Arkansas Blogger: "That Cover Girl" Capillya Uptergrove - Evolved Mommy
I know some pretty awesome Arkansas bloggers that I think you might like to follow. Here’s one that is particularly unique.
1. First, what is your blog and what it is about?
That Cover Girl is my little hobby-blog-home on the Internet that’s dedicated to YA (young adult) book cover art. You’ll find cover art I love, loath, and interviews with designers, art directors, illustrators, photographers, and authors. Book reviewers critique the inside of books; I just like to critique their faces.
2. What’s your story? How did you come to be a blogger?
When I was in college, I started a (groan) Xanga site. I’d post from time-to-time, just little paragraphs about my day, random thoughts, and the like, and I decided I loved blogging. Fast forward years later, I became inspired by various cover art posts in the YA blogdom, wondering if there were any blogs that were dedicated to just YA cover art. I didn’t find any, and after some persuasion and support from my blogger friend Adele, That Cover Girl was born.
3. You are important to me. In fact, in at least some way you are a role model. Who do you consider a role model today? I mean, real world role model (not Oprah-level role model). Of the people you interact with on a regular basis who do you look up to?
I’ve always looked up to my dad. He’s a huge reason why I’ve always been headstrong, independent, and driven. His best qualities make me want to be an awesome parent — supportive, caring, and always believing in me. It sounds corny, but it’s absolutely true. My husband has always inspired me, as well. If you could pick out someone who was the perfect balance of grace, humor and wisdom, it’d be Kyle. He’s never questioned doing the right thing, has bent over backwards to help anyone and everyone, and never fails to make me laugh.
4. Why do you blog?
Blogging is very personal. For me, it involves a lot of research, discovering new art, artists, and ways of expressing art. And art is personal to me, too. Any time I get an email from a designer or author agreeing to an interview, it makes me ecstatic because I’m sharing someone else’s brilliant work that means a lot to me. It’s like finding the sweetest fruit off the vine and wanting to share it with everyone because it tastes good to me. But of course, there’s always that tiny fear that someone might be allergic or think it tastes gross.
5. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
I hope that people find a connection to the work that I value and feature, that they learn different perspectives about design from various people in the publishing industry, and that I make them laugh now and again.
6. What opportunities has blogging brought your way?
It’s incredible how many people I’ve met through blogging, and even more, Twitter. The YA blogging community is so incredibly warm, responsive and receptive. I even got to meet some friends/bloggers and convene in Houston earlier this spring to go to a book convention! These are the kinds of relationships I’ve made, just by blogging. It’s still a bit surreal to me. Also, since blogging for just over a year, I’ve felt a more legitimate presence as I’ve been contacted directly by publishers and authors for feedback on cover art.
Not gonna lie, that’s a pretty awesome feeling.
7. Who do you know and value that you wouldn’t know if you weren’t a blogger?
I honestly could write down a list of people longer than my arm! I’ve met some wonderful bloggers here in Arkansas (including yourself!): Savannah, Amy, Kerri, Audreya, and on the book blogger side, well, I’ve got a whole post dedicated to them.
8. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging to you?
I just love having an outlet to write and discover new-to-me art, illustration, photograph… you name it. As a self-professed cover snob, it’s therapeutic to write about it. And I’m so glad that I’ve got other folks on the Internet that love cover art as much as I do.
9. Which blog(s) do you read regularly?
Oh wow, there are too many to mention here! If I had to narrow down by genre, my favorite YA blog would be Forever Young Adult (those ladies are so entertaining and always make me laugh!), my favorite food blog would be Tastespotting, and my favorite author blog would be by fellow Arkansan Jenny B. Jones.
10. What do you want to convey to your readers with your posts?
I hope to convey my passion and love for design, the idea that books are indeed judged by their covers. It happens all the time, people! Publishers, please please listen to me when I say that you need to get rid of Sad Girls in Pretty Dresses (or SGiPDs) on YA cover art!
11. What do you do in real life?
You’d think I’d be a designer, based on how incredibly judgmental I am when it comes to design. I’m actually a producer/editor for a small independent production company. =)
12. Do you have a favorite cover art style?
I love simple, bold covers that don’t feel like they’re trying too hard. They’re effortless in their design and your eyes know exactly where to look. I’m a big fan of illustrated and typographic covers, and I also love cover art that gives a clue to what its innards are about.
13. What about designer?
Oh, wow, there are so many. In terms of classic and all-time-favorite cover designers, I’ve gotta go with Chip Kidd. As far as folks that I’ve discovered over the past year that have been featured on the blog, I absolutely love Colleen AF Venable and Christian Fuenfhausen, and I was honored that they let me pick their genius brains!
14. Do you have a very favorite cover?
Can I add 3 others? I totally am going to, anyway. I love Bird by Rita Murphy (illustrated by Fernando Juaréz), Incarceron (designed by Sammy Yuen) and A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner (designed by some genius, I’m sure.)
15. What about a favorite book?
Ahh, I don’t have a favorite YA book…hmm. But I do have a top five, which are Heist Society (Ally Carter), Marcelo in the Real World (Francisco X. Stork), Dairy Queen (Catherine Gilbert Murdock), Going Too Far (Jennifer Echols), and Cracked Up to Be (Courtney Summers). GTF is by far the WORST gag-tastic offender, and Marcelo is my favorite! Although I like Heist Society’s cover, too.
Thanks Capillya for sharing your passion with us! We learned a lot (and added a few things to our reading list).
You can follow Capillya on Twitter @thatcovergirl