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Françoise Mouly is an artist and designer. Since 1993 she has been the art editor of the New Yorker, and she is the publisher and editorial director of TOON Books. Together with her husband, Art Spiegelman, she edited the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW from 1980 to 1991, as well as Abrams’ TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics (2009). She lives in New York City.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702099
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By June S on May 20, 2012
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Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

I have been a fan of the New Yorker covers for over fifty years. They are always pertinent, humerous, and intelligent. This book is particularly interesting because it gives you insight to the selection process. There are many reasons why a cover is selected or rejected and it takes a lot of discussion to make a proper decision. Any fan of the New Yorker magazine will enjoy this book and learn why the covers are so important.

I have a good sized library of books about the New Yorker magazine and this is a fine addition to my collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NYdirector on September 12, 2012
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If you like the modern New Yorker covers, this book will be interesting but not fascinating. If you like the old New Yorker magazine, do not buy this book. There's not enough good stories about the covers and there's not really enough rejected covers either. Yes, there's a couple of killer-bad taste covers that were rejected but over-all you say: 'so what'. The best part is a series of self caricatures from the cover artists themselves in the back of the book. The New Yorker magaine has such a long history and variety of covers...why do they only talk about the last 15 years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By david leonard on May 22, 2012
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Coming from an illustrator who wants to be on the cover of the New Yorker someday, it was great to see a book full of rejected illustrations from some of the greatest artists of our time. Sometimes you believe covers come out of divine inspiration and that they are once and done ideas. Mouly gives wonderful insight into PUSHING your sketches as far as you can and leaving the NYer to do all it can to tame your wild ideas into a cover. This book was filled with concepts that made the cover and others that just got away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Salazar on May 30, 2012
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I have, I think, every book that has been published about The New Yorker, and this one was fun to read and look at, but was by its very nature more political than I prefer. Still, I am giving it 5 stars, hoping that future writers and editors will be encouraged to do even more books about my favorite magazine. It was fun to read about the selection process for the weekly covers, and reinforces a belief I have always had about how much fun it must be to work at the New Yorker, even when the cover depicts an area that wouldn't be described as "fun".

I also have the Rejection Collection books about cartoons that weren't used and am hoping for a book on the "spots" which are always fun. And the recent Postcard book of New Yorker covers is beyond great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennique on May 21, 2012
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This is a wonderful book about what goes on behind the scenes at the New Yorker magazine. Being a longtime resident and subscriber, I was thrilled to see behind the curtain of what looks to be a fantastic job. Francoise certainly has the eye for talent and I love that she has made her work accessible to everyone with this book. One really gets a sense of what goes on between art director and illustrator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emmejay VINE VOICE on July 27, 2012
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I enjoyed The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker and was happy to see this coffee-table treatment of rejected *covers* by New Yorker art editor Mouly.

And there are a couple hundred covers here, in all stages of conception and finalization, well-reproduced and mostly in full color, organized into sections on Race/Ethnicity; Sex; Religion; Politics; Celebrities; Wars/Disasters; Taboos; and accompanied by commentary from Mouly and the artists about how time sensitivities (the news cycle), cultural sensitivities, and the right combo of clarity/subtlety combine to yay or nay a cover.

It's very good, my only quibble being that, contrary to the title and subtitle, it's actually as much about controversial covers that *were* published as about "blown" covers, and thus feels a little short. Otherwise, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eusebius TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 25, 2013
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This book is a disappointment. Francoise Mouly, the editor, is a leftover from the unfortunate Robert Gottlieb/Tina Brown days at The New Yorker. Gottlieb and Brown didn't quite bring the venerable magazine crashing down but they brought it to its knees and part of their legacy is Francoise Mouly and it shows in this silly book. Yes, some of the rejected covers are offensive, and many are foolish and probably very embarrassing to the artists and virtually all the drawings are uninteresting.

Looking at who's represented here, you can see a pattern of favoritism and nepotism in Mouly's selection of cover artists. Why so much of Barry Blitt and Mouly's husband Art Spiegelman?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Roland on July 10, 2012
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Francoise Mouly has done it again... Lets face it... we buy the magazine for the covers first. :-) They rarely disappoint, do they? This terrific book lets us in on the images that didn't quite make it for one reason or another, but are so cool that they needed to be seen & enjoyed anyway. I do, and I did... enjoy them, that is, and the stories behind them. This is one more NEW YORKER book that's EARNED it's space on my bookshelf. More-More- More!!!
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