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June 03, 2007

The Face of the Ghost Brigades

This fellow purports to be the face you see on the cover of the Subterranean Press limited edition version of The Ghost Brigades; apparently he knows Vincent Chong, the artist, and Chong used his likeness. If true (and I don't particularly have reason to doubt him), I think this is pretty neat; I was wondering who the model might have been. Personally I think it looked like actor Neal McDonough, and thus might have been based a bit on him, but this works for me, too (I also think it's looks a bit like my childhood friend Tom Zimmer, but that's clearly just me). And given who the likeness is supposed to be, it makes this picture strangely poignant.

Posted by john at June 3, 2007 09:38 AM

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Ken McConnell | June 3, 2007 11:01 AM

I don't care who the guy or the gal are, the cover rocks! However, I'm not so fond of the OMW treatment by the same author. Everyone's tastes are unique and as long as you like them, that's all that matters.

One thing I've always wondered though, what's with all the star fighters on your OMW universe book covers? I don't recall small winged fighters being featured in the two I've read? I probably didn't pay close enough attention.

John Scalzi | June 3, 2007 11:10 AM

I believe small winged fighters are the universal symbol for spacecraft, Ken.

Ken McConnell | June 3, 2007 11:19 AM

I see. Much to learn I.

Nick Stump | June 3, 2007 01:46 PM

I just checked out Mr. Chong's website. It's a must-see. That guy knows how to put an image on canvas. I must not let my wife see. She an art junkie and she would spend my allowance to buy one of his pieces.

Jon Eaton | June 3, 2007 08:27 PM

Awesome cover. I am blasting through this series at about a book every two days.

Steve Buchheit | June 3, 2007 08:47 PM

Since there's discussion of the reading. I let my brother borrow my trade paperback copy of OMW. He also read it in about two days (he said). For him, that's a record. My brother reads alot, but he reads slowly (compared to me, and I read slowly compared to other people). He said he really liked it and we spent nearly and hour and a half talking about the book. He was giddy when I told him that the other three books in the series were out. I think I hooked another one for you, John.

JonathanMoeller | June 3, 2007 10:55 PM

I thought the cover was supposed to be Jarrod Dirac and Charles Boutin, myself.

Jeff Hentosz | June 3, 2007 11:26 PM

Weird. I originally took the soldier for a woman and assumed this was Jane Sagan and Boutin. Now that Moeller suggests otherwise, I see a certain androgyny I didn't before that makes me think...hmm...

What say you, Author?

Howard | June 4, 2007 09:38 AM

Jeff Hentosz:

The artist's title for the painting is 'Dirac/Boutin'.

Jeff Hentosz | June 4, 2007 12:59 PM

Huh. Thanks, Howard!

Howard | June 4, 2007 04:35 PM


You're welcome!

I had the same first impression of 'Sagan/Boutin' until I realized the link to the guy-from-the-cover didn't look anything like Neal McDonough.

Chang, for rizzle. | June 4, 2007 06:33 PM

What are the traycased editions going to look like? I mean. what does that mean, "traycased"?

Anne C. | June 5, 2007 10:43 AM

I assumed it was Dirac and Boutin.
On looking back, it could be a woman's face, except Dirac was the main character of the book.
I know we're all secretly in love with Sagan, so that explains the Sagan-centric assumptions, but it makes sense that it's Dirac.

The thing I thought was cool about the picture was that it really captures the look of the CDF soldier. I had forgotten about the cat's eyes.

John Scalzi | June 5, 2007 10:49 AM

It's Dirac.

Hibryd | June 6, 2007 01:48 AM

Oh, I guess that is a guy on the left. Which makes the cover more of a statement than a character mash-up. (And you know what threw me? Those captivating eyes.)

QJP | June 8, 2007 07:37 AM

Heh I know the guy on the cover, he's my best friend :-) I couldn't believe it when he pointed me at the American release; I'm tempted to buy it just for the cover!

John Scalzi | June 8, 2007 07:44 AM

Well, it's a limited edition, QJP, not the general American release. If you get it, it'll cost a bit more than the general edition. Just a head's up on that.

QJP | June 8, 2007 11:35 AM

Thanks John :-)

It's very strange to see the image of someone you know on the cover of a book! Maybe worth stumping up the cash for the limited edition!

Michael | June 11, 2007 04:36 AM

I went to uni with the guy on the cover, who brought my attention to this blog. I've got pictures of him with much floppier hair, more like the cover of an early nineties indie LP (note, I look more like a model for Girl at C&A, so I cant really take the high ground)

Both of the images are him, the one on the right is him post op*

*Not true by the way, this comment is bourne of jealousy

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