You may have heard about an anthology, titled Trumptopia, being put together by a small publisher in Europe. The stories were to be about a utopian future thanks to our current President, Donald Trump. The stories were to be positive stories.
I was fortunate enough to have one of my stories, which involves a class trip to the Trump Memorial Library in the future, accepted. I’m not a big fan of Trump, however I can write a darn good story and the editor is a friend who I wanted to help out.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago, Kathy Griffin’s severed head scandal happens just as the publisher releases the cover for this “positive” anthology. Want to guess what was on the cover? Yup, severed heads in jars.
That caused a bit of an uproar by several of the authors who thought it was a bad idea, myself included. We privately took our objections to the editor who took them to the publisher. I offered to both the authors and the editor to draft a new cover so that the project could move forward. In the mean time, the project was cancelled by the publisher.
In whiplash fashion, Superversive Press picked up the project. But, what to do about the cover?
Here is my draft cover. What do you think? Would you buy a Trump utopian anthology with tales of a fantastical future with this cover? Do you love it? Hate it? Confused by the Russian words? Upset there are no dragons or bikini clad women?
Please put your thoughts in the comments.