From Print, February 24, 2015, “Insider Histories: Pioneering Black Cartoonist E. Simms Campbell”
Above: a Campbell drawing from the September 14, 1935 New Yorker. From 1932 through 1942 Mr. Campbell contributed roughly two dozen cartoons and one cover to the magazine.
Our good friend over at Attempted Bloggery has two posts tied-in to The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary. Go look!
As part of the New Yorker’s 90th anniversary celebration, its website has been posting decade-by-decade slide shows of cartoons. They’re now up to 1965 through 1975. The above, by Mischa Richter, appeared in the magazine May 23, 1970.
Above: The New York Times front page notice of Peter Arno’s passing. To the right: his last New Yorker drawing, captioned “Oh grow up!” was finished a few months before he died.
From Adweek’s Fishbowl NY, February 22, 2015, “New Yorker Cartoonist Set to ‘Live-Draw’ the Oscars”
Left: Donnelly with iPad, reviewing last year’s live-tweet Oscar drawings and watching early red carpet coverage.
It being The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary, how fitting that the cover has been revealed for Thomas Vinciguerra’s Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber, and The Golden Age of The New Yorker.
Quite a crew gathered for a book party at the Algonquin Hotel in 1938: seated, left to right, Fritz Foord (who ran Foord’s Sanitarium in Kerhonkson, NY*), Wolcott Gibbs, Frank Case (owner of The Algonquin Hotel) and Dorothy Parker; standing, Alan Campbell (Ms. Parker’s husband), St. Clair McKelway, Russell Maloney and James Thurber.
*according to a Thurber biographer, Harrison Kinney, Thurber heard that “O.Henry had used Foord’s as a drying-out place, and later psychically exhausted colleagues would periodically turn themselves in there, too.”
(W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Mr. Vinciguerra’s book in November of this year).
Note: A Case For Pencils asked me to participate in a survey of tools of the trade. You can see it here.
Over on The New Yorker’s website there is much to dig into: cartoon slide shows from various decades, selected classic pieces, covers. Go here to see what’s going on.
Note: Alas, Rea Irvin’s classic cover of the magazine’s mascot does not appear this week. Nine contemporary takes on Tilley appear instead. I took the above photo to accompany my essay “Tilley Over Time” on the magazine’s website, August of 2008.
The life and work of Art Young, who contributed his work to The New Yorker from 1925 through 1933, will be celebrated big time in Bethel Connecticut. Marc Moorash, curator of the Art Young Gallery tells Ink Spill that in “March and April we’re giving Art his first solo show since his exhibition at the ACA Gallery in 1939. We’ll have 40 original illustrations and 120 pieces of ephemera – letters, books, magazines, etc.”
Mr. Moorash also notes that “we’ve just published his long lost manuscript – Types of the Old Home Town – a collection of Americana images and writings, some of which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, some never published. The manuscript was rescued from the back of a bookseller’s warehouse.”