Bob Eckstein’s Super Bowl Coverage

Posted on 7th February 2016 in News




Bob Eckstein will be graphically covering his 5th Super Bowl via The New York Times.

You can see his NYTs posts here.

Bob Eckstein’s website.

Link to Mr. Eckstein’s New Yorker work here.

An Excellent Interview with Roz Chast; Felipe Galindo Pencilled; A New Cartoon From Peter Steiner

Posted on 3rd February 2016 in News

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From Design Matters,  Debbie Millman’s  interview with Roz Chast.

Link to Ms. Chast’s website here.






Courtesy of Eugenio Castro

[photo:  Eugenio Castro]

The latest subject on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils blog: Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo).  See it here!

Link here to Mr. Galindo’s website.






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Ever alert to Peter Steiner‘s  blog, Hopeless But Not Serious, Ink Spill  sends you over there to see his latest cartoon.


Link here to Mr. Steiner’s website.

The New Yorker’s 91st Anniversary Issue

Posted on 1st February 2016 in News

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On the newsstands this week and next (because it’s a double issue): The New Yorker Anniversary issue (yes, it’s called that on the Table of Contents).


Eustace Tilley, as you can see by the cover, has returned, albeit not Rea Irvin’s original.


Small ChangeS Noted:

At the bottom of the Table of Contents, the typeface used for the Drawings (meaning cartoons) has returned to this font…

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…after a brief flirtation with the font below  as part of the magazine’s re-design of certain sections (Goings On About Town, etc.):



ALSO: Was happy to see the (refined*) Rea Irvin typeface has returned to the following headings: Goings On About Town, Classical Music, Art, Night Life, Movies, The Theatre, and Above & Beyond.  (oddly, Food & Drink is still hanging in there with interlocking “oo”s — a use that goes back to the version of the font in the earliest issues).

*refined meaning that the Irvin typeface was once less perfect along its edges than it is today.  Examples:old Irvin




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David Sipress’s Flying Turtle

Posted on 30th January 2016 in News

DSFrom January 30, 2016, “Losing Nigel” – this piece on parting with pets by David Sipress

New Cartoons from Peter Steiner; and More Spills…

Posted on 28th January 2016 in News

Steiner : sky is fallingPeter Steiner, the fellow who brought us The New Yorker‘s most republished drawing in its history, is gearing up for the February publication of his newest novel, The Capitalist, by treating us all to new cartoons.  The most recent drawing appears here. To see others visit Mr. Steiner’s blog,  Hopeless But Not Serious.

Peter Steiner’s website.


Peter's CapitalistThe Capitalist: A Thriller will be in bookstores February 23rd.  Thomas Dunne Books is publishing.









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From The Observer, January 27, 2016, “No Escape From The New Yorker  — this piece on the various areas where The New Yorker is roaming outside of the print world.

and speaking of roaming, here’s a piece from Indiewire, on the magazine’s new Amazon series, The New Yorker Presents.

A Cartoonist’s Studio; Sipress Returns to The New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon; Karasik Reports From Angouleme

Posted on 26th January 2016 in News

160111_10-23-26_5DSR9087Here’s a fun piece on Curbed about a newer New Yorker cartoonist, Julia Wertz and her studio.  Lots of photos and lots to look at in the photos.  [photo by Max Touhey for Curbed]









Ben Schwartz has passed The New Yorker‘s Daily Cartoon baton to David Sipress. This is Mr. Sipress’s third adventure in the pressure cooker.

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From Paul Karasik‘s blog Rules to Vivere By, this post: “Mission in Angouleme”

Cover Revealed for Bob Eckstein’s Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores

Posted on 25th January 2016 in News

Eckstein's booksWe now have a cover for Bob Eckstein‘s Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores, due this October from Clarkson Potter. The publisher’s listing.

Link here to Mr. Eckstein’s website

In Conversation: Lee Lorenz and Edward Koren

Posted on 22nd January 2016 in News

images-1Koren picMark your calendar:

“The Art of The New Yorker: Drawing & Decision” brings together two giants of The New Yorker cartoon world, Lee Lorenz and Edward Koren. The event takes place February 4th, from 5 to 6pm,   at the Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, Connecticut.   Details here.

A Spill Spotlight: Roberta MacDonald

Posted on 20th January 2016 in News





















The entry for Roberta MacDonald on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” has been woefully thin… until now. Thanks to her daughter’s contribution to this site  we now have a photograph of Ms. MacDonald as well as more biographical information and samples of her book illustrations.

Ms. MacDonald contributed  a hundred and three drawings to The New Yorker from 1940 to 1952.  Both her first drawing, in the issue of May 4, 1940 and her last, in the issue of July 19, 1952, were captionless and multi-panel — a MacDonald specialty. Of her hundred and three drawings I’d estimate a good three-quarters were multi-panel (some only a few panels and others stretching across several pages).  I’ve always felt that these kinds of drawings were the most difficult to do. Ms. MacDonald’s drawings had an easy line, with a seemingly effortless ability to capture whatever scene she’d set her sights on (below: a drawing from The New Yorker, April 8, 1950)


MacDonald April 8 1950

Liza Donnelly, in her Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and their Cartoons, had this to say about Ms. MacDonald:

her first cartoon was politically minded…it reflects MacDonald’s sensitivity to politics and the then mood of the country, a talent she demonstrated throughout her early work for The New Yorker.


Born in San Francisco in 1917, Ms. MacDonald attended the  University of California Berkeley where she was a contributor and editor for Pelican, their humor magazine. She moved to New York after selling some cartoons to The New Yorker. Besides contributing cartoons to other magazines  she illustrated numerous humor and children’s books until returning to California in the 1960’s. Ms. MacDonald  died in Santa Rosa, California, 1999. [left:  a self portrait from Meet The Artist, a 1943  exhibition catalog from the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum  in San Francisco]


Below are some examples of Ms. MacDonald’s book illustrations (Translations From the English, 1951 & a page from the book; The Abe Burrows Songbook, 1955; The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1960)


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Flake Pencilled

Posted on 20th January 2016 in News






















Next up on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils: Emily Flake, author of Mama Tried.








…and over on TCJ (The Comics Journal) site, Richard Gehr is back with another of his interviewsThe latest is with Ms. Flake.