The force is with them

The timing is atrocious. After six weeks of no postings I break the silence with Paul Weller on the cover of Metropolitan then just one post later I’m back with Metropolitan again. My apologies to the teams working on Ink’s 30+ other titles. However, we can end any discussions of the best cover of 2015 right here and now on the last day of June, because this is it:

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I absolutely love this cover. The story is the Secret Cinema team bringing The Empire Strikes Back to life in a mystery London location. The cover concept is by art director Adriano Cattani, the illustration by the brilliant Yann Legendre.

But there was a possibly even more fabulous option, which involved a cover-mounted Busby-wearing Stormtrooper toy.

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It was never going to happen – it’s not just the production costs, we’d have had our asses sued raw by the Mouse. Shame. Ade has the wonderful mock-up above by pop artist/bootleg toy-maker SuckLord pinned up beside his desk.

Then there was the other cover.

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This comes from the photoshoot inside the mag.

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Ade, photographer Ben Knight and writer Peter Watts went along to one of the Secret Cinema screenings (they’re not allowed to tell you where but it involves a tube ride to southeast London rather than space travel) to waylay attendees, all of who were in costume. They were invited to step in front of a white sheet to have their photos taken while Pete carried out quick interviews. The most common response: ‘I’m only here because my boyfriend insisted’.

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(Posted by AndrewH)

Tom on Emilia (and Dolly and Jon)

In a sort of tribute to Dany, ‘Mother of Dragons’, one of the few principals left standing after the close of the fifth season of Game of Thrones a few weeks back, the front cover of July’s American Way features Emilia Clarke.

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We got Guardian and Observer feature writer and GoT fan Tom Lamont to do the interview (he also did ‘Jon Snow’ for GQ back in January). It’s a reliably good read. Here’s how it starts:

Cruising past Santa Monica pier one morning in an air-conditioned SUV, outfitted for the California spring in pastel Prada and American Apparel, the actor Emilia Clarke recalls another drive – in a very different vehicle, in very different clothes, beside a very different passenger. She had on leathers and Doc Martens boots at the time, and she was driving a bullet-proofed Brink’s truck around a film set in New Orleans. Next to her: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pair were filming scenes for a new installment in the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genysis, out on 1st July.

“So I’m carrying a Desert Eagle the size of my own head,” Clarke, 28, recalls, “wearing this wicked costume and driving this massive armoured truck…” She crashed. Schwarzenegger found it hilarious. He turned to his young co-star to say, in that way of his that has been iconic for more than three decades now, “Very naaaace.”

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You can read the rest of the piece at the American Way website from 1 July. I also recommend reading Tom’s encounter with Dolly Parton, which you’ll find on his website. (Posted by AndrewH)

It’s been a while…

Apologies for the lack of recent posts. We have some catching up to do. It would be a shame to let June go by without noting a crop of particularly fine covers adorning Ink publications.

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Metropolitan managed to land an interview with Paul Weller and a cover shoot carried out by photographer Lottie Davies with assistance from stand-in art director Jamie Trendall. The venue was the brilliantly bonkers Croc Bowling Alley at London’s new Ham Yard hotel. Weller wouldn’t bowl but he did play piano and he did smile, but only off-camera. Here’s a few shots that didn’t get used:

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Metropolitan always has a contents opener that speaks to the cover and also this month to the theme of the issue overall, which was music. I think this is very lovely:

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Not exactly music but also great fun is the spread relating to new book Haircuts of Hackney, published by independent publisher Hoxton Mini Press, which is a ‘visual encyclopedia’ of East London ’dos, as drawn by artist Daniel Frost.

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Deputy editor Elizabeth Winding hit Hackney, book in hand, to find real people with the same styles, sprinting after Pretzels in London Fields and scouring Broadway Market for Fros. Everyone posed for photos, including a passing dog:

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The pics are by the brilliantly named River Thompson. (Posted by AndrewH)