Ward Sutton’s Goodnight Spoon; Interview: Liana Finck

Posted on 29th October 2014 in News

Goodnight Spoon












From Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield & Ward Sutton’s  “Keith Richards’ Goodnight Spoon”

Link here to Mr. Sutton’s website.





A Bintel Brief


From Words Without Borders, October 29 2014, “Interview with Liana Finck”

[left: Ms. Finck's recent book]

Link here to see Liana Finck’s New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.

Link here to visit her website.


Liam Walsh’s Children’s Book News

Posted on 28th October 2014 in News


A very good week for New Yorker cartoonists who have been working on book projects.  Earlier this week it was reported that Bob Eckstein sold a book based on his  bookstore series in The New Yorker, and today from the Publishers Weekly Rights Report news that Liam Walsh has sold a picture book, Fish. It’s expected in bookstores Fall 2016. [left: an unpublished drawing from Mr. Walsh's website]

Link here to Mr. Walsh’s website.

Review: Steinberg Exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on 28th October 2014 in News

SteinbergFrom Forward.com, “Better Call Saul Steinberg” — this look at the exhibit of the master’s work in Chicago. [to the left: a fragment of Steinberg's "Untitled (Las Vegas) (1989)"]

Video: A New Webseries by Charlie Hankin & Matt Porter

Posted on 27th October 2014 in News

New Timers






New Timers, a webseries for Comedy Central is out today. The New Yorker cartoonist, Charlie Hankin and his side-kick, Matt Porter co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star. Mr.Hankin animated the title sequence. All three episodes are now live.

Link here to New Timers.

Rea Irvin, Beyond The New Yorker

Posted on 27th October 2014 in News

SnootHot WaterNeuroses















Rea Irvin, who gave us the impossibly perfect Eustace Tilley (the top-hatted dandy on the first issue of The New Yorker, February 21, 1925) was no budding flower when Harold Ross hired him to guide the  magazine’s art. Irvin was an established artist, with his cartoons and covers widely published (especially for the old Life magazine, where he also served as Art Editor). Once aboard The New Yorker, he continued working elsewhere, with a string of book illustrations to his credit.  Just for fun, I’ve shown a few.  (my thanks to the wonderful illustrator,Tom Bloom for the scan of Snoot…)


Snoot If You Must, Lucius Beebe; D. Appleton-Century Company, New York. 1943.

Hot Water, P.G. Wodehouse; P. F. Collier & Son Corporation, New York. 1932.

Bed of Neuroses, Wolcott Gibbs; The Bobbs-Merrill Company; Charter Books Edition edition. 1963

The Unsuccessful Elf, Paul Wing;  Rinehart & Company, New York. 1947.




And a few others illustrated by Mr. Irvin (no scans available at the moment):

The Nan Patterson Case, Newman Levy; Simon and Schuster, New York. 1959

Music With a Feather Duster, Elizabeth Mitchell; Little Brown & Company, Boston. 1941

The Ritz-Carletons, Fillmore Hyde; Macy- Masius, New York. 1927.

Alice in the Delighted States, Edward Hope; Lincoln MacVeagh /Dial Press, New York.  1928


Mr. Irvin’s Ink Spill “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:

Rea Irvin  (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925.  He was the magazine’s  first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.


Sam Gross Speaks…in Paris

Posted on 25th October 2014 in News




























This news via a number of Facebook posts.

Link to Sam Gross’s New Yorker work here.

And here’s the link to his Wikipedia bio.

Eckstein’s Bookstores of NY to be a Book; Roz Chast among Kirkus Award Winners

Posted on 24th October 2014 in News



Bob Eckstein, New Yorker cartoonist and author of the wonderful History of the Snowman, has signed a deal for a book based on his recent New Yorker two parter on book stores in New York. Here’s more info from Galley Cat






From startribune.com, October 23, 2014, “Cartoonist Roz Chast Wins $50,000 as winner of Kirkus Prize, a new literary award”

New Online Video series features New Yorker Cartoon Editor; Feiffer & Chast Sign & Speak at The Strand

Posted on 22nd October 2014 in News

loungeToday’s weekly blog from The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor features  what promises to be a recurring feature, The Cartoon Lounge, a video shot in Bob Mankoff’s office at the magazine’s Times Square address (for those interested in New Yorker minutia, the actual cartoonists lounge, where cartoonists gather weekly before sitting down with the editor, is just a few feet away from the office seen in the video).


















From conventionscene.com, October 21, 2014, ” NYC — Legendary Cartoonists Sign”

– what’s sure to be an interesting event. Scheduled for November 12th @7:30.

Updike’s Cartoons

Posted on 21st October 2014 in News




























From the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, October 6, 2014, “Literary Lampoons: The Cartoonist Ambitions of a Great American Writer”

– this piece on John Updike’s early cartoons.

(link via The John Updike Society)

Eckstein’s Bookstores Pt.2

Posted on 20th October 2014 in News

EcksteinbooksFrom newyorker.com, October 20, 2014, “The Endangered Bookstores of New York”  — part two of Bob Eckstein’s terrific look at area bookstores.

Link to Mr. Eckstein’s website here

Link here to his New Yorker work.