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Art Director John Dixon’s 10 Favorite Voice Covers of 2010

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We’re still tallying which of our 2010 stories were most popular with readers, but in the meantime, we asked art director John Dixon to choose his 10 favorite Village Voice covers of the year. Here they are, in reverse order — Ed.

10. The Guido Ideal, June 23. Says Dixon: “Shooting the Jersey Shore guys without telling them it was for our Queer Issue got us into hot water with television studio execs, but the show’s producers liked our shots so much, they hired our photographer, Carrie Schechter, to shoot them again.”

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9. Locas Heroes, April 21: “Coaxing Love & Rockets illustrator Jaime Hernandez out of his studio in L.A. to draw New York city took some cajoling, but we paid homage to him by designing a comic-book-style cover.”
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8. Reggae’s Civil War, March 3: “A hand grenade microphone, photo-illustrated by Michael Shavalier, symbolized the explosive controversy between Jamaican rappers Mavado and Vybz Kartel.”
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7. White America Has Lost Its Mind, September 28: “Steven Thrasher’s essay on pale America’s Tea Party craziness could only call for one illustrator: the unswerving Drew Friedman.”
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6. Hosed, December 15: “Black firefighters in the FDNY are few in number, and they’re not allowed to be photographed in uniform. So we had to create one from scratch.”
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5. Gotham’s Gossip Loses Its Grip!, September 1: “The deterioration of New York’s gossip corps seemed best illustrated by co-opting the tabloids and their use of sensational photos and inflammatory headlines.”
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4. Yesterday. Today. Tilda. July 21: “It was a thrill and an honor to showcase the work of Sylvia Plachy and welcome her back to the Voice. Tilda Swinton was a good get, too.”
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3. The NYPD Tapes, May 5: “This first of five parts, an exclusive report by Graham Rayman on secret recordings made by cops inside the NYPD, was inspired by renowned art director George Lois who once said, ‘Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens.'”
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2. What’s The Scariest Ride at Coney Island?, May 26: “Our ‘interactive’ cover depicted the perennial upheaval of Coney Island by folding the page to find a bulldozer gobbling up Nathan’s and The Cyclone. Painter Jason Edmiston channeled Mad magazine’s Al Jaffe, who gave us a nod in a later interview.”
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1. Is This Woman Too Hot To Work In a Bank?, June 2: “Elizabeth Dwoskin broke the story of the female banker who is suing Citibank for firing her for ‘inappropriate work attire.’ We saw nothing wrong with her choice in clothing, as photographed for the cover by Carrie Schechter. Millions of on-line readers didn’t seem to mind as well.”

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