Exactly a week ago, we at Seattle Weekly were all set to put Tron Guy on our cover in order to promote our holiday film guide. And we were excited about it, mainly because seeing the rotund Tron Guy's package stuffed in a unitard is nature's Viagra. But then, on Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which compelled us to strive for even sexier heights on the front of this week's issue.
That way was a simple tweak of Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day photo, "The Kiss." We purchased the reproduction rights in order to nail the old-time background, but swapped in a second male sailor where an unsuspecting woman once was.
The amazing thing was Boo pulled this all together in the space of about 24 hours. I phoned her Saturday morning after DADT repeal cleared the Senate and asked what it would take to wave off Tron Guy, get a couple vintage World War II sailor suits, and recruit a couple smoking-hot dudes to lock lips for all the world (not just Seattle, as this is the Internet age and the cover's "gone viral," as the kids say) to see.
Boo's Saturday was chockablock with family plans, but come Sunday (and into Monday morning), she and ace photographer Joshua Huston made it happen, proving again that an art director's job is not so simple as picking the best photo or illustration that a given artist produces in the course of a week. Boo's effort was tantamount to pulling together a film shoot on the fickle fly, and that effort, based on feedback thus far, proved to be tremendous. Catching wind of our maneuvers, President Obama agreed to sign DADT repeal into law the day our issue hit newsstands. Or at least that's what we'd like you to think.