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Goliath Reveal 2

April 1st, 2011

It’s the first of the month, so it’s time for the April art reveal!

I won’t tell you what chapter of Goliath this is from, because that might be too, um, spoilery.

Please enjoy!

Click here for a zoomable version! And then, you know, zoom some.

Don’t forget the meet-up next Saturday/Sunday (depending on your time zone). I’ll be there to answer all your questions.

282 Responses to “Goliath Reveal 2”

  1. 1
    April 1st, 2011 11:39

    Oh my goodness, that’s, wow. Um.





  2. 2
    April 1st, 2011 11:40

    I just screamed when I saw it!
    Deryn looks awesome in a suit!
    Volger looks like…ugghh.

  3. 3
    April 1st, 2011 11:41

    Psssssssh! I’m sure!

    Nice April Fools, Scott-La!!

  4. 4
    April 1st, 2011 11:43

    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Holy shiitake mushrooms, this is insane! Who’s Deryn marrying? Why is she marrying her? Are Barlow and Volger together? Why is Bovril floating? Why is Deryn holding a disembodied hand? Why does Alek look so badass? And HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL GET THE UGLIES REFERENCE IN THE PAGE TITLE?!?!?!

    Ahem, pardon me. This is amazing. As far as analysis goes, I think this is a dream. Why else would everyone be so nonchalant while a walker is breaking into what I can only assume is a church?

  5. 5
    April 1st, 2011 11:44

    Wait…is this an April Fool’s Joke? Because that would make more sense, but…aargh, I iz confuzed. X(

  6. 6
    April 1st, 2011 11:48


    Epic. April Fools~ <3

    Deryn looks quite dashing in a tux :3

  7. 7
    April 1st, 2011 11:49

    i assume deryn is holding one of her gloves. the girl looks liek lilit, but i doubt she is (lillit). and bovril is running and the pictre caught him mid-bound, sso he looks like hes floating. dr. barlow is married, so i dont think theyre married.

    …… questionable walker is questionable.

  8. 8
    April 1st, 2011 11:50

    Deryn: “Somehow I always imagined I’d be viewing my own wedding from a slightly different perspective…”
    Volger: “Why did I agree to this?”
    Barlow: “There there, love, it’s all going according to plan.”

    Is that Lilit in the wedding dress? I do believe it is. :D

  9. 9
    April 1st, 2011 11:53

    It HAS to be an April Fool’s joke. Or a dream. Because I’m afraid I just can’t buy “Oh no! Deryn has to marry this girl who looks suspiciously like Lilit! But never fear! Alek will save her in a walker decorated in a skull and crossbones as Dr. Barlow and Volger calmly flirt in the background!” as an actual plausible storyline. It sounds too much like REALLY awesome/awful fanfiction.

  10. 10
    April 1st, 2011 11:55

    Just have to mention…. Alek looks HILARIOUSLY AWESOME. He has that whole “Unhand my woman foo’!” XD XD and the guy flying off is….. awesome.

  11. 11
    April 1st, 2011 12:00

    okay i got too excited about the picture that I actually didn’t see that Alek is the guy on the walker! Alek you are freaking awesome man! and I agree with shenli “Unahnd my woman foo’!”

  12. 12
    April 1st, 2011 12:00

    You know, taking a second look, I actually think this may not be the sort of April Fool’s joke we think it is. Might I pose the theory that this is actually two or more pieces of actual Goliath art photoshopped together into a single scene?

    If that is the case, well played good sir.

    If not, kudos to Master Thompson anyway for creating such an amusing picture. XD

  13. 13
    April 1st, 2011 12:08




    Alek looks quite upset! im really enjoying this!!!!!! heheheeh scott, your a mastermind i really do hope that this is a set up and alek like JUST figured out that dylan is deryn and blasts apart a church to obtain his woman :D thats lilit, theres no other plausable character!!!!
    i do wager on it being a dream, thoug it would be nice to have some mooshy gooshy alek/deryn scene :D nice work and i cannot WAIT for goliathhhhh

  14. 14
    April 1st, 2011 12:27

    well that was slightly….. unexpected….

    I’m a little worried Scott, where is this going???
    I hope its a dream because its pretty weird and it doesn’t make sense (typical for a dream)

    Doctor Barlow’s getting a bit touchy back there, and ohh my gosh Volger needs to smile in some point of this book because not yet in Leviathan history has he smiled yet.. just sayin

  15. 15
    April 1st, 2011 12:32

    First of all I’d like to say… This is probably the most amusing picture yet.
    From Alek’s expression, to Volger’s facepalm, and Deryn in a handsome suit, there’s just so many possibilities that could derive from this situation.

    But if I know Dr. Barlow at all from the previous stories…she’s behind this somehow.. Just look at the expression on her face lols..

    And I don’t think Alek is the “useless” prince he describes himself as anymore… So epic I love it (another job well done Mr. Thompson)

  16. 16
    April 1st, 2011 12:45

    OMG wanna hear my theory??
    to bad because your hearing it anyway!!!

    Okay so.. Deryn has been sorta discovered (meaning everyones suspicious) and that sucks because you know she could get hanged. Anyway so she needs a way to convince everyone she’s a boy. SO she goes to Lilit, who knows her secret and she asks her to fake a wedding with her. Anyway, Barlow is all for it because male or female she thinks Deryns too awesome to die and Volger gets dragged along with it.. Not sure why but he does, maybe to be a fake witness, because he also knows the secret. Anyway clearly, Alec’s not invited. Shame.
    So while everyones getting ready for a wedding Alec some how figures out whats going on, and his all “oh hell no” and storms in and knocks all the military dudes out of the way (clearly observing the wedding) And Volgers all oh hot damn whats he doing here.

    I’m gonna feel like an idiot if this is an April fools

  17. 17
    April 1st, 2011 12:46

    Well… my brain just exploded.

    All I can think is, is that Bovril in the lower left hand corner?

    Also, is this a dream, a joke, or a quite plausible (if slightly insane) part of the plot.

    First thought was, is that Alek in a dress? Upon closer inspection, I don’t think so (but give me a break, it’s a bit early here in the states).

    I’m going with dream. That is my final answer. Going back to bed, maybe there will be a clearer answer when I wake up in 2 hours.

  18. 18
    April 1st, 2011 12:50

    Love it! Alek puts Dustin Hoffman’s wedding crashing skills from “The Graduate” to shame. ABSOLUTE SHAME! Why waste time banging on the church window when you can LITERALLY crash the wedding right?

    I have to say I like Addley’s theory that at least part of this might actually be Goliath art with the um, ‘odd couples’ below being composited in later. Or maybe we’re overthinking.

  19. 19
    April 1st, 2011 12:53

    well, im pretty sure the wedding dress girl is DEFINITELY NOT lilit. the everything about this picture (includign to glowworm lamp lighting the bible in the foreground) screams DARWINIST. we all know lilits a clanker. so why would she be married to deryn in a darwinist chapel?

  20. 20
    April 1st, 2011 13:05

    Now… I may be just a tad bit spazzy (Thompson art does the trick) but is that or is that not a a KNIFE that Lilit (Or whoever she may be) is pulling from the bouquet?

    Ok…. now I’m not sure if this is an April Fool’s prank. I mean, Westerfeld is pretty awesome and he can probably come up with a completely plausible plot line that leads to this…

    This has so much WIN. D:<

  21. 21
    April 1st, 2011 14:22

    What’s going on??? (It’s too early for my brain to comprehend anything more complex that 2+2=4, so that might be why I’m so confused.)

  22. 22
    April 1st, 2011 14:50

    The more I look at it, the funnier it becomes :D

  23. 23
    April 1st, 2011 15:25

    Ah!!!!!!!!! This is a super awesome pic! I love it! This is my theroy, though it is wrong, who cares! It’s good ta hav imagination!

    Okay, so I think that lilit is the one in da wedding dress, or someother girl, and they r about to marry “Dylan” for some unknown reason that I’m too tired to think of now…. Anywho! Alek is crashing in to stop it b\c I think he knows that Dylan is deryn and realizes he loved her. (aww!!!!) yeah, dats my theroy, eventhough it’s TOTALLY wrong.

    Another thing I noticed was the weird emblem on da clanker thingy… It’s a skull and cross bones… SO HAS ALEK MET PIRATES? Nah, probably not….

    Yeah, I’m REALLY hoping this isn’t an April fools day thing, cuz if it is, I WILL SCREAM! (then my mother would tell me to stop, and that I’m so random, but that would b a CRISIS, so I think I hav a good reason to scream…

    Even if this is April fools, I still LOVE it! :)

  24. 24
    April 1st, 2011 15:29

    I kno I just commented, but I think that girl is gonna murder Dylan! Just look at her face, and she’s pulling a knife out! See!!!!????

    I’m such a spazz…

  25. 25
    April 1st, 2011 15:36

    So after more sleep I have come to the conclusion that this is a dream (maybe Deryn got hurt and this is the dream while she’s passed out. Who knows). But here’s one fact… I don’t care if it’s 1914, 15 years old is still way to young to get married! So yeah.

    But yes I’m pretty sure that girl has a knife or something. And I think it’s Lilit because of the braids. But I still think this is a dream.

  26. 26
    April 1st, 2011 15:43

    Nice catch Shenli, I didn’t notice the knife at all. It actually makes this picture a little more plausible. Deryn for whatever reason is roped into a marriage that is actually going to be an attempt on her life, and Alec found out about it (Hence the crashing in)

  27. 27
    April 1st, 2011 15:49

    Beautiful April Fools Day joke!

  28. 28
    April 1st, 2011 15:54

    Also, I don’t think it’s Lilit. I’ve been sitting here with the second book, comparing the two. Lilit’s nose is bigger.

  29. 29
    jacob kelly
    April 1st, 2011 16:04

    if this isnt april fools i think @william is right and also…… do we know its a wedding O_o !!!!

  30. 30
    April 1st, 2011 16:07

    Bovril is the ring bearer! That’s a pillow tied to its back and the ring is flying off. Still going with dream.

  31. 31
    April 1st, 2011 16:50

    OHMIGOSH!!! What has this world come to!?
    But no, seriously, what the crap is this!?
    PLEASE BE A DREAM, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, BE A BARKING DREAM PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! …Hmm now that I’m over my shock, I have to say, Deryn doesn’t look to bad in a tux…He he.

  32. 32
    April 1st, 2011 16:58

    Nice, for April’s fool… Now we are all wondering if it’s a fake xD It’s amazing anyway, the only thing that kept me from screaming was that I’m in a bus with more people… And now, the only thing O want is to have the book!!! >_< And one thing I'm definitely doing is cutting Volger out of that image and making an icon out of Volger's facepalm…. It's way too epic!! XD

  33. 33
    April 1st, 2011 17:18

    I was so stoked… and now I don’t know what to believe. I’m honestly inclined to agree with the photoshopped theory (Deryn and other girl are way too calm for that to actually be happening right behind them and Alek looks a squick ridiculous in his awesome pointy German hat), though I suppose dream is also plausible, if disappointing.


    Either way, I spy Varlow there in the background, THANK YOU KEITH! You’ve made the fanfiction… -ers so happy! At least this fanfiction-er.

    And Deryn’s exceptionally good looking in that tux that’s too small for her!

  34. 34
    April 1st, 2011 17:31

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhaa I pissed my pants xD that looks so funny pffff hahahahahahahahahhahahahahaa

  35. 35
    April 1st, 2011 17:46

    That is… pretty much the most epic thing ever. I almost wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t April Fools.

