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February 15, 2010

Comics in (and on) The New Yorker

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When the latest issue of The New Yorker (dated February 15 & 22) arrived in the mailbox, I thought the cover artistry looked a little familiar. Turns out it has a nice tie to the comics world: It's by graphic novelist Dan Clowes. This issue commemorates the magazine's 85th anniversary, and Clowes' work was one of the four winners chosen from this year's anniversary-cover contest. But that's not all. All four of the covers (which can be seen here) were done by talented comics professionals: The others are Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and Adrian Tomine. It's not surprising, given The New Yorker's art editor is Francoise Mouly, who runs Toon Books along with her husband, Art Spiegelman, and the magazine has long celebrated the work in the graphic-books industry.