Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (PressExposure) December 26, 2013 -- Esquire Malaysia magazine has been chosen among the "Best International Magazine Covers of 2013" by highly acclaimed international media analyst and blogger, Mark Lives.
The cover, from the May 2013 issue of Esquire Malaysia, was rated as the 4th best cover in the world this year as part of Mark Lives' annual top ten of international magazine covers.
The cover - presenting 'The Crime & Punishment Issue' - featured an original Esquire Malaysia photo-shoot of Hollywood star Eric Bana, detailed with drawing of handcuffs and noose worn by Bana to reference the main theme of the issue.
The cover had proved a hit on the Malaysian newsstand as one of Esquire's biggest sellers for the year, and now it has received this global recognition as the only Asian magazine cover to feature on Mark Lives' list. And also the only magazine chosen under the world famous Hearst Magazines International license, from which Esquire Malaysia is produced by Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd.
The Art Director responsible for the cover is Rebecca Chew, whose work has frequently featured on Mark Lives as well as Cover Junkie and other international media portals recognizing the originality and creativity of her design and art direction.
Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Malaysia, Sam Coleman, remarked "Rebecca has been acknowledged as one of the strongest art directors in the Esquire network, garnering awards in Spain and Japan."
"But having Mark Lives, the global authority and benchmark for cover design, praise her and put her work alongside such global publishing icons as Time, The New Yorker and others is really amazing. A real feat for Asian creativity and tip of the hat to Esquire Malaysia."
Mark Lives commented about his selection of the Esquire Malaysia cover, "Since the first time I saw this cover, I knew it would one of my absolute favourites of 2013, and that it should be shown to the world to spark creativity among others."
Also in the list were iconic publications including Shortlist, Time, The New Yorker, New York and Time Out London. Number one in the list was taken by Boston magazine for their striking 'We Will Finish The Race' cover featuring running shoes in a heart shape following the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.
Mark Lives concluded, "When it comes to creative art direction, use of drawing, and clever cover lines that fit into every element on the cover, Esquire Malaysia is the best and should start an academy teaching others..."
"Great planning and 'execution'."