Sneak Preview of the Cover of The Stranger This Week, Created by Dan Savage and Aaron Huffman

Comments

1
So, so good.
2
See if you can get copyright reprint permission to Captain Sensible's "Yanks with Guns" song too.
3
Stark. and perfect.
4
Fix the blending mode on your red crosshairs so they don't show black over the blue country color. Makes it look like you have three different colors where they overlap with the white.
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Fewkin' brilliant.
6
Brilliant.

But why is Garfield down as an attempt? Or should I be embarrassed at my gnorance of American history?
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Well done.
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Excellent. Powerful.
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Holy Jesus. Yeah, this'll raise some hackles.
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Good choice.

@6 ask the people of Garfield County.
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Wounded or killed only? There was an attempt on Truman as well.
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Subtle
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Oh shit...prepare for blowback. Also, excellent!
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@6, i think you'll have fun learning about the Garfield assassin. He was epically bonkers.
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Is there any hope that Palin, Beck, et al. will understand the irony of this graphic?
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@6 wiki says: "His presidency was cut short after he was shot by Charles J. Guiteau while entering a railroad station in Washington D.C. on July 2, 1881. He was the second United States President to be assassinated."

Awesome, amazing, very cool. Would like a commemorative issue suitable for framing...seriously.
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Awesome.
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What about Al Lowenstein?
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You can see Dan's love of Musical theater here, as he picks up all the ones featured in Assassins!
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Garfield survived another 80 days and died of a heart attack, but the gunshot was still the cause of his death, which has always been called an assassination... at least by Sondheim and Weidman.
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Is the message "COOL IT, BROTHERS. BE COOL, BE CALM." in the margin for anyone in particular? Please explain.
22
Well done, gentlemen. I can see a series here, maybe photoshop Sirhan's face over Beck's "vigilante" background from his website... What other hate speech is tolerated depending on the political affiliation of the person spewing it?
23
This is clearly a violation of Sarah Palin's right to free speech. Leave Sarah ALOOONNNEEE!!!!
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The Garfield detail has been fixed. Good catch.

"Cool it, brothers. Be cool, be calm," is a variation on Malcolm X's last words—there's some dispute over what his last words were exactly.
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Garfield died 11 weeks after being shot. Truman was never in the direct line of fire. Other DYK: Huey Long, Medgar Evers, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak (sitting next to FDR). Hope you can make this cover go viral (so to speak) - e.g. mailing one to every Tea Partyer, Palin, Bachmann, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Beck.

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Credit the musical Assassins. Otherwise, I would have had no idea.
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We didn't include Richard Nixon, whose Santa-suited assassin was featured in Assassins. Just for the record.

Love me my Assassins soundtrack though.
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And John Lennon
29
I don't get it. A bunch of surveyor marks that coincidentally line up with assassinations/attempts? It's utterly devoid of implication.
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Christopher Frizzelle, I completely forgot that. I knew there was a good explanation but didn't think I would come up with it just looking at it. Thanks!
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Brilliant. Hope you make poster copies available...
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Oh, wait, @24 leads me to see you read this WAY closer than I, rodolfo. Sorry to not see your point at first. (Love the Charles Nelson Reilly avatar...)
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Dan, are you traveling today? Happy Trails To You!
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yeah, can you make these available for ordering? i would def hang one up
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Marvelous! (And I'm swamped at work! Swamped! Stop doing interesting things that people send me can't-not-click links to!)
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@29: I'm with you, I get that it's a reference to the Palin map and all, but I don't see what the implication is with all the political assassinations in U.S. history.
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Oklahoma City
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Alexander Hamilton!
39
wow

this is really edgey

massively mega
cutting edge
in-your-face
razor sharp
no-holds-barred
kick'em-in-the-nuts
cartoon-of-Mohamed-fucking-a-goat kind of edgey.

I hope you cats have living wills.....
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@36 I think the point is that Palin's map reads so much like a hit list that literally all you have to do is swap out the names and move the targets to correspond with actual events, and voila - it's an actual hit list.
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Why is the assassinated Representative Leo J Ryan not on the cover?
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@ 38 Alexander Hamilton was not assasinated. He was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.
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Yes.
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Yeah @36. And I also think @29 was being sarcastic...
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@21,24:
I was guessing that "Cool it, brothers" was from West Side Story. It being Dan, and all.
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Poster quality prints would be good. Newsprint brittles and changes color so quickly...

Y'all could make a nice high quality copy available online.
48
You learn something new every day - I never knew about the attempts on FDR or Ford.
49
This is about as good as the cover telling us "Do not despair" and "You don't have to leave".

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32102828@N0…
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I like to think of myself as a relatively thoughtful fellow, but I don't understand this map...the Malcolm X and Dr. Tiller inclusion is where I get thrown. Without them, it's a straightforward "Politicians who were shot" map. Is the inference here "People, many of whom were politicians, who were killed (or almost) for their political beliefs?" Wouldn't Sacco & Vanzetti and some others figure in that event? Oh I don't know...just tell me to shut up. Love how you leveraged the Palin map motif, though.
51
awesome. almost as good as the issue after the capitol hill massacre shooting. good work guys!
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@42 I was joking about Halmilton, however on reflection, isn't death by duel a type of assassination in which one is complacent?
53
That's awesome and chilling.
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@50, I was going with that too but Garfield doesn't fit. I've settled for "selected prominent Amurricans physically attacked rather than just yelled at."

@52, I love you for getting so near to "complaisant".
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Aww crap.
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@41, ryan was not assassinated in north america, but in guyana, south america.
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@27 SOUNDTRACK?!?!?!?!?

