Some stories take forever to tell, some just take forever to write. This story is nether and both, and still slightly unknown. This cover was one whose scant details I was given before this past summer. For that cover, I drew out a few options (as seen below). This past week, I was hired to illustrate the cover above. Who's on first? Exactly.
A version of the middleman? I believe so.
In other news, I recently had the opportunity to wrangle the idea of a holiday "Gift Guide" cover. These days, the illustrative idea horse is a bit rowdier than usual. But such is the challenge of illustrations sometimes. I appreciate a challenge.