(above: Eckstein in The Daily News)
Out 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.
…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).
“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.
From Media Bistro’s Galley Cat: “Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor”
Many (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.
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.
From 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).
Our friend over at Attempted Bloggery has a fun post about William Steig’s crying chickens (recently auctioned for a song…or a cluck?)
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).