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Book Info

Author's Name

Jennifer Pagn Coln

Synopsis

Pichn had always been an odd duck, what with his obsession with geeky Internet culture and fannish pursuits, but this time he has gone off the reservation for real: he thinks hes an animal, a fox to be precise, stuck in a human body. He soon ropes his next-door neighbor, Snchez, to be his roommate in college. Unfortunately for Snchez, Pichn has been alienating friends and family, neglecting basic hygiene and accidentally setting his house on fire. Oh, and did we mention that Pichins girlfriend from Canada happens to be a plastic called Dulcinea? And that shes been stolen? But things are about to get worse ---Pichn has been babbling about his newfound personal revelation on his blog and attracting more gawkers than a 30 car pileup in the freeway. The Internet cavalry is here and ready to screw around in real life for the evulz

Poptopa is a Don Quixote-meets-21 first century novel: funny, satiric, but with a bitter edge. After all, its all fun and games when its all pixels on a screen. Its not so funny when you realize theres a real life mental patient getting trolled in real life. The novel begins as flat-out comedy, transitions into social commentary and ends on a sad, bittersweet note.

The cover must fit all CreateSpace pdf requirements for a 6 times 9 book. The artist must also send me all files related to the project.

Size Info

Trim size: 6" x 9",
Page count: 111,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.25"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

University students, twenty to thirty somethings, young professionals. Readers that like low-brow meets high-art. Children of the 90s raised with The Simpsons and South Park. Modern, technology-oriented young adults, at home with tv and classic literature, pop culture savvy. Starbuck coffee drinkers and the sort of people that fawn over Apple products but aren't above a good fart joke, free porn or buckets of fried chicken. (You should also know this book is actually in Spanish, the synopsis provided above is only for information purposes.)

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

Boldness, satire and pop/internet savviness. The book juxtaposes comedy and tragedy, so the cover should convey outward satire with a bittersweet core. An image that looks funny but conveys an question that is worth thinking about.

(I've also always liked the mood conveyed by Epic Face - http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/awesome-fa.... As they put it: a reaction face indicating approval, but can also be used ironically to convey disdain.)

(PLEASE don't actually use Epic Face...)

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

I understand that warm colors are more bold and catchy, but if you can rock an eye-grabbing effect with a cooler palette, go for it. Overall, colors that demand attention from somebody wandering around a shelf. Something that stick outs, but remains sleek and professional.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

Avoid boring, calming, sad colors. Nothing tacky.

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

Modern, if not post-modern, bold, fun. High energy. Can be abstract. It must be attention-grabbing on a book-stand, but it must look good on an Amazon thumbnail (so it can't be too busy). Something that stick outs, but remains sleek and professional.

What content must be included in your design?

Name and subtitle:
Poptopa
una novela

The following should be in the back:

Pichn siempre haba sido un freaki demasiado a gusto en el mundo ciberntico, pero ahora ha llegado muy lejos: est convencido que es un animal ---un zorro, para ser exacto--- atrapado en forma humana. An as, pronto logra convencer a Snchez, su vecino, a que sea su compaero de cuarto en la universidad. Desafortunadamente para Snchez, Pichn ha enajenado a su familia y amigos, luego de descartar los principios de la higiene y prender fuegos en su casa. Y qu de Dulcinea, la novia de Pichn? O mejor dicho, la mueca de plstico tamao real recin robada por las fuerzas del mal? Pero las cosas estn a punto de empeorar, puesto que Pichn ha estado describiendo su relevacin religiosa, con lujo de detalles, en su blog personal. El blog ha atrado ms mirones que un accidente en la autopista y uno de estos das sus burlones lectores van a buscar bulla en mundo real

[Poptopa] Ciertamente es un libro que representa esta nueva generacin de escritores puertorriqueos que fuimos criados por los Simpsons y por South Park. Esta novela es un fiel retrato de los que es el Puerto Rico que yo he vivido y que muchos otros han vivido. Esta novela no se desarrolla en un cafetal de Vega Plana o en un caaveral, ni en una ciudad indefinida; Poptopa se desarrolla en Puerto Rico con nombre y apellido. Entre los hospedajes de estudiantes en Rio Piedras y urbanizaciones en Cidra. Una novela en la que se establece que Caguas es lejos bien lejos y que existe una tribu conocida como las Guaynabichas o algo parecido. () Envidio el ojo por el detalle de una subcultura de coleccionistas de tampones de Hello Kitty y otras cosas que existen pero que no haba sido integrada a la literatura puertorriquea (y posiblemente internacional) con una seriedad digna de que ahora mismo todo el mundo la compre y la lea.
- Gean Carlos Villegas, autor, "Cuentos Post Retro y Sub Post Retro"

Poptopa es la historia de un Quijote re-imaginado para el siglo 21, donde los cmics de Batman reemplazan novelas de caballera y las doncellas son de plstico en vez de aire. Pero la naturaleza humana no cambia es simplemente ms accesible mediante internet de alta velocidad.

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