New Website: Ken Krimstein

Posted on 26th August 2016 in News

K.comIt’s been some time since a New Yorker cartoonist started up a new website. Thankfully,  Ken Krimstein has broken that dry spell.  See his site here.

Book of Interest… Peter Kuper: Conversations

Posted on 24th August 2016 in News

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Due this October From University Press of Mississippi, Peter Kuper: Conversations.

From the publisher’s description:

Along with two dozen images, this volume features ten lively, informative interviews with Kuper, including a career-spanning lengthy new interview. The book also includes a quartet of revealing interviews with underground comix legends Robert Crumb and Vaughn Bode, Mad magazine publisher William Gaines, and Jack Kirby, co-creator of mainstream superheroes from the Avengers to the Fantastic Four. These interviews were conducted by Kuper and fellow artist Seth Tobocman in the early 1970s, when they were teenagers.


From Mr. Kuper’s “New Yorker Cartoonist A-Z” entry on Ink Spill:

Peter Kuper  Born, 1958, Summit, New Jersey.  NYer work: June 6, 2011 – . Website:  And for more biographical information, visit his Wikipedia page.

Glen Baxter, Ben Katchor, Emily Flake, Michael Maslin at The Brooklyn Book Festival

Posted on 23rd August 2016 in News

BBF 2016


New Yorker contributors Ben Katchor, Glen Baxter, Emily Flake and yours truly will be part of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival. Here’s a link to the festival’s website.  When there’s further info on the events attached to these folks I’ll post links*

*for starters, here are the details of my participation:

12:00pm Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St)

Artists As Influencers. A conversation about how cultural creators both reflect and influence society with biographers Michael Maslin (Peter Arno, The Mad Mad World of the New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist), Nancy Princenthal (Agnes Martin- Her Life and Art), and Mary Louise Patterson, (co-editor of Letters From Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond)


Book of Interest: Robert Gottlieb’s Memoir

Posted on 21st August 2016 in News

GootliebHere’s a memoir that’ll sure to be added to Ink Spill‘s library: Robert Gottlieb’s Avid Reader: A Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 13, 2016).

Anyone following The New Yorker‘s history will no doubt remember the hoopla surrounding Mr. Gottlieb’s appointment as editor of The New Yorker way back in 1987 (he in turn was replaced by Tina Brown in 1992.  She left The New Yorker in 1998, and was replaced by David Remnick).

Here are a few tip of the iceberg cartoon-related snippets from the book. The first concerns his relationship with the then long-time Art/Cartoon editor, Lee Lorenz:

“Cartoonists, like most humorists, are sensitive plants, and Lee had to juggle their needs and feelings in tandem with mine.”

And another where he talks about helping Ms. Brown transition to The New Yorker:

“Once Tina was on the premises, she and her camp setting up camp on another floor from mine, I showed her what ropes she wanted to be shown.  For instance, it didn’t make sense for me to be commissioning cartoons that she might not find funny when they came in finished, so I invited her to join my weekly art meetings with Lee Lorenz and to speak up.  She hardly did, although once she looked at a finished piece of art and asked, “Is it funny?” She wasn’t being sarcastic, she just wanted to know.”




Event of Note: Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer in Conversation, Oct. 20th; More Spills: Al Frueh’s Studio and Paul Noth’s Book News

Posted on 19th August 2016 in News

sorel_feifferCartoon gods Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer will be in conversation on October 20th at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia.  Mark your calendar!  Details here.

Mr. Sorel’s latest book, Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 is due this October while Mr. Feiffer’s latest, Cousin Joseph, is just out. Both are published by Liveright. 9781631490231_300













More Spills Icon EditedPaul Noth has signed up for three books with Bloomsbury.  Writing on Facebook about the news, Mr. Noth said: “They’re my favorite thing I’ve ever done.”

And here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:


 The illustrated adventure series features Happy Junior, a bearded 10-year-old who wants to be normal but can’t, thanks to his family, including his father, a brilliant inventor whose screwball products are trumpeted in TV infomercials, his five unusual sisters, and his despotic grandmother who has relegated the whole family to a basement corner of her grand estate. The first book in the series, How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens, will be published in winter 2018…


And from out of left field, this real estate listing for a Greenwich Village townhouse (34 Perry Street) that includes a mention of Al Frueh, who had the first cartoon in the very first issue of The New Yorker.

