Scott Suchy has worked as art director 2007-present
Deep in the depths of the Charleston City Paper compound you’ll find large posters lining the wall, one for every year since 2007. Each poster displays cover images, one for each week we’ve published — proudly put forth into the world like newborn babes. As the art director, my job is to see each of these covers through, most times as its progenitor, sometimes … more like a midwife dealing with the result of someone else’s series of bad decisions following a late night at the Recovery Room several months ago. And just like any long-time parent (or pet owner) would know, some children turn out to be great successes. While others are just a painful reminder that chugging a bottle of Grand Ma’ during the comedy festival can lead to many regrets you’ll have to just live with.
So here I present to you 20 City Paper covers of note, mostly ones from my tenure — ones we can comfortably talk about in front of them at the dinner table.
Quirky: Nyan Cat (2011)
Nyan Cat was big online, so why not create a “real” one for the cover of the College Student Guide? I wound up winning a Press Association award for it, even though, according to their comments, the obviously older judges had no idea what it exactly was.
Just Good: Twisted Pretzels (2014)
Funny: Nate & Di are Smokin’ (2006)
A great homage to Cheech and Chong. Google it, youngins.
Just Good: Little Brother (2016)
BAD: State of Design (2004)
This one was before my time, so I can’t say I know the reasoning for the design decisions on this one; but, I just can’t get over the lovely Charleston Big City skyline used in the collage about the rise of local Charleston design.
Debatable: Cooking with Coolio (2017)
BAD: Ectotour (2011)
Quirky: Zombie Economy (2009)
Just Good: Lit Issue (2016)
Funny: Degrees of Success (1997)
Just Good: Joe Riley Time To Go (2011)
BAD: Best of the Blotter (2002)
Funny: SEWE (2010)
Quirky: Man-Baby (2015)
Quirky: Charm School Dustin (2015)