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Between Obama’s historic endorsement of gay marriage and allegations that Mitt Romney bullied a gay classmate in Prep school, this seems like as good a time as any to discuss homosexuality in America. Plus, Françoise will be looking for June wedding covers soon. Commenting on a minority group is tricky but please try not to censor your sketches. Françoise tells her New Yorker artists “Think of me as your priest.” If you don’t let yourself go too far, you often won’t go far enough. So pull out your rainbow crayon set and start sketching! (Full submission guidelines at the bottom of this post, first time contributors encouraged)

Here are some past New Yorker covers to inspire you:

- By Jacques de Loustal (when this ran in 1994, it caused a huge stir. But now, it would just be an illustration of the NY times wedding section)

- By Barry Blitt (this was also one of The New Yorker’s most controversial covers at the time)

- By Barry Blitt

To enter each week’s contest, please send sketches on this week’s theme. Use the submissions page or email submissions to I prefer sketches to finished work and good ideas to good drawings. Please send files in as jpegs under 1mb, and label the file with firstname.lastname. The deadline is Thursday 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. The winning sketch (according to my own subjective whims) will be posted here on Friday

The winner and first runner-up of this week’s contest will also win free tickets to this event at the 92Y in NYC with Francoise Mouly, Art Spiegelman, Barry Blitt and Roz Chast and get to meet the artists. 

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Behind the scenes with
New Yorker
art editor and TOON Books Editorial Director
Françoise Mouly

and with
Nadja Spiegelman