Two Trickster Tango Covers — How Do *You* Roll the Dice?

Things are beginning to “quicken” a bit at this end (there may even be some “Danger Boy” news in the works, but I, like you, am in “staying tuned” mode on that front, at the moment).

However, things are moving clearly, publicly forward on the “Two Trickster Tango” front. 


“Tango” involves a tale of two trickster figures — the Jewish one, Elijah, and the Native American one, Coyote, knocking around a Steinbeck-y California during the Great Depression (the one in the 30’s, I mean).

It’s a “picture book for grownups,” and Doug Potter has been brilliantly illustrating it for the last two years,  giving me no end of visually compelling Facebook posts as the artwork unfurled.

Now, as we get closer to finding the book its publishing home, Doug is working on covers. The first “variant” is the one on the left — showing Coyote and Elijah jamming a little (which happens in the book as well).

The second cover, which you see below to the right, shows another trickster — Raven — and takes a more “cosmological” view, perhaps evoking Shakespeare’s great line that “the odds is gone.”TTT-pg29cover

Einstein may declare God doesn’t play dice with the universe, but with some of the latest physical theories positing that we may be a bubble universe on the event horizon of an imploding star — a black hole — in a four dimensional universe — well, who knows how our celestial odds are rolling?

As for the woman on the die face? That would be the Shekinah, and I guess a representation of her already marks this — if it wasn’t already — something of a scurrilous work.

So the question, reader, is which of these covers seems to jibe with you? Gets your juices jangling?, etc.

Let us know! 


About marklondonwilliams

I'm an author, journalist, dad, teacher and occasionally edgy citizen of the Pacific Edge. Looking forward to the unfolding conversation!
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5 Responses to Two Trickster Tango Covers — How Do *You* Roll the Dice?

  1. Hey, Mark, I liked the old developing pics best, from last year, but the one now, with the jazz musicians gets my vote for now. Let’s see the book already; they;re stomping their feet at WCF. Love, Harriet

    • And finally, a mere 18 mos. or so later, the book is… almost ready!

      • harriet baker says:

        I really am happy for you Mark. I know you will keep plugging on Below the Line, but you are really a great fiction writer; show JKR she has nothing on you. Let’s let the kiddies and the grups in on all the fun to come. You know who the grups are, don’t you? Love, Harriet

      • “Grups!?” That’s a *Star Trek* reference!

        Anyway, in 5777, *Two Trickster Tango* arrives! We’ll have some fun with it!

        On Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 8:53 PM, The Knackered Noun wrote:


      • harriet baker says:

        L’shana tova, 5777 Mark. And am very glad you know the reference to Star Trek, my fave show. Looking for the post on Trickster. Love, Harriet

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