La Magnífica is a Spanish publisher for both high adventure and fantasy. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan, and I call myself lucky to know its editor, Alfredo Álamo.
With that in mind, I knew their reaching out for me to work on a cover for José Ramón Vázquez Peñas’ first novel, Tourbilon, would lead to an interesting bit of work. The blurb was something along the lines of “Clockpunk in Venice with Leonardo and Spanish would-be conquistadors”, which in itself is enough to pique my interest. And then I read the novel. Wow! I tried to transmit José Ramón’s sense of wonder and excitement with a pìece that showed my love of Drew Struzan’s posters in their dynamic compositions and vibrant use of colour. And it’s not Struzan, but I really like how it came out!
Another aspect of working with La Magnífica I love is how they plan their front and back covers: the front cover has the ISBN, title and copy for the book, and the back cover shows the full illustration. How very cool is that?