Ann McCarthy, New Yorker Cartoonist and Cover Artist, Has Died


Ann McCarthy, who contributed twenty-two cartoons and six covers to The New Yorker between May 1988 through December 1992, has died, according to her daughter.

Liza Donnelly, In her book, Funny Ladies, a history of the New Yorker‘s female cartoonists,  had this, in part, to say about Ms. McCarthy:

Ann McCarthy grew up in New York City. She says she drew as soon as she could sit at a table., and in school she got excused from naptime to go draw. McCarthy says she didn’t aspire to draw cartoons similar to what she saw in The New Yorker, but she knew she wanted to be as funny. 

She began her career as an illustrator, and at the suggestion of her book editor, she called The New Yorker to set up an appointment [with the magazine’s Art Editor, Lee Lorenz]. He was familiar with her work and told her to ‘bring everything down.’ She sold her first cover on that visit and began selling her drawings.

Ms. Donnelly quotes Lee Lorenz as saying of McCarthy’s work: “The ridiculousness of her work is that someone would spend so much time drawing a joke.”

According to the March 26th notice in The New York Times, Ms. McCarthy taught at Parsons School of Design, and attended The Art Students League of New York; her work outside the New Yorker “ranged from record jacket designs for United Artists and Polydor, to illustrations for publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Institutional Investor. She did book covers for the late author Frederic Morton…as well as for Alicia Miller’s first novel, Home Bodies.”



 Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry for Ms. McCarthy:

Ann McCarthy Weisman,  (photo courtesy of Katie Weisman) Born, New York,  January 9, 1939.  Died, March 15, 2017.  New Yorker work: May 30, 1988 – December 1992.  Ms. McCarthy contributed six covers and 22 drawings to the magazine. Her Ink Spill appreciation here






  1. Ann was my professor at Parsons, and a greater soul never did I meet as a student. I was sad to hear she had passed. At one time I used to travel the world, and always sent her postcards, wherever I went. The last time I tried to reach her, her daughter told me that Ann saved the postcards. I will never forget her.

    1. hi abram,
      i love reading your thoughts. she really was a great soul. as a child, you don’t often hear how your parents are appreciated in their work environments. she so enjoyed teaching. she was passionate about teaching technique that, once mastered, would enable her students to thrive.
      warm regards, Katie, Ann’s daughter.

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