The Washington Post’s Charles Barsotti Obit; Washington Post’s Michael Cavna on Barsotti;

Posted on 18th June 2014 in News

From The Washington Post, June 18, 2014, “Charles Barsotti, New Yorker Cartoonist known for his simplicity, dies at 80″

 

From Michael Cavna’s Washington Post blog, Comic Riffs, “RIP Charles Barsotti: New Yorker Artist was ‘master cartoonist, a true original, and a nice guy, to boot.’”

Jack Ziegler on Charles Barsotti

Posted on 17th June 2014 in News

Jack Ziegler and Charles Barsotti made up the entire Kansas wing of the New Yorker until Charley passed away last night. I asked Jack if he’d care to share a few thoughts on Charley, and here is what he had to say:

 
A friend of mine and I had dinner with Charley Barsotti and his wife Rae this past April 18th.  It was a lovely, summery evening, sun going down, out on the patio at Aixois, a little French restaurant about a block or so down the hill from their house in Kansas City.  It was the last time we saw each other.  A week after that I got a call from Rae saying that they’d just come back from his doctor who told them that at that point the medical professionals had done all they could for Charley.  It would be a matter of weeks.

At our dinner, Charley and Rae had looked even nattier than their usual selves, all dolled up like they were about to jump on line at an Easter Parade.  Over the past four years, after I’d moved to the KC area from Connecticut, we would get together fairly often for either lunch or dinner and I’m sure Charley used to cringe at some of the outfits I would appear in – shorts & sandals if the temperature was anywhere near 80 degrees, levis at all other times of year.  Charley was always properly coifed, pressed and cuffed.  I always felt that if he’d had a pair of spats, he would have worn them.  Next to him I looked like a bum.  But Chas. never rolled his eyes, nor did he try to hide behind his napkin or crawl under the table.  I eventually learned to dress a little better, a little more KC-style, whenever I’d make the trek in from Lawrence, KS, to lunch.

At that final dinner, he was frail, much thinner, and walking with a cane, but his spirits seemed as high as ever.  We talked about The New Yorker because we always talked about The New Yorker – and also the crappy, deteriorating state of the world because that was always a big concern for Charley who had a great sense of what was right and a great befuddlement of what always seemed to be so impossibly wrong.  And, as usual, we laughed a lot.  At one point Charley speared a piece of potato or something with his fork and Rae told him he wasn’t supposed to eat that, given the strict palliative diet he was now on.  He popped it into his mouth anyway and enjoyed this little defiant poke at his illness, as did we all because – yeah – it was the right thing to do.

Charley’s drawings were (are) beautiful, elegant, simple, smart, thoughtful, funny, fun, and silly.  I think he might have liked that last adjective best.  As my friend Dewey, who had never met him before that night, said as we were driving back to Lawrence, “What a lovely man.”

Yessirree.

 

Van Doren’s Ross & Thurber Films Released

Posted on 15th June 2014 in News

Screen shot 2014-06-15 at 6.42.08 AMTwo Adam Van Doren films:  James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times and Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker will be available on iTunes as well as on dvd, June 17.  Here’s a piece about the films from filmfestivals.com.

And here’s the First Run Features website where you can learn more about ordering.

An excerpt of Thurber’s appearance on Omnibus appears in The Life and Hard Times. If you want to see the entire episode, you can find it on the dvd, Omnibus / American Profiles (among many treats on the disc is E.B. White narrating a piece titled “A Maine Lobsterman”).  Omnibus

Society of Illustrators Medals Awarded

Posted on 13th June 2014 in News

LiamThe Society of Illustrators has awarded medals in the Single Category to two New Yorker contributors, Keith Bendis (Gold) and Liam Walsh (Silver).  Mr. Walsh’s award-winning entry appears left.  It originally appeared in The New Yorker August 5, 2013. All the details here.

Cartoonist interviews Cartoonist

Posted on 9th June 2014 in News

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New Yorker cartoonist (and Forbes.com columnist) Liza Donnelly interviews New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast about her new book (left) which is in its third week of sitting atop the New York Times Best-seller list in the graphic novels category.

 

 

Book of Interest: Masterful Marks / Cartoonists Who Changed the World

Posted on 7th June 2014 in News

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Coming out this September from Simon & Schuster, Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp (included are a Charles Addams bio by Marc Rosenthal  and a Robert Crumb bio by Drew Friedman).

