Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

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Françoise Mouly takes us behind the scenes at the New Yorker and reveals how the magazine creates its signature covers commenting on the most urgent political and cultural events of the day. She shows the shocking and hilarious sketches that didn’t make the cut and explains how these are essential stages in the evolution of a cover that stands the test of time but retains its edge. Her book captures contemporary history—from the farce of Monica Lewinsky to the adventures of Michelle and Barack to nuclear meltdown...

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Overview

Françoise Mouly takes us behind the scenes at the New Yorker and reveals how the magazine creates its signature covers commenting on the most urgent political and cultural events of the day. She shows the shocking and hilarious sketches that didn’t make the cut and explains how these are essential stages in the evolution of a cover that stands the test of time but retains its edge. Her book captures contemporary history—from the farce of Monica Lewinsky to the adventures of Michelle and Barack to nuclear meltdown in Japan—in images that are as acute as they are outrageous. More than that, it shows how the magazine that exemplifies journalistic excellence in America also dares to cultivate a sense of humor when grappling with complex moral and political issues.

Praise for Blown Covers:

“Interesting failures are the driving force behind BLOWN COVERS: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See (Abrams, $24.95), by Françoise Mouly. Mouly is the art editor of The New Yorker, and paging through this book is like standing in the corner of her office as she pins up rejected covers on the wall. Mouly has dozens of tales about images that failed for one reason or another. Now, presumably with the approval of her bosses at Condé Nast, she has created a tell-all (or tell-most) that even non–illustrators and designers will find enlightening.” —New York Times Book Review

“Yes, Blown Covers sometimes offends—and that’s the audacious joy of it.” —NPR.org

“[New Yorker] art editor Mouly offers some true delights.” —Sacramento Bee

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In selecting cover art for The New Yorker, its editors must tiptoe weekly between the all too predictable and the all too provocative. Francoise Mouly's Blown Covers shows how the prestigious magazine maintains that delicate balance by both displaying its triumphs and artwork, much of it outrageous or hilarious, that didn't make the cut. This illustrated narrative reminds us that The New Yorker has retained its luster by evolving at a modulated clip. A cover story that frames our sense of an American institution.

Michelle Marozik

Steven Heller
Mouly is the art editor of The New Yorker, and paging through this book is like standing in the corner of her office as she pins up rejected covers on the wall. Mouly has dozens of tales about images that failed for one reason or another. Now…she has created a tell-all (or tell-most) that even non — illustrators and designers will find enlightening.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419702099
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 422,937
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great fun and more!

    The headline pretty much says it all. Check it out.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    She's got it covered!

    I purchased this book for the art, which doesn't disappoint. What I didn't expect was the abundant, insightful commentary by The New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly, whose anecdotes provide a wonderful, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the decisions that generate the most famous magazine covers in the world. An absolutely delightful volume!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Would not recommend.......

    The book was purchased as a gift and must be returned. The cover will not lie flat and therefore cannot be given as a gift!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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