Reviews and Blog Posts: magazines

Bowie in Black & White

Crawdaddy, February 1978

The first time I ever saw David Bowie was watching Saturday Night Live back in 1979.  My family had just returned to the U.S. and I was 11 years old.  He wore this amazing black and white outfit that he couldn't walk in so he had to be carried downstage to perform.  I had no idea who he was and because he was bathed in pink light, I assumed this was Pink Floyd.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 8: New Yorker, March 2009 And Wired, September 2012

We have been showcasing some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories, a celebration of magazine cover art. In this final installation of this blog series, we turn our focus to cover art of the 21st century.

The New Yorker
Mar 16, 2009
Artwork: Michelle O.
Illustrator: Floc'h

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 7: Omni, May 1984 And Out, November 1998

We have been showcasing some of our favorite magazine titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories, a celebration of magazine cover art. This week, we take a look at two splashy titles of the eighties and nineties.

Omni
May 1984
Artwork: TechnoMadonna
Artist: Stanislaw Fernandes

Cover Stories: 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Graphic with all 16 magazine covers included in the exhibit

As 2016 begins, we're continuing our series on our Cover Stories exhibit of magazine covers, featuring famous cover art from magazines in our collection. The exhibit is on the third floor, just outside the Reference Room at the Central Library. This time we're featuring two of the best-known magazines ever—Life and National Geographic.

Cover Stories - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Graphic with all 16 magazine covers included in the exhibit

Here are two more of the wonderful magazine covers featured in the Cover Stories exhibit on the walls outside the Reference Room on Level 3 at the Central Library:

Time, September 22, 1947
Artwork: Jackie Robinson, Illustrator: Ernest Hamlin Baker (1889-1975)

Cover Stories - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Graphic showing 16 historic magazine covers

This week we have two more early 20th century magazine covers for your enjoyment. These and all the covers we're blogging about can be seen in the Cover Stories display on the wall outside the Reference Services area on Level 3 at Central Library. Please come and have a look at the full display! Neither of these two magazines is still in print:

The Theatre, March 1905
Artwork: “Dustin Farnum as The Virginian, Otto Sarony Company - photographer unknown

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 2: Harper's Bazar, March, 1888 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, September, 1893

In Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1, we saw a beautiful wood engraving based on a patent drawing for a bicycle/merry-go-round combo from the May 4, 1869, cover of Scientific American, and another from a photograph depicting the Great Chicago Fire from the October 21, 1871 issue of The Graphic.

Cover Stories Exhibit Part 1: Scientific American (1869) and The Graphic (1871).

Cover Stories Part 1 Graphic

Did you know that the Central Library has an enormous collection of periodicals, ranging from The Gentleman's Magazine, which dates back to the 1730s, to Game Informer, which offers the latest in video game news? We decided to showcase some of our favorite titles with an exhibit titled Cover Stories , a celebration of magazine cover art presented in re-purposed frames found in a storage area on the 6th floor.

Cover Stories Exhibit - 150 Years of Magazine Cover Artistry

Cover images

It was author George Eliot who said "Don't judge a book by its cover," but that doesn't always apply to a magazine. In fact, most often, it's just the opposite. Magazine cover design is what sells the stories inside.

Help me spend money on (teen) magazines!

I'm in the process of choosing magazines for the Central Library's Teen Space for 2016 and I need your help! I have enough money to buy maybe 1 or 2 new magazine subscriptions, so if there's something you think the library should have, let me know.

Here's what we have right now:

BMX Plus

Decibel

EGM - Electronic Gaming Monthly

Game Informer Magazine

J-14

Mad

Robot Magazine

Seventeen

Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles & Care Guide

Teen Ink

Teen Vogue

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