  36. 36
    April 1st, 2011 17:54

    omgomgomgomgomgomgomg….is what I said when I saw this
    1st reaction: OmG!!!
    2nd: This is probably a dream
    3rd: omg…Alek looks so cool!!! Deryn’s really handsome in a suit ;)

    Scott….neeheeheehee!!! Alek looks so jealous, I hope that’s jealousy, cause that’s what it looks like~ <3 and I JUST realized that there are people being flung around in the background o.o …woah. Alek's gone wild….I LOVE IT! :) <3

  37. 37
    April 1st, 2011 17:55

    oh and I thought that was lillit at first but looking closely….she looks a bit different >.> -suspcious-

  38. 38
    April 1st, 2011 17:58

    IT’S A TRAP! IT’S A TRAP! That girl has a sword/dagger under the bouquet! Alex’s gonna save Deryn! And ROLF @ Bovril, he’s the ring bearer! ^.^

  39. 39
    April 1st, 2011 18:19

    One word:EPICNESS! I really hope it’s not a dream (and would it be Alek’s or Deryn’s?) because it’s too funny NOT to happen. And if it’s an April Fool’s joke (and I doubt Keith would make an elaborate scene like that for a joke) I am going to SCREAM…….
    Oh, and you gotta love Alek

  40. 40
    April 1st, 2011 18:38

    Nicely played, Scott. You almost had me fooled. But I seriously doubt the word ‘bash’ was used in 1914. Therefore, this is a fake. A ridiculously awesome one, though. Can you publish it at the back of the book, so we may gaze on it forever?

  41. 41
    April 1st, 2011 18:39


  42. 42
    April 1st, 2011 18:44

    Yeah, that’s definitely a knife she’s pulling out….I can’t decide if this is a dream sequence or a joke….waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh………..

  43. 43
    April 1st, 2011 19:01

    ….I’m so confused. I’m thrilled for the wonderful art, but man is it hard to even begin to wrap my head around what the hell is happening

  44. 44
    Vanny I/c
    April 1st, 2011 19:08

    Deryn looks awesome in a tux!! Is that Alek holding a gun and yelling? Very dashing.. maybe he’s trying to save Deryn from having to marry Lilit.. Volger looks hilarious.. This better be an april fools joke..

  45. 45
    April 1st, 2011 19:14

    If you look at the girl Deryn’s marrying it looks like she’s hiding a knife under her bouquet… Which would explain why Alek is crashing the party.
    Is Bovril the ringbearer?!?! That is SO EPIC!!!!!

  46. 46
    April 1st, 2011 19:16

    Is it Sept yet?? I NEED THIS BOOK. Awesome art as usual, thanks for sharing!!

  47. 47
    April 1st, 2011 19:31

    I applaud you, Scott-la! Award for most elaborate hoax goes to you! And even if it is in the book in some form, you’ve still managed to confuse everyone who read your blog today; you can’t lose!
    Kudos to Keith for the lovely drawing! Makes my hand ache seeing how much detail is in that drawing <3

  48. 48
    April 1st, 2011 19:41

    Whether photoshoped prank, dream, or real event, this picture has made my day.

    Also for all the “bash couldn’t have been used in 1914, according to my online dictionaries: “On a bash “on a drunken spree” is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of “party.”" Therefor the use of the word bash to mean a party started early enough in the 20th century.

    I’m uncertain about the photoshop theory. If you look closely at the section with Dr. Barlow, the leg of the walker seems to extend behind her head, which would be possible in photoshop, but it lends some legitimacy to the image. It’s certainly very possible that it could be photoshoped, but it would be a lot of work, and I also think that it’s possible Scott is double-crossing us.

    By double-cross pranking, I mean that perhaps he chose the most ridiculous picture from Goliath to give to us on April Fools Day so we think it’s a prank, then he gets additional laughs when we find out it’s not a prank. It would not require a new drawing or extensive photoshoping, and it sends us wild twice. Plus, we all know Scott loves to have fun with the fact that Deryn is a girl disguised as a boy. I would not put it past him to create a hilarious plot leading to this scene.

    But seriously, real or not this is fantastic. I’m leaning against the girl being Lilit, because they are already motoring away from the Ottoman Empire, and it just seems too unlikely that they would either go back, or that Lilit would have snuck aboard (she and Nene have work to do for the empire, and a father/son to mourn).

    I’m also leaning against dream, though it is possible. The dream as revelation of internal feelings (which it would seem to be if this is from Alek’s perspective) seems a little un-Scottlike, and randomly throwing in a detailed description of a ridiculous dream of Deryn’s doesn’t seem like it would benefit the plot any. I don’t know, it’s so crazy it seems like a dream, but it’s also so crazy it seems like it can’t be one either.

    If this is in the book (and not a dream), I would guess that the “wedding” is some sort of plot to get something, perhaps access to a building or permission to stay at a certain port for longer. The bride obviously has a plot of her own (though she probably is part of a larger conspiracy and isn’t just pulling a knife on a midshipman for kicks), which I would guess Alek has found out about, and he has come to save his friend. With a sword, a gun, and a walker. You know he means business when he brings three lethal weapons.

    Oh my goodness, I am laughing so hard right now. Ring-bearer Bovril, Volger’s expression, the skull-and-crossbones on Alek’s walker. This is just too funny.

    Thank you Scott! You are messing with are minds, but we love it!

  49. 49
    April 1st, 2011 19:43

    Love how you posted this on April 1st here.

  50. 50
    April 1st, 2011 19:52

    I think its photoshopped. If you look around Deryn, the chick in the wedding dress, Dr. Barlow, and Volger they all have a sort of blurry outline around that portion of the picture.
    If you look at the top half of the picture though, there isnt a blurry outline around Alek and his awesomeness. So I think that it’s two pictures combined to make one awesome one.
    Either way, it’s freaking sweet!!!!

  51. 51
    April 1st, 2011 19:53

    I’m not sure if this is an April Fool’s joke ………………………… You authors can be sneaky.

  52. 52
    Peacock Dawson
    April 1st, 2011 20:00


    Is this an April Fools thing? Because if you actually manage to pull this off, not as a dream sequence, I WILL DIE. THIS IS GONNA BE AMAZING.

  53. 53
    April 1st, 2011 20:18

    OK after seeing this you REALLY expect us to wait another 6 WHOLE MONTHS to read Goliath?!?!?!

  54. 54
    April 1st, 2011 20:23

    I opened this when i was in the school library… i don’t think anyone understood why I was laughing so hard!!

  55. 55
    April 1st, 2011 20:28

    Love Deryn’s expression! It’s like she’s afraid of what she might see if she turns around…

    Yeah, Dr. Barlow is definitely behind this. Maybe a ploy to gain time, like when she gave the sultan the Leviathan? She probably has figured out Deryn’s secret, but hasn’t told anyone that she knows yet, which is why she’s so calm and collected. Volger is probably just wondering what he did to deserve Alek.

    And the thing that makes this picture? Alek’s hat.

  56. 56
    April 1st, 2011 20:46

    Anyone notice the knife the “bride” has in her flowers?

  57. 57
    April 1st, 2011 21:01

    Even if it is April Fools, that just so awesome :D I can’t stop laughing!

  58. 58
    Sarah B.
    April 1st, 2011 21:09

    I dont think Deryn is marrying the girl, because she is holding her gloves and they have people standing around at wedding specifically to do thing like hold the brides gloves. Like, for example, grooms men.

    Why she has a knife, i would like to know. Probably because its not a real wedding because Dr. Barlow planed it all.

  59. 59
    April 1st, 2011 21:41

    I just wanted to say that I love you having drawings in your books! They take me back in time 55 years when most children’s books were illustrated.

    Thank you so much!

  60. 60
    April 1st, 2011 21:46

    I have a feeling that this is near the end of the book…even though it might be “too spoilery” for us…well NOTHING is too spoilery for me Scott! Especially in this series…the only books I would and COULD read millions of times over…and since I have to substitute for Goliath till it comes out…

    sorry I’m spamming the comments…I…just have so much to say (I printed out the chapter 2 pic and this one too ^.^)

  61. 61
    April 1st, 2011 22:01

    Okay. Several things.

    1) HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!!! Volger looks like Oh my god, why the hell is that Stupid prince doing here?!? Doesnt he know that this is FAKE?!?!? (insert laughter here)

    2)Tell me that this isn’t real, because eif it is anad Deryn dies, I will be pissed beyond belief and will most likely vent my anger and sadness by round house kicking someone at karate. o.e

    3)HAHAHA! I’m an idiot! You, Scott Westfeld, are a GENIUS! Anyway, I showed this to my friend, who had NO IDEA WHAT LEVIATHAN was, and she flipped out after she had read the books. I had to explain a lot of it to her, but I think she got the gist of it.

    4)I still don’t know if this is a prank, a dream, or reality, but as I always say, “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” (Adam salvage, myth busters)

    5)Wow. o.e love the fact that Borvil is the ring bearer, xand I know that it’s not Lillet that Deryn is ‘marring’ because in Behemouth, she kissed him! She wouldn’t kill him, Darwinest or not!

    Well, that’s all ican say for now, so keep writing, you barking mad writer! :)

  62. 62
    Terry Tibke
    April 1st, 2011 22:06

    Heee. A backpack. Little Bovril’s wearing a backpack.

    Huh? Oh. There’s some other stuff in there too, sure. But the backpack–haha, it kills me.

  63. 63
    Susan Kaye Quinn
    April 1st, 2011 22:15

    That was just evil of you, Sir.

  64. 64
    April 1st, 2011 22:15

    uhhhh…scotty, we may have a problem…

  65. 65
    April 1st, 2011 22:26

    My brain has definitely exploded. And I don’t even know what to make of this except that it is pure awesomeness =D and I don’t think that I can wait until September…

  66. 66
    April 1st, 2011 22:26

    This is an awesome picture on all accounts. XD The expression on everyones’ faces, the combination of bizarre images, and just The Scene – it’s brilliant, really.

    That said, it’s totally a photoshop. Take a clooooose look at the background behind all of Alek’s chaos. That’s not Thompson’s style – it’s a photograph, yup. Plus, the flying soldiers aren’t flying in the right direction to have been thrown off Alex’s machine. :3 I’d lay good money there’s five to seven different pictures being used here.

  67. 67
    Serafina Zane
    April 1st, 2011 22:37

    Random: I really like the tendency of the illustrations in this series to go over to the borders. It’s so dynamic! I think I’m allowed to get weird and art-critique-y about April Fool’s Day spoilers when I’m wasting my AP Art class on the computer.

  68. 68
    April 1st, 2011 23:12


    I completely agree with Serafina :)

    And I also agree with above comments about photoshop. I haven’t taken the closest look, but I rather positive there are at least two different images in there.

    It’s a very good idea : )

    I’m just wondering if you tell us what you did or not…

    Wonderful series!

  69. 69
    April 1st, 2011 23:34

    wh…wha….what the heck? *sputters*

    your twitter analysis was indeed correct sir. My brain has indeed exploded.

    I agree with the above photoshop suspicions…its definitely possible. Yet some part of me wishes it is completely real, because a scene that warrants a piece of mind-blowing art like that must be freaking brilliant!

  70. 70
    April 1st, 2011 23:37

    Is this real?

  71. 71
    April 2nd, 2011 00:00

    Ha-ha! Happy April Fools day!
    …Wait it this for real?
    If you’ll excuse me, I must go pick up the remains of my brain. It seems to have exploded.
    On another note, I imagine this is the reaction of Alek when he finds out his best friend Dylan is actually a girl (Who prefers to marry Lillit over Alek, I’m sure he’s quite upset about that). Amazing job with the illustration Kieth Thompson, and I hope September comes quicker!

