These are the topics most on our mind these days, so if you’re an artist who feels strongly about any of these topics, please send us images. THE MOST ARRESTING will be featured here, in our AGITPROP section, and on our social media.
edit from nadja: Oy! This is what happens when you share a website - and a log-in to edit said website - with your mother.
I just wanted to say: I’m sorry we’ve been remiss in keeping you updated on the future of the site. As many of you guessed, the amount of time and work it took eventually overwhelmed us. Running this site was so inspiring and exciting. We’re very grateful to the talented community that sprung up around this project. I hope you’ll all stay in touch with us and with each other - here in the comments and at the firstname.lastname@example.org email. And stay posted for more info from Francoise about the New Yorker’s official Eustace Tilley cover contest!
Thank you to all the artists who submitted their beautiful, spooky funny images. This time, we gave artists an extra week to sketch and it’s clear that many used the time to put in even more work than usual. The submissions this week were stellar. Below are two slideshows, and stay tuned for the runners-up and winners beginning tomorrow. We can’t wait to read which are your favorites and why!
Thank you all for your marvelous halloween submissions. The Blown Cover contest entries get stronger every month. Francoise and I will judge them this weekend and winners will be posted beginning Monday. In the meantime…a published Halloween cover by Owen Smith to tide you over:
It’s time for the Blowncovers blog to become extremely spooky. I wish we could hang cobwebs in the corners of the site and play a manic laugh whenever you opened the page. Halloween is an extremely visual holiday, and it’s made for some of our favorite covers. Since the holiday falls just two days before our presidential elections this year some jokes just beg to be made. But we’re looking forward to seeing all your ideas - political or not. Francoise is going to be traveling next week, so we’re extending the usual deadline and giving you two weeks to work on this one. The deadline will be Thursday, September 27th.
A few published New Yorker covers for inspiration:
- By Rea Irvin, for Halloween in 1942
- By Charles Addams
- By Charles Burns
- By Harry Bliss
- By Carter Goodrich
To enter each month’s contest, please send sketches on this week’s theme. Use the submissions page and please include your name and email address. I prefer sketches to finished work and good ideas to good drawings. Please use the Blown Covers logo or send the image without a logo. Please send files in as jpegs under 1mb. The deadline is Thursday, September 27th at noon (NYC time). The themes on the Blown Covers website closely mirror what I suggest to the New Yorker artists I already work with. This blog and contest are informal and not affiliated with the magazine but I’m always on the lookout for ideas. Please keep submissions confidential in case they are selected for later publication. Winners will be posted over the course of the month, beginning one week after deadline.
Please note - the calendar below is not fully accurate. This month, the contest deadline has been extended by an extra week.
What a pleasure to embrace the brisk weather and shifting seasons by flipping through the yellow, red and orange of this month’s submissions. There are many beautiful images here and, as always, we had a hard time narrowing down winners. So take the plunge into this pile of leaves and tell us in the comments which are your favorites. We’re off to sip hot apple cider, wear slippers, and read books on the couch.