Thursday, March 6, 2014
For instance, artists have had fun with the logo on Apple laptop computers by adding decals showing Snow White holding the bitten apple. (See photo above.) Some versions are clearly Walt Disney’s depiction of Snow White. Others make Snow White a hipster with glasses, put her in a bikini or make her a zombie.
Some unknown artist created this picture of Snow White snorting some white stuff.
CartoonGirls on DeviantArt posted this version of Snow White as a dominatrix.
Snow White is known to have a connection with nature and animals. Artist Marcelo Trom., aka Celaoxxx, depicts her au naturel, with animals covering her modesty in this humorous illustration.
Instead of ingesting a poison apple, some artists show Snow White drinking presumably alcoholic apple juice.
Artist Matt Johnson has Snow White hitting the sauce at The Bad Apple English Pub. (Check out the art on his website and Etsy page.)
Artist Lana Bijuk hit a similar theme with her illustration “High on Apples.”
This next illustration could have gone in my sexy Snow White art compilation, but it struck me more as humorous.
It’s an illustration of Snow White getting goosed by a swan. Artist Joe Pekar did it as a cover for the comic book “Grimm Fairy Tales,” No. 36.
Speaking of sexy and funny, check out this mash-up art of Snow White and Pinocchio. Snow is thumbs up for that lying Pinocchio’s growing nose. It’s the work of Eddie Holly.
Italian artist Michele Moricci depicted Snow White acting like slutty pop singer Miley Cyrus with her foam No. 1 finger. It was part of a series for Cosmopolitan showing Disney princesses dressing and behaving like Cyrus. (Moricci got coverage for her work in the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.)
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian dressed up as Snow White a few years back and an artist superimposed a PG-13 photo of her in the G-rated Disney cartoon. The resulting image was posted on Starcasm.net.
Another artist Photoshopped Marilyn Monroe’s head onto the body of a woman dressed as Snow White. The result is a fascinating “what if?” movie casting idea. The artwork was done by Noor Amierah bt Ghazali of Malaysia.
I love this next illustration by Otto Schmidt of Moscow. It shows a playful Snow White replacing the evil queen’s magic mirror. (Check out his Facebook page and website.)
And finally, here’s a funny illustration called “Whitey” by Russian artist Lora Zombie. It shows a young Snow White or girl playing dress up who has enslaved a bunch of forest animals. (See more of her art on her website.)
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Magazines seem destined to go from a mass market to a niche media in the years to come.
Last month, the Alliance for Audited Media released its U.S. consumer magazine circulation data for the second half of 2013. Overall circulation declined 1.7% from a year earlier, with newsstand sales dropping 11%. Celebrity weeklies and fashion magazines were the biggest decliners, Adweek and the Wall Street Journal reported.
Digital editions rose sharply, up nearly 37%, but make up just 3.5% of total magazine circulation.
Time Warner has delayed the initial public offering and spinoff of its Time Inc. division because of the decline in its magazine business, the New York Post reported.
The prospects for print magazines are “generally gloomy,” Peter Osnos wrote in the Atlantic in December for an article titled “Can Print Magazines Save Themselves?”
But “Mr. Magazine” Samir Husni is upbeat about the prospects for the industry.
In December, Husni wrote that new magazine launches were down only slightly in 2013, but their survival rate was way up.
Last month, Husni spotlighted 14 magazines launched since the dot-com era peaked in 2000. He said they showed the resilience of paper magazines.
Also in February, Husni wrote that magazine publishers are realizing that they can’t go all-digital. Magazines without print are “like Kojak without his sucker,” he said.
Photo: Cover of new magazine Editorialist featuring model Nina Agdal.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Sports Illustrated’s 2013 Swimsuit Issue was notable for a couple of reasons. It featured model Kate Upton on the cover for the second straight year and was shot in Antarctica. Some retailers thought the cleavage-exposing cover was a little too racy and needed to be covered up, as Journoterrorist noted.
That cover is certainly not as racy as that for Playboy’s June 2013 Playmate of the Year issue. It featured Raquel Pomplun showing side boob and butt crack in an innocent, retro-style setting. (See articles by E Online and Fox News.)
