By now the whoop-dee-doo over Facebook’s temporary shutdown of The New Yorker’s Facebook page over a cartoon (seen above) by Mick Stevens has been covered by a multitude of sites. If you missed the story check out these posts: first, the New Yorker’s cartoon editor’s blog, this Daily News post, and finally, this post from The Daily Mail (UK).
The Daily News article mentions that several websites were under the impression that Stevens’ redrawn clothed Adam and Eve cartoon (above) was an effort by The New Yorker to appease Facebook. Ink Spill contacted the cartoonist today and asked how the second drawing came about and what its intention was. So, here’s Mick Stevens, with the last word on what he calls “those dots.”
“Bob [Mankoff] emailed me when the Facebook thing happened and asked me if I would do a version with Adam and Eve clothed, just for contrast and for use in a possible future blog…some folks got the idea though that we did the second version to satisfy our new censors at Facebook, which isn’t the case.”