Cover ideas for Pete’s Disappearing Act

Back when Jenny Tripp’s fabulous sequel to Pete and Fremont was still in production, the story—in which Pete leaves the circus in search of a new life—didn’t yet have a title.  Things were becoming so desperate AD Samantha McFerrin was reduced to asking me for ideas.  Here are rough sketches for the cover with title possibilities scribbled in:

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Nothing very workable here.  What about something more show-bizzy?  At this point Pete’s Disappearing Act had become the working title, so I thought I’d do something that looked like a vanishing act. Here are some ideas as tight sketches:

Too Houdini.  Here’s a dramatic scene where Pete and his friends are almost run over by a riverboat:

Still not quite there.  But this one was the winner—Pete caught up in a twister:

3 responses to “Cover ideas for Pete’s Disappearing Act

  1. Hey Jon,

    If and when would you use conte crayon or other select color media for your developing ideas?

  2. I just use a 2B pencil—I don’t get into color at all when developing ideas.

  3. Neat-oh! If only the title hadn’t proved so tragically prescient.

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