Input Needed

21 Mar

Yeah, I should be writing instead of penning this.  Sorry.  Even my brain needs to step away once in a while and sort of decompress.  In the meantime, I’ve been playing with different ideas for SWAG.  For those who aren’t too familiar, it’s the little freebie stuff you give out to folks to help promote your product.  In this case, it’s the Monster Squad.

I have a friend and fellow author who is also a graphic artist who designed a really cool ‘unit logo’ for me to use.  As some of you have seen, I’ve put this on some stuff like coffee cups and t-shirts and whatnot…just to get a feel for it.

MS Mug

While the coffee cups looked pretty darned cool, they aren’t really something that people carry around with them ALL the time.  Well, unless you’re a Chief Petty Officer in the NAVY and have a permanently hooked finger.  Sorry.  A little military humor there.

So…here’s the thing.  I talked with Jeffrey (he’s the aforementioned author and graphic artist) and he tossed together something for me to use for t-shirts.  Instead, I saw it as the cover of the hardback for the first four Monster Squads…a little project that Denise and I had been talking about for quite a while now.  With just a little tweaking, he gave me this:

Rise of the Sicarii - Heath Stallcup

I really liked it.  No.  Scratch that.  I LOVED it.  Simple, yet…striking.  At least to me.
So here is where I need YOUR input.  I mean, you guys are the fans.  You’re the readers.  You’re the reason the characters continue to grow and enjoy new life and new adventures. If you were to look for Monster Squad items, whether they be coffee mugs, t-shirts, pens, posters…whatever.  What design would you like to see?

Would you rather it be just the logo like the coffee cup above?  Or would you rather see something that reminds you of the book covers that you’re used to seeing? Something with the silhouette of the soldiers?  Both?  Neither?  Just the words ‘Monster Squad’?  Give me some feedback, please.  Because I’ll tell you, this stuff isn’t cheap and picking up little bits here and there just to see how I might like it is getting…well…expensive!  Help me decide which image best represents the squads.  What do YOU think of when you think of them?

You can message me here or on Facebook or email or drop by the house and we can chat over a cup of coffee.  However you choose, your input is valuable. Or should I say, invaluable?



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4 responses to “Input Needed


    March 21, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Hi Heath, how are you?, I have to say that I liked both of them but I think you would be better off using both of the designs. The logo from the mug on the smaller items and the Rise on the tees. Speaking for myself on a t shirt I want something striking and on mugs , pens etc. I don’t like to have too much going on. Just my two cents. LOVED the new book, now the wait begins again. Have a great weekend..john
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  2. lincoln brown

    March 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I like the one on the coffee mug and it will also look good on a t-shirt

    Heath Stallcup Author wrote:

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  3. Chase Haynes

    March 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    First let me say I love the Monster Squad books!
    I think the design would be great for the hard cover, but the one thing that I found out of place after reading the first book is the physical size of the soldiers on the covers.
    What I mean is they on the cover, represent to me a squad from the story itself and that being said they are some big augmented monster hunters, the silhouettes on the covers just don’t do them justice, they look skinny and and very normal. I dig the silhouette idea but it would be cool if they looked more intimidating even if it is just a silhouette.
    Anyway thank you for the books they truly are great and so much fun to read.

    • heathstallcup

      March 31, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Chase.
      I agree with you about the soldier silhouettes. Originally the artwork was sized for a standard paperback. Afterward, I discovered that the physical books would need to be 6X9 and had to be resized. This caused the soldier silhouette to be stretched a bit.
      Originally I wanted men in tactical gear carrying P90’s and SCAR’s in a standard V formation, but the artist couldn’t find anything like that. We went with this because it gave a similar impression, even if it wasn’t truly accurate.


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