From The Telegraph, January 6, 2012, “Charles Addams: Master of black humour”
From uk.reuters, January 3, 2012, “St. Trinian’s creator Searle dies aged 91”
Searle’s work appeared close to 100 times since he first began contributing to The New Yorker in 1966. His covers, which usually included a burst or bursts of color, often had a cat as the subject, but there were also variations on aged flower children/artists, and the occasional butterfly or dog. I always thought that if you could toss Ralph Steadman’s style into a blender along with Al Hirschfeld’s and Arnold Roth’s you just might end up with a distant relation to Searle’s.
While thumbing through Conversations with John Updike (Edited by James Plath, University Press of Mississippi, 1994) I came upon an interview conducted by Christopher Lydon on “the Ten O’Clock News,” WGBH -TV Boston December 21, 1989. Updike’s speaking of his trio of illustrations that accompanied his September 5, 1985 New Yorker piece “At War With My Skin” and then says:
“But I’ve never had the wit to submit any successful cartoon ideas. In fact, that’s why I became a writer — you don’t need as many ideas as if you’re a cartoonist.”
This post from newyorker.com: From the Desk of Bob Mankoff, December 28, 2011, “Michael Maslin’s Perfect Cartoon”
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From the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate, December 29, 2011, this profile of Tom Toro: “Cartoonist still reaching for the top”
From Strand Books this notice of a group appearance of cartoonists whose work appears in the Best of The Rejection Collection. Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, Barbara Smaller and Marisa Acocella Marchetto, among many others, are slated to appear. (Event at Strand Books, 12th St. & Broadway, NYC, January 12, 2012, 7pm- 8pm.)