A Time-Out with Helen Hokinson

Posted on 19th November 2016 in News



Here are two obscure Helen Hokinson book jackets, courtesy of Tom Bloom, without whom the Ink Spill Library would be a far less interesting place. The title above was published in 1929 by Coward-McCann.  The title below was published in 1933 by MacMillan.  Mr. Bloom had this to say about What Shall I Eat?:


“[It’s] a curious item–in that it is a very bare-bones production. The back of the dust jacket is totally blank, and the interior pages take
a little time to get to the body of the book. The inside flap describes the illustrations by Helen Hokinson “in the style of her famous
New Yorker Sketches.” This is basically a dietary book with recipes and planned meals, 10 illustrations, about the size of a small novel.


Here’s Ms. Hokinson’s entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:
Helen Hokinson Born, Illinois, 1893; died, Washington, D.C., 1949. New Yorker work: 1925 -1949, with some work published posthumously. All of Hokinson’s collections are wonderful, but here are two favorites. Her first collection: So You’re Going To Buy A Book! (Minton, Balch & Co, 1931) and what was billed as “the final Hokinson collection”: The Hokinson Festival (Dutton & Co., 1956)

The Godfather of Contemporary New Yorker Cartoonists, Jack Ziegler, Exhibits Work in Kansas

Posted on 17th November 2016 in News



A rare treat! The work of the great New Yorker cartoonist, Jack Ziegler, will be exhibited at  Love Garden in Lawrence, Kansas, beginning November 25th. Info here.


jack-ziegler-1985-300x219 Mr. Ziegler was recently the subject of a two-part interview on Ink Spill.

Below, Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z entry for Mr. Ziegler: 

Born, Brooklyn, NY July 13, 1942. New Yorker work: 1974 — . Key collections: all of Ziegler’s collections are must-haves. Here’re some favorites: Hamburger Madness (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978), Filthy Little Things (Doubleday/Dolphin, 1981) and The Essential Jack Ziegler, Complied and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 2000)


Photo: courtesy of Liza Donnelly

An Arno dissected; McNamee’s Case For Pencils

Posted on 16th November 2016 in News

screenshot2016-11-06at3-10-10pmAttempted Bloggery digs into this Peter Arno drawing published in The New Yorker June 3, 1939.








Jane Mattimoe’s  blog, A Case For Pencils adds John McNamee to the very long list of New Yorker  cartoonists letting us take a look at their tools of the trade.  Link here.

Kaamran Hafeez on Using Gag Writers; Gil Roth Interviews Bob Eckstein

Posted on 15th November 2016 in News
















Back in July of this year when I interviewed gag writer Helene Parsons, Kaamran Hafeez‘s name and work came up.  Now Mr. Hafeez has posted his thoughts on using gag writers:   “How Do You Solve a Problem Like A Gag Writer?”


bangilGil Roth continues his string of interviews with New Yorker cartoonists. This week it’s Bob Eckstein at the microphone, talking about bookstores, honeymooning in Iceland, spending time in Sam Gross’s studio, the New Yorker, and so much more.

Listen here.


Jerry Dumas: 1930 – 2016

Posted on 14th November 2016 in News




Detroit native, Jerry Dumas, who began contributing spot drawings and cartoons to The New Yorker in 1959, has died at age 86 according to The National Cartoonists Society (the NCS). Mr. Dumas’s cartoons for the New Yorker were few but plentiful.  Not a one of them were single panel; all were spreads or multi-panel. The snippet above is from a two-page spread in the issue of July 12 1976, “Little Known Moments in the History of Baseball”; Mr. Dumas’s first cartoon in the magazine (August 27, 1960), a thirteen part drawing,  took up nearly two pages. His friendly, easy-going line (for his New Yorker work) was in the school of Gardner Rea and George Booth.

In a notice from the NCS, Mr. Dumas is quoted as saying this about his earliest cartooning days: “I used to get on the bus and go into downtown Detroit and sell cartoons to Teen magazine for $2,” he remembered. “I really thought I had made it. I was aiming for The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post.”

