James Stevenson's look back at the NYer; Profiles: Francoise Mouly, Liza Donnelly; Bliss opening; Roger Angell remembers Joe Carroll; Fact Check: Bill Erwin
From The New York Observer, January 5, 2011, "You Must Not Tell Anyone at the Office What You Do": The New Yorker in 1945, Hand-Drawn in The Times" — this story on James Stevenson's recent op-ed piece in The New York Times: www.observer.com/2011/media/new-yorker-1945-hand-drawn
From the website Comic Book Resources, January 6, 2011, "Spotlight on Francoise Mouly": www.comicbookresources.com/
From The Kingston Freeman (Kingston, NY) , January 6, 2011, "Milan Cartoonist fetes womanhood in her new book" -- this profile of Liza Donnelly: www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2011/01/06/life/doc4d24c6ea6cfb6458481007.txt
From the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, Vermont), notice of an exhibition of work by Harry Bliss, running January 7, 2011 through March 26, 2011: www.flynncenter.org/performances-events/amy-e-tarrant-gallery/archives/2011-harry-bliss.html
From The New Yorker's website, newyorker.com, January 5, 2011, "The Sporting Scene: Makeup Man" -- this post by Roger Angell on the late Joe Carroll, who began heading The New Yorker's Makeup Department in 1977: www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2011/01/makeup-man.html
Fact Check: A number of obits for Bill Erwin, the wonderful actor who recently passed away at the age of 96, contained the surprising information that Mr. Erwin was a cartoonist as well as an accomplished actor. The obits stated that his cartoons appeared in Playboy and The New Yorker as well as Los Angeles Magazine. As his work was unfamiliar to me, I checked The New Yorker's database and came up empty-handed. I then turned to The New Yorker's head librarian and then to The New Yorker's former Art Editor, Lee Lorenz, who held that position for twenty-four years ( Mr. Lorenz is the author of The Art of The New Yorker: 1925 —1995). The New Yorker's library has no information confirming Mr. Erwin was ever associated with the magazine. Mr. Lorenz informed me, in an email, that Mr. Erwin's work "never appeared in the magazine." According to Kevin Bochynski, a friend of Mr. Erwin's who runs the official Bill Irwin website, Mr. Erwin's cartoons did appear in the LA publication.
Although Mr. Erwin's cartoons never made it into The New Yorker his acting work did lead to a New Yorker connection. According to Mr. Bochynski, Mr. Erwin appeared in one episode of My World and Welcome To It, the one season (1969 —1970) situation comedy based on James Thurber's humor and named after his 1942 collection of writings and drawings, My World —And Welcome To It.