The New York Observer has done a bang-up job of covering the long and winding (did we mention long?) road to the White House, and while we hope that the post-election world doesn’t mean an end to stellar, sprawling features written by Jason Horowitz, it did bring a fresh look to the front page of the salmon-hued weekly. The Observer‘s November 10 issue replaces the Robert Grossman campaign comics that have dominated the lead graphic slot for months with the artist’s Claymation-esque sculptures of the candidates: a beaming Obama (cover line: “O Beautiful”) and a positively cherubic—if much smaller—John McCain. Images of the sculptures, backed by cloud-strewn fields of opposing colors, accompany the Observer staff’s hour-by-hour coverage of Tuesday’s “Barackfest in New York” and Horowitz’s election night reporting from Grant Park.
Meanwhile, the Observer is offering limited-edition posters of recent campaign-themed cover art. A must for those who find themselves within the intersecting Venn diagram circles of Political Junkies and Star Trek fans, Drew Friedman‘s “Be Logical, Captain!” (pictured at left) depicts McCain as a bumbling Captain Kirk while, at his left hand, a Vulcanized Obama/Spock keeps his cool. Each of the 200 custom-printed posters (yours for $99.50 plus shipping and handling) is signed and numbered by Friedman.