For fans of Monster Hunter International, here's the new cover art


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Correia
August 16, 2008, 06:34 PM
And for anybody who hasn't read it, and clicks on this, wondering how it is gun related, this is about the gunniest book there is.

http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/cover-art-for-monster-hunter-international-baen-edition/

The artist is Alan Pollack. He's not a gun guy, but is great at fantasy stuff. He wanted to get the guns correct though, so I sent him a bunch of photos of the guns that were in this one specific scene.

The 870 came out pretty darn good. The M14's scale is a touch off, but that's all good considering artistic license.

As a writer, it is pretty darn neat to see a scene from your imagination rendered into a painting. Not at all how I pictured it, but I've got to admit that I'm loving it.

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Duke Junior
August 16, 2008, 06:37 PM
Very cool.Kudos on that art work and may you have a smash success.

Deer Hunter
August 16, 2008, 06:41 PM
But... But....That's not Owen!!!

Very cool though!

PTK
August 16, 2008, 06:42 PM
Very cool - I'll have to buy a few copies of this publishing, too.

Correia
August 16, 2008, 06:53 PM
Deer Hunter, there won't ever be an official description of Owen...

Until somebody gives me millions of dollars for the movie rights, and then he's played by whoever they say he is. :)

He does kind of look like a really buffed Nathan Fillion in this one though. I'm down with that for the movie, but Mal better start hitting the gym. Hard. :p

TCB in TN
August 16, 2008, 07:00 PM
Fine cover, catches the feel of the book very well! Do you have a re-release date yet? How about news on #2, 3 etc?

Vaarok
August 16, 2008, 09:58 PM
I just set that as my profile photo on Facebook, it is imbued with that much awesomeness.

SVT93
August 16, 2008, 09:59 PM
I actually like the old cover better but the new one is still awsome. Can't wait for it to be printed again, I missed out on it the first time.

SuperNaut
August 16, 2008, 10:00 PM
Does Baen do hardcover editions?

akodo
August 16, 2008, 10:35 PM
I looked at his shoulder but didn't see any patch on there

bogie
August 16, 2008, 10:44 PM
Needs da patch.

How they gonna get sasquatch to play in Hollywood?

SuperNaut
August 16, 2008, 10:45 PM
It's there, I'll blow it up and post. gimme a sec.

JohnBT
August 16, 2008, 10:45 PM
Very nice art work.

Re: Owen - I was sort of picturing someone with the size and agility of Rulon Gardner.

Gardner is the guy who beat Alexander Karelin for the wrestling gold in the 2000 Olympics. Karelin had been undefeated for 13 years of international competition; didn't give up a point during the last 6 years of the 13 and won 3 Olympic golds in a row.

bogie
August 16, 2008, 10:46 PM
Guy on the cover ain't big enough.

Or geeky enough.

Atla
August 16, 2008, 10:47 PM
My only beef is the stock of the 870 doesn't look right. It looks like it turns at a 45 degree angle where he grips it.

Other than that, it is AWESOME!


and the patch is there.

Edit - oh, and whats with the sword? Did I forget that part?

Apple a Day
August 16, 2008, 10:48 PM
I liked Oleg's cover a lot better. No offense.
Y'know, what we really need at THR is an MHI smiley!

SuperNaut
August 16, 2008, 10:50 PM
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i215/MojoPhilter/FBMGBBQ/mhipatch.png

DougDubya
August 16, 2008, 11:04 PM
The pistol grip on the M-14 looks all wrong. It looks as if someone drew a PSG-1 handle too small across her shoulders.

I do like the perspective on the 870, though.

Someday we'll meet Abomination in a picture.

DougDubya
August 16, 2008, 11:06 PM
Plus, you guys are saying Owen's not big enough... I dunno. Those vamps look puny compared to him.

I thought he had more facial hair, though, if only I keep associating Owen with Ogre/George Hill.

G36-UK
August 16, 2008, 11:25 PM
Nice pic. Will there be posters we can buy?

Here's hoping it sells as well as the first. I have a friend or two who are planning on buying it.

springmom
August 16, 2008, 11:26 PM
Very cool.

I am going to need to get another copy. My scuzzbucket sons have absconded with mine and I don't think I'll ever see them again (the copies, not the sons).

Springmom

Arkie
August 16, 2008, 11:35 PM
I like it!!!!

When the book comes out, let me know.

I'll take a signed copy.