  72. 72
    April 2nd, 2011 00:44

    HOLY crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! theory:
    deryn and lilit are getting married, except thats not her, alek finds out, goes in to save “his” life, or thats a freaking amazing photo shop!!! again mr.thompson is an excellent artist.

  73. 73
    April 2nd, 2011 00:54

    Ohhhhh snap! I’m excited!!
    Okay…. Deryn is getting married? Nahh Dr. Barlow and Volger have got to have something to do with it… Buuuuuut… the bride is pulling a knife from her bouquet!!! And Alek is crashing the wedding (uh oh he wasnt invited!)!!! Bet they were NOT expecting that!!! hahaa awesome pic(:

  74. 74
    April 2nd, 2011 00:56

    OMG – I just compared the faces of the characters.
    The driver of the walker, although they’re wearing a pointy hat, doesn’t look like Alek. The mouth, eyes, etc. look like DERYN.
    And looking closer at the features and expression of the ‘Deryn’ getting married, it looks suspiciously like Alek…
    DId they SWITCH PLACES???

  75. 75
    April 2nd, 2011 01:14

    Hah. I really freaked out my family by bursting out laughing randomly when they thought I was checking my email. This is a very strange and hilarious situation.
    on close looking, I agree with tridecagirl on the switch thing. weird. I was thinking the art didnt look like keith thompson’s version of deryn. The girl (not sure if this is Lilit but I think so) looks suspiciously…guilty about something….I hope this isn’t an april fools.

  76. 76
    April 2nd, 2011 01:30

    Poor Volger, “Oh geez, we’re stuffed. *facepalm* and Barlow “there there, *shoulder pat*” but how is that girl not noticing Alek!!! I mean is that so normal for her! It would be so funny if that girl was really a boy!

  77. 77
    April 2nd, 2011 01:44

    I hope that the part of the picture with Alek in it isn’t an Aprils fool joke because I LOOOOVE it :).

  78. 78
    April 2nd, 2011 01:52

    First of all… this plays out all too well into making us second guess ourselves. Last time we had to debate and choose… and now we have to figure out if it’s a joke. But it only makes the anticipation better!

    Several details that look odd and may suggest a prank:
    1. The figure in the walker looks too feminine in the figure. Slender like Deryn. And Deryn’s face DOES look like Alek’s as previously mentioned.
    2. The bride looks a lot like Lilit considering there seems to be 2 braids.
    3. The overall picture seems off. There seems to be a haze around different parts of the image which can suggest that there may be been photoshopping done? The haze surrounds the bride and groom and bovril. Then it surrounds Volger and Barlow. And then the walker.
    4. Speaking of walkers… it has a skull and crossbones on it…

    Though the haze could suggest it being a dream. Y’know… like Deryn has a nightmare of what could be and stuff?

    I need to stop analyzing stuff. This is what happens after reading and analyzing what seems to be every sentence of a book for English. I analyze EVERYTHING for every possibility. Whatever, I love this and I can’t help but smile at it!!! Amazing work as always!!!

  79. 79
    April 2nd, 2011 02:03

    scott and keith, if this is an april fools day joke, let me tell you, you guys are the KINGS.


    it seemed like most people were looking at the ways the picture looked photoshopped, and they said that the images had strange placing or shading or whatever, well, i believe it’s 2 images combined for one sole reason:

    you’d think that if you were in a quiet chapel for a wedding, and a gigundo clanker machine broke in and literally crashed the place, the people in the church would LOOK BACK and watch as their church was destroyed. But no, volger, barlow, deryn, and mystery bride aren’t acknowledging it AT ALL. the fact the they aren’t reacting is pretty much proof. but then again, what do i know? this could be real, and i think all the people who believe it is in fact legit will have the time of their lives imaging what possible scenario and bizarre plot could have led up to this happening. well done scott and keith!

    one thing that bugs me is the bride, who looks extremely suspicious if i do say so myself, and it’s not just because she’s pulling a dagger out of her bouquet. when you look at her face, it seems to be mysteriously painted on, like her cheeks, and eyebrows. could it be someone in disguise…?
    also, maybe we are jumping to conclusions when we assume deryn is getting married, maybe she’s just a groomsman. everyone in this possibly fake picture looks amazing too, bovril especially.
    if this is 2 pictures, then i’m excited to see the battle scene. that walker alek is in is amazing!

  80. 80
    April 2nd, 2011 02:15

    OK, well if this isn’t an april fool’s joke, then I’m kinda currious about the knife in the boquette. The only thing that makes me think this isn’t a joke is that it looks like Keith had to put a lot of time into this just for a joke….. Hmmmmm

  81. 81
    Emily Rose
    April 2nd, 2011 02:18

    Why Scott Westerfeld, WHY!!
    You torture us so!!
    There is a aching in my heart because you are teasing us with hints at your book. And you know we love them. But you keep doing teasing us.

  82. 82
    April 2nd, 2011 02:19

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, Deryn has never looked more adorable~~~ XDDDDDDD And Alek’s crazy, overblow reaction is BEYOND fabulous! I can’t believe you actually commissioned another pic for an Apirl Fool’s joke! (But I’m so glad you did–it’s such a treat to see “Dylan” all dolled up and playing the bashful groom~ XD) Now if only it had been Alek in the wedding dress…

  83. 83
    April 2nd, 2011 02:32

    ah..fah..ha……. WHA??!?!???!??!?!?!
    I’m gaping here.
    I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hurry it up, would ya, scott?

    (Happy April Fools! You really had me going there…)

  84. 84
    April 2nd, 2011 02:34

    Oh Scott, this is too good. This has to be a joke. I love it though. Deryn looks smashing in a suit :P

  85. 85
    April 2nd, 2011 03:02

    Vloger’s like….CRAP. Epic facepalm.
    April fools? I kinda hope so. @nanogirl101: I think it is two pictures, because the church background looks very un-keithlike and rather photoshop like, and Deryn’s head is pretty disproportionate to her body…although the body is skinny and Derynlike.
    Still amazing. :P

  86. 86
    April 2nd, 2011 03:03

    For a second I almost believed this.

  87. 87
    April 2nd, 2011 03:09

    okay, looked more…and if it’s not an april fools joke it’s gotta be a dream. Skull and crossbones, bovril as ring bearer, and intense volger barlow flirt session going on in the background. On second thought, not a dream, a nightmare. Gaah. My brain isn’t working. I’m going to bed.

  88. 88
    April 2nd, 2011 03:10


    I refuse to take this seriously until the first is over.

    I will admit i believed it for half a second, until my brain processed what I was seeing, ahhaa.

  89. 89
    April 2nd, 2011 03:42

    Oh and just saying the fact that there is no definite chapter to this and we obviously have NO CLUE as to when this may happen in the book because of how whacky it is, points more to a joke. Scott can’t say what part of the book it is, not for that we’d figure the plot, but because it’s from several. =D

    And I can’t believe I didn’t notice the knife earlier. Also the glove is a tad obscure as to why Deryn would be holding it. Just sayin.

  90. 90
    April 2nd, 2011 03:43


    When I first looked at this, literally jaw to the floor.

    Then it was blank WTH stares.

    Then it was laughing and laughing and laughing.

    But I still love it with a passion. And I kinda still feel like this could be a dream! Because Deryn was clearly terrified when Lilit kissed her, so nightmare about marrying her. AND we know she has feelings for Alek, so dreaming that he barges in and stops the wedding because he loves her is kinda possible, right?

    But that’s assuming Lilit is the girl in the dress.

    Assuming this is even a real picture.
    I hope Scott is somewhere reading these comments and seeing all the PAIN AND CONFUSION he’s inflicted.

    If anything about this is real, it had better be Alek in the background. Because that is simply badass.


  91. 91
    April 2nd, 2011 03:53

    well, i wasn’t thinking anything. XD
    But oh my god this is awesome.
    I love the random-yet-not-so-random people in the background. And Vogular espression. and Alek’s . . . just awesome.
    Deryn looks very Sharp! XD
    Nice ref. with the title.
    now I’m laughing my head off. XD
    April Fool’s or not, this is awesome. XD
    (I can’t beathe because of my laughter!!!)

  92. 92
    April 2nd, 2011 04:20

    My friends at school pointed out that the “groom” does not look a lot like previous drawings of Deryn, and thought it could possibly be Jaspert. I really hope that isn’t the case.

  93. 93
    April 2nd, 2011 04:35

    okay i either think that this is Deryn’s dream sequence or sometime in the future because everyone looks so much OLDER. or is that just me? oh well. better to leave it out there i guess

  94. 94
    April 2nd, 2011 05:11

    Hey, Volger and Dr. Barlow Seem very touchy with one another.

  95. 95
    April 2nd, 2011 05:50

    Perhaps a nightmare of Alek’s…?

  96. 96
    April 2nd, 2011 06:06

    There’s a knife in the bouquet? Whaaat is going on :(

  97. 97
    April 2nd, 2011 06:17

    Do forgive me for ignoring the obvious, but


  98. 98
    April 2nd, 2011 06:18

    Ahahahahaha this is so funny. The expressions on their faces xD
    Kudos to you, Scott-la and Keith!

  99. 99
    April 2nd, 2011 06:21

    HAHAAHAHHAHH!!! i’m hyperventilating xDD
    yup, deryn’s DEFINATELY dreaming xDD

  100. 100
    April 2nd, 2011 06:21

    Well, it does look rather suspicious. It’s either a comedic scene in the book where there’s a mix up, or Keith Thompson has put a LOT of time into an April Fool’s joke. I don’t think that this could be a serious scene, as Scott probably wouldnt give away a truly important part of the book. I don’t think its completely fabricated, as the amount of time it would take to finish a picture of this quality is quite a bit… Well, I suppose that whatever it means will be revealed in the course of time. :P

  101. 101
    The cool bean
    April 2nd, 2011 06:35

    Photoshop. For winners. XD

  102. 102
    April 2nd, 2011 06:37

    i see the possibility of possibly 2-3 different pictures in this one.

  103. 103
    April 2nd, 2011 06:42


  104. 104
    April 2nd, 2011 06:48

    Am I dumb to think this was completely real until I saw the april-fools-photo-shopping-master-plan comments? Yes, yes I am.

    @amo (considering this is real) OMJ! WHAT IF THAT IS JASPERT INSTEAD OF DERYN? AND THE SUSPICIOUS DERYNISH-LOOKING-WALKER-ALEK IS ACTUALLY DERYN? AND THE GIRL IS…some girl…or even better, LILIT! hahahahaha lilspert still lives…somewhat XD…this theory worked for like ten seconds (ten seconds of glory) until I realized that Varlow were there…why would they be there if it’s Jaspert’s wedding? *sigh* back to the drawing board…

    I have to say, after close inspection it looks horribly photoshopped…but then how does it all FIT? Varlow’s expressions, Alek/maybe-Deryn’s obvious failness, and Deryn/maybe-Jaspert’s hesitancy…either it’s real or we have a very very very pro photoshopper right here!

    @tridecagirl~ Maybe they did switch! Though I can’t see Deryn driving a walker at that speed (though maybe she learns) and I can’t see how they got Alek to have blond hair…
    OR maybe they’re already switched! Maybe it’s ALEK’S wedding (assassination attempt) and DERYN’S taking his place…but alek doesn’t know…and when he finds out he effectively demolishes a church…and Volger performs his epic facepalm…

    AHHHH TOO MANY MAYBE’S!!! (exactly 6 counting that one…)
    September has never seemed so far away…

  105. 105
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 06:57

    Um…What the hell is going on?

    This is insane.

    BUT hilarious!

