Cover Reveal & News – MAGA: 2020 & Beyond

You might remember a few months ago I announced that Superversive Press would be publishing Trumptopia. The planned anthology is set to release on November 8th under a new imprint, title and cover.

When considering what to do with this anthology, it was brought to our attention that the common use of Trumptopia is not positive. According to the Urban dictionary, the term is:

“A form of government characterized by an emphasis on anti-intellectualism, misogyny, and racism. It is also void of truth, tact, morals, consistency, and acceptance. Although this type of government may appeal to a certain number of citizens, they are often void of care, thought, individualism, intelligence, respct, and truth. They are often happy and anxious to show their disdain for those who do not follow their ideals and have great disdain for women, minorities, and Democrats.”

That is NOT AT ALL what we are going for in this anthology. So, we changed the title to something closer to the vision the authors had in mind.

This new title needed a new image to go with it. Obviously, the fanciful unicorn cover was not going to work, so I set to work desiging an image that would better fit the anthology: positive, pro-American, and a bit salty.

Without further ado here is the new cover!


“Elections have consequences.” ~ President Barrack Obama, 2009

On January 23, 2009, President Obama pointed his finger at the American electorate and said that elections have consequences, as if that was news and no one had ever thought so before. This collection of short stories explores the concept of an America made great again, of the infinite possibilities of what this means in terms of society, technology, politics and space travel since the election of Donald Trump.

Some of the stories included:

Moral Rights by Monalisa Foster
Cleaning the Roll by Paul Alan Piatt
MAGA! by Arlan Andrews Sr.
Insurance for Life by Tamar Wilhite
Infected by Sandor Novak
Dolus Magnus: The Great Hoax by Monalisa Foster
The Man in the Bubble by Elaine Arias
The Pope’s Vision by L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright
Pitch Session by Chris Donahue
Winning is What We Do by Jon Del Arroz
Free Falling by Justin Robinson
A Day in the Life by Richard B. Atkinson III
Equality by Monalisa Foster
The Monsters Turned Out to be Just Trees by Scott Rinehart
An Afternoon with Grandpa by Daniel Humphreys
The New Wall by Molly Pitcher
Exile by Marina Fontaine
Auntie’s Magnificent Bricks by Christine Chase
The Many Faces of Trump by Dawn Witzke
A Brief History of Trumptopia by Declan Finn
The Last Hippie by Scott Bell
MAGA by David Harr

Trumptopia Has Come To Superversive Press

You may have heard about an anthology, titled Trumptopia, being put together by a small publisher in Europe. The stories were to be about a utopian future thanks to our current President, Donald Trump. The stories were to be positive stories.

I was fortunate enough to have one of my stories, which involves a class trip to the Trump Memorial Library in the future, accepted. I’m not a big fan of Trump, however I can write a darn good story and the editor is a friend who I wanted to help out.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago, Kathy Griffin’s severed head scandal happens just as the publisher releases the cover for this “positive” anthology. Want to guess what was on the cover? Yup, severed heads in jars.

That caused a bit of an uproar by several of the authors who thought it was a bad idea, myself included. We privately took our objections to the editor who took them to the publisher. I offered to both the authors and the editor to draft a new cover so that the project could move forward. In the mean time, the project was cancelled by the publisher.

In whiplash fashion, Superversive Press picked up the project. But, what to do about the cover?

Here is my draft cover. What do you think? Would you buy a Trump utopian anthology with tales of a fantastical future with this cover? Do you love it? Hate it? Confused by the Russian words? Upset there are no dragons or bikini clad women?

Please put your thoughts in the comments.