Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons, Sports A New Look, and Offers New Features

 

 

As mentioned here the other day, Cartoon Companion has a new design with new features, including the first of what promises to be many interviews with New Yorker cartoonists, as well as a brand new Gallery showcasing work by the magazine’s artists (Frank Cotham and Amy Hwang thus far). And of course there are rated cartoons of all the cartoons in the current issue (1 – 6, 6 being the top). In this issue the CC boys, Max and Simon (not their real names) examine, among others, an exceptionally cheesy pizza cartoon and an unusual herd of livestock.  Check it out here!

Danny Shanahan Pencilled; Cartoon Companion’s Harry Bliss Interview

Danny Shanahan Pencilled

Jane Mattimoe’s  latest Case For Pencils spotlights one of the greatest contemporary New Yorker cartoonists, Danny Shanahan.   See it here!

Below: Mr. Shanahan’s work area.

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Cartoon Companion’s Harry Bliss Interview

The latest Cartoon Companion turned up early this week with a new look and a very fun read: an interview with Harry Bliss (it’s a two-parter…this is part one).  The CC will post again later this week with their customary rated reviews of the New Yorker‘s current issue cartoons.  Go here to read the interview.

Two Notes:

*It’s interesting that the subjects of the above two posts mention the two schools of thought regarding gagwriting and gagwriters.  Mr. Bliss uses them, Mr, Shanahan vows he never will.

*When you visit the new CC  you’ll see that they have very generously linked to the Spill.  My thanks to them. 

 

An Arnie Levin Interview; Never Judge A Cartoon Collection By Its Cover

An Arnie Levin Interview

In this latest installment of Gil Roth’s remarkable string of interviews with cartoonists and illustrators, he speaks with the great Arnie Levin, whose drawings and covers are in league with some of the best the New Yorker has published.   Below: a classic Levin drawing from the issue of October 5, 1998.

 

Hear the interview here.

Photo: Gil Roth and Arnie Levin

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Never Judge A Cartoon Collection By Its Cover

This book is probably the most tattered in the Spill‘s cartoon library, but it is also one of the most treasured. While browsing the humor sections of used bookstores I’ve a habit of looking at every cartoon collection on the shelf (or shelves), no matter the condition, and no matter whether or not I already have a copy at home — you never know what might be inside.  In this case, the surprise was an original signed drawing by James Stevenson.  The collection, Sorry, Lady — This Beach Is Private! was published by Macmillan in 1963. 

 

Lou Myers’ Times Square; The Addams Family House…in Plastic

From Attempted Bloggery, June 11, 2017, “Lou Myers in Times Square” — this piece on a Lou Myers tour de force promotional mailer from 1973.

Mr. Myers, who died in November of 2005, contributed stories, cartoons and one cover to the New Yorker from 1974 through 1989. 

In Mr. Myers’ NYTs obit, Steven Heller wrote: “Mr. Myers developed a deceptively childlike, raw, black brushstroke that gave the illusion of lightheartedness.  But his cartoons were more like comic bombs that exploded political and social taboos.”

 

Here’s his  terrific New Yorker cover and a Myers cartoon collection from 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy of David Pomerantz, this fun ad:

 

 

Jon “Corka” Cornin Added to Ink Spill’s A-Z

Thanks to Mike Lynch, I’ve just become aware of the New Yorker cartoonist, Jon Cronin, who, with his wife Zena Kavin, as creative partner, contributed a handful of drawings to the magazine in the 1950s.  Somehow his name never came up in all of my explorations through the New Yorker‘s database.   To the left is his self portrait as included in the The Best Cartoons: 1945. And below is his first New Yorker cartoon as well as his brand new entry in the Spill’s A-Z.

 

 

Mr. Cornin’s A-Z entry:

Jon Cornin  aka Corka  Born NYC, March 24, 1905.  Died March 12, 1992, Oakland California. According to the self-penned(?) bio in 1945’s Best Cartoons , Cornin and his wife Zena Kavin worked as a team.  New Yorker work: seven drawings, October 27, 1951 through March 24, 1956. 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the complete 1945 Best Cartoons biographical info:

Books of Interest Round-Up: Twohy, Toro, Cuneo, Wheeler, Blitt, Karasik, and Chast

It’s mid-year, which is as good a time as any to round-up the New Yorker cartoonist-related books that’ve come out recently and those that will be coming out.

Mouse and Hippo by Mike Twohy. From the publisher:

“Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo—and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way—in this delightful story…”

 

Tiny Hands by Tom Toro. From the publisher: “These cartoons were originally showcased on The New Yorker’s website when Toro was the featured as the Daily Cartoonist.”  Published May 2017. Publisher’s website.

Not Waving But Drawing by John Cuneo. From the publisher: “…Cuneo’s best privately drawn sketchbook pages, each page immediately introduces us to unique takes on sex and domestic life in his signature squiggly style. Not Waving But Drawing is full of dark thoughts, lightly rendered.”  Published February 2017 Publisher’s website.

 

Sh*t My President Says by Shannon Wheeler.  From the publisher: “…illustrations of the often outrageous and inflammatory words from the current leader of the free world, all while using a pretty adorable version of Donald Trump.” Coming in August 2017.  Publisher’s website.

 

Blitt by Barry Blitt.  From the publisher: “…This…full-color collection showcases over a quarter century of Blitt’s most iconic work: his New Yorker covers, from the infamous Obama fist bump and George W. Bush’s drowning cabinet to the many misadventures of Donald Trump; his long-running collaboration with Frank Rich for New York Times.”  Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

 

How To Read Nancy by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden.  From the publisher: “Everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip by Ernie Bushmiller from August 8, 1959. Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s groundbreaking work How to Read Nancy ingeniously isolates the separate building blocks of the language of comics through the deconstruction of a single strip.” Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

Going Into Town by Roz Chast. From the publisher: “…part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast’s laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.” Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

 

Finck’s Roomies

As more and more New Yorker cartoonists are featured in  various newyorker.com departments, I’ll single out one every so often, like Liana Finck’s charming  “A Menagerie of Roommates” from yesterday’s Culture Desk.

Here’s Ms. Finck’s A-Z entry:

Liana Finck ( Pictured above. Photo: John Madere) Born in 1986. Studied at Cooper Union College, 2004 – 2008. Fulbright Fellowship to Brussels, 2009. Her graphic novel A Bintel Brief was published by Ecco Press in the winter of 2013.  New Yorker work: February 25, 2013 -. Website: www.lianafinck.com/notecards/