A little piece of awesome

So when I finally got the cheque/check/however the hell you want to spell it for my STORMDANCER signing fee, most author folks I knew encouraged me to go out and buy myself something nice with some of the spondoolicks. This is reasonable logic given that:
1) These payments arrive with the same pace as everything else in the publishing industry, which as previously discussed, is fucking glacial quite slow. So when they do arrive, you should probably do something to mark the occasion.
2) You generally work like a Guchi wallet sweatshop child quite hard to finish your novel, find an agent, find a publisher, do your edits, dance the dance of social media, and all the other stuff authors have to do between hurling televisions out of hotel room windows and doing rails of Bolivian off booth babe boobies at San Diego Comic Con (I have my doubts anything remotely resembling this actually happens to famous author types, but I have to maintain some level of rockstar chic) so giving yourself a little reward after all that hard work might somehow make the months of lost sleep and peptic ulcers worthwhile.
3) What’s the point of having money if you never enjoy it? You can’t take it with you. Ask a fucking pharaoh.
So, long story short, I decided to commission a piece of artwork from an awesome illustrator whose work I’ve admired for a long time. For those of you who aren’t hopeless gorram nerds, Genzoman does a lot of work on trading card games and RPGs, and if you actually clicked on his gallery link above, you’d know he’s as awesome as discovering a crumpled $20 note in an old pair of jeans whilst cruising through the Jurassic rain forest in a time-travel hovercar with several scantily clad hotties of your preferred gender/orientation with the stereo cranked loud enough to cause an extinction level event.
So, without further ado, here’s Genzo’s illustration for STORMDANCER. Note, this isn’t a cover, and won’t actually be used anywhere in the book. It’s just a little gift from Jay to Jay to remind me “Hey, you’re really doing it, kid.”
Oh, and before I go practice my mad telly throwing skillz: All you UK folks, STORMDANCER is available for pre-order at the Book Depository!
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27 Responses to “A little piece of awesome”

  1. bwtaylor75 says:

    And here I was thinking that you would get a griffon tattoo or something. Yet I must confess that is mighty impressive. With the next check you should hire a band to write and record a song about your book. You could use the portrait as the cover art. That would be freaking awesome and your welcome for the epic idea. Can’t wait for the book.

  2. Oooh. That is really lovely.
    bwtaylor75 has some damn good ideas there.

  3. ZOMG!! As the mother of a hardcore Magic junkie who has his favorite cards “embellished” by an artist in Vancouver, BC, yes! This is the perfect way to reward yourself for all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve smeared all over Stormdancer’s pages, Jay. Very impressed with your awesome taste in self-gifting. Now what’d you get your bride for V-day?

  4. Ahoy Misterkristoff! I found your blog and read the whole thing this morning. Very interesting and pretty damn funny. I can’t wait to read your book.

  5. Wow, that is a gorgeous piece of art! Money well spent! 😀

  6. Clara says:

    I had a dab at drawing back in my deviantart days, and I followed him strenuously.
    I’ve said it on Facebook and I say it here: Freaking awesome! I grew up dreaming of the day Genzoman would do an artwork with one of my characters, so kudos for you sir! Again: WICKED AWESOME!! : )

  7. Genzoman must be a fan of your novel. Did he read it even before he drew that picture?

  8. X52495 says:

    Did Genzoman actually read your book? He drew it so wonderfully! He must’ve really liked Yukiko and drew her to make her look so tough and mighty.

    • Nope, he didn’t read it. Very few people have read it so far 🙂 But I gave him a description of her looks and personality and he took it from there.
      Glad you like it! 😀

      • X52495 says:

        He must have been accurate on how she should be portrayed.

      • X52495 says:

        Can I have that description as well?

        • Sure. 🙂 Here’s the description I sent Genzo:
          Yukiko – 16 year old girl. Japanese. Pale skin. Long dark hair. She usually wears goggles and a kerchief over her face, but they should be slung around her neck for the pic. She wears baggy white hakama (trousers) a short sleeved uwagi (tunic) and a black obi (sash) around her waist. She has tattoos on her shoulders and upper arms – right arm: a fox with nine tails (head down, as if it were running down her arm, so the tails are up across her shoulder and chest). left arm: a rising sun (like the Japanese military flag). She carries a tanto.
          Personality – brave, stubborn.

          He did a great job capturing her from just one paragraph, don’t you think?

  9. […] I’ve been meaning to read more books set in a world inspired by East Asia and thought that this might be a good place to start. Stormdancer is the first book in the Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff. Oddly enough, I found this book a few years ago on DeviantArt of all places. While browsing through the art of Genzoman, I found a Stormdancer art where Kristoff commissioned an art with his advance for the series. The art is pretty awesome! Story here: https://jaykristoff.com/2012/02/14/a-little-piece-of-awesome […]

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