A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!

Somebody forgot to tell Jet magazine that Santa is white! Long before FOX News declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman […]

The Best Celebrity Santas on Magazine Covers

One of our favorite holiday pastimes is looking at Xmas magazine covers. This year we’ve collected a dozen magazine covers featuring celebrities dressed in Santa Claus hats (and costumes). Check out this gallery of fine Yule tidings, featuring Snoop Dogg, Burt Reynolds, Bella Abzug, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, and of course, […]

The 2017 Newmanology Holiday Book Gift Guide

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Newmanology Holiday Book Gift Guide. Here’s our collection of 10 favorite books released this past year. They are all strong visual and creative collections, featuring design, imagery, and writing that highlights artwork, magazine design, illustration, typography, and more. This collection is highly subjective; on a recent trip with my daughter […]

Working at The Village Voice

[The publication of the last print edition of The Village Voice in September 2017 prompted this nostalgic look back at my experience working at the legendary weekly New York City newspaper. I served three stints at The Voice—as associate art director, 1986-88, art director, 1990, and design director, 1991-94. On August 31 the current Voice […]

Graphic Design by Jesse Marinoff Reyes

Here are four publication layouts featuring the magic design and artwork of Jesse Marinoff Reyes. The Rock & Roll Quarterly cover was created in the early 1990s when I was design director at The Village Voice. The issue’s main feature was about Mexican rock bands, and we came up with the idea to make the […]

The Village Voice’s Rock & Roll Quarterly

Rock & Roll Quarterly was a music supplement published by The Village Voice for six years in the late 80s and early 90s. The format was designed by Voice design director Michael Grossman, and issues were art directed by Robert Newman and Florian Bachleda. It featured outstanding illustrations and comix by folks like Gary Panter, […]

The Village Voice: Apocalypse ’92

The L.A. Rebellion/Riot Cover That Could Have Been: I was working as design director at The Village Voice during the time of the L.A. Rebellion (or riots, depending on your point of view) in 1992. The editors began working on an intense package of coverage and analysis before the weekend, and I was told to […]

The Burgo Calendar: 20 Years of Illustration Brilliance

[This essay was written as the introduction to Collezione Burgo 1997/2017, a 20-year retrospective of the artwork and illustrations created for the Burgo Group’s annual calendar. The Italian-based Burgo Group is a paper production company that has been commissioning illustrators for the past 20 years to create images for their calendar with the theme of […]

George Pitts, 1951-2017

This was a memory that I shared at the memorial service for noted photography editor/photographer/poet/artist/teacher George Pitts, on April 2 at the Parsons New School in New York City. I was one of 17 people, plus George’s wife Jan, who gave powerful remembrances of this inspiring man. You can see the complete service—almost three hours of […]

Play Ball!! Baseball Digest Covers from the 1940s-50s

Since the 1940s Baseball Digest has chronicled the deep details of Major League Baseball. These vintage covers from the 1940s and 50s are from the era when baseball was still king in American sports. We’re celebrating the opening of the 2017 season with 10 of our favorite Baseball Digest covers from those years. (Above): October […]