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Bush vs Gore

November 8th, 2016

Philadelphia Weekly

Back in the year 2000, I was asked to design two alternate covers for Philadelphia Weekly’s election issue. This issue would go to print on Tuesday night election night, and be in newsstands on Wednesday morning. One was to depict Bush winning (note the family car on its way to Canada) and the other would show Gore (the marching band with the guilty Nader voter). I recall being on the phone that afternoon with the art director, Jeff Cox, and him telling me the fear was that we’d get to midnight and still not know.
Well, most of us remember how that turned out. I woke up the next day hungover from the late night Florida surprise to find this third cover in the newspaper boxes around town. Jeff had to throw it together in 15 minutes when it was clear that the election wasn’t over. I remember being bummed that my cover would never see the light of day, and thinking that elections couldn’t ever get any worse than that one, and now the whole thing just seems so quaint.
I’m with Her.

eight long years ago

November 4th, 2008

A blast from election day past!

In 2000, I was asked by the Philadelphia Weekly to do the cover for the post-election day issue, which was to hit the stands the day after the Bush/Gore election. As you might recall, the election was extremely close going into the final days. The editors, art director and I decided that the best route was to do two covers. The expectation was that by the time the paper had to hit the presses it would be clear who had won.
Ha ha ha. Little did anyone know that it would actually be two months before anyone knew who “won.” After all that, the paper ended up running a picture of Ralph Nader on the cover (see below).
The best part was the getting to put in the little jokes at the bottom of these covers. Be sure to click on the images to see them larger.
And if you haven’t got out to vote yet, get off your computer and go do so!

Gore Wins cover
Bush Wins cover
Here’s the cover that actually ran the next day. As disappointed as I was as the illustrator of the other two, I thought it was pretty clever. Thanks to the former PW a.d. Jeff Cox for sending this cover along.
Ralph Nader cover