David Flaherty
January 2012

Just did this cover for SF Weekly with Andrew J. Nilsen who I meet at A.I. a few weeks ago. Basically the story was a dull real estate tax tale and Andrew wanted to make it fun, so he told me to go crazy. (not really, I made that up.. the crazy part)  Anyhew, I thought I'd play with the idea of loopholes and envisioned a cover full of holes with elements popping out.  I'm happy Andrew went with that idea. He also contributed many good suggestions along the way as well, like adding the type into the art and flipping some of the figures upside down. The basic story centered on a skyscraper that transfered ownership without triggering a reassessment of it's tax value, costing the city of San Fran a bundle.

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