Lee Lorenz in Conversation with Edward Sorel; Kuper Pencilled & Panelled

Posted on 14th September 2016 in News














Two heavy hitters, Lee Lorenz and Edward Sorel will share a stage on September 26th for an event billed “Drawing Sides: A Timely Conversation on Political Cartoons”   Details here.





Peter Kuper joins a very long list of New Yorker artists who’ve told us about their chosen tools of the trade on Jane Mattimoe’s terrif blog, A Case For Pencils. Read it here.


And speaking of Mr. Kuper, he’ll be appearing on a panel tonight at the New York Academy of Art. The discussion will center on the history and future of MAD magazine. nyaof-art-mad


The Outer Boroughs’ New Yorker Cartoonists: An Ink Spill Map

Posted on 13th September 2016 in News

Joining two previous Ink Spill maps, The New Yorker’s New York, and New Jersey’s New Yorkers, is the Outer Boroughs’ New Yorker Cartoonists. Cartoonists included were born in the boroughs.  I’m fairly certain this is not a complete picture — corrections and suggestions always welcome (for instance: please advise if Staten Island had at least one native born New Yorker cartoonist).

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An Addams Exhibit Makes a Curtain Call; The Tilley Watch…

Posted on 12th September 2016 in News
















More than 50 Charles Addams originals are back on display at the Southampton Arts Center, having originally been exhibited three years  back.  A must see if you can. Details here.

Here’s Mr. Addams entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

 Charles Addams Born in Westfield, NJ, Jan 7, 1912. Died Sept. 29, 1988, New York City. NYer work: 1932 – 1988 * the New Yorker publishes his work posthumously. Key cartoon collections: While all of Addams’ collections are worthwhile, here are three that are particular favorites; Homebodies (Simon & Schuster, 1954), The Groaning Board (Simon & Schuster, 1964), Creature Comforts (Simon & Schuster, 1981). In 1991 Knopf published The World of Chas Addams, a retrospective collection. Website: http://www.charlesaddams.com/



Tilley Watch...…This week’s issue of The New Yorker (September 19, 2016) marks the cartoon debut of Tadgh Ferry.  Mr. Ferry is, by Ink Spill‘s account, the 15th new cartoonist to debut in the magazine this year, the 39th in the past 33 months, and the 119th new cartoonist to debut in The New Yorker during Bob Mankoff’s tenure as cartoon editor.

Conversation of Interest: Emily Flake & Glen Baxter

Posted on 11th September 2016 in News

glen-baxterCircle the date! Emily Flake in conversation with Glen Baxter on September 19th. Details here.  images-1

Ms. Flake’s cartoons were first published in The New Yorker in 2008,  Mr. Baxter’s in 1989. Mr. Baxter’s latest book, Almost Completely Baxter: New and Collected Blurtings, was published in May. Ms. Flake’s latest, Mama Tried, was published in the Fall of 2015.









Book of Interest: 45 Years of Scarfe

Posted on 10th September 2016 in News

scarfeDrawing Blood : Forty-Five Years of Scarfe will be out in October (Published by Little, Brown). Read more about Gerald Scarfe’s wide-ranging career, and this anthology here on Mr. Scarfe’s website.


Mr. Scarfe debuted in The New Yorker March 22 1993 with the Artist’s Sketchbook below:


NYC Subway Car of Interest: Mark Alan Stamaty’s Illustrated Shuttle; More Spills… Harry Bliss in a Salinger Home… the new Swann Catalog with Original Art by 18 New Yorker Artists

Posted on 8th September 2016 in News

timessquare-grandcentralshuttlemarkstamatyRead all about Mark Alan Stamaty’s NYC illustrated subway car on Mike Lynch‘s blog here.


Mr. Stamaty’s New Yorker debut was with this cover in November of 1992. Here’s a link to his website.




From newyorker.com, September 8, 2016,  “Salinger’s House, Artists Retreat” — the New Yorker‘s Sarah Larson visits Harry Bliss in a Salinger home, now owned by the cartoonist.






























The new Swann catalog is now available online.  Anyone interested in original New Yorker art will absolutely love looking through.  New Yorker artists represented (both cartoonists and cover artists) are Charles Addams, Frank Modell, Ed Fisher, Tom Toro, William Steig, James Stevenson, Mischa Richter, Barbara Shermund,  Ilonka Karasz,   Laura Jean Allen, Beatrice Szanton, John Jonik, Peter Arno, Ludwig Bemelmans, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Arthur Getz, and Leonard Weisgard.

