On the inside flap of almost every John Steinbeck novel is a hand drawing of a pig with wings, along with the inscription:
"ad astra per alias porci" translated in English as:
"to the stars on the wings of a pig"
When asked why he decided on that particular image to be imprinted in all of his novels, Steinbeck answered that: "it was a symbol of the people I was writing about and for.
People who were earthbound but aspiring.
Lumbering souls striving to fly, with not enough wingspan but plenty of intention."
Figured that was a pretty good symbol for an independent production company in the middle of Indiana.