This week’s New Yorker is the 85th anniversary edition, and as is custom, the iconic Eustace Tilley character appears on the cover. However, this time out the issue sports four separate covers, as a jam between Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, Dan Clowes, and Ivan Brunetti. Each issue includes two of the covers s a foldout, so you only need to buy two copies to complete the collection.
We had the great fortune of seeing New Yorker cover art director Françoise Mouly revealing the covers to Tomine, Seth, Art Spiegelman and Charles Burns on Friday at the Seth art show opening, and Mouly divulged that there is a secret message encoded within all the covers. Can you figure it out?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.