Readers of these progress reports may have noticed a common theme to the front cover artwork. While not nearly as ambitious as LoneStarCon 2's wonderful six-panel mosaic created by Brad Foster (the six LSC2 PR covers form one large, incredibly detailed picture), there was some planning done for our PR covers.
Back in 1995, I asked Joe Mayhew if he would be willing to draw all four progress report covers. We decided to have them allegorically mirror the progress of our committee's preparations for Bucconeer.
The front cover for Progress Report One was entitled "Laying the Keel" to represent our early planning meetings. The second progress report front cover was "Recruiting a Crew" to show the growth of our committee. For this PR, the front cover is entitled "Taking on Provisions" to mark how all the unique pieces of Bucconeer are being brought together now.
Progress Report Four will come out in June. What happens to a ship when the construction is completed?
On his own, Joe decided to slip members of our committee into his drawings. You may spot Sam Pierce, our Procurement Chief, and our Art Show Directors, Martin Deutsch and Shirley Avery, on the front cover of this PR. (I didn't use your cute pirate name, Sam. Can I have a notebook computer now?)
Joe also draws the back covers. Each one has been a surprise for me because I told Joe to "go where the wind blows" with the marvelous "elaborate doodles" that pour out of his pen.
My contribution to the preparation for Bucconeer draws to an end. I hope you've enjoyed our pre-con publications and have benefited from them.