New Art from Anatol Kovarsky

Posted on 15th September 2014 in News


Last summer we checked in with the great New Yorker artist,  Anatol Kovarsky for an update on his life and work.  If we ever needed proof that the saying “once a cartoonist, always a cartoonist” is true, Kovarsky is that proof.  At 95, he’s unable to let something slip by without graphic comment.

Ink Spill received the above piece from him yesterday. When he saw “Cindy Sherman’s 29 Blond Wigs” in The New York Times T Magazine on August 24th, “It seemed,” his daughter wrote me in an email, “to be asking for Kovarsky to doodle on it.”


Note: A version of my  Kovarsky Ink Spill piece was published on The New Yorker’s website.  Link to it here.

New Yorker Festival: Two Cartoonists & A Panel on Steinberg

Posted on 14th September 2014 in News


The New Yorker Festival program has been up on their website for a few days.  Besides the panel on Saul Steinberg (“One Hundred Years of Saul Steinberg”) mentioned here the other day, there’ll be a conversation between Bob Mankoff and Roz Chast, both of whom have published memoirs this year: Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Mankoff’s How About Never? Is Never Good For You?











Here’s a link to the info on the Steinberg panel.

And here’s a link to the Mankoff/Chast talk.

Link to Bob Mankoff’s website.

Link to Roz Chast’s website.




Steinberg’s 100th to be Celebrated at The New Yorker Festival

Posted on 8th September 2014 in News

St.The 100th anniversary of Saul Steinberg’s birth (he was born June 15, 1914, and died May 12, 1999)  will be celebrated at the upcoming New Yorker Festival as well as other venues in and around New York (and later in the year, across the seas). Here’s the online notice on by Ian Frazier.



And here’s a link to the Steinberg Foundation site where you’ll find a complete calendar of centennial events.



Also: Don’t forget to check out Deirdre Bair’s  Saul Steinberg: A Biography. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012)51i-vGpuQ0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Also of interest: The Saul Steinberg Foundation’s 93(!) page Corrections to the Biography.

Mick Stevens illustrates The Lobster Theory; Chast & Mankoff Meet in Brooklyn; Andy Friedman Interviewed

Posted on 6th September 2014 in News

MickThe New Yorker cartoonist, Mick Stevens, has illustrated a musical instruction book, The Lobster Theory.  Go to Mick’s site here to learn more about it (and more about Mick’s other work).








il_570xN.465308843_2vqwBob Mankoff, the New Yorker‘s current cartoon editor, and the cartoonist, Roz Chast will be speaking at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Time Out New York has all the info here.












imagesAndy Friedman, a man of many hats, is interviewed by Story Matters. Fans of Mr. Friedman may also want to look at the New Yorker work by Larry Hat.

Video: Lee Lorenz in Conversation with Michael Maslin

Posted on 5th September 2014 in News



Back in June of this year, I had the good fortune to interview Lee Lorenz, the former New Yorker Art Editor (and later Cartoon Editor).  The event was held at The Westport Historical Society as part of the festivities surrounding their exhibit, Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport.  My thanks to all the good folks at the Society for hosting the event and to Gemmarose Tummolo of Spot on Pictures for filming it.

Link to the video here.

Link to The Westport Historical Society.

Link to see some of Lee Lorenz’s work on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

Here’s the Lee Lorenz entry on Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

Lee Lorenz ( Pictured above. Photograph taken 1995 by Liza Donnelly) *Born 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). NYer work: 1958 – .


A Joseph Farris Collection of Golf Cartoons

Posted on 4th September 2014 in News

Farris:golfComing next Spring from Skyhorse Publishing, It’s a Stupid Game; It’ll Never Amount to Anything: The Golf Cartoons of Joseph Farris.  Mr. Farris has been contributing his work to The New Yorker since 1956.

Farris is the author of A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of World War II (National Geographic, 2011), and several cartoon collections, including: Just a Cog in the Wheel (Adams Media Corp, 1989), and UFO–Ho Ho: Cartoons for Flying Saucer Lovers (Popular Library, 1968).

(the above cartoon was published in The New Yorker, May 29,1989)

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s Memoir

Posted on 31st August 2014 in News

Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 4.50.41 PMWell here’s something to look forward to next Spring: a memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan, familiar to New Yorker cartoon enthusiasts as BEK.  The book, I Was A Child: A Memoir is due April 14, 2015 from Blue Rider Press.

Here’s a blurb about it from Lena Dunham (Mr. Kaplan is a producer of Ms. Dunham’s HBO television show, Girls):

“In his poetically illustrated memoir, Bruce Eric Kaplan manages to capture all that is beautiful, hilarious and painful about growing up human. He will make you laugh with recognition, cry with nostalgia and longing, and somehow wish you were growing up bored in New Jersey.”

Karasik’s Graphic Interview with Feiffer

Posted on 30th August 2014 in News

JulesFrom Paul Karasik‘s blog, Rules to Vivere By, August 28, 2014, “Graphic Interview with Jules Feiffer”  (the piece appears in print, in The Vineyard Gazette, Aug. 29, 2014)).

Sipress Sees The Birds; Feiffer, Katchor, Burns, Tomorrow, Mankoff & more at Small Press Expo; Books on the Horizon

Posted on 28th August 2014 in News



From, August 27, 2014:

“A Fear of The Birds — a piece by the cartoonist, David Sipress.







From Michael Cavna’s  Washington Post “Comic Riffs” column, August 27, 2014, “SPX 2014: From alt-weeklies to web-comics, Small Press Expo announces its programming slate”

Among those scheduled to appear are Ben Katchor, Tom Tomorrow, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, and Bob Mankoff.










Far off in the distance,  a few books of interest have been listed on some popular bookseller websites:

From Thomas Kunkel, who authored  one of the very best New Yorker biographies, Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker (Random House, 1995), comes Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker.  Due  April 21, 2015, from Random House.   No cover image & scant few details  as of now.


And in February of 2015, Writing For The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical by Fiona Green (Edinburgh University Press). 9780748682492_p0_v1_s260x420Here’s what the publisher has to say:

Original critical essays on an iconic American periodical, providing new insights into twentieth-century literary culture

This collection of newly commissioned critical essays reads across and between New Yorker departments, from sports writing to short stories, cartoons to reporters at large, poetry to annals of business. Attending to the relations between these kinds of writing and the magazine’s visual and material constituents, the collection examines the distinctive ways in which imaginative writing has inhabited the ‘prime real estate’ of this enormously influential periodical. In bringing together a range of sharply angled analyses of particular authors, styles, columns, and pages, this book offers multiple perspectives on American writing and periodical culture at specific moments in twentieth-century history.




Wheeler’s Opera; A Cartoon Collection; Donnelly’s Emmy Sketches

Posted on 27th August 2014 in News

coffeeFrom the Maryhill Museum, “Madcap Too Much Coffee Man Opera Comes to Hood River” this news of the latest production of  Shannon Wheeler‘s creation.











From Comics & Cola, August 27, 2014,

“Comics Shelfie: John Martz” — photos of John Martz’s cartoon collection.  A fun array.











From The Vine, August 26, 2014, “New Yorker Cartoonist Draws Live Sketches for the Emmys” – this piece on the 2014  Thurber Prize nominee

Liza Donnelly’s portfolio of sketches from Emmy night.