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Behind the scenes of the latest Weekend Pass cover

For this week’s Weekend Pass cover, we collaborated with Express contributor and Baltimore Academy of Illustration co-founder Alex Fine and his editorial illustration class to produce a fun image to pair with the Going Out Guide’s round-up of the District’s best hot dogs. It wasn’t our first project with Fine’s students: Earlier this year, the cover of our spring arts preview section was created by Stephanie Smith, a student in last fall’s course.

While we chose to D.C.-native Jessica Pavone’s clever image of the eight sitting Supreme Court justices each having a bite, we considered works by all 17 students in the course. From a Metro map made of hot dog toppings to the Nationals’ Racing Presidents trailing a dog at Nationals Park, each one is a unique take on a delicious subject that got the creative ketchup flowing.

Benjamin Jancewicz

Corey Adams

Kathleen Wilson

Jonathon Poliszuk

Niki Koch

Jordan Riggins

Alex Kazanas

Melissa Capaletti

Dave Simmons

Scott Margolis

Sara Klementovic

Haleigh Buck

Beth Varden

Hannah Lazarte

Meredith Burke

Marlena Murtagh