of paperback edition (line, watercolour dyes, gouache, collage) 1984
A happy coincidence. Having been commissioned by Gollancz to
provide the line drawings for the hardback edition, Borin happened to
be showing some work to the Art Director at Sphere and mention was made
the paperback edition of Micromania.
It seems like poetic justice that he was commissioned to provide the
cover. One interior caricature was a full length figure of a typical
micromania 'addict' and Borin bestowed upon him – and it had to be a
'him', didn't it? – eyeballs in the shape of television screens with
small irises on the screens. For some reason, Gollancz considered this
to look rather horrific, so they eyes had to be toned down.
However, Sphere were up for it, so they reappeared on the figure on the
full colour cover. Remember that this was 1984, twelve years before
Borin bought his first Mac, and it was a time of Commodores, Acorns,
Pac Man, Space Invaders and toys for boys. Sample line illustrations
are shown below with a cameo appearance by Borin's comic character Bof in the second example.
throughout this site belongs to Borin Van Loon