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61 Hours Left, and Another Cover Pose

Snoopy

Over the past month, we’ve raised $11,271.11 for the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation.

I had hoped to have more cover poses done by now, but I’ve been fighting a cold this week, and it’s hard enough to hold these positions when you’re not coughing and hacking. So all I’ve got today is the cover for Gini Koch’s Alien Diplomacy.

I just finished Koch’s first book in the series, Touched by an Alien. (Review coming soon.) The heroine, Katherine “Kitty” Katt does more than her share of kicking evil alien butt, and that comes across in the cover art for the new book as well. But the heels…the positioning of her legs…the low-cut dress… Let’s just say the alien on the left side is getting quite the show.

I didn’t match the angle of her ankle quite right, and wearing shorts removed some of the voyeuristic feel.

Check it out, if you’re so inclined. And if you’re looking for any last-minute, tax-deductible charitable donations before the year ends, the fundraiser runs right up until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

Thank you.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Comments

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calico_reaction
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Squirrels! :)

That is one awkward pose, for sure....
fadethecat
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
I was about to comment on the squirrel being the Same Squirrel, rotated slightly, and then I realized the alien ferret or whatever is, in fact, the same one swapped in directions on the original cover. So it's an imitation of even higher fidelity than I'd realized!
nick_kaufmann
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
The chipmunks make it epic!
deborahblakehps
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
That explains the look at the alien-to-the-left's face.. And thank god someone finally took out that menacing toaster!

I've always said you were a little squirrelly...

Hope you feel better sooon!
law_nerd
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Is it just the contrast between the pictures, or does that woman really have a peculiarly long neck?
wolfsilveroak
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
She has a particularly long neck.
sinboy
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
And a prehensile spine
wolfsilveroak
Dec. 29th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh most definitely.
reedrover
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Interesting. After the requisite giggles, I started comparing the two bodies. Besides the Sci-fi low-g extra body length thing that she has going, what I find interesting is that, in comparison to Jim, she is still *proportional* from arms to legs to torso. (If we can assume that Jim is a normal body type.) Most leg-emphasizing illustrations shorten the torso at the expense of legs and butt. Here, you can see from Jim's arm down along his lower leg that she was drawn proportionally from shoulder to wrist. The curve in her torso takes up the length required to place her shoulder at the correct angle... I'm intrigued.

Edited at 2012-12-29 04:20 pm (UTC)
stillnotbored
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dude, you missed an opportunity for extra pain points. Leaning the ball of your foot on the edge of the chair and then arching your toes back the way the model on the cover is can cramp your muscles in twenty seconds flat.

But you get bonus points for the squirrels.
jimhines
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I had another shot that was closer on the angle of the foot and ankle, but the upper body was off in that one.
stillnotbored
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Artists must make choices and sacrifices. I totally understand that.

And squirrels...creepy cute squirrels. They make up for everything.
misslynx
Dec. 29th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, that plus the freakishly hyperextended neck were the only two things you missed... But I'm not sure how physically possible either of those things actually are.
cathshaffer
Dec. 29th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Kick toaster ass!
fjm
Dec. 29th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Great squirrels. But you need to try it with a string sleeve vest that keeps threatening to slide down your arms.
kshandra
Dec. 29th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm just tickled that we own the same Nerf gun. (Mine was a Christmas present.)
jimhines
Dec. 29th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Scalzi has that one as well. He used it in the Christmas pose-off :-)
rachelmanija
Dec. 29th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
My favorite part of yours is the toaster. My favorite part of hers is the distinct leer on the face of the ferret alien that is looking up her dress.
northernwalker
Dec. 29th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
The squirrels look decidedly bemused.

And yeah, that is a really awkward pose, especially her foot- I get cramp just looking at it.
horace_hamster
Dec. 29th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome! OMG the toaster and the squirrels.I sat giggling for the longest time.
writerjenn
Dec. 29th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
One perhaps-overlooked thing about the original dress: if one engaged in much physical activity at all while wearing it, it is likely that certain anatomical parts would come popping out of the bodice. Perhaps that is viewed as just another way to subdue the aliens ...
gelsey
Dec. 29th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Her collar bones stick out way more than yours, too, but a starvation diet to get that isn't worth the pictures...
deborahblakehps
Dec. 29th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
You are clearly going to have to buy a low-cut shirt if you are doing many more of these...
rantinan
Dec. 29th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Trying to land a role as Devilin Stone, oh killer of toasters? /end battletech refrences.
ironed_orchid
Dec. 30th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Squirrels!
snapes_angel
Dec. 30th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
...that is a toaster, right?

"...many twists and turns." Snerk. I agree. The post, it twists and turns. You didn't quite match the angle of the head: but then, again, who could? Well, aside from Plastic Man, Mr. Fantastic, or Silly Putty.

Ah. Just noted the squirrels. Spiffy.

Yes, I was looking more at the toaster, verifying that it was, in fact, a toaster, and not an old external floppy drive.

Edited at 2012-12-30 03:49 am (UTC)
lb_lee
Dec. 30th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
OMG IT'S BOOK TWINKIE!

I got the first couple books in this series from a friend while I was recovering from major surgery. I read through them having no clue what they were and... OMG. They were like... so bad, but so irresistible for me, thus the name Book Twinkie. I snarked them with commentary and doodles in the margins for both books as an art project.

I look forward to seeing your opinion of it. (What did you think of the names? Kitty Katt? Jeff Martini? William Howard TAFT?)
jmward14
Dec. 30th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
A noble effort, especially when you're fighting the non-con crud. But the squirrels make it for me. They're epic.
jimhines
Dec. 30th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
The squirrels kind of steal the show, don't they.
jmward14
Dec. 30th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Squirrels steal everything. :-)
paragraphs
Dec. 30th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh my stars, what a pose. But oh my stars what FINE legs you have there!!! :)

julieandrews
Dec. 31st, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
People keep saying squirrel, but I thought they were prairie dogs. Comparing Google pics, I still think they're prairie dogs. A squirrel would have a lighter chest compared to the rest of their fur?

Is there a rodent specialist in the house?
jimhines
Dec. 31st, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I've seen several arguments about it, actually. It looks squirrelish to me, but I could see prairie dog too.
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