There’s an alternate universe of New Yorker cartoon collections out there: custom hard cover books produced by the magazine’s Cartoon Bank. These books resemble in size and format the popular series that began in 1990 with The New Yorker Book of Cat Cartoons. The Cartoon Bank’s Production Manager, Trevor Hoey (who is also a New Yorker cartoonist) tells Ink Spill that there are about two hundred different custom titles out in the world, with production runs of anywhere from fifty copies to ten thousand copies per title.
I really like these custom books, with their dust-jacketed hard covers and their helpful “Index of Artists” at the back (a carry-over from the mainstream New Yorker cartoon collections). And even though I’ve never been a fan of themed collections, these are kind’ve fun in a cartoony universe sort of way as they feature insurance agencies, brokerage firms, law offices, television stations, etc., etc.. It may sound as if I’m shilling for the Cartoon Bank, but these titles are usually difficult to find. A recent search on Amazon turned up just a handful. As we wait for the next big New Yorker Album—perhaps the 90th Anniversary Album in 2015, or the 100th Anniversary Album in 2025, these custom collections will do nicely, if you can find them.
I‘ve a habit of examining photos for the little things in the background. While browsing through the recent issue of Rolling Stone (with the John Lennon cover story) I paused to take a closer look at an Annie Leibovitz photo – one I’d seen before, but in a ever-so-slightly edited form. The photograph was taken at The Dakota, December 8, 1980, the afternoon of the day John died. John sits on a white stuffed chair in the “Morning Room” of his and Yoko Ono’s apartment. John’s arms are stretched out over the back of the chair; an end table to the left holds a pile of newspapers. A glass bowl (an ashtray?) sits atop the pile, and peeking out from under the bowl is a copy of the December 1st, 1980 issue of The New Yorker. There’s not a lot of James Stevenson’s cover visible, just the final “R” of “YORKER” and a fallen leaf on the ground.
“Tell Your Friends” is a weekly comedy show on Manhattan’s Lower East Side ( Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St., corner of Allen St.) On January 25, 2011 Emily Flake along with Michael Kupperman (and others) will be on stage. Andy Friedman aka Larry Hat, cartoonist and illustrator, will wear his muscian’s hat. All the info here.
Check out Victoria Roberts’ brand new website here.
From the Fisticuffs website, photos and more about last night’s on stage face-off between Matthew Diffee, Eric Lewis, Drew Dernavich and Hilary Price.
From the blog The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent., January 18, 2011, this review of Bruce Eric Kaplan’s collection, I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry (Simon & Schuster, 2010).