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Halloween Contest: The Winner!
By Chris Greco
As New Yorkers we immediately recognized our Ghoulish mayor as the curmudgeon at the window. I might have suggested to the artist that he make it Michelle Obama for a joke with more national scope. It’s a good idea, either way, and nicely executed.  

Halloween Contest: The Winner!

By Chris Greco

As New Yorkers we immediately recognized our Ghoulish mayor as the curmudgeon at the window. I might have suggested to the artist that he make it Michelle Obama for a joke with more national scope. It’s a good idea, either way, and nicely executed.  


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #2
By Birgit Schossow
This week, at least, it feels like the occupant of the White House can happily prepare himself for Halloween and what comes after. Let’s hope that smile stays in place till November 6.

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #2

By Birgit Schossow

This week, at least, it feels like the occupant of the White House can happily prepare himself for Halloween and what comes after. Let’s hope that smile stays in place till November 6.


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #3
By Carolyn Vibbert
This image is very nice to look at. We’re not exactly sure what it says, but we think it’s something about women, business women, glass ceilings and green witches — sounds good to us. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #3

By Carolyn Vibbert

This image is very nice to look at. We’re not exactly sure what it says, but we think it’s something about women, business women, glass ceilings and green witches — sounds good to us. 


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #4
By Daniel Kondo
Pretty! What could go wrong with a cute cat and a cat-pumpkin?

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #4

By Daniel Kondo

Pretty! What could go wrong with a cute cat and a cat-pumpkin?


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #6
By Elisabeth McNair
We like the combination of the quotidian and the uncanny. In this story, it would have read more quickly if the woman opening the door wasn’t in costume. Our attention is diverted to figuring out who she is when she could just have been our blank stand-in. It would have been nice to let that very cute dog take center stage. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #6

By Elisabeth McNair

We like the combination of the quotidian and the uncanny. In this story, it would have read more quickly if the woman opening the door wasn’t in costume. Our attention is diverted to figuring out who she is when she could just have been our blank stand-in. It would have been nice to let that very cute dog take center stage. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #7

By Criostoir Greigis

The Statue of Liberty as a ghost is a simple and effective idea, even if every week Nadja swears she’s going to make her off-limits in order to force more original ideas. The composition on the right is prettier to look at, but not immediately readable. The one on the left is clear but it lacks atmosphere and mood. Some middle ground between these two distances would have been best.  


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #9
By Davor Bakara
The composition doesn’t make the best possible use of the page, but I like the starkness of the black and white and that the idea is easily read. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #9

By Davor Bakara

The composition doesn’t make the best possible use of the page, but I like the starkness of the black and white and that the idea is easily read. 


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #11
By Julien Couty
This image effectively combines Halloween and the upcoming elections, but doesn’t take it further in order to say something about either voting or Halloween. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #11

By Julien Couty

This image effectively combines Halloween and the upcoming elections, but doesn’t take it further in order to say something about either voting or Halloween. 


Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #12
By Klaas Verplancke
Funny cartooning - it’s nice to see the jack-o-lantern as a character and the dentist himself looks like a creature straight out of The Island of Dr. Moreau. For many of us, there’s nothing scarier than going to the dentist. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #12

By Klaas Verplancke

Funny cartooning - it’s nice to see the jack-o-lantern as a character and the dentist himself looks like a creature straight out of The Island of Dr. Moreau. For many of us, there’s nothing scarier than going to the dentist. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #13
By Klaas Verplancke
A nice joke about ghosts and our fears. But, terrifying as it is, the Klu Klux Klan has to be used in context in order to make a strong point. 

Halloween Contest: Runner-Up #13

By Klaas Verplancke

A nice joke about ghosts and our fears. But, terrifying as it is, the Klu Klux Klan has to be used in context in order to make a strong point. 

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!

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 1mbThe 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.   



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