We already know that our city’s alt-weeklies publish some mind-blowing covers from time to time (is Courtney Love still mad about this one?), but now a national organization of designers is giving them some recognition. Both Seattle Weekly and The Stranger made the Society of Publication Designers’ Top 10 Alternative Newsweekly Covers of 2010 list: the Weekly for its play on V-J Day in Times Square following the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"; and The Stranger for its depiction of a bird covered in oil (following the BP Gulf oil spill) by artist Aaron Bagley. Congrats to both papers.

For the full list of winners, go to spd.org.

Seattle Weekly, Dec 22, 2010. Art director: Boo Davis, photographs: Alfred Eisensaedt (main image), Joshua Huston (sailors).

The Stranger, June 10, 2010. Art director: Aaron Huffman, illustration: Aaron Bagley.

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