From the publisher’s website:

In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever.

From the Publishers Weekly review:

Former Blab editor Monte Beauchamp tasked 16 cartoonists with the creation of graphic portraits of the medium’s biggest legends, from Superman’s Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to the “father of manga,” Osama Tezuka. Sadly, the list of greats lacks women, reinforcing the erroneous idea that there weren’t any prominent female cartoonists active during the period covered. The artists’ approaches to biography are as diverse as the subject matter; their best work avoids straight biographical exposition.

 

Link to Publishers Weekly review.

Link to Simon & Schusters Masterful Marks page.

In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever.

No one has told the story of comic art in its own medium, until now. In Masterful Marks, top illustrators—including Drew Friedman, Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Kuper—reveal how sixteen visionary cartoonists overcame massive financial, political, and personal challenges to create a new form of art that now defines our world. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Masterful-Marks/Monte-Beauchamp/9781451649192#sthash.1aiFaou0.dpuf

In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever.

No one has told the story of comic art in its own medium, until now. In Masterful Marks, top illustrators—including Drew Friedman, Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Kuper—reveal how sixteen visionary cartoonists overcame massive financial, political, and personal challenges to create a new form of art that now defines our world. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Masterful-Marks/Monte-Beauchamp/9781451649192#sthash.1aiFaou0.dpuf

In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever.

No one has told the story of comic art in its own medium, until now. In Masterful Marks, top illustrators—including Drew Friedman, Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Kuper—reveal how sixteen visionary cartoonists overcame massive financial, political, and personal challenges to create a new form of art that now defines our world. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Masterful-Marks/Monte-Beauchamp/9781451649192#sthash.1aiFaou0.dpuf

Former New Yorker Art/Cartoon Editor Lee Lorenz at The Westport Historical Society

Posted on 1st June 2014 in News

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From the Westport Historical Society, “A Conversation with Lee Lorenz”  (there was an Ink Spill notice about this event a few days ago, but the Society hadn’t added it to their site at the time — the link above takes you to the WHS homepage).

As noted in the WHS post I hope to cover a lot of territory with Mr. Lorenz during our talk. His 56 years (and counting) with The New Yorker include 20 years as the magazine’s Art Editor (editing cartoons and covers) and then another 4 years as its Cartoon Editor.

Paul Karasik’s Graphic Report; Liana Finck Speaks at the Tenement Museum

Posted on 26th May 2014 in News

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From the (Martha’s) Vineyard Gazette, this graphic report form Paul Karasik.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bintel BriefLiana Finck author of The Bintel Brief, will speak tomorrow night (May 27) at NYC’s Tenement Museum.  All the details here.

Link to Liana Finck’s website

“A Conversation with Lee Lorenz” at The Westport Historical Society

Posted on 24th May 2014 in News

Lee Lorenz ( Pictured above. Photograph taken in 1995 by Liza Donnelly).

The Westport Historical Society, which has an ongoing exhibit, “The New Yorker in Westport,”  will present “A Conversation with Lee Lorenz”  on June 21st, at 4:00pm.  I’m delighted to be hosting the event, and look forward to sitting down with Mr. Lorenz for a talk about his long career at The New Yorker (he began contributing in 1958), his years as Art Editor and later, Cartoon Editor.

This event is not yet on the WHS calendar but please check out their website in the meantime.

Below is Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry for Mr. Lorenz:

Born 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). NYer work: 1958 — present. 

Abner Dean, Andre Francois, Alberto Fremura Added to Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z

Posted on 16th May 2014 in News

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Bentley Roberts, an Ink Spill visitor, has done some spectacular sleuthing these past months, going through all the New Yorker cartoons, beginning with the very first issue of the magazine. Because of his efforts, Andre Francois and Abner Dean have been added to this site’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z section.

Until Mr. Roberts emailed me yesterday I was unaware that each of these New Yorker cover artists had published a drawing in The New Yorker.

Mr. Roberts also came across a cartoonist unknown to me, Alberto Fremura, who had two drawings published in the magazine: August 13, 1960 & September 24, 1960. Mr. Fremura (pictured below) has also been added to the A-Z.

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