Bridgeman And Quirk Books Organise Design Competition

The Bridgeman Art Library partners with Quirk books on a design competition

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New York, NY – The Bridgeman Art Library, the world’s leading source of fine art and historical images available for reproduction, and independent publisher Quirk Books proudly present The Art of the Mash-Up design competition.

The contest is inspired by the iconic cover from Quirk’s 2009 New York Times best-selling book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That cover features a zombified version of the once-genteel portrait of Marcia B. Fox, which Quirk’s designer Doogie Horner acquired from Bridgeman Art Library. Horner transformed the original artwork by repainting portions and merging the changes in Photoshop. The resulting mashed-up image was voted Amazon’s Best Book Cover of the Year in 2009. Since then, Quirk Books has used art from Bridgeman’s collection to create covers for the entire Quirk Classics series, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Android Karenina.

To celebrate the March 22, 2011, release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After—the highly anticipated sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—Quirk and Bridgeman are inviting designers to conceive and illustrate their own mash-up covers using public-domain works of literature and art. Entries must be submitted by March 11, 2011, and participants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to win the grand-prize package, which includes entrance to the HOW Design Conference in Chicago, a feature in GD USA Magazine, and a First Friday gallery show at Brave New Worlds in Philadelphia. For more information and to enter, visit www.bridgemanart.com/competitions.

“Bridgeman is delighted to have worked with Quirk Books’ talented designers on each one of their titles,” said Kim Tidwell, marketing manager at Bridgeman. “Quirk is the perfect partner for our annual design competition, with their unconventional use of fine art in a youthful, nontraditional way. Beloved novels and iconic paintings get new life when infused with mayhem and the unexpected.”

Brett Cohen, Vice President of Quirk Books, said, “Bridgeman’s collection has been so instrumental in the success of the Quirk Classics series. We are excited to partner with them for this competition and to open the mash-up to the design community.”

About Bridgeman

Bridgeman makes available the best of the world’s fine art, cultural, and historical images for reproduction while supporting museums, artists, and collections globally. With offices in London, New York, Paris, and Berlin, www.bridgemanart.com generates income for collections and artists who partner with us, trusting us to administer copyright and reproduction rights on their behalf.

About Quirk Books
Founded in 2002, Quirk Books is an independent publisher based in Philadelphia. Quirk publishes books in the genre of what they like to call “irreference” (irreverence + reference) as well as pop culture, parenting, food and drink, history, humor, and lifestyle. Their innovative Quirk Classics series blends the work of literary masters with new scenes of horrific creatures and gruesome action. As the home of the original mash-up and New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Quirk Classics is the premier brand in literary mash-ups and remixed classics. Soon to be literary cult classics, Quirk Classics are cleverly conceived, well written, and entertainingly executed masterpieces that bring new fans to both classic works of literature and original works of genre-based fiction. To learn more, visit www.quirkclassics.com.

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