    From Volger’s expression and the Lillit look-a-like pulling a blade, to Alek’s expression and Deryn’s Sharp tux, this has got to be the most humorous illustration I’ve ever expeirenced.

    And ring-bearer Bovril?! Truely exeptional.

    Scott And Keith must have discovered cannabis.

    Suddenly September feels very far away indeed…

  106. 106
    April 2nd, 2011 07:35

    come on guys it has to be Lillit, who else would hid a knife in their bouquet? It’s such a Lillit thing to do…

  107. 107
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 07:46

    Also let me state that Mr. Thompson’s art is capital, my dear, truely capital! Really, if only the Leviathan series would continue for eternity.

    Maybe it will…

  108. 108
    April 2nd, 2011 07:50

    Oh goodness. I come back for a second look, and I still don’t even know what to do with myself.

    Please, PLEASE, tell us what’s up Scott!

  109. 109
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 07:52

    If this is a dream, then it’s rather like mine…

  110. 110
    April 2nd, 2011 07:58



  111. 111
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 08:05

    Damn, but if I do beleve I might inspect this incredibly detailed, wonderfully realilistic drawing untill I go blind!

  112. 112
    April 2nd, 2011 08:21

    I see a knife ! :D

    Bovrils running away with the rings. *gasp*

    And…. I dont think this is photoshoped; the lines blend together perfectly, as does the smudging. And the person on the right hand side is leaning away from the debris.

    But still I wonder about the glove…..

  113. 113
    April 2nd, 2011 08:29

    Oh my god!!!! That is epic, is it an April fools joke? I hope it isn’t because i can’t wait to read about it!

  114. 114
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 08:58

    Also, if I may be so brash, when exactly did Alek become quite so badass? When Behemoth left off, he was nice and good and all, but honestly sort of a pussy. If someone killed MY parents, I beleve I might become insane with rage and sorrow(that is, if I’m not rattled in the attic already). As soon as he heard the news he should have uesd the two machine guns on his stormwalker to blaze away at every German walker or vessel he encountered.

    But, perhaps, he has a concience, unlike myself. A concience, yes, and possibly self-control, also.

    But, hey, I didn’t write the book(thank the powers that be for that; if I had, it would have sucked, instead of becoming the masterpiece that it is presently).

    Perhaps I should shut up; I am becoming a blog hog. But allow me to leave you with a quote(alas, I lack creativity).

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, THEN the world shall know peace”

    -Jimi Hendrix

  115. 115
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 09:13

    I must apologize for my previous comment. I believe I was terribly callous about Alek’s character.

    Look at me, I’m apologizing to a fictitious person!

  116. 116
    April 2nd, 2011 10:29

    Well guys, it finally happened. Alek has snapped.

  117. 117
    April 2nd, 2011 10:31

    They look a bit older here… :) This is really adorable. I am very much excited for this book Mister Westerfeld. :D

  118. 118
    April 2nd, 2011 10:31

    I think Deryn is having a dream in the first chapter and then Scott and Keith came up with this little number to confuse the s@#$ out of all of us.
    But this is an epic picture.
    Whatever this pertains to, I know it shall be epic!

  119. 119
    April 2nd, 2011 10:36

    Also Alek isn’t holding his pistol. He’s holding a Compressed-Air gun if I’m not mistaken…

  120. 120
    April 2nd, 2011 10:39

    OK Scott it’a now April 2nd.

    Is this an April Fools or what?

  121. 121
    April 2nd, 2011 12:11

    Oh my god….Alek’s an idiot. Just look at Volgar in the background

  122. 122
    April 2nd, 2011 12:46

    It looks like Lilit is holding a dagger in her bouquet. Very appropriate for a wedding being crashed by Alek. I love April fools!

  123. 123
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 12:58

    YoursTruly I do believe that is not a compressed air gun nor Alek’s Styer from the first book but rather a Mauser C-96…or am I being a know-it-all?

  124. 124
    The Joker-la
    April 2nd, 2011 13:45

    They don’t look older, not a whole lot, anyway. But handsome as hell. My my, don’t Deryn look smashing!

    So Volger and Barlow, eh? As evidenced by their touchy feely touching and feeling, I can only deduce they have feelings(and possibly touchings). That’s, uh…slightly disturbing, honestly. Somewhat uncharacteristic.

    But, hey, love.

  125. 125
    April 2nd, 2011 13:48

    I think your right about the first chapter thing, thats what i thought to.

  126. 126
    April 2nd, 2011 15:04


  127. 127
    April 2nd, 2011 16:35

    I’m agreeing with some ppl here- if this isn’t an april fools day joke, then this is someones dream…

    But it’s KILLING me to kno if this is a joke or not! Ag!!!!!!!!!!

  128. 128
    April 2nd, 2011 17:23

    …hmmm…i’m speechless…i still don’t know what to believe…all i hope is that Alek and Deryn get together at the end of Goliath… if not i’m going to damn mad!!

  129. 129
    April 2nd, 2011 17:28

    hey, i’m back again. sorry but in the las comment i forgot to put a word in… ooops, my mistake… anyway i mean that i’m going to BE damn mad if Alek and Deryn don’t end up together.

  130. 130
    April 2nd, 2011 18:07

    Here’s my final thoughts – and I’ve put a lot of pondering into this.

    It’s made out of two actual picture.

    Picture 1: For some reason, a wedding is needed. Maybe for political pull? Of course, no one wants to actually go through with it. (Think Barlow giving away the Leviathan…) But Deryn can’t do it, because she’s a girl, and there’s no way she’s getting through all those tux fittings with no one figuring out. At this point, Alek knows, but he’s got that darn famous face. So he dresses up as Deryn – it looks like he’s wearing a wig, giving him two hairlines, and he’s wearing the classic perplexed-alarmed expression that he has every other chapter. Not a Deryn expression, and not Deryn features either. Volger is in the background, facepalming and asking ‘why’d the stupid prince do this for the Darwinists. Even he can’t be THIS thick.’ And Dr. Barlow’s comforting him saying she has a plan and everything will be alright. However, the bride wasn’t fooled by this switch, knows exactly who Alek/Deryn is, and is about to terminate him. Bovril is on the run, because he knows something’s going down.

    Picture 2: If you look closely at the face of the walker pilot, it’s either Deryn, or Alek is the girliest looking guy since Justin Bieber. I can think of only one thing that would inspire such suicidal rage – Alek. My guess is, they were both in that epic walker – perhaps the Goliath… – and Alek got shot or otherwise injured. It looks like a walker that can fit more than two people, so perhaps Klopp or Bauer is at the controls. Meanwhile, Deryn is HELLA pissed, and grabs Alek’s helmet and his sword and what my brother identified as a German pistol (notice she’s holding the sword badly – Alek would do better than that) and prepares to wreak bloody vengeance on whoever hurt her crush.

    Just my thoughts.

  131. 131
    April 2nd, 2011 18:18

    I honestly don’t care if this was supposed to be a joke or a photoshop or a dream or reality or whatever.

    It has seriously made my day! Thank you, Scott-la! :)

  132. 132
    April 2nd, 2011 19:01

    Keith’s signature thing!
    This picture has an 11, so it was done this year right?

    But the one from the last Goliath art reveal has a 10.

    I’m not sure what I think this means. But is all the Goliath art done now?
    Why was this one done later? Was it made specifically for this April fools joke, or is it really a picture drawn for the book?

  133. 133
    Vanny I/c
    April 2nd, 2011 19:26

    ooooh, I just realized that Lilit person has a knife…

  134. 134
    April 2nd, 2011 19:49

    Wow, so many people have little confidence in Alek. Why can’t it be Alek storming in with the walker? You think he can’t feel rage? You think he can’t be daring like Deryn? Come on guys, give him some credit. /rant

    Okay, I’m done. Sorry, but I hate it when people bash Alek. I love him as much as I love Deryn. They’re both great characters. <3

  135. 135
    April 2nd, 2011 20:47

    Okay, now that my initial fangirl gawking is over I can pull together an educated theory.

    Deryn is being blackmailed into marrying this girl, for whatever reason. and Alek gathered his posses together (someone else is clearly driving the walker) and decided to mount a rescue. In epic fashion of course. Yay :D

    This picture is definitely real. They are in a Darwinist church (oxymoron); the background has arches, like a church. Photoshop is awesome but I feel as if it would be too complicated to fuse this together. Some wiz would of had to cut out Alek, the flying men, and the walker and paste them onto another image featuring this church. Barking tedius for an April Fools joke.

    Also this chick is not Lilit. This is a Darwinist church (the shapes are rounded instead of blocky like the Clankers). Lilit is neither Christian nor Darwinist. Why would she have a wedding in a Darwinist church?

    That is my theory.

  136. 136
    April 2nd, 2011 21:16

    Also, I do not think Deryn is in the walker. The groom is blond, and tall, and thin. That looks like Deryn to me.

    I totally agree with Ashleylr’s comment. I have the utmost confidence in Alek. He’s sort of an ace pilot, and he is my favorite. :)

  137. 137
    April 2nd, 2011 21:29

    I agree with the above two people about Alek’s awesomeness. Scott, you have such a knack for creating male characters that I wish were very much real. It’s both excellent and frustrating =P

  138. 138
    April 2nd, 2011 22:09

    Whin I first saw this I was like,”Is that Alek in the wedding dress?” Then I was like nope. He’s crashing the wedding. Maybe he realized Deryn is a girl and was like,”Oh no Deryn don’t marry the random person.” Maybe the girl is Alek’s secret sister, but I doubt it.

  139. 139
    April 2nd, 2011 22:21

    I have to dispute your comment, Bnt800, about this being too difficult to ‘Shop. I do it all the time, and Photoshopping drawn images like this can be much easier than real images, depending on the quality. And I have to think that if this were an April Fool’s joke from Scott and Keith, Keith would have the best quality scans of his own images ;)

    Another thing; if this were ‘Dylan’s’ wedding, why are there soldiers which are clearly-not-British-airmen in the first place?

  140. 140
    April 2nd, 2011 22:33

    It’s halarious that Deyrn’s like: “don’t turn around, don’t turn around, DON’T TURN AROUND” and Borvril is the ring bearer! That’s ingenous!, but he’d probably reck it all, “MR.Sharp *giggle*” maybe that’s wh that bride is holding a knife, to prove Deyrn’s a girl somehow. I think it’s real, since if you look really closely at the bottom right hand corner, you see some guy flinching like “God’s wounds! It’s a walker!!!” Also I think the walker is either hyjacked, or Deyrn worked on it because there’s no way Alek would have done a skull and crossbones unless he’s gone insane! Scarey thought, that person is a new character after the bride! O.o

  141. 141
    April 2nd, 2011 22:46

    The soldiers look almost like the crew of the Leviathan, with their sailor-like uniform and whatnot. And if it is the crew, wouldn’t they be at a fellow crewman’s wedding?

  142. 142
    April 2nd, 2011 23:34

    I doubt Mr. Thompson would deliberately make a scene for a joke. It could be photoshopped, but I think it’s real. Still, it’s sooo funny. Alek looks mega epic, and Deryn’s all like: “Yep, Alek’s gone mad, but don’t turn around.” Ha, Bovril’s the ringbearer, and Volger’s face-palm is epic beyond belief. Awesome in all it’s splendor. My congrats to Mr. Thompson.

  143. 143
    April 2nd, 2011 23:48

    second- thank you Scottsters for ur amazing twists and turns in all ur novels!!

  144. 144
    April 3rd, 2011 00:12

    I’ve been comparing side by side with the last Goliath picture, and I think it’s possible that they switched places. The person in the walker looks very curvy and the blond groom’s face and nose look like Alek. But his eyes are darker, so I don’t know.

