Maryland Institute College of Art adjunct faculty member David Plunkert has won cover of the year in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2018 Best Cover Contest for a New Yorker cover that depicted President Donald Trump in a boat — rudder in hand — as he blows a sail that resembles a Klu Klux Klan hood.
The cover, the Cockeysville graphic artist’s first for The New Yorker, was released in August after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., left three dead. A car drove into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one, and two police officers died after their helicopter crashed while surveying the scene. Trump stated that there were “good people” on both sides of the rally.
Plunkert said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun in January that he created the sketch quickly after Trump made the announcement at Charlottesville and sent it in unsolicited to the magazine. Days later, the New Yorker’s art director contacted him and they began to work together for the cover.
Plunkert, who co-owns Spur Design, LLC in Hampden, has had a good year. He also created a second cover for the New Yorker’s Oct. 16 issue, which was riddled with bullets — each one bearing the name of a victim of the Oct. 1 shooting at a Las Vegas concert that killed 58 people and injured more than 500.
He also illustrated the hardcover bicentennial edition of “Frankenstein,” which was released in January and features 100 of his illustrations.