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Updated: Alien: Covenant – David’s Drawings Announced!

After Alien: Covenant’s release we had the opportunity to speak to Alien: Covenant illustrators Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton. During our chat we talked about their desire to write a David’s Diary, so to speak.

Fast-forward to nearly a year later and that book has been announced! Matt Hatton confirmed the book’s existence on his Instagram page earlier today.

“We’re pretty excited to announce that yes finally there will be a book of David’s studies that Dane and I did for Alien: Covenant. Coming from Titan Publishing. It will be launched and we’ll be doing a signing at SDCC this year! Haven’t seen anything of the book yet but hopefully it will be something cool for all those fans (thank you) that asked for it!”

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San Diego Comic Con takes place on the 19th of July. No news as to the worldwide release of the book at the minute.

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Update: Later on during Alien Day, the official Alien Anthology Twitter account also posted about the upcoming book. It will actually be released under the title of Alien: Covenant – David’s Drawings and consist of 2 books that “gives readers an insight into the most intriguing character from the Alien prequels.

The in-universe sketchbook contains over two hundred illustrations from the set and will take you inside the mind of David. Then read Developing the Art of an Android for an interview with Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton, the artists behind all of the beautifully grotesque sketches.”

 Alien: Covenant - David's Drawings Announced!

The book is currently slated for general release on the 4th of September 2018. Now for UK fans, it is now available for pre-order from Forbidden Planet.



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  1. Prez
    ... and she finally arrived in the post!
    Bit annoyed as the top corner of the slipcase was slightly bent in the post. However the books inside are fine. Not gonna fuss too much over it.
  2. The Cruentus
    There should be a "common" name that can be used that is not such a generic term such as Xenomorph. Snatchers doesn't sound too good because it is as layman as facehugger or chestburster. I mean we don't call tigers big sneaky cats.

    I think to come to a decent common name, we may have to take and modify from the taxonomy name.

    So two that I have seen are Linguafoeda acheronsis and
    Internecivus raptus

    So maybe Raptus Acheronsis or merely just one of them because Raptus and Acheronsis could work on its own. Perhaps even just Acheronta
    A few mixes such as Racheronsis or Rapturonsis

    They would all still seem too taxonomic however.
  3. The Old One
    That's true. Sigh

    Just in case you're wondering and I know no one is, here's terminology I prefer:

    The Cavitatem Amnioticam (Zygote/Egg)

    Parasitus perfido (Facehugger)

    Embryonis parasitus (Classic Chestburster)

    Parasitus infantem (New Chestburster)

    Parasitus adulescentior (Adult)

    Perfectus-Parasitus (Species)

    Perfectus-Parasitus procreatrix (Monogyne/Queen)
  4. Xenomrph
    Egg, Facehugger, Chestburster aren't terribly scientific though.

    Don't get me started on how "Xenomorph" can apply to a variety of creatures, contextually within Aliens & A3 it works because it's referred to as "A Xenomorph" which would be correct. But the miscommunication that it's
    "The Xenomorph" from then onwards is irritating to say the least.

    Give me half an hour or there abouts and I could make more suitable threatening names with the Latin dictionary.
    The Colonial Marines Tech Manual clarifies that "xenomorph" is, as you guessed, a USCM term that applies to any extraterrestrial organism that they don't know the capabilities of.
    It's just that James Cameron chose such a unique but memorable word that it got permanently linked with the capital-A Alien as another name for it, independent of its in-context meaning.
    If Cameron had used the word "extraterrestrial" in place of "xenomorph", we wouldn't even be having this conversation. :P
  5. The Old One
    Egg, Facehugger, Chestburster aren't terribly scientific though.

    Don't get me started on how "Xenomorph" can apply to a variety of creatures, contextually within Aliens & A3 it works because it's referred to as "A Xenomorph" which would be correct. But the miscommunication that it's
    "The Xenomorph" from then onwards is irritating to say the least.

    Give me half an hour or there abouts and I could make more suitable threatening names with the Latin dictionary.
  6. Predator@Alien
    It's been a year since I worked like crazy on Alien Covenant and Prometheus. With the new elements, I try to explain all of David's experiences logically until the creation of the Xenomorph. So I work on absolutely all drawings and all texts to understand everything and put everything in order. That's why I want to know if there are really all the drawings, that is to say all the concept art of the two artists but also all the texts. Because on the bluray there are not all drawings unfortunately ...
  7. The Old One
    I'd call it:
    Dissulto arca

    Which means "burst coffin"
    -I think that's appropriate.
    Following the gothic theme that
    "hand of night" implies.
  8. The Old One
    No but he uses her reproductive organs with his knowledge of the components of the Pathogen, which is shown extensively early in the book- to create Alien Ovomorphs. Whether the rest of the drawings are fantasy or fact is up to you.
  9. Naginata
    Just got this a few days ago, and I have to say: it's glorious. I especially like the fact that the drawings are presented out of order (ie: not showing the exact progression of the Xeno's development), since - like the movie -  it allows you to use your imagination.

    Also: dat cover tho. DAYUM.
  10. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, I know, I know... Just can't seem to bring myself to set aside the three hours it would take to watch a documentary about a film I don't especially like - even though I know full well how good the documentary is.

    One day I'll sit down and enjoy the damn thing!
  11. The Old One
    Just joshing about the whole "David creator or recreator?" Interpretations.

    You seriously need to watch Furious Gods, Prometheus' extras are as extensive and deep as any film in the Anthology.
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