The Back Story on the Cover Artist

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com August 11 2011 11:00 PM ET

John MacConnell, who created the stunning image of Governor Cuomo on our cover, feels deeply rooted in the LGBT community. Not only was he at the legendary Stonewall Inn when the announcement came in that the state of New York had voted in marriage equality, he just happened to be front and center in a photograph of celebrants that appeared on one of the most iconic newspaper covers documenting the historic event. Along with the news, it was an image that went around the world.

In addition to designing covers and appearing on them, MacConnell does freelance drawing, painting, and digital art. He’s also a professor at Long Island University teaching illustration and design, and he works full-time for Harlem United, a nonprofit providing HIV prevention, housing, and care services for homeless New Yorkers.

The artist says he was ecstatic to be asked to work on our cover. “This is an important issue of The Advocate, and I feel so fortunate that I’m able to be a part of this incredible moment in history.”

Take a peek at some of MacConnell's work in the following pages.
JOHN MACCONNELL YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL THOMAS THE ZEBRA  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL ONE TRACK MIND  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL NATUREBOY/GILDING THE ATHLETE  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL NARCISSISM  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM
JOHN MACCONNELL BARACK OBAMA  X560 (JOHN MACCONNELL) | ADVOCATE.COM