Cover Art

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See also: zine art, fanfic cover, Fannish Bookcovers
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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

Zine Covers

Fanfic Covers

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.

External Links and Further Reading


  1. ^ Cover art entry on Wikipedia. (Accessed 4 July 2012)