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Newsweek International Edition
posted: September 4, 2007
Brown, Merkel, and Sarkozy...
I have figured out the secret to getting the plum jobs in this business. You want a Rolling Stone cover?  Are things a little slow and even a half pager would make you happy? Hey, what about a Newsweek cover?

Plan a vacation.

Even better than that, plan a vacation around a bike race that you’ve trained 2 months for.

That’s right, all you need to do is get all your vacation ducks in a row, pack things up, get all the paraphernalia you need for a weekend of fun/suffering, put one foot out the door, and with your hand on the key that’s in the door as you’re closing it, stop and listen. Hear that? It’s the cash register. Or, as we call it here, the phone.

It was Adolfo Valle from Newsweek International looking for a cover, due the next day.  “Can you do it”? Adolfo asked after giving me the particulars of the gig. I said sure, and saw my weekend evaporate in one syllable. The job itself went so easily that I was starting to worry. I sent the first sketch and Adolfo told me that the editors had no changes at all and go ahead with the final. The piece is about how the European countries are still pro-America despite their misgivings about our leadership at this moment. 24 hours later, I pressed “send” and off it went.

I’m lucky to have a family that not only doesn’t mind stopping on a dime and changing directions, but enjoys it. We were all excited about this particular job. The only thing that’s a drag is that I won’t see it on the newsstands. If any of our European or Latin readers see it out there, let me know.
6 comments
David Flaherty September 4, 2007
Go on vacation, so true.
Rob Dunlavey September 5, 2007
I should go on vacation more often! That's a funny illo Dale. Love the Sarkozy and Merkel!
Mark P September 5, 2007
Nice Dale! Way to go!
Tim O\'Brien September 5, 2007
Many covers were requested with a packed car in the driveway. I left vacations for Time Covers. I'm better now about letting things go if I scheduled a vacation, however, I left my recent vacation to complete a ad job and run a long run on flatter terrain. Priorities! Nice piece Dale.
Roberto Parada September 5, 2007
Dale, Congratulations on the Cover. Great Work and in such short notice! It' feels so rewarding when it goes smoothly doesn't it? I can't tell you how many holidays I've ruined because of the Damn phone. We're always on call
Christoph Hitz September 5, 2007
Dale, Great turn around with the new motley crew from Europe and splendid schedule management using Murphy's law reversed. Funny cover.
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