The New Yorker‘s cover editor Françoise Mouly interviewed cartoonist Chris Ware about his cover for the Sep 21 issue.
You’ve titled this “Last Days,” and at some point you considered a slight variation, “Last Days. . . .” What did you want to evoke with the title?
I mean, first of all, it’s September, and the weirdest summer ever is almost over. My original title, “Democratic Party,” I rejected as too ambiguous and unintentionally pejorative. Besides, those of us who remember eighth-grade social studies know that we actually don’t live in a democracy but in a republic, so I could have just as easily titled it that, too. Which I guess would’ve been even worse. The small-letter versions of these words are supposed to represent everything that we constitutionally revere, right? Not spark the flames of conflict or prompt a lock-and-load.