By Richard Hack
As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Entertainment Weekly, the Meredith Corporation publication, designed an original cover for its annual Pride Forever edition drawn by London-based illustrator Jack Hughes. Additionally, the special edition incorporated dozens of original art throughout the magazine.
Included in the Hughes illustration (Top row, from left) are Janelle Monáe, Freddie Mercury, Kate McKinnon, Ricky Martin, John Waters, and Dan Levy. (Middle row, from left) Ellen DeGeneres, Rock Hudson, Laverne Cox, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Stewart, Lil Nas X, George Takei, Ryan Murphy, Cynthia Nixon, and Marlene Dietrich. (Bottom row, from left) RuPaul, Elton John. Plus a careful scan will reveal the first brick thrown during the Stonewall Riots, and Dorothy’s Ruby Slipper from The Wizard of Oz.
“It all started with desire to give you something special — one of the few illustrated covers we’ve done in our 30-year history,” writes Editor-in-Chief JD Heyman. “We hope it lifts your spirits in trying times. And as Hughes says, we hope it inspires the storytellers of the future.”
“The fight isn’t over,” says the artist. “We must carry on the work of those before us.”