Housekeeping How NOT to Land a Punch
posted by June 27 at 16:46 PMon
I got an email this morning from Judy McGuire about the cover of this year’s Queer Issue. McGuire writes an advice column for a weekly newspaper and recently brought out a book—which was news to me. (Fire your publicist, Judy.) Anyway, here’s Juuuudy’s email:
So pretty… and so familiar.
On her blog Judy claims that our Queer Issue somehow ripped off her book (“Copycats!!!”). And here’s the evidence…
Whoa… pretty damning. I mean, black backgrounds and text-only covers? Wish we had thought of that first. Oh, wait… we did.
I believe our art director—who actually put the cover together—was harkening back to our first queer issues, and not perusing the dollar bin at Half Price Books, when he put this cover together. And we’ve had Queer Issue covers with a solid background and an little iconic image floating in there somewhere before too, like so and so.
But what about that “How NOT to…” thing? I’m embarrassed to say that the “how not to…” concept isn’t all that brilliantly original—on our part or McGuire’s. It has been done before. Heck, it’s been done to death. A selection of “how not to…” titles available on Amazon.com: How NOT to Make It in the Pop World (2007); How NOT to Make the Same Mistake Once (1999); How NOT to Turn Into Your Mother (2006); How NOT to Get Rich (2005); How NOT to Share Your Faith (2006); How NOT to Look Fat (2006); How NOT to Write a Screenplay (1999); and on and on and on.