In November, Esquire magazine picked actress Scarlett Johansson as its Sexiest Woman Alive. (See article by ABC News.)
That same month, People magazine picked rocker Adam Levine as its Sexiest Man Alive. (See articles by People and Celebrity Bug.)
Actress Alyssa Milano set tongues wagging with her cover shoot for the July-August 2013 issue of Maxim. The 40-year-old beauty went braless and wore an open flannel shirt covering her ta-tas. (See articles by UPI, the Huffington Post and Us Weekly.)
And speaking of age and beauty, actor Brad Pitt was given a commemorative cover of AARP magazine when he turned 50 in December.
The treatment of homosexuals in the U.S. continues to be a hot-button issue. Time magazine featured gay couples kissing for its April 2013 cover story “Gay Marriage Already Won.” (See articles on Mashable and Entertainment Weekly.)
And in July, the New Yorker portrayed Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie as a gay couple on its cover. (See Laughing Squid article.)
Time magazine stoked controversy with its Nov. 18, 2013, issue on N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. The photo and headline “The Elephant in the Room” appeared to make fun of the Republican governor’s weight.
The cover generated stories by the Huffington Post, E Online and Jon Stewart.
In May, Time struck a chord with its cover on self-absorbed young people today. Time called this group “the Me-Me-Me Generation.” The Huffington Post suggested calling the age group the “Selfie Nation.”
The Boston Marathon bombing was the subject of buzzworthy covers by Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone.
Sports Illustrated used a photo of police and a fallen runner taken moments after the blast.
Rolling Stone caught flak for its cover story on surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His presence in a space usually reserved for rock stars and celebrities seemed to glamorize a domestic terrorist. (See articles by EW, the Wire and the Christian Science Monitor.)
The current pope and his predecessor were featured on many magazine covers last year. Two stood out.
The March 11, 2013, issue of the New Yorker used an illustration of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the beach reading a newspaper. But to some it looked like he was masturbating. (See article on Romenesko.)
In December, his successor, Pope Francis, was named Time’s Person of the Year. The pick was controversial because many felt the magazine should have named NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the honor. (See articles by Yahoo and the Huffington Post.)
And finally, I loved this cover of Bloomberg Businessweek from Dec. 9 that showed a BlackBerry phone with other ancient relics. It was for the article titled “The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History.”
Friday, February 28, 2014
There are a lot of magazine fans online who collect and post images of their favorite covers, including the website Coverjunkie and the Magazine Covers page on Pinterest. Some wait until the end of the year to post a collection of their favorites from the past 12 months.
Let’s look at 2012 magazines, for instance. (I’ll cover 2013 magazines in a separate post.)
It took the American Society of Magazine Editors until May 2013 to announce the winners of its annual contest for best magazine covers of 2012. (See article by the Huffington Post.)
Ad Age ran a retrospective called “2012 in 10 Great Magazine Covers, From New York to Interview Russia.”
Other websites were more specialized in their cover selections.
Business Insider ran a collection called “The 38 Best News And Politics Magazine Covers Of The Last Year.”
Time magazine chose the “Top Photographic Magazine Covers of 2012.”
And Creative Bloq featured its favorite artistic magazine covers of 2012.
Posted with this article are 10 magazine covers I found particularly provocative from 2012.
Sexy magazine covers are a staple of the industry.
ESPN magazine has its annual Body Issue, featuring athletes in their birthday suits. Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (top) graced one of several covers for the 2012 issue. Mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey was on another.
The queen of all sexy magazine covers is the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The 2012 issue featured model Kate Upton on the cover for the first time, which generated some controversy, according to the Washington Post.
Maxim magazine is no stranger to sexy magazine covers.
In March 2013, Maxim readers chose the April 2012 issue featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt as its Sexiest Cover ever. The contest was to commemorate Maxim’s 16th anniversary.
Controversial covers help drive newsstand sales of magazines as well.
Time magazine’s May 21, 2012, cover featuring a woman breast-feeding her 3-year-old son was one of the year’s most controversial. It was for a story about attachment parenting with the headline “Are You Mom Enough?” It also generated a lot of parody covers.