(oh come now, someone was bound to point that out...)
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Ack! Original Broadway cast recording! Original Broadway cast recording!
59
can you please print posters?
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@52: "Isn't death by duel a type of assassination in which one is complacent?"

I'd go with "assisted suicide".
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That class in cartography came in handy, Dan.
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gus, you are making my English major self feel verruh thtoopid today...I had to look that up...you are a smarty pants. Grr. I fear you would beat me in a game of Trivial Pursuit, and I LOVE Trivial Pursuit.
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On point.

"RE-EVALUATE, Bitch!"
64
You forgot the political assassination of John Lennon.
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Kentucky's 34th governor, William Goebel, was also assassinated
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#56: I now understand. The theme the editors ran with is not that American politicians were shot by Americans, the theme is notable American people were shot in the United States. To cut down on artist talent costs, maybe one red map of the United States with the slogan "Red, White and Blammo" can be run every week.
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Slow clap.
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If you post a high-res image, I will print it and put it with the other memorials at Giffords' office here in Tucson.
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Don't feel bad, Canuck, I only know that word accidentally. Novelist Michael Malone wrote an elderly ex-mob thief called Simon "Weeper" Berg. Before escaping prison he'd whiled away the days trying to absorb the more unusual 50-cent words he found in the dictionary. He'd say things like, "I'm aching in every appurtenance, me who was complaisant with the biggest of the big."
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@58 Oh, Dan... the original cast was Off-Broadway.

On the other hand, you know useful things like how to raise a child and write a column. Showtunes is all I got.
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That has got to be the first time ever that George Wallace and Harvey Milk have been on any sort of list together.
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@ 50 not all political assassinations are assassinations of politicans. The Tiller and Malcolm X assassinations were politically motivated and meant to make a political statement.
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Oh, that's okay then, gus (even though I know you're just trying to make me feel better--pats top of head) You certainly have an interesting reading list. Someday you'll have to post it, so I don't have to keep combing through pages of comments looking for the ones with the book references...hey! That's what slog needs on their "more about me" page...and now, after reading yours, whenever the Decemberists are on the radio, I think, "Ooo, gus would *not* be pleased..."
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I'd have gone with Medgar Evers rather than George Moscone, since Harvey Milk is already represented. Surely Evers is better known than Moscone, plus then you get another surveyor's symbol in a geographical area that doesn't have one rather than two on top of each other.

(no disrespect intended to Moscone)

But anyway, this is great.
75
What about McKinley? There was even an "incitement scandal" attached to that assassination (William Randolph Hearst published a couplet by Ambrose Bierce that was later claimed by some to have been calling for McKinley's assassination).
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The map is missing a significant assassination -- Huey Long at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., in 1935.

And if it is going to include attempted assassinations (i.e., Gerald Ford) then why doesn't it include Harry Truman in 1950?
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@72 - I see your point. Thank you!

@75 - Honey...he's on there.
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@77 Ach, you're right! I looked through it over and over and over and didn't see it until you told me it was there. Silly me.
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Nice.

@68: 'Sup. Welcome to the club with me and Reverse Polarity.
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You forgot biggie and tupac.
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You forgot Tupac and Biggie.
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The word is "complicit" - not complacent or complaisant.
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@82, It's neither/nor. Neener.
84
Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
85
"Why is the assassinated Representative Leo J Ryan not on the cover?"

Maybe it's a fold out cover with Ryan's death correctly located in South America?

Dan, ah I always sound clever till Nixon gets involved! Amends >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJf9QQkZw…
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I'm in love. You guys could make some high quality posters available and make a ton for your charities.
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Christ, are you people blind? Not that there's anything wrong with that. But @84, they're on there, they're on there.
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Jesus. What does it say that you can throw up a poster with sixteen assassinations and attempted assassinations, and half the comments are all "Hey, you forgot this one!"

I'm guessing they had to trim down the list - if they put them all up there, we might not be able to see the map.

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I wish it was just a map with a peace sign, not a crosshair, over Tuscon.
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If you're using Dr. Tiller then include Dr. Slepian who was gunned down in his house after returning from temple. High Profile and sad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnett_Sle…

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disgusting, but I expect no less from the stranger.
are you also going to publish some proof that the shooter was a fan of sarah palin or that her graphic caused this..or just continue the witch hunt?

i'm sure this comment will be deleted, free speech and all.

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And you forgot Oswald's assassination. Tin foil types would tell you his killing was more significant than Kennedy's.
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FUCK YEAH.
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@82 aha! Turns out I understand the word worse than Weeper after all...
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Garfield was shot, but should have survived as no major organs were hit. It was multiple doctors using unclean hands (very unclean,as in not having been washed after arriving by horse) and instruments to probe the wound that caused infection and death. Lister's anti-bacterial techniques and solutions were widely known at the time, but the doctors who treated Garfield were old-schoolers who did not believe in his theories. Some historians call Garfield's doctors his actual killers. Guiteau himself actually used that defense at his own trial.
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Number 52 (with all due respect to number 54) I think the word you're looking for is "complicit."
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I guess I'm a little slow -- can somebody spell out the connection between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sarah Palin's goofy Web page?
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And Andrew Jackson - who, at least in legend, proceeded to attack the assassin with his cane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_jack…
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FDR was almost assassinated in Miami before he was inaugurated in 1933.
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I think that the George Tiller Assassination does not seem to fit with the others as he was not a political figure (though he was politicized). However, if Tiller is going to be included, then it seems Dr. Bernard Slepian should be as well.