Friday, September 15, 2017
 

The October 2017 issue of the Walrus is the Cover of the Week. This grainy black and white cover shot, of what appears to be a terrified and desperate soul fleeing the United States, is compelling.
 

The headline Escaping America…is Canada really a safe haven?

i
s emotionally charged. The image and the words work in tandem extremely effectively. The Walrus clearly understands it’s American-hating audience and how to motivate them to action. The cover feature is lengthy and well written, a good read.
 

 
 
Thursday, September 07, 2017
 

Closer, the French gossip magazine, lost a court battle in France yesterday regarding photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middelton, topless. The court ordered the defendants to pay damages to the duchess and her husband Prince William, however, the amount was significantly less than the royal family had requested.  They were seeking 1.5 million Euros.
 

The court ruled that three photographers, and three newspaper executives, invaded the privacy of the duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, by taking and publishing the photos. Two executives of Closer magazine were slapped with the maximum 45,000 euro fine, plus the two executives, along with two photographers working with a celebrity photo agency, were collectively ordered to pay an additional 50,000 euros in damages to Kate and the same amount to William to boot.

 

The magazine was reported to be a sellout, according to reports from overseas.
 

 
Friday, August 25, 2017

Back in February of this year, I posted the New Yorker’s  92nd Anniversary issue as the Cover of the Week. (See original post below).
 

I promised to report back on how it sold in Canada.  So here it is:  The issue sold 2,889 copies in Canada.  That’s up 1,383 copies from the same time slot last year, a gain of 92%.  It sold 1,065 copies or 58% more than the issue that preceded it, and 918 copies or 47% more than the issue that came after it.  Only 2 issues in 2016 sold more than this one did in early 2017. Canadians lapped it up.

 

The Feb 13th, 2017 issue of the New Yorker is the 92nd  Anniversary issue. According to their website, the annual anniversary issue “would feature some version of Rea Irvin’s classic image of the monocled dandy Eustace Tilley.” However, the site goes on to say, “This year, as a response to the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, particularly the executive order on immigration, we feature John W. Tomac’s dark, unwelcoming image, “Liberty’s Flameout.” “It used to be that the Statue of Liberty, and her shining torch, was the vision that welcomed new immigrants. And, at the same time, it was the symbol of American values,” Tomac says. “Now it seems that we are turning off the light.”
 

It will be interesting to see how this dark, depressing cover sells.  I’m sure it has a good chance of success in New York, New York, and in Hollywood, California, but doubt it will work in the so-called “fly over states” in between.  It will be interesting to see how it sells in Canada.
 

 
Friday, August 25, 2017

Canadian Geographic‘s 2018 Wildlife SIP cover is my new all-time favorite.  This fabulous cover, designed by Art Director Javier Frutos, is sure to be a winner!
 

Top predators always work well for Canadian Geographic.  In fact, the very first SIP they ever published, back in 2011, also featured a Polar Bear.
 

Here’s the new cover.  The other Wildlife SIP covers can be found below.
 

 
 
 
Thursday, August 24, 2017
 

Test your knowledge of Vanity Fair covers. 

Which of these 4 Covers was the best-seller in 2016 in Canada?
 

Better yet, try ranking them from #1 to #4.

• Get none right…you are a Dunce.

• Get #1 right…you graduate High School

• Get #1 & #2 right…you graduate University

• Get all 4 in order…Masters Degree


And try your luck at the Bonus Question at the end!

 

 

Don’t look yet!

Don’t cheat!

Scrowl down for Answers…

Answers below:
 
 

Bonus Question:  How did the Jan 2017 issue (J. Law) sell compared to these?

 

 

 

Answers:

#1:  Jul 2016…Queen…sold 37,590 copies, at a 50.4% sell-thru! (Still lots of Brits in Canada!)

#2  Oct 2016…Bruce…sold 27,736 copies (2nd best of year…The Boss still Rocks!)

#3  May 2016…Streep…sold 25,145 4th best of year…star fading?)

#4  Feb 2016…Kelly…sold just 20,981 copies (Worst performer of the year.  Legend in her own mind.)
 

Bonus Question Answer:

If you guessed it was better then all except the Queen, you are right.  This beauty sold 30,778 copies!
 

It will be interesting to see how the Aug 2017 issue, featuring Serena Williams will do?  Odds are it will do well
 

 
 
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