An Angel’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” or something like that. This one is from Crowley’s perspective, so that one could be from Aziraphale’s. There could actually be an entire series! “A Witch’s Guide…,” “A Witch Hunter’s Guide…,” “The Antichrist’s Guide…,” etc., etc.! These are all references to the book/show, by the way, so I apologize to anyone unfamiliar with it. Basically it’s a motley crew consisting of an angel, a demon, the antichrist, three human children, a witch, a witch hunter, a former witch hunter, and a medium who team up to stop the apocalypse. It’s quite fun(ny) actually!
Here’s the final product! Please let me know what you think in a comment down below!