  145. 145
    April 3rd, 2011 02:36

    this is pure awesomeness. if it is a prank, i will be mad. >:(

  146. 146
    April 3rd, 2011 02:42

    but actually, I think that this is not a prank. Scott probably just thought that this picture from the book was so funny, that he decided to put it up on april fools day XD

  147. 147
    April 3rd, 2011 03:09


    Touche. I was just thinking that the uniforms looked a little too sailor-like, but I suppose in actually comparison to my copies of the previous two books they could be the same. In my defence, I’m no military expert and usually only distinguish between uniforms by colour. Clearly difficult in a black and white image. My bad!

    Though I’m still sceptical at the image’s legitimacy. I mean, the wedding idea, sure, but the bursting through the church walls with a walker is a bit more iffy.

  148. 148
    April 3rd, 2011 03:38

    Dear Mr. Westerfeld,

    I am keeping your goldfish hostage.
    I’m requesting a manuscript of Goliath to be delivered immediately, complete with illustrations. Or the fish dies.

    Thanks a bunch,

  149. 149
    April 3rd, 2011 03:38

    I’m no military expert either. I just wanted to point that small detail out.

    With all the debris around Alek (or possibly Deryn)’s stormwalker, wouldn’t all the walls be collapsed, i.e. the giant arch behind it? Or maybe the church just has a really big door. And I’m no expert in Photoshop, but if you take out the flying men, debris, Alek (or is it Deryn?), and the stormwalker, it looks like a plausible and intense scene. Just picture a bunch of pews instead of the giant hulking metal thing and Alek (or Deryn?)’s insane yet EPIC expression. And I also agree with the many comments before that the “groom” looks like Alek with blond hair, but I’m not sure if the person in the walker looks like Deryn. It actually kind of does, but why would she wear that military-like coat that looks suspiciously like the coat Alek wore in Behemoth? And both figure “male” figure are very slim, so I am COMPLETELY confused about who is who, which is kinda sad for me, because I AM OBSSESSIVE about this book. Scott, please drag us out of our misery and confusion! Please?

  150. 150
    April 3rd, 2011 03:42

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! that better be a dream and also that would be soooooo akward for dern! like really if the bride (that one chick from the second book) actually knew dylan was dern than she would be so wierded out

  151. 151
    Peacock Dawson
    April 3rd, 2011 04:46

    And I swear I’ve seen that pic of the walker before.

  152. 152
    April 3rd, 2011 04:59

    (Jaw hits floor.)
    SO AWESOME! Scott, you gotta thank Mr. Thompson for this. It’s sooo funny! And a little ‘what the-’(Dies on floor).
    Oohh I really want to jump off Alek’s walker/Clanker thingie with a super-cool ninja outfit with the swords and stuff and scream “DEATH TO PRETTY GIRL WHO LOOKS LIKE LILIT!” And then tackle the werid girl and KO her with a shoulder-squeeze. And then scream at Alek “JUST SAY YOU LOVE DERYN, FOR THE LOVE OF SCOTT WESTERFELD!” I’d probably get stared at by Volger The Epic Facepalmer back there…
    I dout the girl is Lilit. Maybe a distant, evil, cousin/twin/friend/clone/someone completely random.
    Is this a dream of Deryn’s? Has to be if ‘pretty girl who looks like Lilit!’ is Lilit.

  153. 153
    April 3rd, 2011 05:32

    I’m still debating with myself on the legitimacy of this picture. If it is an April Fool’s prank, then it was wonderfully executed! If it really is real, then I agree with Emma-chan: Scott probably picked the most absurd (and hilarious) picture to show us because of the fact that it was April Fool’s. I’m sure our crackpot theories are amusing him (or disturbing him, who knows?)

    Brains were definitely exploded, Mr. Scott…. ;)

  154. 154
    April 3rd, 2011 05:40

    Ahhhhg!!!!!!!! OH. MY. GODS.

    Okay, after zooming this is what I think:

    The one in the suit is obviously Deryn, and I don’t actually think the girl looks like Lilit…
    And then, we all know the one witht he sword and the Walker is Alek.
    Bovril is there in the corner…
    Deryn has a really complex expression, showing mixed feelings. It’s kind of mysterious and kind of like what the heck is happening at the same time.
    And oh my gosh I have to point out Volger and Barlow!
    Volger is kind of lookiing like he’s saying: “ugh…”
    But look at how Barlow has her hand on his shoulder!!!! She looks like she’s either smugly comforting him or teasing him because something went wrong.
    Alek is kinda freaking out and the girl has this really smug look…..

    Referrign to earlier comments, is this and April Fool’s joke?

    This is just so weird…. It kind of seems like an Alek-Deryn moment, but it also really doesn’t. It’s like maybe Deryn is doing something undercover but Alek thinks it’s real so he’s freaking out and going to ‘save’ Deryn and then Volger is just thinking:
    How is this boy supposed to become an emeperor?

    Or maybe it is dream and I’m totally wrong.
    Maybe (since the one i the suit and the one in the walker look so much alike,) maybe it’s someone’s dream where they’re saving themself!

    Or… What is the groom is Deryn’s brother?

    Well, whatever the heck this is, it’s awesome and totally hilarious! Thanks so much Scott and great job to Keith!

  155. 155
    April 3rd, 2011 05:45

    1. If this was a real picture in the book, why would British soldiers in non-ceremonial fighting clothes be in the church?
    2. wood is flying everywhere and the church is, like stone.
    3. The flying bodies are in a really weird position, and nobody is freaking out about a giant walker coming and throwing around a bunch of people, which i think most people would probably notice.

    Yeah, it’s a big job for photoshop, but I’ve been looking at this pic like ALL NIGHT, and I really think it’s two separate pics fused together.

    The end. I will stop commenting on this now.

  156. 156
    April 3rd, 2011 05:48

    Wow. For the first time, I am speechless. This is such a crack-tacular picture….for so many different reasons.

    I really hope that this is an honest-to-God picture in the book because if it’s just an April Fool’s joke…I might just have to cry.

  157. 157
    April 3rd, 2011 05:48

    Okay, I looked back and zoomed again:
    The girl looks like she’s pulling a knife or something, taht to me looks like it could contain poison or something!

    And I forgot something in Deryn’s expression: She’s kind of like ‘oh no what the heck did Alek do now?’

    AND Dr. Barlow actually kind of has her hand down by Volger’s arm, almost like they had hooked their arms together or something…. But we all know Volger would enver hook arms with anyone unless he went totally bonkers.
    Also, I think Volger is probably thinking a feew cuss words in German.

  158. 158
    April 3rd, 2011 06:26

    Deryn: Ummm…is that who I think it is?(Face pales)
    Lilit-look alike:Don’t worry, dear. I have everything under control(evil grin and pulls out knife.)
    Volger:I want to die. God, what did I do to deserve this boy?(Facepalm).
    Nora Barlow: I know, honney. I get it.(Pats shoulder).
    Bovril:Mr. and Mrs.Sharp! (Runs away with backpack.)

  159. 159
    April 3rd, 2011 06:46

    When i first saw this i was like “whoa, deryn’s dreams are way more vivid(vivider?) then mine!” i mean, all that detail? but now i’m not so sure, after reading all these opinions and ideas from fellow Westerfans, there’s so many possibitities!! ARRGGH!!!! *whimpers* how am i supposed to wait til SEPTEMBER?!!

  160. 160
    April 3rd, 2011 06:54

    Anyway, upon closer investigation, i do believe that the guy in the Stormwalker is indeed Alek, and the one in the tux is Deryn, cuz i was comparing the eyes in the previuos art release, and Alek’s eyes are darker than Deryn’s, soooo yeah. Though ‘Alek does look rather girly.

  161. 161
    April 3rd, 2011 07:17

    this is totally random, but for some reason my favorite pictures of Alek are when his mouth is wide open because he’s in some kind of action scene.
    Like other people have guessed I seriously think it’s a photoshop of at least two pictures… =D
    still, its sooooo AWESOME!

  162. 162
    Random Person
    April 3rd, 2011 07:39

    I think Volger is going, “omg, this is so wrong” because they are both girls.

  163. 163
    April 3rd, 2011 08:16

    Oh! I finally get what’s on Bovril’s back- he’s the ring-bearer! That’s pretty adorable. And joke or not, I really really really want a poster-sized version of this to hang on my ceiling. It’s amazing.

  164. 164
    April 3rd, 2011 08:17

    Best. Art. Ever. I laughed so much!

    Deryn: “…You know, usually in these dreams, I’m naked.”

    Lilit: “My father taught me how to use this knife, Dylan. If your loris loses our wedding ring, one of you is going to the taxidermist.”

    Alek: “Avast! No, wait. I mean, ahoy! That is… … Volger, what *do* pirates say, precisely…?”

    Volger: “…Ngh.”

    Barlow: “There, there, dear. Mass hallucinations are a scientific fallacy. We’re all sure to come out of it shortly. Do carry on, Mr. Sharp. Mind the shrapnel.”

    Bovril: “*Mr.* Sharp.”

  165. 165
    April 3rd, 2011 08:26

    Also, everyone seems to be debating who the characters pictured are…and I think that it’s definitely Alek in the walker, Deryn in the suit, and Lilit in the dress. Just saying.

    And Scott-la? It’s April 2nd. You’ve got to tell us if this is the real deal or not!!!!

  166. 166
    April 3rd, 2011 08:31

    Holy. Cheese. Sticks.

    I hate you and I love you all at the same time. How confusing.

    Still, best part of my day, by far.

    (which really isn’t as sad as it sounds, because this art piece is freaking awesome [see cheese reference above]).

    Urg. I can’t wait for September! :)

  167. 167
    April 3rd, 2011 08:33

    Okay, my brain hurts. If the groom is Alek, then why does he have blonde hair?? (he does really look like Alek.) And back somewhere somebody pointed out that it couldn’t really be Deryn in the stormwalker because she couldn’t pilot it at such high speeds, but as you can see, she isn’t piloting it, she’s at the top openy part (forgot what it’s called /facepalm), which means she isn’t at the controls…. And barging into Alek’s wedding is totally something she would do…. On the other hand, it could be Alek in the stormwalker, seeing as he has his sword (sigh. Forgot what kind of sword he had…), but the figure seems girlish and really skinny. I just don’t know… at least I can join the ‘over analyzer party’… Yay.

  168. 168
    April 3rd, 2011 09:04

    OMG LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOOL WHAT THE HECK! Barking spiders!Brain exploding.confused.what the heck Scott why is Deryn getting maried do i have to explain whats wrong with that?And whats up with alek he is awwwwwwwwweeesome i will screeeeem aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg i cant believe it!

  169. 169
    April 3rd, 2011 09:26


  170. 170
    April 3rd, 2011 09:32

    I feel like this must be real. He would have told us by now!

  171. 171
    April 3rd, 2011 09:37

    I agree. Or maybe Scott is having just a bit too much fun with this…

  172. 172
    April 3rd, 2011 10:11


    I don’t think this is fake. I really don’t.

    The bride has a knife in her hand, probably ready to kill Deryn. Volger’s facepalm is probably over the fact that Deryn is a girl and he’s having to witness this wedding. Barlow’s having fun. Alek’s ticked off, probably he found out that she’s a girl and that the bride is planning on killing her. My guess is that this isn’t photoshopped. It isn’t April Fools anymore, so wouldn’t someone have taken it off if this was a joke? It’s probably blurry around the characters because of all the dust or walls falling. The characters aren’t looking back because it’s the exact moment Alek’s crashing the party? That’s what I think… I can’t wait for Goliath. I may try to get the ARC copy… OMG!!! So excited!!!

