Interview with Jacob Covey
Jacob Covey is a designer and Art Director for Fantagraphic Books. Dan Wagstaff of The Casual Optimist interviews Covey about his background in book design and his role at Fatagraphics.
Wagstaff: Briefly, could you tell me about working at Fantagraphics?
Covey: If the publishing industry is a zoo, then Fantagraphics is the monkey house. It’s not a conventional workplace and you could get tetanus from walking barefoot but it’s a place where everyone is laboring out of love and there’s a lot of receptivity to trying new things and having your ideas heard. Much more so than I think is possible at most publishers. I have immense respect for the history of the company as an archivist of great work and I have the opportunity to deal with our publishing decisions on a regular basis. It’s satisfying in that way–but the office itself is a neglected three story house with 30 years of dusty artwork, ancient paste-ups, and discarded razor blades strewn about. So it’s not for everyone.
- I’m going to buy a copy of Abstract Comics (pictured above) simply for it’s layout. There is an extensive preview of the book on Fantagraphics website.
- Covey’s book of cryptozoological creatures looks great.
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