Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Yorker cover aspirants

You all gave such a thumbs up to yesterday's samples from the "Blown Cover" website that I thought I'd showcase some more standouts. From the "cats and dogs" contest come Shelly Davies' orange-and-turquoise creation and Daniel Kondo's clever riff on "the cat that ate the mouse." These are followed by Kim Murton's entry for "fashion week"; Tim Foley's retro take on gay marriage and his wonderful Mother's Day concept; another book-related sketch by Ryan Metlen; and a haunting meditation on the anniversary of Japan's tsunami by Ana Juan.

20 comments:

  1. Interesting covers...is that Alice climbing out of a tablet computer?
    The tsunami did not occur to me when I saw the last cover--I thought of the "comfort ladies" plight first. Thanks for clarity.

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    1. I saw it as an eReader.

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    2. Uh-oh...e-books! (Scream..first chords of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor).
      We don't read e-books.

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    3. That is hilarious! I dipped my toe into one, but can't say I really enjoyed it.

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  2. With so many different themes, it's impossible to pick a favorite! Thank you for posting more of these. I got a chuckle out of the gay marriage one, I imagine it could be a cover for a very interesting new Wodehouse novel.

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    1. I can only imagine what sort of hijinks Bertie Wooster would have to get up to in order to lead to that scene! Jeeves would have his work cut out for him. I'd definitely read that novel.

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  3. Kudos, Tim Foley! I'd love to see that on my newsstand:)

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  4. Number one: That cat and mouse cover is adorable. Those little paws are so precious.

    Number two: I like to think Alice is trying to escape from the pervasiveness of new technologies. She fell down the rabbithole of smartphones and did not like where she ended up. That cover is grim. Alice is trying to get back to basics...or at least accidentally drop her phone in a urinal so her friends and work can't always hound her...When are you gonna help me smoke the monster our? What about the roses? Come to tea? Come to my birthday party!?

    Number three: I like the destination stickers on the luggage of the newlyweds.

    Number four: Once I realized that the last cover wasn't a bleeding Geisha shot in the back by an assassin's bullet it became really powerful and sad...end on sad note.

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    1. About your #4 - hopefully we'll be able to add a Maryland sticker to that in a few weeks!

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    2. I agree with your interpretation of Alice, she looks distraught, perhaps not yearning for a urinal to drop her phone in, but she's encountering the world of e-readers/iPads the same as she's seen entering/exiting Wonderland. She's distraught by the changes in her surroundings, regardless of their possibilities.

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    3. Let's go, Maryland!!!!!! Let's make it to the luggage:)

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    4. Phoneless in WonderlandOctober 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Alice is a very sought-after individual... If she had a cell phone she'd probably go even more insane!

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    5. "Eat me!", "Drink me!", "Answer me!"! Aarghh!

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    6. Hambone - I didn't even see the stickers! Thank you for helping me slow down visually. Your deconstruction of the Alice image is so germane--I am getting so sick of being tied to devices that always need to be recharged because they have all this extra stuff I don't even need or want!

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  5. The cover of the two mother's, one younger and one in her twilight years,catching each others glances as they walk in opposite directions with their sons really struck an emotional chord in me. Definitely my favorite cover!!!!

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  6. I like the picture of the Mom and Son especially because it feels so real. To me it's showing "presnet and futire". It is definitley domething to look forward to. In a way it' like the "future" mom is saying, "don't worry, you have raised a great son".

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    1. I agree that it shows present and future. But does she have to lose that much height?

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    2. I guess to show that people shrink as they get older?? LOL

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