Covers of The Rocket and Seattle Sun in the Alt-Weekly Comics Show

The new Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York City is packed with original artwork, covers, and blow-ups of classic comic strips from the 1970s-00s. The show opened March 6 and runs through May 2, and will be accompanied by a series of programming on April 11-12 at the MoCCA Arts […]

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Seattle’s The Rocket Magazine

The Rocket was a freewheeling, gonzo music, art, and politics magazine published in Seattle from 1979 until 2000, initially monthly and later bi-weekly. It had strong visual content, and featured a stellar roster of illustrators, cartoonists, and photographers, and a notable cast of rotating art directors which included Art Chantry, Helene Silverman, Mark Michaelson, Kate […]

My Favorite Xmas Magazine Covers

Here’s the Newmanology collection of our Favorite Xmas Magazine Covers, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey, Charles Burns, Bob Staake, and more. Happy holidays of all kinds to everyone in the Newmanology world! (Above): Baltimore City Paper, art director: Joe MacLeod, illustration: Shepard Fairey. Evergreen, December 1969.  Art director: Ken Deardoff, illustration: Bill Lee. Thanks Stephen […]

101 Kick-Ass Music Covers: The Runner-Ups

Adweek recently asked me to compile a gallery of the best music magazine covers of all time. Called “101 Kick-Ass Music Covers: The most awesome, iconic and controversial magazine images of the last 80 years,” it’s a nifty visual collection of covers from the 1930s-now. Adweek creative director Nick Mrozowski and executive editor Tony Case […]

The Accidental Art Director

[Originally published in Print magazine, May 1, 1998] You get into the elevator and press PENTHOUSE, and the elevator takes you to a place where everything is cool. You are—imagine—a budding art director just out of your teens who has won the next best thing to a date with Jewel: an internship at Details, the […]