Blown Covers

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Blown Covers

New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See

By Francoise Mouly; Fran Mouly; Franocoise Mouly

ABRAMS, Hardcover, 9781419702099, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2012

Francoise 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 Francoise 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 Conde 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.
"New Yorker"] art editor Mouly offers some true delights. "Sacramento Bee"

About the Author
Francoise Mouly has worked as the art editor forThe New Yorkersince 1993 andis the publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press. In 1980, Moulyfounded the pioneering comics anthology RAW with her husband, Art Spiegelman. Born in Paris, she studied architecture at the Beaux Arts and moved to New York in 1974. She has been named chevalier in the order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, andin 2011, she was awarded France s highest honor, the Legion of Honneur