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Trivia

  • Molly Brimer did concept art for several characters in this story at the same time as she was working on concept art for the first novel in the series, Metrognomes: The Shaman's Apprentice. She also designed two characters as they would appear in Books II and III of the sereies, respectively, at the same time. The purpose of doing character designs for this story along with the novel designs was to give Molly the freedom to use whichever characters from the story she liked on the cover art, without having to go through a seperate design approval process. Subsequently, the only characters designed for this project not to appear in the novel were Djreena No'tall, Kyana, and Grubello, though all three were mentioned.

 

  • Glenn and Molly disagreed strongly on the appearance of the gremlins' feet. Molly believed, as reflected in her concept art, that the gremlins should have a more beastly visage, while Glenn insisted they should be shaped no differently from the gnomes. Unable to sway the author, Molly's compromise was that she would just never draw the gremlins' feet. That way, she could imagine them as beastly, while Glenn could imagine them more gnome-like. She relented on this stand, however, when her own artistic vision for the "Worse than a Gremlin" cover art demanded that at least one of the gremlin Krat's feet be visible.

 

  • "Worse than a Gremlin" was outlined as the second part of a loose trilogy of short stories set before the first novel, with the purpose of introducing key characters and situations for the series. The story picks up five years after the first story "Music of the Metrognomes." The characters Malik and Ak'ten from the first story would only make a cameo appearance in this installment. The third story planned in the trilogy "The Darkgnome" never came to fruition.

 

  • Glenn's original pitch for the "Worse than a Gremlin" cover art was to show Kazkal No'tall preparing to hurl the No'tall Battleaxe at Grubello. Molly, having her own idea, sent in a sketch for approval that didn't show the story's protagonist at all. The sketch was well recieved and approved without question. The only design changes it recieved after initial approval were the artist's own improvements.

 

  • "Worse than a Gremlin" was released as an eBook on GlennSladeClarkJr.com on January 3, 2005.

 

  • A second edition of "Worse than a Gremlin" was released in paperback, in smaller dimensions, through CafePress.com on September 6, 2005.

 

  • An eBook release of the second edition was designed and scheduled for February 2006 but ultimately canceled in favor of other projects.

 

  • A third edition was release in eBook and paperback on November 26, 2010 as a part of the marketing for the forthcoming hardback edition of the 2007 novel Metrognomes: The Shaman's Apprentice. For this edition of "Worse than a Gremlin," the official Metrognomes logo was added to the cover, and the title was expanded to "Metrognomes: Worse than a Gremlin."

 

  • A fourth edition was published on November 4, 2013, in both Kindle e-book and paperback formats. The paperback was made available exclusively through GlennSladeClarkJr.com via Lulu.com.

Alternate Cover Designs

Below are three earlier versions of the "Worse than a Gremlin" book cover from the first, second, and third editions, respectively. The difference between the first two is entirely in the trim size. Click the thumbnails below to see a larger image.

First Edition Cover

Second Edition Cover

Third Edition Cover

Character Designs

Molly Brimer simultaneously designed the looks of characters for three Metrognomes projects set in the same year on the timeline in order to save time. Below are character designs for characters featured in "Worse than a Gremlin." Ultimately, only Grubello and a gremlin named Krat would benefit from these designs as early as "Worse than a Gremlin," as they were the only characters featured on the eBook's cover. Click on the thumbnails to view larger images.

Kazkal No'tall

Kazkal No'tall

An'sep No'tall

An'sep No'tall

Jono

Jono

Djreena No'tall

Djreena No'tall

Fraternus

Fraternus

Meso No'tall

Meso No'tall

Sheza No'tall

Sheza No'tall

Kyana

Kyana

King Nesu Qadash

King Nesu Qadash

Malik - Draft I

Malik

Malik - Draft II

Malik

Ak'ten - Draft I

Ak'ten

Ak'ten - Darft II

Ak'ten

Princess Atalanta Qadash II

Princess Atalanta Qadash II

gremlin warrior

gremlin warrior

Jy'ty'tity

Jy'ty'tity

Grubello

Grubello

Ben'du Soran

Ben'du Soran

Cover Art Concepts

Below are two variations on Molly Brimer's original concept for the "Worse than a Gremlin" cover art. Click the thumbnails to enlarge the images.

Draft I

Version I

Draft II

Version II

Finished Cover Art (Uncropped)

On the current edition of "Metrognomes: Worse than a Gremlin," the final cover art has been cropped to a full bleed image. Below is the uncropped version of the paining. Click the thumbnail for a larger view.

Final Cover Art

First Edition

Currently unavailable
1st Edition - E-Book

Second Edition

For the serious collector!
2nd Edition - Paperback

Third Edition

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3rd Edition - E-Book

For the bookshelf!
3rd Edition - Paperback

Current Edition

For the Kindle and Kindle apps!
4th Edition - E-Book

For the bookshelf!
4th Edition - Paperback

Advertising

The original Web site logo for "Worse than a Gremlin" was based on the logo on the cover of the first edition eBook in 2005. Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image.

worsethanagremlinlogo.gif

Below are the buttons used on the "Metrognomes: Worse than a Gremlin" page of the Web site during the time of the 3rd Edition.

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