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Brian Stauffer
November 2008
Cover For Election Issue Of The New Yorker!
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Mixed in with the still raw realization of what a historic moment this is for the nation and the world, is the surreal experience of finding my work on the cover of such hallowed ground during this historic event.
A Little over a week ago an idea for a possible New Yorker cover came to mind that I felt I really wanted to pursue.  Due in no small part to the encouragement of postings by fellow drawgers, Barry Blitt and Bob Staake, I comp'd it up and submitted it to the famously elusive Francoise Mouly.   An enthusiastic response started a 2-week roller coaster which culminated in the arrival of box of issues on my doorstep yesterday.  The resulting cover has gotten much attention, including a treasured compliment from Esquire legend, George Lois (oh and my mom too!).
Thanks again to all who helped and encouraged.  And I'd especially like to thanks the folks at The New Yorker - Francoise Mouly, David Remnick, and Leigh Stein, for what I'm sure will remain a highlight of a lifetime.
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