Correia
August 17, 2008, 01:16 AM
One thing I don't ever do in MHI is actually describe what Owen looks like with any specifics. I do mention that he's big and ugly. He complains about how he is going bald, but I never say just how bad it is. He's got considerable facial scaring at this point of the book. I never mention facial hair at all, but many people assume that he's bearded.

I do mention his size, which is approximately 6'5" 310. So he's a big dude. I don't even really give out his ethenicity directly, but you learn that he's a serbo/polynesian.

Ironically enough, Julie in the painting looks a lot like my wife in real life, which is pretty damn interesting since I based Julie on my wife. :p

The perspective on the M14 is a bit off, size wise. It is a JAE stock with an ACOG on it. The knife does look big for the scene, but Owen carries a 21" Kukri. Julie's is never specified, so Alan took artistic license. The only people who're going to notice this are people like us, but then again, people like us make up most of my readership. :)

If you want to get really nit picky, he does have the smiley face patch on his arm, but he actually hadn't earned the right to wear one yet, and doesn't get his patch until the end of the book.

Overall, I'm pumped. When I first sold the rights, I would have been happy if my cover had a amazon chick wearing a chainmail bikini wrestling a mermaid.

Intune
August 17, 2008, 01:33 AM
When I first sold the rights, I would have been happy if my cover had a amazon chick wearing a chainmail bikini wrestling a mermaid.Put me in for ten of those covers Larry. I've got enough guns... :evil:


Good job. Looks awesome!
Great address btw. Minuteman Drive... Sheesh! Some people...

Radagast
August 17, 2008, 01:52 AM
Seconded. :)

Deer Hunter
August 17, 2008, 01:59 AM
Larry,

If you based Julie on your wife, you are indeed a lucky, lucky, man. :)

bogie
August 17, 2008, 03:42 AM
When I first sold the rights, I would have been happy if my cover had a amazon chick wearing a chainmail bikini wrestling a mermaid.

Larry, as another of the oulde pharts, at this young age of 47, I think we need to work that into one of the books. In fact, should you request my proofreading services, I'll shoehorn that bad thang in...

Look at the bright side - you aren't using pseudonym "John Ringo."

Phelptwan
August 17, 2008, 10:28 AM
I thought she was supposed to be wearing corrective eyeware...

Justin
August 17, 2008, 10:38 AM
He does kind of look like a really buffed Nathan Fillion in this one though. I'm down with that for the movie, but Mal better start hitting the gym. Hard.

Captain Hammer doesn't need to go to the gym. He's just naturally buff.

Correia
August 17, 2008, 01:03 PM
Justin, once again, you prove yourself to be a man of culture. I was rooting for Dr. Horrible.

Deer Hunter, I certainly did. Yeah, I totally rock. :D

Atla
August 17, 2008, 01:43 PM
Oh no no no.

Captain Hammer all the way...because now we all know what his Hammer is.

And I definitely want a poster of the cover art.

Atla
August 17, 2008, 01:45 PM
I just zoomed in on the picture and realized he's holding a head by the hair in his left hand!

Hoppy590
August 17, 2008, 02:13 PM
im not a huge fan, seems kinda cheesy scifi dime novel ish. i mean. MHI is a good book and deserves a classy cover

i also though thier body armor as more, Interceptor 2, less starship troopers

Slimjim
August 17, 2008, 03:59 PM
I went to buy this book at barnes and noble, and they told me it was out of print, what gives?

Vaarok
August 17, 2008, 04:32 PM
Pitt's armor was coyote tan. It's an interpretation.

JohnBT
August 17, 2008, 06:34 PM
"I do mention his size, which is approximately 6'5" 310."

Okay, Rulon Gardner is only 6'2" and 265 lbs. I thought he was bigger.

http://www.zimmcomm.biz/images/holstein/gotMILK-rulon.jpg

PTK
August 17, 2008, 06:36 PM
Slimjim

It IS out of print. That's why it's being released under another publisher next year. :)

Nolo
August 17, 2008, 06:44 PM
WANT!
Really WANT!
And I WANT two, as well...
Knowing my fundage, I'll have to buy them as a pair.

SuperNaut
August 17, 2008, 07:00 PM
I've always imagined Owen looking a lot like Marv:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Sincitym.jpg

Vaarok
August 17, 2008, 09:25 PM
Yeah, Marv without the monolithic jaw was pretty much what I figured Pitt was like. Younger, more akward and friendly, but that phenotype.

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