Impressed by Proszynski’s Wichry Archipelagu!
So, way back early last year, I mentioned that Winds had been sold to Proszynski Media in Poland. It came out this past September, but I never did receive my author copies. It turned out to be a snafu, and the publisher made sure I got my copies straight away. I finally had a chance to take some pictures so I could share just how cool this edition is.
The cover is similar to the US version, but there are some very cool notable differences. The most obvious is that there’s more embellishment of the cover art. It has a cool decking and rope theme that I think is really neat and enhances the ship-based flavor of the book.
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Also, check this out. There’s a really cool, gloss overlay on the book that gives the feel of wind flowing over the scene. You can’t even notice if it you look at the book head-on, but you can tell it’s there if it catches any light. It’s a subtle but very cool effect, one that I’ve not seen done in the US.
The inside flap is well done, too. It isn’t just a single piece of cardstock for the cover. It’s folded over so that the interior has more of a hardback feel to it. Also, check out the super-cool cut-out of that great Adam Paquette windship.
They also didn’t skimp on the chapter headings. They used the same windshop cut-out for those as well. The interior has a very non-cramped feel, which I love. That choice added to the final page count, but I think it was the right choice, as it has a very nice look to it as you hold the book. It’s aesthetically pleasing and has a professional feel to it.
Lastly, here’s the rear cover and spine, which has more of the planking feel and the rope & knot embellishments.
All in all, this is a very impressive package. Proszynski really went all out, and I’m proud that they gave so much attention to Wichry Archipelagu. It’s certainly a vote of confidence when a publisher does that for you.
In short, Poland rocks!