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IMAGE OF THE DAY: Adrian Tomine’s inspired Sandy cover for the New Yorker

IN SEPTEMBER, while promoting his new book “New York Drawings” at Maryland’s Small Press Expo, Adrian Tomine spoke of his full transition from native Californian to confirmed New Yorker. The beautiful book reflects the degree to which the artist has found inspiration in his adopted city.

Now, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Tomine’s resulting art could easily have graced the pages of that collection, if not its very cover.

The New Yorker magazine has posted a sneak peek of its cover for next week: a striking Tomine illustration titled “Undeterred” — in which a backpacked man, braving cab-swallowing floodwaters on a street without power, seeks his polling place.

The elegant twinning of Election Day and a region digging out from tragic disaster feels not forced but rather silently forceful.

“Where I was in Brooklyn, I don’t think I would have even known that there was a major storm happening,” Tomine, 38, tells the New Yorker’s Culture Desk.

“So I spent the whole night glued to the Internet and watching everything unfolding, just being shocked that this kind of dramatic destruction was happening just miles outside my home,” Tomine continues. “And I started thinking about how it would affect the election. This is a first for me in terms of doing a cover that’s topical with a quick turnaround, and somehow these two significant events just came together into that one image for me.”

To read more, check out the New Yorker site.


Next week’s New Yorker magazine cover. (Adrian Tomine / THE NEW YORKER /.)

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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