Tina Fey Battles Joker Madoff, Fudgy Ice Cream Cone in ASME ‘Cover of the Year’ Contest

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Tina Fey as America’s sweetheart (Vanity Fair), smirking swindler Bernard Madoff as a Heath Ledger-style Joker (New York), and a strawberry ice cream cone freshly topped with fudge (Bon Appétit). These are just a few of the subjects on the magazine covers competing for the coveted title of Cover of the Year. This year, the American Society of Magazine Editors has opened voting for its annual cover contest to the public and adjusted the categories accordingly. Gone are groupings such as “personal service” and “leisure interest,” replaced with catchier categories, including “Best Obama Cover,” “Sexiest Cover,” and “Most Delicious Cover.” The ten category winners have already been determined (alas, in fashion and beauty, Christopher Anderson‘s outstanding cover for New York Look was somehow bested by Peter Lindbergh‘s photo of Sarah Jessica Parker revisiting an ancient Sex and the City promo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar), and now they’re duking it out in online voting for Cover of the Year. Check out the full slate of nominees and cast your vote for one of the finalists here. The winner will be announced on October 14 in New York City. As ridiculous as it may sound, our money’s on Madoff.