I’ve loved JDP for a long time because it’s always been awesome, but I feel like it’s better than ever. A lot of that is down to the expertise of our content editor, Mike Sweeney, and to the vision Eirik Gumeny gave us, and to the quality of the submissions we get (seriously, we have the privilege of working with some damned fine writers!). I haven’t changed a whole lot in how JDP actually looks and feels. But one thing I did bring to the table as production editor is the move to outside cover art, and I’d like to think I’ve brought some pretty kick-ass artists to our covers. I look back over the last twelve issues (I did the cover of 2012’s thirteenth, the special International Human Rights Day issue, myself), and I am amazed by the artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
So, for my own anniversary issue, and the first of 2013, I knew it had to be something special if it was going to measure up against this past year.
Thank god for Dasha Shleyeva, because she nails it.
And by the way, folks, I hope if you’re enjoying our cover art as much as I am, you’re taking a moment to click through the links and find the artists’ websites and storefronts. Check out their other work and spread the word. If you can swing it, buy some prints — support these awesome artists!
But before you jump over to Dasha’s website and start shopping, check out the JDP issue. We have psychic bubble babies, killer geese, erections, haunted K-marts, KISS cds…. If it’s cool, it’s in there.