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Josh did a draft of a cover for Tim Worstall's book. Stacey decided to go with a photo instead, keeping the style consistent across the series, but Josh's version is rather lovely...

More cartoons by Josh here.

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That's rather good. Perhaps better than the Ukranian gas pipelline or whatever it is in the photo.

Josh encapsulates, whereas the photo... puzzles a bit, really. Unless the pipe-like object is some novel form of solar collector?

Dec 10, 2010 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Agree with BBD -- completely.

I wasn't even sure if it was a pipeline. And it is a pretty cheesy Photoshop job. Even I could do a better cover.

Dec 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Oh come on Pablo, it's a draft, not the final product...

Dec 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterLuis Dias


The photo cover is the final product. It is sitting in front of me now. And it's okay! Just not as witty as the Josh illustration.

To be fair to the publisher, it has gone to some trouble to establish a consistent look to the whole Independent Minds series, and a Josh cover would have been... incongruous.

FWIW, my favorites are THSI and Bob Carter's Climate: The Counter Consensus.

Dec 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD


And it's okay!

No accounting for taste, is there? :)

Yes, it is okay; no, it is not good. It does NOT draw attention to the book. While you can't tell a book by its cover, you can get the average punter to pick it up and look at it by its cover. This one say nothing to me. Now, Josh's cover is a winner. It really says a lot.

And that is a pretty cheesy Photoshop job. That really detracts from it even more.

I think Stacy's needs to rethink their "image". They would have sold many more copies with Josh's cover.

Dec 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Don Pablo

I'm sure Tom Stacey will be devastated (along with Tim) to learn how badly things have gone wrong ;-)

And see my comment at the top of this thread - I liked Josh's cartoon!

Dec 10, 2010 at 6:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

I'm looking again at this cover and I'm not at all sure that it is a Photoshop job, cheesy or otherwise. It actually looks real, so presumably chosen because it combines 'pipline-thing' with rainbow.

Someone at Stacey does have form for Photoshopping though - see the suggestion of human features added to the steam cloud rising from the cooling towers on the cover of Gerondeau's Climate: The Great Delusion.

Dec 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Sorry: 'pipeline-thing'

Dec 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Josh that was very good, and should have been used.

Dec 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterFenbeagle

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