Cover Story: Don’t Stop Believin’

As any one who’s involved in creating or selecting book covers will tell you, sometimes it’s a quick process and sometimes it takes as long as the road to regionals.

We’ve picked our winner for Don’t Stop Believin’: The Unofficial Guide to Glee, but we thought we’d show you what came before.

These covers were designed by Cyanotype, a great graphic design firm out in Victoria, British Columbia.

Initially when we were discussing this cover, we thought we’d have to avoid using the cast on the cover. They all have very distinct in-character looks (notably, in the case of Artie, the use of a wheelchair), and since we can’t use official photos on the cover of an unofficial book we thought we’d try something conceptual. Naturally we were thinking things like spotlights and jazz hands, and the first few comps are reflective of that:

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This round’s champion was Number 1 (Top, left), because how could you go wrong with Jazz Hands? While we liked the bright colours of some of the others, No. 3 was too plain, and No. 2 too Degrassi. So we tweaked No. 1, and went ahead with it, so that it looked something like this:

We were happy, the authors were happy, this looked like our winner. But in one of our meetings with sales reps, someone pointed out that it REALLY should have the Glee kids on the cover so people walking by it in the store would know it was a Glee book. Another round of photo research ensued, and one of our editors discovered an unofficial, on-set shot that had all the cast members in character. It was a song-and-dance moment, to say the least.

And so, the folks at Cyanotype went back to work, producing our final cover:

I think it deserves a Rachel Berry gold star. What do you think? Is this the winner?

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