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Look Here: Two Bantam New Age Books with lovely cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon

I have all sorts of used books in my personal library that I purchased I can’t remember when for maybe a quarter or fifty cents a piece just for the cover art, including these, which I just scanned for display here at RCN:

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Shakti Gawain? Of course, Shakti Gawain! Would anyone in the 1980s have purchased new-age claptrap like Creative Visualization had it been penned by Mike Smith from Canmore, Alberta? Not bloody likely!

And will you look at that: both the copyright page and the author’s acknowledgement credit the Creative Visualization cover art to Rainbow Canyon… wait, what? Rainbow Canyon? Of course, Rainbow Canyon! It’s perfect!

The other cover is uncredited, but you and I both know that the art for both Kiss Sleeping Beauty Good-Bye and Creative Visualization is by the Dillons, right?

Keywords: Kiss Sleeping Beauty Good-Bye by Madonna Kolbenschlag, Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain, Leo and Diane Dillon.

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Look Here: Four more Ace SF Specials with cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon

I’ve been a bit slow with new posts and scans here at RCN… been feeling a bit discouraged about a number of things… although TRANSISTORADIO seems to be doing okay, with 90 followers since 01 August 2013 and 1,732 notes on 368 (!) posts… but never mind all that… the show must go on…

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Keywords: Furthest by Suzette Haden Elgin, Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin, Chronocules by D. G. Compton, The Eclipse of Dawn by Gordon Eklund, Leo and Diane Dillon.

For more scans of book covers, etc., with art by Leo and Diane Dillon, click here and scroll down.

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Look Here: BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD with James McMullan, the Dillons, and the geat unknown

In my recent conversation with Jeffrey Meyer, which I hope you have read and enjoyed, the artist tentatively but astutely suggests that Boards of Canada’s music “might be a good reference point” for understanding the conceptual basis of his own “Nostalgia” series of collages, which he described to me as “a conscious attempt to deal with that [nostalgia] in an abstract way, with as little traditional imagery or ‘things’ in the final pieces as possible.” Practically speaking, however, one might ask: what, specifically, are Meyer and Boards of Canada nostalgic for? What are the visual and auditory sources that each is re- and dis- and re-membering? An integrated and compelling answer to such questions is beyond the scope of this blog post, and perhaps even beyond my ability to formulate, but the covers of these three editions of Brian Aldiss’s Barefoot in the Head — especially the first American hardcover edition (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970), with photo-based art by acclaimed illustrator and educator James McMullan, who was only 35 or 36 years old at the time — suddenly seem to me, as I sit here at the keyboard this morning typing these words, like they might be portals to the inner sanctum, keys to the heart’s desire…

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How did I end up with three different editions of Brian Aldiss’s Barefoot in the Head in my book collection? And will I buy more if I stumble across other editions in the future? You don’t wanna know, not because the answers are so outlandish, but because they’re so mundane.

P.S. Okay, okay… I’m done promoting RCN talks with collage artist Jeffrey Meyer now. In my next post, RCN will return to its regular programming.


LESSON OF THE WEEK THAT IS:

My most popular tweet to date isn’t about art or music or bacon or anything else that really matters to me; it’s a throwaway line about 3D printers. Here’s a screen shot:

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I’m so proud.


P.S. I have a habit, on this blog, of referring to any illustrator (or writer) whose work I have decided to highlight who has not received formal credit for his or her work, and whose identity I have been unable to determine or guess, as “the great unknown.” Just so you know…

Keywords: Barefoot in the Head by Brian Aldiss, Leo and Diane Dillon, James McMullan, and @RaggedClawsNet says, “I look forward to the day when I can print a free 3D printer for myself with my friend’s 3D printer.”