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    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 10:13

    I’d just like to say Gaia, probably best comment yet; realilistic yet funny. I really dig your compitence, considering a good number of these Westerfans can’t think of anything better then “omg” or “lol” or, most annoying of all, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”.

    Your comment on everybody’s thoughts was refreshing, to say the least.

    “Mind the shrapnel”. Splended!

    Keep up the intelligent conversation.

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    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 10:24

    Also, I believe Deryn’s in the tux, Alek’s in the walker. Deryn looks herself here and Alek may look slightly girly but, hello, he kinda looks like that ALL the time.

    You’re correct, tridecagirl; Alek’s up there with Justin Bieber.

    Well, in girlyness, that is.

    On the awesome scale, though, Alek’s lightyears ahead.

  175. 175
    April 3rd, 2011 10:26

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NO WAY!thats all i can say is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa lol

  176. 176
    April 3rd, 2011 10:34

    ok i think i might be able to give a more senseable answer now hat ive cooled off.wait!…………………………………….NO I CAN NOT all i can do is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  177. 177
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 10:56

    Volger: “Shiza!”

  178. 178
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 11:09

    Yes, I may have screamed when I witnessed the picture firsthand myself. But I won’t translate it into print form; it might be too loud for your eyes.

  179. 179
    April 3rd, 2011 11:19

    @ The Joker-la

    Do you mean Scheisse?

  180. 180
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 11:22

    Perhaps; I’m a stupid American! What do I know about other countries?!

    By the way, Africa’s a country, right?


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    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 12:22

    About photoshopping: yes, yes, I can see how one might think that. The haze around Deryn and the Lillit look-a-like is quite odd indeed. Nobody looking around could probably be that the image is frozen at exactly the moment Alek’s walker hits the church. But I’d imagine they’d hear it before it hit, so they should be standing idlely, uneasily around, wondering what the hell that sound is. But then again, there’s wood chips a-flying when to the left of the walker there appears to be brick or stone, though this may be from a wooden door or something.

    A most intrieging notion, to say the least.

  182. 182
    April 3rd, 2011 12:23

    If this is a photoshop, I actually think this might not be 2 but 3 photos put together. The more I look at Alek (maybe Deryn) in the pirate stormwalker, something about it just doesn’t seem to fit. Like if the wedding scene and the stormwalker scene are photoshopped, everyone can see there’s a weird kind of haze separating the two right? Well the haze is surrounding Alek in the stormwalker! At first I thought it was more evidence for the dream theory but then I saw that the haze goes underneath him where his legs and the stormwalker should meet! Borvil’s kinda got the haze too…

    Idk about you guys, but I feel that’s just a bit too…sloppy for Keith.

    So I believe that this is not 2 pictures photoshopped together, but 3.

  183. 183
    April 3rd, 2011 12:29

    As for the April fools, I think Scott just wants us to guess the right answer before he takes it off. The more I examine this, the more fake it seems. The first thing that struck me as truly odd was “why is Alek, /in his uniform/ nonetheless, in a pirate stormwalker, running through British troops who have /air compressed guns?”

    I just got the impression that that wasn’t a plot turn Scott wanted to take…or maybe I’m just crazy. I would believe it…

    Maybe Volger is face-palming because Alek has gone off and made some new “allies…”

    Anyway I wished for pirates to be in Goliath and so far, I’m lookin’ good!

  184. 184
    April 3rd, 2011 12:34

    When you take a good look at where the haze is, this could even be 4 or 5 pictures photoshopped together.

    1. Wedding (on board Leviathan- the glowworm lamp)
    2. The pirate stormwalker and the soldiers (those boards look hazy too though…)
    3. Alek in the stormwalker
    4. The background (if Alek is crashing a wedding in THAT thing without having wrecked the wall…those better be some /pretty big doors…/

  185. 185
    April 3rd, 2011 12:35

    I over analyze things don’t I?

    Curse you IB Program! The Leviathan should’ve crashed over Geneva…

  186. 186
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 12:39

    YoursTruly Hmm, you’re right, let me tell the second mother this is being done.

    But the second mother was with the seventh son and they were both out on highway 61…

    …Oh, dear me, it seems I’ve trailed off into Bob Dylan songs again…nevermind that…I’ll just send a serch crew to look for surviving thoughts after this train of thought derailed…I apoligize, as much to myself as anyone else, for my mental issues. ;)

    But, yeah, it looks as though three pictures may be involved.

  187. 187
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 12:44

    Or more…

  188. 188
    April 3rd, 2011 15:07

    OMG you guys???? I just realized this…That’s not Alek’s uniform!!!!!!!! IT’S GERMAN!!! Same with the pistol!!!

    You also won’t understand this rant if you didn’t read my above posts.

    Acknowledging the posts before that Alek looks like Deryn, what if it’s not Alek at all? That sword is also NOT a fencing saber!!! It’s a calvary sword!!! Whoever that is is dressed as a German officer. Maybe Deryn/Alek is undercover in the German army!!! Or something like that! That might explain the bride scene! They were going to fake Deryn’s death so she could go undercover in the German army!!!!!

  189. 189
    April 3rd, 2011 15:23

    Oh no…

    That sword is Volger’s sword.

    Is Alek avenging his death?

    I’m sad now…

  190. 190
    April 3rd, 2011 17:20

    words can not descirbe =O

  191. 191
    April 3rd, 2011 18:00

    I guess he’s not appearing again till the forum thing…Scott I mean :I

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    The OTHER Tally Youngblood
    April 3rd, 2011 18:53

    GAAAAH!!!!! omg! This picture alone just made me realize I NEED to finish Behemoth!!!!!!! OMJEEEZ! So insanely awesome! :D

  193. 193
    April 3rd, 2011 20:41

    oh yeah! I remember what I was gonna say! I think it’d be sorta cool if Deryn got injured (though she’s my fav character) cause then, Alek would go mad! And realize his love for Deryn :3 <3 sry about my fantasy, but wouldn't that be awesome? and maybe…somewhere along the lines he could find out she's a girl? hm? heehee

  194. 194
    April 3rd, 2011 22:55

    @The Joker-la
    About the girliness of Alek, isn’t it odd that the traits of masculinity and femininity freely blur and overlap between Alek and Deryn? In a way, one could argue that the more masculine character is Deryn and the feminine character is Alek. Well, except for Alek’s air of sexism (curse him) and Deryn’s “girly” feelings for Alek. But then again, I’m a crazy fangirl, of 13, no less; what do I know?

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    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 23:10

    @ Rouge I think that’s just a matter of time, considering she’s come so close to telling him like, twice now, and I’d imagine she’d want someone on the ship that she completly trusts. He trusted her with everything, right? It’s only fair.

    So don’t worrey; it’ll happen.

    The funny part should be Alek’s reaction. Tee, hee.

  196. 196
    April 3rd, 2011 23:30

    Hooooly cow!

  197. 197
    The Joker-la
    April 3rd, 2011 23:59

    @ amo What constituts masculinity? Cussing, spitting, throwing knives? I’ve thought about that often; most stories would have the male stronger, more confrentational( sorrey, I’m too lazy to go find a dictionary), overall more badass, whereas the woman is often times almost the classic damsel in distress, waiting around idlely to be rescued. The Leviathan series avoids those moranic sterieotypes. A refreshing change, no doubt. Deryn’s a badass chick! Made all the more awesome by the fact that she’s thousands of miles away from home, in the same type of contraption that killed her father, all because she loves the air…and the enemy.

    She’s “masculine” is all I’m saying. I’m very long winded.

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    The Joker-la
    April 4th, 2011 00:05

    You know, Mr. Scott-la must be having a helluva hoot reading our comments.

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    Miss Deryn Ferdinand
    April 4th, 2011 00:17

    Thoguhts going through their heads:
    Lilit’s evil-er clone: ‘Plan B is now in action.’
    Volger:’Somebody shoot me. Please?’
    Dr.Barlow: ‘Oh wow…I didn’t know my diabolical plan would turn out this good!’
    Bovril: ‘A,B,C…’
    Something tells me The Joker-la is right. Scott-la, you must be cracking up.

  200. 200
    April 4th, 2011 00:21

    Is that LILIT????? Why are they getting married???

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    Miss Deryn Ferdinand
    April 4th, 2011 00:28

    Will you PRETTY PLEASE tell us in your next post if the girl is Lilit or her evil clone? And if this was a photoshop Alek/Deryn switch? I think I’m not the only one asking you about this…PLEASE?

  202. 202
    April 4th, 2011 01:29

    I don’t think its Lilt, they left her in Turkey. I reakon its some American chick, that makes sense cause they visit America, I think. Well its looks great! I can’t wait to see how that situation arose!!!!

  203. 203
    April 4th, 2011 03:48

    Maybe everyone has already realized this but didn’t and now I’m, like, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! WHAT’S GOING ON!!

  204. 204
    The Joker-la
    April 4th, 2011 04:21


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    The Joker-la
    April 4th, 2011 04:24

    Alek: “Say hello to my little friend!”

  206. 206
    April 4th, 2011 04:39

    Gr!!!!!!!!! This is killin me ta kno wat tge heck is going on! Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The Joker-la
    April 4th, 2011 04:45

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! strikes again.

  208. 208
    April 4th, 2011 04:52

    Ha! I kinda hope this is a Superman moment for Alek.

    *Superman Theme in background*



  209. 209
    April 4th, 2011 05:29

    It looks like a movie poster showing two awesome scenes at once to make it all the more awesome…but i say its a dream.

  210. 210
    April 4th, 2011 05:54

    @ The Joker-la thank you for reassuring me. And yes, now that I think about it, she did try to tell him twice…as I always say: third time’s the charm! but it’d be stupid if she tried telling him x2 in this book and it is accidentally blurted out in conversation, or overheard…no, that wouldn’t be stupid, THAT’D BE AWESOME!!! [sry for my rant :) ]

  211. 211
    April 4th, 2011 06:51

    I wonder if he’s waiting for 250 comments before he lets us know what in the world is going on. Like he did with the voting for the last reveal.

    Anyway, I said this on the forum, but I’m thinking dream/photoshop. Because the two pictures do look like they’ve be photoshopped together, and the top part is entirely plausible. I could see something like that happening. But the bottom part? Especially Volger, Barlow, and Bovril. It’s just a bit corny, and this series isn’t really corny. So I’m thinking Deryn or someone is having a dream for the bottom part of the picture.

    And I do agree that the figure in the top portion of the picture is a bit girly. They’ve got some curves on them, so maybe it’s Deryn? Not sure, but there better be an explanation soon. Come on Scott, stop laughing at us and just tell us already!

  212. 212
    April 4th, 2011 07:23

    I feel like such a nerd. I had to sneak into the school library after lunch on Friday because I totally forgot to check that morning for it. My English teacher was in there with his class, and I had to get on a computer around him, I checked this blog, screamed and got strange looks from the librarians and now he thinks I’m crazy. After the next class I went to the library again, printed out both pictures that you released and carried them both around all throughout my last block, gym, while ranting about theories of this picture and why I was so frustrated about where the last book left off, while recruiting more people to read Leviathan that way that they know what the hell I’m talking about, and then talked about it to my family and friends for the rest of the day and now the pictures are happily hanging on the wall above my bed. XD There was no point in putting this comment aside from taking pride in being such a big geek.

