From time-to-time I momentarily take Ink Spill outside The New Yorker cartoon orbit — in this case a brief auto-biographical moment.
As a kid I was deep into Batman and Superman comic books as well as the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strips. While they’ve never been all that obvious an influence on my own drawings in The New Yorker, they’re mixed in the foundation (along with a whole bunch of other comic book & comic strip characters).
This particular volume of Dick Tracy strips hits particularly close to home as it covers the years when I was first introduced to Chester Gould’s world, wrapped around the Sunday editions of New York’s Daily News.
The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 19: 1959 – 1961, IDW Publishing, will be in book stores October 15th.
Ken Krimstein is next up on the blog A Case For Pencils. An excellent post! Read it here.
Just out from Chronicle Books, Jason Polan‘s Every Person in New York.
Further reading: Here’s a profile of Mr. Polan in Vice from September of last year
(my thanks to Bob Eckstein for bringing this to my attention)
From WWD, August 20, 2015, “Marisa Acocella Marchetto Returns with ‘Ann Tenna: A novel'”
From The Recorder, August 19, 2015, “Roz Chast: a born cartoonist”
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform has just published Coloring Magic by Evan Forsch.
Link here to Mr. Forsch’s website
Joe Dator is the most recent New Yorker cartoonist to tell all about his tools of the trade on A Case For Pencils. Read it here.
King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate, due in November from IDW Publishing (they’re the folks who brought us the fabulous Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow and The Little King), this looks to be a must have for every cartoon library. Do Peter Arno’s Whoops Sisters, syndicated briefly by King in the 1930s, make an appearance? We’ll just have to wait and see.
This week on the blog A Case For Pencils, a new New Yorker contributor, Mitra Famand talks about her tools of the trade. Link here to see the post.
Link here to Ms. Farmand’s website.
Tom Toro (left) has handed off The New Yorker‘s Daily Cartoon to Kaamran Hafeez. I asked Tom, who has now done the Daily twice, how it was for him the second time around. Here’s what he said:
The evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with Daily ‘Toons. And coffee. That too. It was a hectic midsummer, luckily for my second go-round at the helm of the Daily, six weeks stuffed full with excellent topics to satirize: the Supreme Court handing down landmark decisions every fifteen seconds, Republican candidates replicating like a beheaded hydra, the Pluto flyby, Comic Con, and on a personal level the arrival of my firstborn son. I survived the insanity by using every trick in the cartoonist’s handbag (and some stolen from the doula’s), while taking advantage of the freer format offered by web publishing to manage the job on the road. It was a whirlwind. Now I’m home again. My tenure has ended. Nap time.
Link here to visit Mr. Toro’s new website
From Letters of Note, “Sure, Go Ahead”– this letter from James Thurber to his lawyer.
Link here to the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.
The blog, A Case For Pencils, features David Borchart, one of the very best new wave New Yorker cartoonists.
Link here to see the post.
Link to Mr. Borchart’s New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank website.
From The Huffington Post, July 30, 2015, this short interview: “New Yorker Cartoonist Matthew Diffee on His Book: Hand-Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People”
Very Semi-Serious, a documentary film exploring the workings of a handful of New Yorker cartoonists has been picked up by HBO. Here’s Indiewire‘s story about it. [left: Mort Gerberg, one of the cartoonists profiled in the film]