Saturday, February 12, 2011

News: Art of the Mash-Up Competition

In the lead-up to the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, Quirk Books have announced the following exciting competition.

Eric Smith reports:
'Recently, some of the Quirk team took a trip to New York City to meet with our friends at the Bridgeman Art Library. For those of you unfamiliar with Bridgeman, they’re the world’s leading source of fine art and historical images available for reproduction… and we’ve worked with them on all of our Quirk Classics titles, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Android Karenina, and the upcoming Dreadfully Ever After.

'We've teamed up with Bridgeman to present the Art of the Mash-up Design Competition. To celebrate the March 22nd release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, we’re giving Quirk fans and designers the opportunity to craft their own mash-up book covers for a chance at fabulous prizes.

'The contest is inspired by the iconic cover from our 2009 New York Times best-selling book Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. That cover features a zombified version of the once-genteel portrait of Marcia B. Fox, which our designer Doogie Horner acquired from Bridgeman Art Library. Horner transformed the original artwork by repainting portions and merging the changes in Photoshop. The resulting mashed-up image was voted Amazon’s Best Book Cover of the Year in 2009. You can check out all the before and after images of the five Classics, here on Bridgeman’s website.

'The prizes are pretty fantastic. The grand-prize package, includes entrance to the HOW Design Conference in Chicago and a feature in GD USA Magazine! Our favorites will be featured in a First Friday gallery show at Brave New Worlds in Philadelphia. For more information and to enter, visit'

This competition closes March 11th, so aspiring artists should get in Quirk quick!