It’s no secret magazines like making fun of the president. So it came as no surprise that the American Magazine Conference closed today in Phoenix with the unveiling of the best magazine covers of the year, with three Bush parodies among the winners. Like all awards programs entered by the New Yorker, the iconic magazine with the illustrated covers dominated the inaugural competition, taking two of the seven cover awards, including its Brokeback Mountain spoof featuring George Bush and Dick Cheney as gay cowboys ahs well as cover of the year for its Katrina-themed “Flood in the Oval Office.”
The Economist, which garnered FishbowlNY’s vote, won for best cover line “Rocket Man” predating the media’s current coverage of the kooky Korean Kim Jong Il.
Cover of the Year “Flood in the Oval Office,” The New Yorker
Best Celebrity Covers (tie) Julianne Moore in Harper’s Bazaar; Busta Rhymes in VIBE
Best News Cover “Watch Your Back Mountain,” The New Yorker
Best Concept Cover “The End of Cowboy Diplomacy,” TIME
Best Fashion Cover 2005 Style Issue, Departures
Best Service Cover 2006 Fitness Issue, Time Out New York