Dead Beat cover art is in!

We’ve got Dead Beat cover art!

You can also get a 1024×768 Wallpaper of the cover. This is a change of artist and the first time we’ve seen Harry on the cover!
EDIT: Several folks have asked about the cover’s art and design. The artist is Chris McGrath. The designer is Ray Lundgren.

40 thoughts on “Dead Beat cover art is in!”

  1. Very cool cover. One wonders if Harry’s going to ad a hat to his ensemble in the book or if this is just artistic liscense.

  2. Harry already has a hat in the books. He just doesn’t wear it all the time.

  3. Beautiful artwork, and I love being able to save it as wallpaper. Many thanks! Input, please, fellow fans: my mental image of Harry has always been w/ longer hair and kind of rugged, maybe in keeping w/ the life he’s led. I’d love to hear other fans’ images!

  4. Excellently cool. I am looking forward to the book.
    To answer Josh’s question, the characters transliterate as matorikksu. I believe (and my electronic dictionary concurs) that is an adaptation of the word “matrix”. Take that how you will… And note that the “matrix characters” in the Matrix movies are just backwards Japanese characters.
    Very interesting… or shall I say, “Totemo omoshiroi.”

  5. Keep this artist if you have any sway over that! Much better than the previous six books!!

  6. gorgeous! i downloaded the desktop and have it displayed at work 🙂

  7. Hey!
    Cool cover.. But it is raising questions about Harry’s hand after the last book.

  8. Oy, I love, love, LOOOOOVE it!!! The shirt is great … I can almost picture the baggy sweatpants and the cowboy boots! 🙂
    My, Harry on the cover *fan girl squeal*!

  9. I like it. Impressive how y’all managed to switch artists without a significant digression from the overall look of the previous books. You could line all seven up in a row and the new book wouldn’t stand out in any negative way.

  10. Wow! I mean, you have this image of a character and it’s like, kinda blurred and you can’t really make it out in your head, and then you see something like this and you’re like, “yeah. That’s him. That’s him alright.” It’s so awesome, it’s got all of the darkness of Dresden and at the same time, you just KNOW he’s one of the good guys. It’s like, wow! I just know this guy is gonna save the world or something!
    P.S. I had NO idea that there were this many other fans of the Dresden Files! My People!!!

  11. I just finished reading the entire series and I’m a huge fan. I find this website and this new art…awesome. I like the glowing runes on the staff. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything this witty and engrossing.

  12. Looks great, can’t wait to read it.
    picturing in my mind, a wizard, a vampire, Bob, the cat and the new puppy, trying to survive in Harry’s apartment

  13. Wow!! the cover is great!! you absolutely must keep this artist for future books- he has portrayed Harry true to form!! although yes, i also thought he had suffered damage to his hand during book 6? it doesnt matter… i anxiously await book 7. I have been reading fantasy/ science fiction since i was 9 years old ( i am 28 now) and i think you rank up there with some of the best authors ive ever had the pleasure to read. Great series!!

  14. Is it just me, or does Harry kind of look like a modern, grunge-rock version of Van Helsing in that pic? 😉
    YAY FOR JIM! It’s great to see you FINALLY get the recognition you deserve.
    Wow… the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Episode III, AND a new Dresden book all in the same month?! May 2005 is going to be a Sci-Fi/Fantasy paradise.
    As to the hand: It was Harry’s left hand that was damaged (wasn’t it?) in book 6. The hand holding his staff in the picture is his right. By my reckoning, the space-time continuum of the Dresdenverse seems to be holding up just fine.

  15. Yes! The cover art for book 7 is totally how I picture Harry! The hat is a great touch. I always felt if Harry could afford is his wardrobe would be a little “detective noir” and the hat fits perfect. Oh, and yes, it was his left hand that was burned. thats where he puts the shield braclet.

  16. I have to say that the only thing that I don’t like about this cover is that it gives me that so-close-yet-so-far-away feeling as to the release of book 7

  17. excellent cover . it’s just how we all must have
    pictured Harry. sexy slightly dangerous look
    cant wait for book 7. Also great job on the new
    codex alera.

  18. I too am new to these books, but will buy all of them without even flipping through them first. Not many authors get my attention like Jim Butcher. Thanks, can’t wait to read more about Harry, the cat and the pup and all of his strange “friends”.

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