The artist who created the New Yorker’s provocative Aug. 5 cover of Anthony Weiner, which shows the politician sitting on top of the Empire State Building, says he came up with the idea through free association.
John Cuneo tells the New Yorker’s Culture Desk:
“Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it. And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way—I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, ‘Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?’”
On Wednesday, several newspapers published catchy front-page stories about Weiner following new sex scandal accusations. Poynter.org’s Andrew Beaujon pointed out that The New York Post’s Wednesday cover was “surprisingly restrained.”
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