Illustrator Edel Rodriguez Pulls Off Unique Feat

"Cover of the Year" honors in Germany and now the U.S.

Top magazine honors for the year 2016 on two different continents.
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In yet another example of how beneficial the topic of Donald Trump can be for the media, Cuban-American artist Edel Rodriguez has followed a recent award in Germany for magazine “Cover of the Year” with a similar prize from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).

Above is Rodriguez’s illustration for the Nov. 12, 2016 issue of German weekly Der Spiegel. The cover was recently voted the country’s best of 2016 by a panel of 34 editors and creative directors.

Today, Rodriguez has claimed the equivalent stateside prize for the Oct. 24, 2016 issue of Time magazine. The artwork (below, right) is an extension of a theme he first explored for the publication’s Aug. 22 issue.

As if all this weren’t enough, Rodriguez has been, since last Friday, in the middle of a non-stop blitz of interviews with The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Telemundo and other outlets thanks to another Der Spiegel cover depicting a cartoon Trump with a bloody sword in one hand and the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty in the other. Reaction to that one has been a little bit more divided, but right now, generally speaking, there is no stopping Edel.


@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.