Book of Interest: A Tom Tomorrow Anthology

Posted on 5th September 2016 in News






Available November 29, 2016 from IDW Publishing, Tom Tomorrow: 25 Years of Tomorrow.  Mr. Tomorrow began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999. Details here

Link here to Mr. Tomorrow’s website.

Cartoon Chocolate; New Additions to Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists Library

Posted on 1st September 2016 in News

Danny Cartoon Chocolate Bar

Over the years Danny Shanahan has generously donated New Yorker cartoon “stuff” to Ink Spill‘s archives (a Thurber eraser, New Yorker stamps, an Al Ross wristwatch, books, artwork, etc.,etc.), but I believe this is the first time he’s handed over something edible.  What you see above is a one-and-a-half ounce chocolate bar distributed by the magazine’s Cartoon Bank back in 2001. The cartoon on the label is Danny’s classic “Lassie! Get Help!! which was published in The New Yorker (sans chocolate) in May 8, 1989. A good ten years before the drawing adorned a chocolate bar it was used on the cover of and title for his first cartoon collection, published in 1990 by Pantheon.

The bar, now fifteen years old, is still sealed in foil, and for at least a couple of reasons, will remain so.  Along with the chocolate, Danny also added a stack of books to Ink Spill’s Cartoon Library.  Here are just a couple of the books, shown because I’d never seen them before: Pocket Books’ 1965 paperback version of Charles Addams’ Monster Rally — the hardcover originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1950. And  Pocket Books 1953 paperback edition of Cornelia Otis Skinner’s Excuse It, Please!; the hardcover originally published by Dodd, Mead in 1936.  Cover & llustrations by the great  Otto Soglow.  My thanks to Danny for all!

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Karasik Pencilled; What Four Hundred Pennies Will Buy

Posted on 31st August 2016 in News



























Island man, Paul Karasik, is next up sharing the tools of his trade on Jane Mattimoe’s great blog, A Case For Pencils

Mr. Karasik’s very own blog, Rules to Vivere By  can be found by linking here.



Recently while researching a cartoonist’s work for an upcoming Spill interview I ran into trouble when Disc #2 :1984 – 1997 of The Complete New Yorker would no longer fully function.  I made it all the way into the cartoonist’s work in 1994 before the cartoon carpet was pulled out from under me.

A quick online visit to Amazon resulted in finding a sealed copy of The Complete New Yorker for a penny (plus a $3.99 for shipping & handling). I realize The Complete New Yorker is  old news to those of you who bought this back in 2005;  If you never bought it,  the good news is what it can now be had for. For the price of a slice-and-a-half of pizza every single issue of The New Yorker from February 21, 1925 up through  December 20, 2004 is available (using the accompanying 8 dvd-roms). It’s not perfect — I’ve found (and others have found) inaccuracies in the database,  but by and large it’s a fine piece of work. While researching my biography of Peter Arno, I used these discs along with the discs included with The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker. I’m hoping the magazine puts out an updated version of this for its 100th birthday. In the meantime, if you want to dive really deep into the magazine  — and what a trip it is  —  all you’ll need are four hundred pennies.

“Bending of Lines: The Women of Cartooning” Exhibit at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning; More Spills with Liza Donnelly and Bob Eckstein

Posted on 30th August 2016 in News

KFOC+2016+KPM+Poster+image+SSThe Kenosha (Wisconsin) Festival of Cartooning is almost upon us (September 15 – 17).  Three days of presentations as well as an exhibit of original work by over 30 artists, including the likes of Helen Hokinson*, Liza Donnelly, Trina Robbins, Isabella Bannerman,  Rina Piccolo, Maria Scrivan, Hilda Terry, Ramona Fradon, Jen Sorensen & Hilary Price.  Details here.

*bolded names are New Yorker contributors



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arts Mid-Hudson logoMs. Donnelly will also be in an exhibit closer to home this Fall, joining me in a show of some of our New Yorker cartoons at Arts Mid-Hudson .  Details here.



Bob Eckstein‘s eagerly awaited  Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers is the subject of Brenda Cronin’s  Wall Street Journal  article (& video), “Bob Eckstein’s Tribute to Beloved Bookstores”

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