Many (most?) New Yorker cartoonists trace their drawing roots to a love of comic books and comic strips. With that in mind, here, by way of the Forbidden Planet blog, is EJ McLeavy-Fisher’s mini-documentary profiling Joe Leisner, the owner of a now gone shop in Queens, Comic Book Heaven.
From The New York Times, September 28, 2014, “New Yorker’s Magazine Covers Shift From Polite to Provocative” — the Grey Lady notices the magazine’s bent for topical covers.
From minonline, September 29, 2014, “New York Yankees Honor Derek Jeter with the Original Drawing of The New Yorker Cover” — this piece on the September 8th cover by Mark Ulriksen titled “Derek Jeter Bows Out” — the piece also mentions Roger Angell’s recent writing on Jeter’s farewell as well as John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” – his classic piece on Ted Williams.
(my thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for bringing this piece to my attention).
Our friend over at Attempted Bloggery has a fun post about William Steig’s crying chickens (recently auctioned for a song…or a cluck?)
Christopher Miller’s American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny (Harper, 2014) mentioned on this site back in the summer of 2013, is out today. There is no way anyone interested in humor won’t find this book essential reading. Some of the contents: Bananas and Banana Peels, Sausage and Hot Dogs, Cops and Nightsticks, Moochers, Hypnotism, and Back Seat Drivers. All these topics and many many more are explored in detail, and are accompanied by a wheelbarrow full of illustrations (the book also includes a number of New Yorker cartoons).
I can’t remember a time when New Yorker artists have been so honored and acknowledged. Three memoirs by the magazine’s contributors hit the New York Times Best Seller list: Mimi Pond’s Over Easy, Bob Mankoff’s How About Never? Is Never Good for You? and Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant. Liza Donnelly’s Women on Men was selected as a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor. Alison Bechdel was recently awarded a MacArthur grant, and just yesterday it was announced that Ms. Chast’s memoir is on the long list for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Congratulations to each and every one!
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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.
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?
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 newyorker.com by Ian Frazier.
And here’s a link to the Steinberg Foundation site where you’ll find a complete calendar of centennial events.
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