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One of Us is the Original

  • Axl Rosenberg

A reader pointed this out to us via Twitter this morning.

Here’s the cover of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s One of Us is the Killer, which was released on May 14:

The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us is a Killer

And here’s the cover for Alan Averill’s book The Beautiful Land, which was just released last week:

Alan Averill - The Beautiful Land

Dillinger’s album art is credited to Brian Montuori (art direction, ink drawings, handwriting) and Daniel McBride (computer tweaking, assemblage), while the cover Averill’s book is credited to Judith Lagerman — with the caveat that the feather pictures was specifically taken from Shutterstock, an image licensing company. In fact, a very quick search of Shutterstock shows that they have a whole lotta pictures of black feathers. And the feathers on the cover of DEP’s album and the cover of Averill’s book aren’t exactly identical — so it’s entirely possible that this is just a coincidence, or a case of two entities licensing similar images from Shutterstock during the same time frame.

Except… that dripping ink. The ink is not, as far as I can tell, from Shutterstock. Now, again — the dripping ink isn’t in the exact same position on either feather, nor is it identical on either feather. So it could just be a coincidence.

But if it is, well… it’s certainly a STRANGE coincidence, isn’t it?

Discuss your theories as to what the what went down here in the comments section below.

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