    Also, it just now came to my attention that this was put out on April fool’s day you evil genius, you. My guess is that while it may very well be a joke, it’s not photoshopped. People keep on commenting on the blurry outlines on Deryn, the Lillit look alike, Doctor Barlow and Volgar, but if you look closely at some of Thompson’s other drawings, the same sort of blurry outline is around some areas. It’s just more consistent in this drawing than most, which could mean a variety of things from trying to get the figures to stand out to the lighting and technique (take this from an over analyzing art student). If you look close enough in the back as well, you can see an outline of the church doors or an opening to the chapel. I could be wrong, as I’m not particularly skilled in photoshop, but it just doesn’t seem worth the time to go through the trouble to prank us like that. Although I can see you having fun with making us /think/ it’s a prank.

    As well, I’ve read online a few theories and I know from experience of reading your books that most of your romance sub plots don’t always have an exactly happy ending. My suspicions are leaning towards Deryn, or someone important in this book dying, hence the knife that the Lillit look alike is holding. I will admit that while that would be brilliant, I would spend my entire night crying my eyes out XD. I’ve also thought about the fact that maybe Alek already knows about Deryn, rather that’s been my theory since the last picture you let out.

    I’ll stop talking now, but can’t wait till Goliath comes out. Pre-ordering soon that way I get it the day it comes out ; D

  213. 213
    April 4th, 2011 07:49

    @Julia. Hecks yeah, as far as Photoshop goes, the fuzz around them is nothing unique. Look at page 82 in behemoth. Deryn and Alek have a haze around them. Or page 97 in Behemoth, there is a haze around some of the objects there as well. So I think the haze is being overanalyzed.

    And it’s like I was saying before with Photoshop, not saying it can’t be done because it very well can, but it’s a lot of work just for an April Fool’s joke. I think this picture is completely legit. Scott is perfectly capable of coming up with something this epic and creative. The series does have flying whales after all.

  214. 214
    April 4th, 2011 08:55

    Awww… A little while ago I was telling my friend about my theory of what’s happening in this pic. But apparently it’s fake… Not fair… cuz your gonna have to hear it anyway… HA HA HA!!

    Ok, ALEK is going to have to marry marry this creep to do something, IDK, maybe to end the war. But Deryn must have overheard a secret plan to kill Alek (see the girl pulling a knife out of the flowers). So, Deryn, like, stuffs Alek in a closet or something. and takes his place so he won’t be killed. And the girl is too stupid to see that it’s not Alek she’s marr- I mean… killing. So anyway, Alek, wakes up in his closet and somehow learns about the plan, and goes to rescue “Dylan”.

  215. 215
    April 4th, 2011 09:34

    IT’S FAKE?!?!?!?! Awwwwwww…… At least it’s Lilit in the dress!!!! XD

  216. 216
    April 4th, 2011 18:13

    what the heck 6:43 morning first visit to website wow lilit’s got a knife a germen clanker and docter barlow is she with volger i don’t know i say dream

  217. 217
    April 4th, 2011 18:34

    wait were’s alek i mean volger’s there but that means alek has to be there to right come on he never leav’s aleks side if hf dosn’t have to. oh yea and why is bovril the ring berer

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    Miss Deryn Ferdinand
    April 5th, 2011 01:29

    Yay! You actually confesssed!
    I had a feeling that everyone else besides me wanted to know…

  219. 219
    April 5th, 2011 01:43

    I don’t care if it’s april fools’, Alek looks so BAMF in the picture!

    and lol @ random falling sailor.

  220. 220
    April 5th, 2011 07:25

    Wait, but doesn’t Lilit know Deryn’s a girl?

  221. 221
    bella d. la-max fan
    April 5th, 2011 07:40

    To start things off this is gonna probably be a very long comment.

    Okay, first things first, the joker la your jimmi hendrix quote was actually a quote he used from a book called the sight and to use another quote from this book that is relevant to te topic ” a love, that is, as deep as despair”

    Next, am i the only one who cant over Volgers face palm its like crash! Facepalm, (sigh) oh the epicness of a lordly facepalm

    To continue on, there are several reasons why this picture cant be real such as:
    1. The walker alek is driving obviously isnt his so i ask where he got one. They are obviously in a darwinist city, as exampled by the glow worm lamp and their presence in the city, so im sure alek didnt just find the walker on the side of the street. And the walker is really big, there is no whole in which it entered the church.
    2. Deryn and lilit getting married as if! First of all deryn left lilit behind in turkey and as supported by the words “i was just curious” in behemoth, i believe that lilit figured out deryn was a girl, but kissed her anyway. And lilit doesnt have a twin, but a brother who had died previous to the story. Plus, she wouldnt kill deryn( reference to the knife).
    3. Dr. Barlow and volger. It is possible for her to have gained feelings for volger , but she has way to much self pride to be all touchy feely with volger in public as she is shown. Some argue that she might have been comforting volger, but barlow isnt the comforting type and if she epexted this or that something to do with it, she would have sat there unfased with a smug look on to the face.
    4. Now back to the things focused on alek that are wrong. First, heis wearing what closely resembles a usa civil war confederates army jacket. He had never been to america, nonetheless, ever heard of the civil war, s explain the jacket.
    5. To aleks hat and gun. They are both obviously german, so where exactaly did he get them. Hes still in japan, a darwinist country. Besides if he wanted an explosive entrance i suggest c-4. This picture is a piece of shyza
    6. Still on alek,he is in a church, walking on pews,so after an in dept look at force, and transferred momentum, i decide that the wood and men would not fly in a manner as such shown in the picture,with the movement depicted.
    7. Why is noone reacting to the giant walker crashing in the church, beside bovril.
    8. And to deryn again, how could she to through all the tailoring for that suit without someone finding out shes really a girl.

    Now for my own feelings toward the picture, wow, damn deryn looks good in a suit, and alek is a total badass, man

    Thats all i have to say and danke for reading; )

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    Gladys O.
    April 5th, 2011 09:09

    OMG! I’m ALL late but when I saw this at some posting on Tumblr, my heart skipped a beat! >.<!!
    Thank GOD it was a joke. Although, I do like what was going on here. I will scream like the fangirl that I am if this does happen in the book!
    Hahaha. I love Deryn. :)

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    The Joker-la
    April 5th, 2011 10:51

    Is this really not real? DAMN! It’s so fricking awesome! What IS real, then? Is the world real? Am I real? I don’t know what to believe anymore.

    One thing I DO know, though: we can NEVER trust our good friend Scott-la again.

    EVER. He’ll probably release the book in September, only to say it’s not the real one!

    The sneaky bastard. :)

  224. 224
    The Joker-la
    April 5th, 2011 10:53

    Stop lying to us, you evil mastermind!

  225. 225
    April 5th, 2011 12:35

    I really wanted it to be real… xD

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    The Joker-la
    April 5th, 2011 14:50

    Wow, Lillit is a crazy bee-yatch!

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    bella d. la-max fan
    April 5th, 2011 16:57

    You guys just now realized this was fake! Get with the program you shyza-cofs!

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    The Joker-la
    April 5th, 2011 20:13


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    The Ottoman Sultan
    April 6th, 2011 01:05

    Is that…Lilit? I don’t think so, but….

    *reads next post*
    Agh, this isn’t real? Oh my God, Scott! Why would you do that? It’s so…so…AWESOME! Aaugh!

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    The Ottoman Sultan
    April 6th, 2011 01:06

    *reads next post again*
    It IS Lilit? *quintuple facepalm*

  231. 231
    April 6th, 2011 02:19

    AAAHHH!!! Alec looks sooooo cute in this and totally has the crazy nutter thing down pat.( double fisting a sword and a gun, breaking into church, adding a skull and crossbones to his walker, screaming, etc.) Are Volger and Barlow dating or something?????? OH, and Mr. Westerfeld, YOU HAVE TO NAME THE OTHER LORUS CHOCHO!!! MY BEST FRIEND AND I HAVE ALREADY DECIDED IT!!!!!! :D :D

  232. 232
    April 6th, 2011 02:30

    WAIT!!!!!!! I know this is a fake, BUT, I have a question anyway. If Alec in coming out of the hatch, with his hands full, who is hoisting him up, and, more importantly, WHO THE **** IS DRIVING THE WALKER!?!?!?!?!?
    *makes insanely confused face*

  233. 233
    Ana Dor
    April 6th, 2011 10:10

    The beastie as the ring bearer is the best part of course. And meanwhile Deryn’s soooooo jealous of Lilit’s rack, which she shouldn’t be of course, because she’s a freaking gorgeous man! And girl I’m sure too.

    You really should have made the joke Deryn decked out in womens clothing. That would be new!

  234. 234
    bella d. la- max fan
    April 7th, 2011 02:24

    hey i take pride in my extensive use of german words please dont copy i dont very much appretiate it, danke, and keep copying me and i just might switch to french. then you wont be able to keep in my language conquest. so take my advice and femme helo la boushe when it comes to this. by the way femme helo la boushe means shut the hell up in french :D

  235. 235
    The Joker-la
    April 7th, 2011 08:10

    @ bella d. la- max fan: you’re a blue meanie! There, I speak Yellow Submarine!


  236. 236
    The Joker-la
    April 7th, 2011 08:18

    Hey, Ana Dor, I bet Deryn’s JUST as large as Lillit; you just can’t tell, cuz of all the carful tailoring, remember?

    More importantly, I WANT her to be just as large as Lillit. :)

  237. 237
    April 7th, 2011 23:36

    that is legit :D i love it.

    alek: DYLAN! I MEAN DERYN! DON’T WORRY! I SHALL SAVE YOU (cuz youre mine!)!!!!>:O
    deryn: O____O dr. barlow…. what was the point of this plan again?…ALEK. don’t spoil my secret to everyone!!! OTL
    lilit: “deryn?”….dylan, what’s the meaningn of this???!!!!! D: (le gasp)
    volger: *facepalm*
    barlow: MWHAHAHAHAHA my evil plan is working >:D

  238. 238
    April 8th, 2011 20:32

    Gimme a second tyo wipe the remains of my brain of the computer….

    I’m not on the internet for a few days and this is what happened!?
    Good thing I came after Scott told us it was fake (or is it!?) otherwise i would have been tormented like the rest of you. Kinda sad its fake though.

  239. 239
    April 8th, 2011 21:07

    excuse me for the above typo. I meant ” to” not tyo what ever it means

  240. 240
    April 8th, 2011 23:35

    *PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT* I spit my apple juice all over the screen. This is a shock…. sorry… my brain isn’t working quite right…

    Why is deryn marrying lillit? why is alek bursting in so badass like? Are barlow and volger flirting in the back ground? And Bovril as the ring bearer is adorable! Deryn is very nice in that tux.


  241. 241
    April 9th, 2011 03:40

    ok, after laughing my head off at the picture and the comments I had to leave my own (comment).

    I DONT GET IT AT ALL!!!!! I mean i know that’s Deryn/Dylan in the tux and Lillit is the bride and thats alek in the insanly awsome walker and of course there’s volger, dr. barlow and bovril as the ring bearer (LOL). But I don’t get the plot of this pic at all. Everyone up front seem to have no idea that Alek and his skull and crossbones walker is crashing through the building for some unknown reason with guys flying all around him…and then there’s Lillet pulling a knife from her bouquet like she’s about to murder Deryn (who shes suposed to like)!

    Even though this is an April Fool’s joke the pieces of this puzzle just don’t fit.

  242. 242
    April 9th, 2011 05:03

    On the record-I think it should be Deryn doing the epic facepalm because she cant help but wonder how in the world she got roped into marrying a girl… and then of course here comes the prince to rescue her or something.

    Anyway… Off the record-Am I the only barking american who read the Leviathan series, I mean what’s up with the whole Scott-la thing. IDK, I guess Im not the brightest crayon in the box.