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Look Here: DEATHBIRD STORIES, with cover art and design by Leo and Diane Dillon

It’s not often that I see paperbacks by Harlan Ellison on the shelves in thrift stores these days — or used-book stores, period — but a couple of months ago, I came across what looks to me to be an unread copy of Deathbird Stories at Value Village — I took it off the shelf just before a local bookseller showed up, looking for underpriced books to stock his shelves, and when I showed him what I had found (I’ve purchased books from his store many times; his prices are reasonable), he told me that I was lucky that I had gotten there before him — and because the book also had the classic cover with both art and design by Leo and Diane Dillon, I bought it. Here’s a scan of the front and back covers along with a rough panorama of the wraparound:

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Look Here: “The Justice Cycle,” with covers by Leo and Diane Dillon

I posted cover scans of books one and two of “The Justice Cycle” by Virginia Hamilton as part of RCN’s visual tribute to Leo Dillon when he died back in May 2012. I have since acquired book three, The Gathering, so now, naturally, I’m here to post a scan, or rather, one new scan and two old scans, since I think some of you might appreciate seeing the three covers displayed together in one post. Enjoy!

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To view all of the work by Leo and Diane Dillon that I’ve scanned and posted so far, start here.

Keywords: Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, The Gathering.

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Look Here: THE PAINTED BIRD, with first-rate cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon

From the library of yours truly, as usual:

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BTW, there’s a certain “Dillon Fangirl” out there who seems to think that she has a right to take EVERY Dillon scan from RCN (and LOTS of other sites, too) and post them ALL on her Dillon fan blog without properly acknowledging her sources, i.e., without posting links to the pages where she “found” the images. Now, as someone who goes to a lot of trouble to find and purchase old paperbacks and scan them for display on the Web, I think that what she has done (and continues to do) is extremely uncool. And the fact is, I’ve told her as much by email. I’ve also told her that she is NOT welcome here at RCN. Won’t do any good, of course. She is ungrateful. And utterly shameless.

Keywords: The Painted Bird.

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Rest in Peace: Leo Dillon (1933 – 2012)

In a post on the Tor.com blog dated 29 May 2012, Irene Gallo announced the passing of Leo Dillon, one half of the legendary husband-and-wife illustration team of Leo and Diane Dillon. Leo was 79 years old.

Here, in remembrance of Leo Dillon, is a teeny-tiny sampler from the magnificent body of work the Dillons created together (although the Tolstoy cover from 1961 is just signed “Dillon,” so I suppose it might just be rare example of a solo cover illustration by Leo; yes, Leo and Diane were married in 1957, but my understanding is that they didn’t immediately begin to do all of their illustration work as a team); the covers have been scanned by yours truly, from books in my own collection:

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Not that it matters, but I have to say 1) that Who’s in Rabbit’s House? is one of my favourite children’s books of all time, and 2) that my enduring affection for the book is entirely due to the Dillon’s expressive character designs and sly, energetic, innovative staging of the story.

To view all of the covers with art by Leo and Diane Dillon that I’ve posted so far here at RCN, click here.


BONUS IMAGE:

From an online auction, here’s a scan of Leo and Diane Dillon’s original art for the cover of John Brunner’s The Traveler in Black:

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Keywords: The Cossacks and the Raid, The Traveler in Black, Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon, The Snow Queen, World’s End, Honey, I love, Ashanti to Zulu, Who’s in Rabbit’s House.

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Look Here: More paperbacks with cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon

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Keywords: A Tale of Two Cities, Nightshade & Damnations, One Million Tomorrows.

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Look Here: Another Ace SF Special, with art by Leo & Diane Dillon, plus…

Here’s a recent addition to our little library of vintage SF paperbacks, along with a bonus image taken from a profile of Leo and Diane Dillon published in Heavy Metal:

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To view the other ACE Science Fiction Specials with cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon that I’ve scanned and posted, click here.

To view ALL of the covers with art by Leo & Diane Dillon that have been featured on RCN, click here.

Keywords: The Palace of Eternity.

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Look Here: Four Ace SF Specials, with cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon

More scans from the library of you-know-who:

To view all of the scans of covers by Leo and Diane Dillon that I’ve posted so far, click here.

Keywords: The Silent Multitude, The Jagged Orbit, The Island under the Earth, And Chaos Died.