And Over at The Daily News…

Posted on 7th October 2014 in News

Jet Beginning today and continuing for the next two weeks, Bob Eckstein (who signs his work, “bob”) will be substituting for Daily News cartoonist, Bill BramhallLink here to Eckstein’s Daily News page.

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

(above: Eckstein in The Daily News)

Book of Interest: Gehr’s I Only Read It For The Cartoons

Posted on 7th October 2014 in News

9780544114456Out today is Richard Gehr’s I Only Read It for the Cartoons (New Harvest), a collection of interviews with the following:  Lee Lorenz, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, George Booth, Edward Koren, Charles Barsotti, Arnie Levin, Victoria Roberts, Gahan Wilson, Jack Ziegler, Zach Kanin, and Bob Mankoff.  A wonderful addition to any cartoon library.

Uncollected Gahan Wilson Cartoons in 2015

Posted on 5th October 2014 in News

GahanThis coming July, Fantagraphics brings us Gahan Wilson’s Out There.  According to the publisher’s notes:


…in 1964 [Wilson] brought his brilliantly controlled wiggly-but-sophisticated pen line to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Wilson’s freaks and geeks found a home among the stories of the best fantasy and sf writers of the day, offering a welcome, if sometimes macabre or existentially imponderable, graphic break from the magazine’s otherwise straightforward prose. Wilson’s playfully black sense of comedy was on full display in these cartoons, delineated in his trademark roly-poly, sensual, delicately hatched line. Out There features the over 250 cartoons that Wilson drew during his tenure with the magazine as well as all four covers he rendered—none of which have seen the light of day since their first appearance 50 years ago. Wilson also contributed both short stories and movie and book reviews, which are included as well. Out There resurrects hundreds of virtually unseen cartoons by one of the 20th century’s masters of the form. Black & white with 48 pages color.


(above: Wilson’s cover on the August 1980 F&SF).

David Borchart on Desert Islands, Mountaintop Gurus and More

Posted on 3rd October 2014 in News

Newsletter-Tropes-1From, “The Secrets Behind Cartoon Tropes” — a short amusing illustrated essay from David Borchart

Washington Post’s Q&A with Liza Donnelly

Posted on 2nd October 2014 in News

Women On Men COVER FINAL “Tonight’s Thurber Prize: New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly Strikes Apt Chords with “Women on Men” (September 30, 2014)–The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna talks to Liza Donnelly.

Further reading:

From Media Bistro’s Galley Cat: “Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor”



Mini-Documentary of Interest: Comic Book Heaven

Posted on 30th September 2014 in News

Comic Book HeavenMany (most?) New Yorker cartoonists trace their drawing roots to a love of comic books and comic strips.  With that in mind, here, by way of the Forbidden Planet blog, is EJ McLeavy-Fisher’s mini-documentary profiling Joe Leisner, the owner of a now gone shop in Queens, Comic Book Heaven.

The NYTs on The New Yorker’s Covers; Liana Finck’s New Advice Column

Posted on 29th September 2014 in News


From The New York Times, September 28, 2014, “New Yorker’s Magazine Covers Shift From Polite to Provocative” — the Grey Lady notices the magazine’s bent for topical covers.










lianaFrom The Lilith Blog, “Introducing ‘Excuse Me’ Mondays” — a graphic advice column from Liana Finck.

Jeter Gets the Jeter Cover

Posted on 28th September 2014 in News

CV1_TNY_09_08_14Ulriksen.inddFrom minonline, September 29, 2014, “New York Yankees Honor Derek Jeter with the Original Drawing of The New Yorker Cover” — this piece on the September 8th cover by Mark Ulriksen titled “Derek Jeter Bows Out”  — the piece also mentions Roger Angell’s recent writing on Jeter’s farewell as well as John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” – his classic piece on Ted Williams.


(my thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for bringing this piece to my attention).

Steig’s Crying Chickens

Posted on 26th September 2014 in News

ChickensOur friend over at Attempted Bloggery has a fun post about William Steig’s crying chickens (recently auctioned for a song…or a cluck?)

Book of Interest: American Cornball

Posted on 23rd September 2014 in News

51N21tJznIL._SY300_-1 Christopher Miller’s American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny (Harper, 2014) mentioned on this site back in the summer of 2013, is out today.  There is no way anyone interested in humor won’t find this book essential reading. Some of the contents: Bananas and Banana Peels, Sausage and Hot Dogs, Cops and Nightsticks, Moochers, Hypnotism, and Back Seat Drivers.  All these topics and many many more are explored in detail, and are accompanied by a wheelbarrow full of illustrations (the book also includes a number of New Yorker cartoons).