*New Yorker Minutiae Recollection Award of the year goes to Stephen Nadler, who runs the wonderfully entertaining and informative Attempted Bloggery.  Stephen wrote to me after reading this post and pointed out that this very same studio  was mentioned in that very same inaugural issue under the heading In Our Midst. And here it is:

NYer Frueh




From the realtor’s listing:”The fourth floor is exceptional. In 1924, it was transformed into a loft and artist studio by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Mr. Al Frueh with a raised roof and extraordinary large windows and north facing skylight across the entire frontage.”

Al Frueh's studio




Blitt Pencilled; The Tilley Watch…with Mankoff, Eckstein, Flake, Steed & Allenby

Posted on 17th August 2016 in News

tumblr_inline_oc0iv7UAkQ1sj0qh6_500Barry Blitt is the next New Yorker artist sharing the tools of his trade on Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful blog, A Case For Pencils. Read it here.






Tilley Watch...

“New Yorker Cartoons Past, Present and Future” a talk by Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor will take place at The Museum of The City of New York on September 8th.  All the details here


…another cartoonist makes their New Yorker debut in this week’s issue. Kendra Allenby, whose previous work can be found here, is in the issue of August 22. Ms. Allenby is either the 9th or 10th new cartoonist (one of these days I’ll be more definitive) added to the magazine’s stable in the past eight months…

And in case you missed these: Edward Steed’s piece on his travels in ChinaEmily Flake’s piece on NYC’s L Train closure…and Bob Eckstein’s  illustrations

in the New York Times accompanying the piece “Which Olympic Sport Would You Compete In?”.


Fave Photo of the Day: A New Yorker Cartoonist at the Democratic National Convention

Posted on 16th August 2016 in News

We’ve seen Liza Donnelly‘s recent live-tweet drawings at the Democratic National Convention featured on the New Yorker‘s site as well as on CBS This Morning, but what we haven’t seen much of is a photo of Ms. Donnelly actually at work in the convention hall. Here’s one courtesy of Helen Brosnan who works at Hillary For America. In the photo we see Ms. Donnelly momentarily poised with her trusty iPad and stylus in hand (yes, that’s Charlie Rose in the background).

L @ DNC July 2016























More information on Ms. Donnelly (including links to her New Yorker work) can be found on her website here. You can also follow her on Twitter  @lizadonnelly










A Look at Mischa Richter’s Strip “Strictly Richter”

Posted on 14th August 2016 in News

MischaFrom Comics Kingdom, August 11, 2016, “Ask the Archivist: Strictly Richter” –a look at the late Mischa Richter’s long running strip.












Here’s Mr. Richter’s entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:



images-1Mischa Richter (photo courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon) Born, Kharkov, Russia, 1910. Died, March 23, 2001. NYer work: January 10, 1942 – January 20, 2003 ; Key books: This One’s On Me! (McGraw-Hill, 1945) , The Cartoonist’s Muse, co-authored by Harald Bakken (Contemporary Books, 1992). )



And: here’s his Wikipedia page





Also: a related collection, published in 1963 RICHTER3

A Flake Performance in Delaware

Posted on 9th August 2016 in News

Umans-EFlake_96065-700x525Emily Flake will be doing some stand-up and showing her work September 15th at the Delaware Art Museum.  Details here.

A Reminder: There’s A Mary Petty Exhibit Happening in Pensacola

Posted on 6th August 2016 in News

MPI was reminded today while reading an article that there is right this very moment an exhibit of Mary Petty’s work at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Here’s a link.

Shown here is my favorite cover of hers (I’ve no idea if it’s in the exhibit), and one of my favorite New Yorker covers of all-time (let’s say it’s in the top 100).

In that issue of August 4, 1945 are two cartoons by Ms. Petty’s husband, Alan Dunn as well as two by the great Helen Hokinson. Also in the issue are drawings by: Steinberg, Robert Day (a full page!), Whitney Darrow, Jr., Otto Soglow, Julian de Misky (a sequential drawing running over the gutter and onto the following page), Eric Ericson, Sam Cobean, Charles Addams, Garrett Price, Perry Barlow, and Chon Day. For anyone interested in why this era was called the golden age of New Yorker cartooning, seek out and enjoy the artistry of these contributors. (it’s available to New Yorker subscribers online; it’s also available on  the Complete New Yorker, and any library still holding bound New Yorkers).