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Illustrators Around The World Are Creating Amazing “New Yorker”–Style Cover Art For Tokyo

A gorgeous tribute to those iconic illustrated covers.

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If you love seeing The New Yorker’s super artsy covers each week, you’ll definitely want to check out The Tokyoiter.

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It’s a collective art project originally started by two artists living in Japan’s bustling capital city.

Even though The Tokyoiter isn’t an actual magazine, the collection of cover art has since grown to include drawings and cartoons from illustrators around the world.

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It’s not only a cool tribute to the American literary magazine’s style, but also a seriously cool showcase of life in Tokyo.


Cofounders Andrew Joyce, an illustrator, and David Robert, an art director, told BuzzFeed News that they began living in Tokyo about five years ago and launched The Tokyoiter after meeting other illustrators visiting the city.

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"We thought an imaginary magazine cover was the best format for showing beautiful art,” they explained.

Inspired by The New Yorker’s weekly covers, which have become something of a collectible among its devoted readers, Joyce and Robert wanted to use the medium as a way to celebrate the many sides of their new home city.

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"The New Yorker always portrays all these different aspects of life in New York,” the pair told BuzzFeed News. “Sometimes it's a favorite restaurant, or a train commute, or just the artist’s favorite view in the city. You get many unique angles.”


They're received positive feedback from other artists, Tokyo residents, and tourists.

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Often, people have commented that a certain cover reminds them of their grandmother’s home, or their most recent sightseeing trip.

You can find all of The Tokyoiter covers online here — and let us know which one is your fave!

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The Tokyoiter covers are posted online, and although they are not available for purchase, they will be considering it.

This post was translated from Japanese.