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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Drooker’

The New Yorker’s Ferguson Cover

The New Yorker is the latest magazine to publish a moving cover dedicated to the Michael Brown shooting — and the aftermath — in Ferguson, Missouri.

Eric Drooker, who created the illustration, said the events brought forth disturbing memories:

As a resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, I witnessed the blurring distinctions between the police and military during the Tompkins Square riots of the eighties. I’ll never forget the day the N.Y.P.D. showed up in a military tank to evict nonviolent squatter friends from buildings on Avenue B and Thirteenth Street, where I grew up. This incident triggered a vivid childhood memory of the police driving a similar armored tank on East Fourteenth street, in 1968, to quell possible ‘disturbances’ after Martin Luther King was assassinated.

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Here’s The New Yorker‘s Somber Boston Marathon Bombing Cover

Of course, The New Yorker‘s cover this week is an artful ode to the Boston Marathon bombing.

The issue is titled: “Shadow Over Boston”

“A bomb at a marathon, right at the finish line of a festive occasion—it seemed almost like a mixed metaphor, incongruous and absurd,” Eric Drooker, the artist behind the cover, said in a statement on the magazine’s site. “Those are just the things that flashed through my head as I started painting.”

Drooker is a Manhattan native and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The Progressive and other left-wing magazines.