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 newyorker.com, 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.




An M.K. Brown Retrospective

Posted on 26th August 2014 in News

Stranger-Than-life-cover_thumb-232x300From San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, this notice of a retrospective exhibit: “Stranger Than Life: The Cartoons and Comics of M.K. Brown” (August 30, 2014 — February 15, 2015).

All the info here.

R. Sikoryak’s Carousel Comic Art Exhibit

Posted on 23rd August 2014 in News



Fans of R. Sikoryaks Carousel will be treated to an exhibit of work from some of the event’s contributors over its seventeen year (and counting) run. Among the artists showing work is Emily Flake.

Here’s a link to all the information.  (opens September 3, 2014)

Ink Spill’s 5th Anniversary; Charlie Hankin & Good Cop Great Cop

Posted on 22nd August 2014 in News


















An Anniversary Note:

 Five years ago this month I began Ink Spill with the idea of making it an online gathering place for all different kinds of information and material concerning The New Yorker‘s cartoons and cartoonists. I’m so pleased the site has found a loyal following, and that it continues to attract more and more visitors. Last year, two million hits were recorded. This year’s hits, as of today, are over three million. My thanks to all of you who come by the site and to all my colleagues at The New Yorker who have been so very generous with their contributions here.

As we amble through our sixth year, visitors can expect to see more additions to the New Yorker Cartoonists Library, more interviews with the magazine’s cartoonists, and more additions to the New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z. Who knows, there might even be a couple of One Club cartoonists still to be found (The One Club is a cadre of cartoonists who contributed just one drawing to The New Yorker during their careers).

Among the big events coming up: this Fall there’ll be a brand new New Yorker Best Cartoons of the Year on the newsstands (Ink Spill will provide a complete Index to the cartoonists represented), and there’s bound to be a lot of excitement when The New Yorker leaves mid-town Manhattan for the first time in its life and heads  downtown to its new offices in the World Trade Center. And of course, there’ll be plenty of hoopla accompanying the  magazine’s 90th birthday in February of 2015.

 As always, Ink Spill will continue its daily updates on what New Yorker cartoonists are doing inside and outside of the magazine.         

                                                                                                                        — Michael Maslin







Charlie Hankin is half of Good Cop Great Cop.  Read an interview with he and Matt Porter here.  Also, here’s a link to their upcoming work, Nancy Pelosi.

Library of Congress National Book Festival includes Feiffer, Donnelly and Staake

Posted on 21st August 2014 in News

poster_enlargeNew Yorker contributors Jules Feiffer, Liza Donnelly and Bob Staake join a large number of authors, August 30th.

Info here.


On the cover of this week’s New Yorker: Danny Shanahan; Ben Schwartz Does The Daily

Posted on 18th August 2014 in News

CV1_TNY_08_25_14Shanahan.inddHere’s a fun piece (with a brief slide show) on The New Yorker‘s website about Danny Shanahan’s latest cover.











Ben Schwartz has taken the Daily Cartoon baton from Farley Katz, who has been doing the Daily since June 23rd. Click here to see the cartoon up close on newyorker.com

Liza Donnelly is a Thurber Prize Finalist

Posted on 13th August 2014 in News

Women On Men COVER FINALWomen on Men (Narrative Library), the most recent book by Liza Donnelly, the long time New Yorker cartoonist, has been selected as one of three finalists for The Thurber Prize.  The other nominees are David Letterman & Bruce McCall for This Land Was Made For You and Me (But Mostly Me) and John Kenney for Truth in Advertising. The winner will be announced at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York, September 30th.


Donnelly, who was, with me,  a Thurber Prize semi-finalist, for our joint effort in 2009, Cartoon Marriage, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982. Below is her Ink Spill “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:


Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. NYer work: 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005).  Edited: Mothers & Daughters ( Ballantine, 1993), Fathers & Sons ( Ballantine, 1994), Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008).  Co-authored with Michael Maslin:  Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995),  Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995),  Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010).  Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.

Link to Donnelly’s website here.

Link to Donnelly’s New Yorker work here.



Happy 70th Smokey

Posted on 9th August 2014 in News


Seems the right moment to bring this drawing out of The New Yorker‘s archives to help celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday. It originally appeared in the magazine July 19, 1999.