Cover Art

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Cover art is a term that describes a wide variety of fanart and graphics, usually created either for other fanworks or for non-fannish published works. Sometimes fans even create cover art for fan- or pro-works that don't actually exist. The general, nonfannish definition of cover art is somewhat narrower: "the illustration or photograph on the outside of a published product such as a book (often on a dust jacket), magazine, comic book, video game (box art), DVD, CD, videotape, or music album."[1]

Fans can make cover art for both print and digital fanworks, including fanworks that don't have "covers," such as

The cover artist may or may not have also created the fanwork that the cover art was intended for.

Cover Art for Professional Works

Album Covers

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Zine Covers

See Zine_art#The_Cover.

Fanfic Covers

Main article: Fanfic Cover

Although fans do create cover art for zines that consist of a single story or novel, they can also create digital "cover art" for stories that were born digital.

Podfic Covers

Podfic is often played on mp3 players, which can display album art if an image is attached to the audio files. Thus, fans make cover art for podfic, especially for the podbook (m4b) format. Many podficcers create their own cover art, but often another fan may provide the art.

In the beginning (2007?), podfic covers consisted of an image that incorporated the title of the story and the name of the author, but not the podficcer[2]. Cybel was a prolific early podfic cover artist, who made many many covers as part of the podbooks she created for podfic posted to Amplificathon; much of her work relied on using fandom-specific images of recognizable characters. Podfic covers evolved quickly. Covers began including the name of the podficcer. As of 2014, podfic cover artists use a variety of sources such as fandom-specific screencaps or publicity stills, non-fannish stock photographs, original photographs taken by the artist[3], original photographs of original crafts[4], existing fanart by another fanartist, or new fanart drawn for the occasion. Some cover art is text-only.[5]

External Links and Further Reading


  1. Cover art entry on Wikipedia. (Accessed 4 July 2012)
  2. A 2010 Amplificathon post includes a discussion about including the podficcer's name on the cover: Podbooks vs mp3s, post by cybel, 30 August 2010.
  3. Examples: See Bessyboo's 2012 cover art for becquinho's podfic of Presque Vue by Rageprufrock, in which she combines a picture she took of her own sneaker with images from the film Inception. Bessyboo has also used herself as a model for photographic cover art, for example. See also the cover art for or be drowned in blissful confusion, posted in 2010. The anonymous author created the cover art for the podficcer by photographing blank audio cassette tapes with the title and podficcer name scrawled on them.
  4. See reena_jenkins's 2012 cover of Tightly Knit, for which she knitted a scarf before taking pictures of it.
  5. For example, see eosrose's 2012 cover art for a Thor podfic, King of Fools.