Blitt’s 100th

Posted on 24th October 2016 in News


























Not all New Yorker cartoonists are New Yorker cover artists, and not all New Yorker cover artists are cartoonists. Once upon a time there was plenty of cross-pollination;  these days, in a movement begun in Tina Brown’s era the numbers are few (Bruce Eric Kaplan, Danny Shanahan, Sempe, Roz Chast, Barry Blitt, and Harry Bliss are the most contemporary cross-overs that come to mind).*  Barry Blitt is the most visible cover artist in that crowd, celebrating his 100th cover with the publication of this week’s issue.

*Before Ms. Brown became editor of the New Yorker the covers and cartoons were the responsibility of one department, and one editor (at the time the Art editor was Lee Lorenz). Ms. Brown, in a departure from a 67 year old New Yorker tradition,  divided the Art department, creating a Cartoon editor position (held by Mr. Lorenz) and an Art editor position (filled by the newly hired Francoise Mouly).

For those who like numbers, the New Yorker  artist with the most covers is Rea Irvin, with 240.  Mr. Irvin, a cartoonist as well as a cover artist,  is the fellow who gave us Eustace Tilley and so much much more.


Blitt and Kuper on Society of Illustrators Panel; Gil Roth Roth Interviews Glen Baxter; Another Look at Abner Dean; Felipe Galindo In Conference on Political Satire in Latin America; A Case For Pencils’ Pencils

Posted on 12th October 2016 in News




Last Minute Notice!

“Can Art Affect Social Change?”  Barry Blitt and Peter Kuper, among others, will discuss tonight at The Society of Illustrators.  Details here



Check out Gil Roth’s wonderful interview with Glen Baxter on Mr. Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast here.

(Mr. Baxter talks about coming to The New Yorker in the Robert Gottlieb era).

While on the Virtual Memories site also be sure to take a look at past episodes, especially the long list of cartoonists (full disclosure, this cartoonist is among those listed).



dean jacket.inddFrom New York Review Comics comes a new edition of Abner Dean’s What Am I Doing Here? originally published in 1947.  Read Mark Frauenfelder’s piece on it here on Boing Boing.

Here’s Mr. Dean’s entry on Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z:

Abner Dean Born, New York City, March 18, 1910. Died, June 30, 1982, NYC.  According to his New York Times obit (July 1, 1982) Dean “started his career at the National Academy of Design and went to Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1931.”  He published numerous collections of his work, including It’s A Long Way to Heaven  (Farrar & Rinehart, 1945) and Wake Me When It’s Over (Simon & Schuster, 1955). Although primarily a cover artist for The New Yorker (he contributed five, all in the 1930s), he did publish one drawing in the magazine: January 2, 1960. 



71440 Felipe Galindo  (aka Feggo) is participating in  Bitter Laughter: A Conference on Political Satire and Press Freedom in Latin America — a conference taking place in New York City this coming Saturday:  Details here.



a-case-for-pencils-logoJane Mattimoe, who runs the wonderfully informative blog, A Case For Pencils, wherein New Yorker cartoonists share their tools of the trade, is sharing her own tools of the trade this week.  Check it out here.

Blitt Pencilled; The Tilley Watch…with Mankoff, Eckstein, Flake, Steed & Allenby

Posted on 17th August 2016 in News

tumblr_inline_oc0iv7UAkQ1sj0qh6_500Barry Blitt is the next New Yorker artist sharing the tools of his trade on Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful blog, A Case For Pencils. Read it here.






Tilley Watch...

“New Yorker Cartoons Past, Present and Future” a talk by Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor will take place at The Museum of The City of New York on September 8th.  All the details here


…another cartoonist makes their New Yorker debut in this week’s issue. Kendra Allenby, whose previous work can be found here, is in the issue of August 22. Ms. Allenby is either the 9th or 10th new cartoonist (one of these days I’ll be more definitive) added to the magazine’s stable in the past eight months…

And in case you missed these: Edward Steed’s piece on his travels in ChinaEmily Flake’s piece on NYC’s L Train closure…and Bob Eckstein’s  illustrations

in the New York Times accompanying the piece “Which Olympic Sport Would You Compete In?”.


Chast & Blitt Speak; Chast Draws

Posted on 2nd April 2016 in News

SF-logo-1-845x321Roz Chast & Barry Blitt will be in conversation at the Long Island Museum on April 14th. [cost: $125.00]

All the details here.

Link to Ms. Chast’s website here.

Link to Mr. Blitt’s website here.



and here’s a fun post showing Ms. Chast drawing over a projected blow-up of one of her pieces.  This in preparation for the exhibit to open at The Museum of the City of New York on April 14th.

Ian Frazier on Steinberg’s 100th; New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon: Sipress Redux; New Yorker Publisher on the magazine’s Festival

Posted on 8th October 2014 in News

St.From, October 8, 2014,  “Saul Steinberg At One Hundred” — this short piece by Ian Frazier. Mr. Frazier, a long-time contributor to The New Yorker,  will moderate a panel discussion on Steinberg at the New Yorker Festival, at noon, October 12.  Details here.




Ben Schwartz has handed the New Yorker’s online Daily Cartoon baton to David Sipress, who, Daily fans will recall, has occupied the space before.



NYer FestFrom Adweek, October 6, 2014,  “How the New Yorker’s Festival Has Become a Magnet for Brands”  — The New Yorker’s Publisher, Lisa Hughes on the magazine’s popular yearly event. (left: a snippet of Barry Blitt’s poster for the event, one of three posters commissioned)

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.

