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Verso Page (the callouts aren't reproduced here, they are simply directions for additions to "filling" out the atmosphere of the cover, such as "Chemistry stuff on table top—glossy black surface." The rough column of text starting below the thumbnail at the right reads as follows):
or an even greater close up with braid and rope somehow the focus.
The line art should be crisp and sharp—even a manga-esque line and shape to the figure.
I'll think about [it] for awhile and send something off as a suggestion to Pat.
I'm still wondering if we should mention on the cover that Grim has a walk-on only in this book.
Other than that: I'm relieved and glad it's all finally off and whatever they do is going to be just fine.
Recto Page:10:45 p.m.
This proof arrived in today's mail. I love the way the new sketch ended up looking on the cover. I'm not sure I like the curly type on my name—it doesn't show up well on the spine but Carol said that on the actual size proof it's totally readable.
Now that this has wound down I'm excited to get back to the mysteries. But mostly I'm just looking forward to a couple weeks off with nothing to do but sketch and think up new ideas.