McSweeney’s Issue 13

McSweeney’s Issue 13

McSweeney’s, San Francisco, California, 2004

Description

Issue 13 of our journal was dedicated to comics—a departure from our usual short stories. It called for a whole new approach. We wanted a jacket that would give a taste of the contents, but we are also sort of skeptical of dust jackets that are nothing more than a wrapper for an unadorned book. We wanted this jacket to do more. Also, the book needed a place to hold two freestanding mini-comics. The result was a very large sheet of comics, approximately 21 x 29 inches, echoing the funnies section of a newspaper. This sheet then folds around the book, almost like a cheap newspaper-wrapped gift. The jacket doubles up in a way that creates a pocket on either side, one for each little notebook. One hundred percent of the credit for this goes to the guest editor, Chris Ware.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2004
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
McSweeney’s
Creative director/designer
Chris Ware
Jacket designer
Chris Ware
Illustrator
Chris Ware
Editor
Chris Ware
Publisher
McSweeney’s
Trim size
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
Pages
264
Printer
Tien Wah Press
Jacket printer
Tien Wah Press
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