Eye Candy, with a twist

I have been remiss in letting y’all know of a wonderful present created for you — yes, you! — by David Mattingly, in concert with Toni Weisskopf, Madame the Publisher, of Baen Books.

David, of course, has painted six brilliant Liaden Universe® covers: Saltation, Mouse and Dragon, Ghost Ship, Dragon Ship, Necessity’s Child, and Dragon in Exile.  We admire his work greatly, but with this time, he’s outdone himself.

Without further ado, then, we offer you the animated version of the cover for Dragon in Exile, an effort that has variously been described as wonderful, terrifying, cheesy, fabulous, frisking weird, annoying, awesome, great, and stunning.

What do you think?  Take a look and let me know.

11 thoughts on “Eye Candy, with a twist”

  1. I bought the un-animated print of Dragon in Exile from David and I WISH I could animate it like this. These animations have been wonderful, and David has been doing them ever since he did the first cover for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine…the work is fantastic in the truest sense of the term. Bravo.

  2. um… Can’t do too much with the main characters without exponentially more work, so I see how they move. The placement for the print now shows.
    Personally, I still haven’t found the cat. THAT’s what I wish had been animated!

  3. I always love David Mattingly’s covers, and this is great, if a little scary with the huge ball of fire. Only thing missing is an animation of the cat, which probably is not central to the story itself. Note: I just realized that the cats in the Liaden(c) universe don’t seem to be on the ships, which is too bad. Life is better with a cat around, which they recognize on planet. In any case, thank you David, Toni. Baen books and of course, our intrepid authors Sharon and Steve. It was fun!

  4. I like the animation (but I still can’t find the cat!). Pre-ordered Dragon in Exile and Constellation III today – can’t wait!

  5. I am sure their ships have cats! For rodent control, not to mention morale. They just haven’t come up in the course of conversation yet!

  6. eReaders need to get a clue and enable full color animated covers like this.
    Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

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