- S.S. Beach
Intended for August 2006)
No, it never ran, but I consider that
nothing more than a technicality -- and this my first
New Yorker cover (to see my official New Yorker
cover debut, click
If you look
at the proof, it was scheduled to run on August 21, 2006 and
in fact when I visited Françoise at The New Yorker
that summer, I was pleased to see it pushpinned to her big planning
wall,. Why is was never published is a mystery to me, but when
you consider that The New Yorker puts out 50 cover a year
(and 7 of those are by Barry Blitt!), you can appreciate what
a narrow window that is.
New Yorker cover, that seems to be a feat in and of itself,
so while I wish this piece had been seen (I still consider it
one of my stronger cover ideas), it's nice to have the framed
proof sheet (as well as getting paid for doing it).
on the Undercover
home page, the piece is an unabashed allusion to A.M.Cassandre
and when she saw the piece, the only thing Françoise asked
me to change was the siz of the little cottages alonside the
huge oceanliner/mansion (she wanted them a little bigger).
There was no
sketch for the cover submission -- this was it -- and I showed
her final, color art for the piece because I knew that would
be the best way for me to "sell" her on the idea.
What I love
about Françoise's cover design is how she's obstructed
The New Yorker masthead. It's something I would have when
submitting the piece to her had I not been concerned that she'd
look at it and think "who'd this guy out of nowhere submitting
stuff to us AND obscuring our masthead?". Yes, Françoise
is an icon, but she's the sweetest person you'd ever meet
-- and not a raving tyrant bone in her body.