Newsweek’s Aug. 27, 2012, issue featured a take-down of President Barack Obama with the cover headline “Hit the Road, Barack. Why We Need a New President.” The attack story was criticized for its tone and accuracy. (It generated coverage by The Week, New York Magazine, Business Insider and Entertainment Weekly.)
The issue was a big hit with readers though, with newsstand sales double the magazine’s average, Ad Age reported.
Just a few months later, Newsweek published its last print issue. That Dec. 31, 2012, issue was praised for its understated cover.
Rival Time magazine was applauded for its May 7, 2012, cover and story titled “The Last Days of Osama bin Laden.”
New York Magazine used a dramatic photo of the partial blackout of Manhattan for its Nov. 12, 2012, issue titled “The City and the Storm.”
Bloomberg Businessweek tapped into the public’s fascination with zombie movies and TV shows for its cover story on Best Buy. The Oct. 22-28, 2012, issue referred to the consumer electronics retailer as a “Big Box Zombie” along with blue-shirted walking dead.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The print magazine business continues to flounder amid declining readership and advertising sales. Magazines on tablets, smartphones and PCs don’t have the same cachet as the physical editions.
But some issues are still able to generate significant news media and public attention. Time’s Person of the Year is one and Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue is another. They’ve become annual events that are likely to generate coverage even if the publishers stop printing physical copies. Other magazines likely will not be as fortunate.
SI’s swimsuit issue has all the ingredients to be an enduring pop culture phenomenon. It’s got sex appeal. It’s got celebrity models. It’s got exotic locales for photo shoots. And it’s supported by a multimedia campaign to be envied.
Publisher Time Inc. backs the issue with a traditional media blitz (including the unveiling of the cover on national TV), its own television specials, website and social media.
Sports Illustrated featured three models on the cover of this year’s edition (Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal). The women are topless, but photographed from behind. And speaking of behinds, their bikini bottoms covered very little of their butt cheeks. (See articles about the cover in Entertainment Weekly and the Huffington Post.)
The Onion parodied the cover with a cartoon depicting America’s supposed reaction to the skinny, scantily clad models. (See image below.) Butt, I mean but, a little controversy related to sex can help magazine newsstand sales.
Even toymaker Mattel helped publicize the 50th edition of the swimsuit issue by putting Barbie on the front of a “cover wrap” ad included with 1,000 issues in New York City. (See image below.) The Barbie cross-promotion was designed to promote last week’s annual Toy Fair convention, the Daily News reported.
But one cover wasn’t enough for Sports Illustrated this year. The issue also has a bonus flip-side cover featuring model Kate Upton, SI announced. (See image below.)
Too much of a good thing?
What will happen to cover girls when magazines go digital? (Feb. 13, 2010)
Magazine covers: A dying art form (July 14, 2010)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Here are the fruits of our labor. Pictured here are dioramas showing pairs figure skating, slalom skiing and luge. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On Tuesday I wrote about how their Tumblr blog, Who Is That Hot Ad Girl?, is my new favorite high-concept website. It provides models and actresses with the exposure they deserve. Unlike TV shows and movies, television commercials don’t usually have credits, so it’s great that a website tracks down who some of these talented women are.
Music videos could use the same type of sleuthing.
Sometimes the women in music videos grab the public’s attention and merit mainstream press coverage. That was the case with Emily Ratajkowski, who starred in the video for Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” (See People magazine article.)
Or how about actress Alexandra Daddario in the 2012 music video for “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons?
Or going way way back, consider Tawny Kitaen in the 1987 music video for Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.”
Now, back to the headline of this article.
A year or so ago, I first watched the terrific music video for Sean Paul’s “She Doesn’t Mind” (2011) and was captivated by the woman who played the airport smuggler. I tried my best to find out who she was, but to no avail.
The airport security officer who feels up all the lady passengers was played by Lisa Jackson, who is best known for appearing on “America’s Next Top Model.” Jackson got some exposure in the media from her participation. But nothing for the other actress/model.
The video was directed by Evan Winter and produced by Nestor N. Rodriguez.
If anyone knows who the mystery woman is, please let me know. Thanks.
Photos: Screenshots of the beautiful mystery woman from the 2011 music video for Sean Paul’s “She Doesn’t Mind” as well as a making-of video.