Brooklyn Book Festival features New Yorker Contributors Past & Present

Posted on 14th September 2013 in News



This Monday, the 16th of September, the Brooklyn Book Festival begins with its Bookend events.  Names familiar from the New Yorker’s past, and names familiar from its present take part in (or are the subjects of) various events throughout the week. Below are just some of the events featuring New Yorker folk.  Please consult the Festivals website for all the details.

Monday, the 16th:

Lorin Stein and Chip McGrath on John O’Hara.  Paris Review editor Lorin Stein and The New York Times writer-at-large Chip McGrath discuss John O’Hara, who’s had more stories published in The New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine. Moderated by Steven Goldleaf.  Presented by powerHouse Arena  + Penguin Classics.

On Wednesday, September 18th:

Book Launch: Oil & Honey by Bill McKibben. In this personal account of climate activism, the bestselling author and environmentalist leads a protest against the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and helps raise hives with a Vermont beekeeper.


Also on Wednesday:

Book Launch: Art Spiegelman presents Co-Mix. Greenlight hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Art Spiegelman, for the bookstore launch of his new book Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps.  Spiegelman presents a talk and slideshow about his work and signs copies of CoMix for fans.

Thursday, Sept. 19th:

TOON Books All-Ages Comics Extravaganza. Join us to celebrate the US debut by Argentine comics star Liniers who will present The Big Wet Balloon and paint live on stage, with musical accompaniment by New Yorker artist Barry Blitt and his band, the Half Tones; AND featuring the following artists, on hand to sign their work: Liniers (The Big Wet Balloon), Françoise Mouly (In Love With Art by Jeet Heer), Art Spiegelman (Co-Mix), Jeff Smith (RASL), R. Kikuo Johnson (The Shark King), Frank Viva (A Trip to the Bottom of the World), Rutu Modan (Maya Makes a Mess), Dean Haspiel (Mo and Jo), Trade Loeffler (Zig and Wikki), and Gary Panter (RAW).  This all-ages event will bring together art and book lovers, comics fans, and the Hispanic community.

Saturday, September 21st:

Charlotte’s Web. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beloved animated film adaptation of Charlotte’s Web, BAMcinematek will present simultaneous family matinee screenings of the 1973 (animated) and 2006 (live action) adaptations.

Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave (btw. Ashland and St. Felix)

Sunday, September 22nd:

The Faces of Brooklyn: New York’s coolest borough is home to hipsters, people who dislike hipsters and literary stars—among them, Brooklyn enthusiasts Pete Hamill (The Christmas Kid), Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.) and Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings). These powerhouses plant uniquely different characters in a nostalgic Brooklyn, a contemporary Brooklyn and a colorful Brooklyn that jumps off the page. Moderated by Penina Roth (Franklin Park Reading Series).

Also on Sunday:

Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer in Conversation: Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman‘s newest release, Co-Mix, is a career retrospective that covers his work from Raw to Maus to the New Yorker (and Garbage Pail Kids in between). Joined by Jules Feiffer (Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer), also a Pulitzer winner, they debate the purpose and impact of comics art, its history and development, and their visions of its future. Featuring screen projection.

Arts and Politics in Fiction: Art has always been a tool for political and social change. In these novels, it comes in the form of protest-pop songs, motorcycle photography and high-end fashion. Alex Gilvarry (From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant), Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers) and Nicholson Baker (Traveling Sprinkler) shed new light on the timeless relationship between art and politics. Moderated by Joel Whitney.

Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics. Gag cartoonists and graphic novelists talk about the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking choices they make in their craft. Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) offers urban fables where daily details lead to socio/political revelations. Lisa Hanawalt‘s sexy/snarky one-pagers in My Dirty Dumb Eyes hinge on the vulnerability of showing it all. Miriam Katin‘s thoughtful, witty memoir Letting it Go explores profound loss and forgiveness in the context of teeth whitening and stomach troubles. Ulli Lust‘s punk travelogue This is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life lays bare body and soul. Moderated by Anne Ishii, translator, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. Featuring screen projection.  Special thanks to Goethe-Institut New York.

Art on the Mind: Comics and Education. Françoise Mouly (Toon Books) in conversation with National Book Award finalist Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints), R. Kikuo Johnson (The Shark King) and Professor Barbara Tversky of Teachers College. In this era of high-stakes testing, comics aren’t just a refreshing change of pace for students-they take on deep subjects and teach multimodal literacy, offering educators, librarians, and parents a new way to approach learning. Featuring screen projection.

Publish and Perish? E-books are killing publishing! The corporations are killing publishing! Self-publishing is killing publishing! While headlines continually bemoan the end of the literary world as we know it, others argue that the reports of publishing’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.  Janet Groth (The Receptionist) and Boris Kachka (Hothouse) take a look inside two of our most storied institutions—The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux—and consider the past while taking the pulse of the literary world today.




National Cartoonists Society Best Gag Cartoonist nominees include Ziegler, Stevens, Chast and Gross

Posted on 26th March 2013 in News

From The Daily Cartoonist“NCS announces 2012 division awards” — Four New Yorker cartoonists are nominated in the Gag Cartoon category: Jack Ziegler, Mick Stevens, Roz Chast and Sam Gross. Barry Blitt, a New Yorker contributor perhaps best known for his covers, is nominated in the category of Magazine Feature/Magazine illustration. Congratulations to all!

And for more on the National Cartoonists Society, link here to their website.

Andrzej Czeczot: 1933 -2012; Blown Covers, live

Posted on 9th May 2012 in News



The News (news from Poland), May 9, 2012, “Satirical cartoonist Andrzej Czeczot dies” (Czeczot’s “Manhattan” a four page spread of drawings, appeared in The New Yorker, June 9, 1986).


From The Gothamist, May 9, 2012, “More Rejected New Yorker Covers Revealed, Explained”