  243. 243
    April 9th, 2011 07:40

    To Lilit: YOU MONSTER!!!!!
    To Deryn: OMG I’m sooo sorry, you shouldn’t go through with this! You BELONG with Alek!
    To Alek: Yeah… nice moves. :D

  244. 244
    April 10th, 2011 07:19


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  245. 245
    April 13th, 2011 09:14

    I was so shocked my mind went. ‘WHY THE HELL IS DERYN MARRYING LILITH…WHERE”S ALEK!!!’ then when i read further on i was like ‘oh’ phew…its an april fools… but hmm…i concur with the photoshop theory suggested earlier on. the alek cool walker could be in a battle scene of some sort. I have no idea how can the lilith deryn marraige scene with the volger facepalm and the ‘there there’ barlow will fit. maybe its alek’s and deryn’s wedding…but why would deryn have a knife….idk…im just thankful that deryn isn’t getting married to lilith.

  246. 246
    April 13th, 2011 19:08

    But I do agree here-
    This picture should be put in the back of the book somewhere! Maybe as the iiiiinsiiiiide coooooveeeeeeeeeeer???? *Drawing out syllables to make it clear that this SHOULD and probably MUST be done*


  247. 247
    May 3rd, 2011 06:01

    1. *Squeels like fangirl an flaps*
    2. Alek looks so FAWESOME! I want an Alek!
    3. Deryn looks handsome
    4 Varlow action?!

    Okay so here goes my crack-pot theroy: Barlow (who has a thang goin on with Volger ;)) has orchestaighted some plan in which Lilit and deryn get fake married to accoplish god knows what, but no one tells Alek. Alek figures out Deryn is a girl an that he Looooooooves her, so he steals the walker and crashes the weeding all like “NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Deryn my love I shall save you and we shall ride off into the sunset together!” Then Volger does his epic facepalm cuz hes all like “Stupid prince! What did i do, god, to deserve *this*” Barlows all ‘there there dear, i shall help you forget your troubles later” Lilit is pulling a knife to kill some Germans or something (cuz that was the Plan or sumptin) and Bovril is just being his a-frikin-dorable self cuz hes cool like that and I am Seriously hoping this leads to an epic Deryn/Alek kisss!!!!!!!!

  248. 248
    May 3rd, 2011 06:08

    I think this picture is really just Deryn having a wierd dream. She probally got injured in battle, or something, and is half in a trance and half still in the battle.

    I’m pretty sure the girl is Lilit because she is holding a dagger along with her flowers. (I hope I’m not the only one who remembers when she had her knife ready in Behemoth)

  249. 249
    May 3rd, 2011 18:39

    yea can I just get book now cause I have read this whole page and I am more confused then before I read this…. PLEASE RELEASE THE BOOK TO US NOW!!
    Also does anyone know where the Deryn and Alek realtionship is going cause um yea I want them to be <3!

  250. 250
    May 6th, 2011 06:47

    I have to say, I really love the faceless, nameless soldiers being thrown off of Alek’s walker in the background.

  251. 251
    May 14th, 2011 01:31

    I keep thinking of this pic and giggling at the WORST possible times…like in band when we’re getting chewed out by Mr.Christian because we suck. :D People go “WTF crazy girl??” if you suddenly grin like a dork at random times, just FYI. I partly blame Gaia and her awesome comment, especially. “Mind the shrapnel!” OMGLOL.

  252. 252
    May 25th, 2011 19:21

    the heck a marrige

  253. 253
    June 3rd, 2011 02:16

    looks like Deryn is having some kind of nightmare/dream involving Lillit

  254. 254
    A Clanker Lime
    June 5th, 2011 22:59

    It seems that Deryn is being kinda nervous. Maybe he saw the blade. Alek is objecting, by crashing through the wall in a giant walker. Volger has obviously seen this happen before and is kinda…well…being Volger. Barlow is trying to keep Volger from acting Volger, and failing.

    And Bovril is just running off somewhere random.

    epic picture is epic.

  255. 255
    June 12th, 2011 01:31

    Actually, I think that Lilit knew Deryn was a girl when she kissed her in Behemoth, because of the _Mr._ Sharp instead of Mr Sharp in the quote.

    I dunno.

  256. 256
    June 25th, 2011 06:43

    Dude, are you trolling us? XD As insanely hilarious as this would be, what messed-up plot-line would lead to this? Besides, aren’t they supposed to be in Japan in Goliath? XD

    My opinion of how epic this series just went up over 9000 points XD

  257. 257
    July 29th, 2011 11:43

    Best. Wedding. Ever.

    With that said, time for seriousness. I saw this and was pretty much beside myself with laughter. If this isn’t an April Fool’s joke, I can’t WAIT to find out the context for this scene!

    Ah, gosh Scott. I’m currently rereading Leviathan *cough*forthethirdtime*cough* and honestly, it seems to get better each time I read it. I could go on and on about your writing (you know, the COMPLETE MASTERY of words and whatnot) but I’m sure it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, so I’ll just stop here…..



  258. 258
    August 12th, 2011 16:33

    Alek: darn it i left my eyepatch in austria!!!!
    volger:WHY??? WHY HIM?? (epic facepalm)
    deryn: aleks behind me in a pirate walker isnt he.
    lillit: yup. dont worry sugarplum, ill take care of it (pulls crazy girl kinfe)
    deryn: isnt he cute when he runs to the rescue at a really awkward time?!!!

  259. 259
    September 22nd, 2011 03:16

    This is pretty hilarious!
    …how’d Alek fit the walker inside the building, though?

  260. 260
    September 24th, 2011 02:36

    OK this would have been an awesome additioin to goliath can you tell us the story behind it scott-la? Please PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  261. 261
    September 27th, 2011 05:16

    I think we all want to know whats up with the crash the bash picture. I know I do.

  262. 262
    September 28th, 2011 01:00

    Yes!!! What Re said!!!! I wanna knowww :O That would make an AWESOME short story for you to post on the blog! *hint, hint*

  263. 263
    Juan Counterman
    November 25th, 2011 04:11

    Check again. The increase is not significant at all. You should check the growth rate of immagration from many, many other countries. Russian increase or volume is not significant at all. It doesn’t support what you say or your intention.

  264. 264
    connor Byers
    December 6th, 2011 04:42

    This seems like Alyx crashes Deryns strange wedding. Dont overthink this people. ITs just Alek crashing Deryns mysterous wedding

  265. 265
    December 12th, 2011 05:14

    I would rather like to be the lucky guy marrying Deryn. :)

  266. 266
    January 13th, 2012 22:33

    Heh… What kind of plot line would go with this it were real?!

  267. 267
    January 18th, 2012 03:50

    Alek: MAH WAIF!
    Lillit: Which one?
    priest: wait…WHAT?

  268. 268
    Kaki Skrin
    March 30th, 2012 21:05

    Waltz Tango Hotel indeed. (cue music to O Fortuna)

  269. 269
    April 2nd, 2012 00:11

    I was wondering what this was. Nice April fools!

  270. 270
    April 2nd, 2012 00:13

    Keith had to be in on this too, right? He drew it.

  271. 271
    April 8th, 2012 23:06

    Oh, *!!! Well, Scott, now that i’m seeing this knowing it’s an April Fools, i’m calming down a bit, but at first i was scared to death, like that skull-and-crossbones on the walker. Super awesome action scene, Mr.Thompson. i think if you combine all the previous responses, plus more freaking out, you get mine.

  272. 272
    Kaki Skrin
    April 13th, 2012 20:48

    By the way, my 1st visit supposed-to-be-later made possible by TvTropes. Ciao!

  273. 273
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 05:21

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I love this pic! :D This is totally random but my name is not Joseph. That’s just my, um pen name.(that’s what it’s called, right?) ANYWAY, I love this pic!!!! Alek looks awesome! I’ve always loved his hat. Barlow dosen’t look like herself. Neither does Lillit. Yes, I KNOW im being a critic. :p I am a huge supporter of Varlow and would just like to say that the REAL Nora Darwin Barlow had a husband, but the FICTIONAL Nora Darwin Barlow dosen’t have to have one. So live on, Varlow!

  274. 274
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 05:30

    Oh yeah this doesnt have anything to do with the pic but NOBODY APPRECIATES LEVIATHAN!!!! :( All my friends have read Uglies but haven’t even HEARD of Leviathan!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD that everyone has time for beautiful surgically altered people but not epic cross-dressing midshipmen, really handsome Austrian princes and bossy but awesome female boffins? I need to form a “Leviathan Awareness Group”!

  275. 275
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 05:33

    One more thing! I just realized that the abbreviation for “Leviathan Awareness Group” is LAG! As in, “Deryn and Alek always are ahead while Newkirk LAGs behind!” teehee. :D sorry Newkirk!

  276. 276
    April 16th, 2012 09:49

    wow…..Wow. if i hadn’t read the books already, i would be utterly confused and being the fangirl otaku i am, i merely just checked the books, about five times to make sure i didn’t miss anything.

  277. 277
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 08:33

    Alek:”Never fear! Alek is here! I shall save you, Deryn! I mean Dlyan!”
    Deryn:”Blisters, PLEASE tell me that’s not who I think it is?”
    Lillit:”Yes, it is, but don’t worry, I’ll take care of it”*smiles maliciously and pulls out knife*
    Deryn:”No! Well, maybe.”
    Bovril:”Lillit Sharp! Teehee!”
    Count Volger: “That’s it- I’ve finally gone mad.”
    Dr.Barlow:”Now now,dear, we all know you’re not crazy.(Though that Alek may be…)*shakes head sadly*

  278. 278
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 08:35

    Man! I forgot to add closing qoute marks for Barliw! Sorry, Dr.Barlow! :)

  279. 279
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 08:36

    Augh! Typo! BarLOW! This is getting annoying…

  280. 280
    the other mechanik
    June 30th, 2012 10:39

    Wow I saw this and… Well I can’t say I understand this any better than the next fanboy (ya dat be right foo) and after reading over what seemed to be a hundred different post (maybe I did idk) and listing to the song nausicaa requiem I came to this conclusion…

    First this whole thing is off but the name made me think and here comes crazy explanation…

    Deryn is kidnapped by a German spy dressed as lillith who is there to kill Alek but grabs the wrong one but does not see their flaw, Deryn who was discovered shortly before this thinks it some type of elaborate ruse to full the British admirality into thinking Deryn is Dylan and letting them pass. Now finding out about this from a loyal contact Volger ‘instructs’ Alek to ‘discreetly’ rescue Deryn from the spy. Alek over reacting brakes into a near by German base dressed as a officer, allowing him to steal a walker (calling it a ravenger because it needs cool nik name).so any how the ravenger plows helterskelt throw the streets giving a good amount of soldiers reason to guard the church. Now barging throw the church doors wielding Vulgers sword commanding a ravenger manned by his loyal subjects he trys to go for the spy while vulger curses himself for letting Alek gain his sword ( which he dearly misses) and for not explaining what discreetly means he face palms so he can’t view the event that follows. The.spy no rushed trys to draw her weapon while Deryn is still trying to wrap her head around the events taking place.

    Maybe ol right a fan fic for this (actual story not pic. Also if I do it will not follow the main any way. If you like this stop by and sent me gatejumper-13 a pm weather I should or not. Warning will probily be clanker based because I’m more familiar with steam punk than bio punk (though I have been touch and go on both subjects))

  281. 281
    December 12th, 2012 08:42

    omg! I love how lilit knows that she Is making deryn nervous!

  282. 282
    Midshipman Legen
    May 8th, 2013 03:09

    Referring to number 4: Bovril is not floating, he is running for his life. Deryn is not holding a disembodied arm, she is holding a white glove… Oh, and yes, alek does look badass.

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