Tom Toro’s Mystery Rea Irvin Drawing; More Spills with Pat Byrnes, Bob Mankoff, BEK, Gilded-Age Cartoonists & More

Posted on 4th November 2015 in News

Every so often, someone runs into a cartoon mystery.  This time it’s New Yorker cartoonist, Tom Toro.  Here’s Tom to explain:


Calling all cartoon sleuths! There’s a mystery afoot.  I managed to get my sticky paws on an original Rea Irvin drawing but I can’t figure out where it was published or what the caption is.



Does anybody out there know?  It didn’t appear in The New Yorker – if their Complete Cartoons archive is indeed complete.  The only other clues to go on are these stamps that appear on the back of the drawing:


Richard McCallister stamp


As a reward for the correct answer I’ll offer a signed finish of my own.  Thanks for your help, Ink Spillers!


If you can solve Tom’s mystery please use the contact button on this site. I’ll forward your message to Tom.





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Pat Byrnes will be in conversation with Bob Mankoff in Chicago, November 7th. Details here….

BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) is interviewed on a New Jersey television station.  See it here

In Palm Beach, Florida, an exhibit of some cartoonist forefathers (no foremothers  as far as I can tell from the post).  Details here

Jane Mattimoe has a new Case For Pencils post up with a cartooning duo, Dan Abromowitz & Eli Dreyfus See it here.






Holy Happenstance, Batman!

Posted on 3rd November 2015 in News

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In This Economy 8-4- TomTSharp-eyed New Yorker cartoon followers will notice that the magazine recently ran two Bat-Signal drawings: one by Danny Shanahan  in this most recent issue, and one last week by Ben Schwartz.  A quick glance at the magazine’s Cartoon Bank archive turned up only two previous efforts, but I have a feeling — in fact I’m almost certain — there are more. The two I found on the CB site: a Joe Dator drawing in the issue of July 23, 2012, and one by the magazine’s former Cartoon Editor, the great Lee Lorenz, in the issue of November 15, 2010.

What’s always interesting to me is when several cartoonists work on similar out-of-the ordinary themes in roughly the same time frame. I submitted the above Bat-Signal drawing this past September (it was rejected).  The caption was something like, “Oops, sorry, wrong signal.” In this case, I missed out on the publishing party but was definitely breathing the same Bat-air as my colleagues, Danny and Ben.  If any other colleagues worked on Bat-Signal drawings these past few months, let me know — I’d be happy to post them.  Let me know as well if anyone can locate more from the archives.


Tom Toro has sent in the above Bat/pizza-Signal drawing; he submitted it to The New Yorker in August of this year. My thanks to Tom.

Ben Schwartz noted on Facebook that our colleague, Kaamran Hafeez recently posted a Bat-Signal drawing on the magazine’s online Daily Cartoon.  You can see it here . The drawing appeared October 28, 2015.

Note: My thanks to Joe Dator for indirectly bringing it to my attention that the proper term is Bat-Signal, not Bat-lite.

A Two-fer: Cartoon Editor & Documentary Film

Posted on 2nd November 2015 in News

seriousHead to The School of Visual Arts on Monday, November 9th for a discussion by The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor as well as a screening of a documentary film. Details here.

Charlie Hankin Animated; More Spills with Bob Mankoff & Liana Finck

Posted on 30th October 2015 in News

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See Charlie Hankin‘s short animation for Comedy Central here.


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Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker’s current cartoon editor, will be appearing in New Canaan November 12th.  Details here.


Here are  four (and more) non-New Yorker drawings by Liana Finck on The Toast.

Shanahan Speaks; Charlie Hankin in Jimmy Kimmel Video

Posted on 28th October 2015 in News

Danny 1Danny Shanahan will be speaking at Western Illinois University.  Details here.

















Charlie Hankin makes an appearance in Jimmy Kimmel’s “Do the White Thing” video. (that’s Charlie to the right of Zooey Deschanel)

New Yorker’s Special True Crime Reader of Writing & Cartoons

Posted on 24th October 2015 in News



























Just out, The New Yorker Reader: True Crime,  an anthology of writing and cartoons with these 36 cartoonists represented:

Charles Addams, Peter Arno, Charles Barsotti, Harry Bliss, David Borchart, Michael Crawford, Leo Cullum, Drew Dernavich, Matthew Diffee, Emily Flake, Alex Gregory, William Haefeli, William Hamilton, Marshall Hopkins, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Farley Katz, Edward Koren, Arnie Levin, Lee Lorenz, Bob Mankoff, Michael Maslin, Ariel Molvig, Paul Noth, John O’Brien, Mischa Richter, Bernard Schoenbaum, Danny Shanahan, Edward Steed, Peter Steiner, James Stevenson,  Mike Twohy, P.C. Vey, Kim Warp, Christopher Weyant, Gahan Wilson, Jack Ziegler

David Remnick: “The New Yorker an Odd Recipe… a Magical Recipe”; More Spills: Marchetto in Her Blue Grotto, A Mets Bonus Daily Cartoon from Bob Eckstein & a Trio of Short Bios

Posted on 23rd October 2015 in News

Remnick:studioHere’s an interview from Fast Company with  The New Yorker‘s David Remnick on the occasion of the premiere of “The New Yorker Radio Hour”…and another good interview piece, from Nieman Lab, with an audio promo.



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…from  The New York Times, October 23, 2015, “The Cartoonist in Her Blue Grotto” — this piece (with a slide show) on Marisa Acocella Marchetto…


…In a first, has published a “Bonus Daily Cartoon”  (Bob Eckstein‘s wonderful Mets Employee of the Month)…


Here are short bios of the three New Yorker cartoonists who recently exhibited work at Cooper Union: Edward Sorel, Jon Agee, and Liana Finck.









Wisconsin Public Radio Interview: Liam Walsh

Posted on 23rd October 2015 in News


















Check out this twelve minute interview with Liam Walsh on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Link here to Mr. Walsh’s website.








Tom Toro on Pencils…and More Spills

Posted on 21st October 2015 in News

tumblr_inline_nwjlrpTXsG1sj0qh6_500A Case For Pencils is visited by Tom Toro this week.  Check it out!

Link here to Mr. Toro’s website.





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…Mike Lynch celebrates the 99th birthday of Virgil Partch aka VIP


…Two pieces on The New York Review of Books new New York Review Comics, including titles by Abner Dean and Glen Baxter: TCJ’s coverage here…
and Heidi MacDonald’s coverage on The Beat…


…read a new interview with Liana Finck here…




New Yorker’s Remnick on the Radio

Posted on 19th October 2015 in News



Coming in just a few days (the 25th of October): The New Yorker Radio Hour.  Read all about it here

(and yes, there’ll be some cartoon/cartoonists content)



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…From the What’re the Odds Department: In this week’s New Yorker (the issue of October 26th): two drawings based on lamp pull-cords (the drawings are by Tom Toro and Michael Crawford)…

“An Evening with Jules Feiffer” at Columbia, December 7th…