Aaron Bacall: 1939 – 2015

Posted on 12th June 2015 in News

bacallWord has reached Ink Spill that the cartoonist Aaron Bacall has died at the age of 76.  His obit here. According to The New Yorker‘s database, Mr Bacall’s work made one appearance in The New Yorker (the issue of October 20, 1997) The drawing appears to the left.


Below is Mr. Bacall’s self portrait he provided to Ink Spill a few years back.






“Live” New Yorker Cartoons return to Late Night with Seth Meyers

Posted on 11th June 2015 in News



“Live” New Yorker cartoons returned to NBC’s  “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night.   This third installment in the series can be seen here.  Seth Meyers is joined by Jerry Seinfeld and The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, who provides commentary.  Cartoons by Bruce Eric Kaplan, Alex Gregory, Mark Thompson, Tom Cheney, and Charlie Hankin are featured.

Cartoonists Exhibit Work North & West of New York City

Posted on 10th June 2015 in News

KorenThe 50 year (and counting!) career of the great Edward Koren is being celebrated at the Saginaw Art Museum.  All the info here.

Edward Koren’s website







During the heart of the summer, Carolita Johnson and Michael Crawford will exhibit their work in Kingston, NY. All the info here.





Carolita Johnson’s website

Michael Crawford’s website



68 Entries About Bagels: Bob Mankoff talks Caption Contest

Posted on 8th June 2015 in News

AliensThere has been a lot of ink spilled about The New Yorker‘s Caption Contest.  In this brief interview with the magazine’s Cartoon Editor, we learn that there are sometimes very close calls when it comes to picking a winner.

[Full disclosure: the cartoon is mine; my original caption had nothing to do with bagels]

Joe Dator’s Podcast, “Songs You’re Sick Of”

Posted on 3rd June 2015 in News

Joe Dator, who recently told Ink Spillites about the New Yorker cartoons appearing on Mad Men, debuts his podcast today.  It’s called “Songs You’re Sick Of”  & the first song up for dissection is Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” (as a native of NJ, I’m just going to have toput ear muffs on for this one).


Link to Joe Dator’s website  here.


Eckstein’s Obscura Day; Finck’s Supportive Paintings

Posted on 2nd June 2015 in News












Bob Eckstein’s graphic coverage of  Obscura Day here on The New Yorker‘s website.




All the Paintings


And check out Liana Finck’s “All the Paintings Here Agree: A Comic”  here on the Toast

An Octet of Subas

Posted on 31st May 2015 in News

Book-Susanne Suba-Winkelhoop Takes a Vacation-1948-W-bBook-Susanne Suba-The Gentle Giraffe-1946-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-The First Christmas-1943-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-The Elegant Elephant-1944-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-The Cat-1936-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-Osbert-1950-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-Here Comes The Circus-1941-DJ-bBook-Susanne Suba-Eddie Elephant Has a Party-1947-DJ-b


Tom Bloom, a very good friend of this site, has just this morning sent along scans of his Susanne Suba illustrated book collection.

Until Mr. Bloom’s scans arrived, I had thought that Ms. Suba, a long-time New Yorker contributor,  had but one charming book to her credit (one charming little book: 4″ x 5″): Spots by  Suba; From The New Yorker (E.P. Dutton and Co.,1944).

Back in February of 2012, we noted Ms. Suba’s passing at the age of 99. I’m pleased her work has made a curtain call here today.

“Cast of Characters” New Cover; Flake’s “Mama Tried”Cover Revealed; Diffee Title Released

Posted on 28th May 2015 in News

CastofCharactersCoverIVBack in February Ink Spill noted that  a cover had been released for Thomas Vinciguerra’s forthcoming Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber, and The Golden Age of The New Yorker. Mr Vinciguerra tells Ink Spill that his book — due in November — now has a new cover, and he explains:

“John Glusman, Norton’s editor-in-chief and vice president, told me some weeks ago that he pitched ‘Cast of Characters’ so enthusiastically to his sales representatives, and made it sound like such a riot, that they said they preferred a cover that would be a little more ‘fun.’ He asked me if I had any bright ideas; I regret to say that I came up with nothing. And so Norton’s art team worked its magic. I have no idea how this wacky cover will look on a Barnes and Noble display table, but it’s certainly distinctive.”

[On the cover, reading clockwise: E.B. White, Wolcott Gibbs, James Thurber, Katharine White, Robert Benchley, and Harold Ross]



Speaking of new covers, the cover of Emily Flake’s upcoming (October 6th) Mama Tried has just been released. And here it is:












Finally, out this week is a book we’ve mentioned here in past months as it made its way to pub date: Matthew Diffee’s Hand Drawn Jokes For Smart Attractive People.

In an Arno Mood

Posted on 27th May 2015 in News

France Arno Ten Cents Honestly, I’ve been in a Peter Arno mood for a very long time. It was just about sixteen years ago that I decided to write the biography of The New Yorker‘s greatest artist.  One of the bonuses of digging deep was coming across little known (to me) books or pamphlets that bore Arno’s cover art  and/or illustrations.

One of his earliest post-college outside-of-The New Yorker illustration jobs was for H. McCarty Lee’s France on Ten Words A Day,   published in 1928 by Simon & Schuster (S&S  published Arno’s first book, Whoops Dearie! the year before).

There’s an Arno on the front cover (as shown here) and on the back cover, and ten illustrations throughout the book (how I wish there were more). Below is just one example (caption translation: “Road hog!”):



Cochon, va!







Arno’s biography, Mad At Something, will be published in the Spring of 2016

The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna on the National Cartoonists Society Awards

Posted on 24th May 2015 in News



Here’s Michael Cavna of The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs with as good a wrap-up of last nights NCS Awards as you’ll find.


Ink Spill congratulates all the winners, with an extra thumbs up to New Yorker colleagues, Roz Chast & Liza Donnelly.