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Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the banned cover type books. This doesn't disappoint.Published 16 months ago by Robert L. Hudson
Very good but not as many covers or as much explanation as I would like. Not as good as the rejection collection series.Published 18 months ago by ellen foster
Fabulous look behind the scenes of who gets what published.Published 21 months ago by Richard H. Gobeille
Hilarious and thought-provoking. So much genius in one book. A must-have original work for fans of the magazine and smart, sly humor.Published 24 months ago by Mt. Airy Mark
Some of this was slightly interesting. This only goes to show that looking behind the scenes is not as interesting as expected. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am a devoted New Yorker reader and have a large number of cartoon collection books. Blown Covers is a great compliment to that collection. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by A. Silverstone