Slightly Underwritten, published in 1951 by Simon & Schuster was one of my most memorable used bookstore finds. Memorable because the original of the Thurber drawing on the cover happens to be the one and only Thurber original in the Spill‘s collection. When I pulled this book off the store shelf and saw the drawing on the cover, time stood still for just a moment. The drawing is the only Thurber in this slim collection; it’s joined by other four other New Yorker cartoons, with the rest from a wide variety of publications. New Yorker artists include Gardner Rea, Gluyas Williams, Syd Hoff, Robert Day, Richard Decker, and Chon Day.
From the inside flap:
“Here we have a collection of cartoons to gladden the hearts of both the men who sell insurance and the people who try vainly to resist them.”
And from the The Foreword :
“Almost all good things come to an end…Food will spoil. But insurance goes on forever.”
Panel of Interest: “I Was Only Kidding!”
Two New Yorker contributors, Ben Katchor and Liana Finck are part of the panel. All the info is right there on the above screen grab, but here’s another version.
Krimstein in Shrewsbury
Ken Krimstein, shown above right holding a copy of his upcoming graphic novel, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, is across the pond at the big Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Here’s a short piece with some Krimstein content.
But of course another Trumpian week for the Daily cartoonists: Ellis Rosen (Comey/Trump); Lars Kenseth (Trump); Ben Schwartz (Lion King?); Brendan Loper (Fox News), Peter Kuper (Trump & Co.)
And these were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists on Daily Shouts: Liana Finck, Olivia de Recat, and Teresa Burns Parkhurst (with John Ficarra)
A chance to see work by a wide range of artists including the great Anatol Kovarsky (on display: three of his original New Yorker covers and studies for those covers). More info here!
Kickstarter of Interest: Maine Cartoonists
Here’s a short Kickstarter video for Lobster Therapy & Moose Pickup Lines by Maine cartoonists Bill Woodman, John Klossner, and David Jacobson (and one very-close-to-the Maine-border-cartoonist, Mike Lynch).
Cartoon Companion Rates the New New Yorker Cartoons
“Max” & “Simon” focus on all the cartoons in the latest issue of The New Yorker — the issue with the Hockney on the cover. Read it all here.
Video of Interest: New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor Talks To Caption Contest Whiz Kid
Part one of New Yorker cartoon editor, Emma Allen’s vid-chat with Alice Kassnove, the 9 year old Caption Contest Whiz Kid whose contest captions went viral not long ago. See it here.
A New Yorker State of Mind’s Latest Post
One of the Spill‘s favorite blogs, A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker dives deep into the issue of March 30, 1929. See it here!
T-Shirt of Interest: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
From bustle.com, “thred-UPS Earth Day T-Shirt Collection Hilariously Drags All of Us For Being Awful to The Planet”. — with Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell content.
Four Questions: Bruce Eric Kaplan
From Publishers Weekly, April 17, 2018, “Four Questions For Bruce Eric Kaplan”
Mr. Kaplan’s website