Thumbs down by The New Yorker but thumbs up for Blown Covers
No-one likes to show their bad bits. However the quick mind of Françoise Mouly came up with an ingenious idea of collecting the covers the New Yorker wouldn’t use. Basically the rejects. But what is someone else’s trash has I think become someone else’s treasure.
Since 1993 Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, has been collecting these never-rans, discarded for being too outrageous from The New Yorker and produced a great coffee book, BLOWN COVERS and a blog to match that encourage artists to submit work and the occasional competition. The New Yorker is renowned for its witty textual cartoons of the day, and it can be some mean feat in having to be discerning, wry and often humorous in their choice of cover, yet 8 times out of 10 they have been ‘very on point’
If it hadn’t been for my nightly tweet scrolling and catching the byline of Kirsten Stewart’s Elle UK Cover Has been dropped followed by The Guardian’s The Covers the New Yorker rejected, I would have missed this gem. I even thought back to Vogue’s The September Issue film in 2009 where Grace deftly fights her corner for her spread in the coveted September’s edition. It would be interesting to see what kind of covers other editorials have deemed unfit for front page glory. As they say ‘A beautiful flower begins its life in the dirt’ and here are a great bunch.
Source: Blown Covers