R.C. Harvey on E. Simms Campbell

Posted on 25th February 2015 in News


From Print, February 24, 2015, “Insider Histories: Pioneering Black Cartoonist E. Simms Campbell”

Above: a Campbell drawing from the September 14, 1935 New Yorker.  From 1932 through 1942 Mr. Campbell contributed roughly two dozen cartoons and one cover to the magazine.

Looking Through the First Issue of The New Yorker… & More

Posted on 25th February 2015 in News

TilleyOur good friend over at Attempted Bloggery has two posts tied-in to The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary.  Go look!

New Yorker Cartoons: 1965-1975 slideshow

Posted on 23rd February 2015 in News





















As part of the New Yorker’s 90th anniversary celebration, its website has been posting decade-by-decade slide shows of cartoons.  They’re now up to 1965 through 1975.  The above, by Mischa Richter, appeared in the magazine May 23, 1970.

It Was 47 Years Ago Today…

Posted on 22nd February 2015 in News

Feb 22

Above: The New York Times front page notice of Peter Arno’s  passing. To the right: his last New Yorker drawing, captioned “Oh grow up!” was finished a few months before he died.

Donnelly Live-Draws the Oscars

Posted on 22nd February 2015 in News


From Adweek’s Fishbowl NY, February 22, 2015, “New Yorker Cartoonist Set to ‘Live-Draw’ the Oscars”

Left: Donnelly with iPad,  reviewing last year’s live-tweet Oscar drawings and watching early red carpet coverage.

Cast of Characters Cover: Thurber, St. Clair McKelway, Gibbs, Maloney & Parker; More from A Case For Pencils

Posted on 21st February 2015 in News

Cast of CharactersIt being The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary, how fitting that the cover has been revealed for Thomas Vinciguerra’s Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber, and The Golden Age of The New Yorker.

Quite a crew gathered for a book party at the Algonquin Hotel in 1938: seated, left to right, Fritz Foord (who ran Foord’s Sanitarium in Kerhonkson, NY*), Wolcott Gibbs, Frank Case (owner of The Algonquin Hotel) and Dorothy Parker; standing, Alan Campbell (Ms. Parker’s husband), St. Clair McKelway, Russell Maloney and James Thurber.

*according to a Thurber biographer, Harrison Kinney, Thurber heard that “O.Henry had used Foord’s as a drying-out place, and later psychically exhausted colleagues would periodically turn themselves in there, too.”

(W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Mr. Vinciguerra’s book in November of this year).




Note: A Case For Pencils asked me to participate in a survey of tools of the trade.  You can see it here.


The New Yorker Celebrates its 90th

Posted on 19th February 2015 in News

Eustace Tilley's Fanned Out.

Over on The New Yorker’s website there is much to dig into: cartoon slide shows from various decades, selected classic pieces, covers.   Go here to see what’s going on.


Note: Alas, Rea Irvin’s classic cover of the magazine’s mascot does not appear this week. Nine contemporary takes on Tilley appear instead. I took the above photo to accompany my essay “Tilley Over Time” on the magazine’s website, August of 2008.

First Art Young Exhibit in 76 Years

Posted on 18th February 2015 in News

Masses_Cartoonist_Art_YoungThe life and work of Art Young, who contributed his work to The New Yorker from 1925 through 1933, will be celebrated big time in Bethel Connecticut.  Marc Moorash, curator of the Art Young Gallery tells Ink Spill that in “March and April we’re giving Art his first solo show since his exhibition at the ACA Gallery in 1939. We’ll have 40 original illustrations and 120 pieces of ephemera – letters, books, magazines, etc.”

All the information here.

Mr. Moorash also notes that “we’ve just published his long lost manuscript – Types of the Old Home Town – a collection of Americana images and writings, some of which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, some never published. The manuscript was rescued from the back of a bookseller’s warehouse.”

Link here for information on Types of the Old Home Town




A New Weekly Coming

Posted on 17th February 2015 in News

A New Weekly

Today’s the day, ninety years ago to be exact, when the new weekly mentioned above turned up on newsstands across Manhattan.  The cover, by Rea Irvin, was surprising.  It featured a drawing of an as yet unnamed gentleman from an earlier time.  How odd, how very strange. Who is that fellow, and why did The New Yorker’s founder and first editor, Harold Ross, decide to place the top hatted dandy on the inaugural issue. I can’t help but think that Ross made a very human decision:  art won out over commerce.

I like to think that The New Yorker has survived 90 years, through tough times (in its infancy) through great times, and golden times, through times of editorial upheaval, and these current times of hourly change,  because it has held to its promise from the start, that “it will be human.”


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Alternative Weekly Comics: The Exhibit @ The Society of Illustrators

Posted on 15th February 2015 in News

alt2Coming soon to the Society of Illustrators: Alternative Weekly Comics: The Exhibit, curated by Warren Bernard (Comics Historian and Executive Director of the Small Press Expo) and Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics).  All the info here.