The NCS notice continued:

He finally was published in the The Saturday Evening Post at age twenty-six and The New Yorker at twenty-nine.After finishing high school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Arizona. He remained in the Grand Canyon State to attend Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1955. Fifty years later, he was invited back to speak at commencement.In 1956, Dumas decided he wanted to be a writer, a cartoonist or both. He went to New York, where he eventually met Mort Walker through a mutual friend. They have worked together for more than sixty years on both Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois.Dumas co-created Sam’s Strip with Mort Walker in 1961, which was resurrected as Sam and Silo in 1977, and has continued that strip on his own ever since. In addition, he collaborated on Benchley with Mort Drucker and Rabbits Rafferty and McCall of the Wild with Mel Crawford. Dumas, who wrote a regular column for his local newspaper The Greenwich Time, also published “An Afternoon in Waterloo Park,” a memoir, and “Rabbits Rafferty,” a children’s novel. His prose and poetry have appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Link here to Mike Lynch’s blog for more about Mr. Dumas

Link here to an Ink Spill post from last month about an exhibit that included work by Mr. Dumas




New Yorker Cartoons of the Year 2016 Index

Posted on 14th November 2016 in News




























An Ink Spill tradition continues with the posting of an Index for the Cartoons of the Year bookazine.   Why an Index you might ask.  Mostly because I always enjoyed seeing them in the magazine’s hardcover anthologies (the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Albums) and missed having an Index for these yearly bookazines (they started in 2010). I wouldn’t read too too much into the numbers of drawings you see listed for each cartoonist, but the Index itself is a reasonably good snapshot of the New Yorker‘s somewhat boisterous stable of cartoonists in these last few years.

You’ll see that few of the entries have a “(cc)” beside certain page numbers.  The “cc” refers to the Caption Contest.  So those particular drawings appeared on the magazine’s back page.  You might notice that there’s an asterisk next to Julia Wertz’s name.  That’s because her name does not appear on the list of contributing cartoonists found on page 4 of the bookazine. She is, however, included on the Contributors page (p.2).

And here you go:



Darrin Bell   62

Harry Bliss 5, 12, 15, 45, 53, 57, 60, 77, 115, 142 (cc)

David Borchart 12

Pat Byrnes 32

Roz Chast 7, 55, 75-76, 89, 117, 138

Tom Cheney 9, 48

Tom Chitty 29

Frank Cotham 30, 34

Michael Crawford 78, 96, 133

Joe Dator 46, 120, 134, 139(cc)

Drew Dernavich 60, 90, 117

Matthew Diffee 138

Liza Donnelly  28

J. C. Duffy 59

Bob Eckstein 70, 102

Liana Finck 13, 37-40, 55, 95, 137

Emily Flake 26, 28, 87, 121

Seth Fleishman 79, 80

Alex Gregory 70, 124

Sam Gross 135

William Haefeli 22, 122

Kaamran Hafeez 74, 94, 123

Tim Hamilton 93

Charlie Hankin 6, 25, 36, 56, 88

Amy Hwang 21, 51, 54

Carolita Johnson 136

Zachary Kanin 11, 27, 59, 69, 93, 140(cc)

Bruce Eric Kaplan 14, 25, 67, 91, 123,

Farley Katz 11, 15, 24

Jason Adam Katzenstein 10, 13, 57, 62, 136

John Klossner 91

Edward Koren 8

Ken Krimstein 19, 82

Peter Kuper 17

Amy Kurzweil 122, 124

Robert Leighton 53, 72, 98, 101, 102, 104

Christian Lowe 78

Robert Mankoff 35, 119

Michael Maslin 80, 132

William McPhail 23, 42, 45, 63, 81, 98, 141(cc)

Paul Noth 61, 65, 71, 73, 74, 79, 83, 85, 92, 97, 135

John O’Brien 44

Drew Panckeri  88

Jason Patterson  86, 133

Victoria Roberts  120

Dan Roe  14

Benjamin Schwartz  13, 33, 56, 64, 83, 84, 101, 116

Danny Shanahan  8, 9, 23, 64, 141 (cc)

Michael Shaw  67

David Sipress 10, 24, 33, 52, 58, 66, 71, 116, 119, 134

Barbara Smaller  19, 22, 27, 30, 36, 54, 94, 118

Trevor Spaulding  43, 85

Edward Steed  16, 34, 43, 44, 49, 68, 86, 99, 103, 105-114

Avi Steinberg  96, 99

Mick Stevens  6, 47, 52, 86, 89, 103

Matthew Stiles Davis 18

Mark Thompson  61

Tom Toro 16, 21, 46, 48, 50, 69, 82, 104

P.C. Vey 31, 35, 90, 95, 137, 140(cc)

Liam Walsh 18, 41, 47, 49, 50, 84

Kim Warp 7

Julia Wertz * 125-131

Christopher Weyant  31, 42

Shannon Wheeler  73

Gahan Wilson  20

Jack Ziegler  63, 66, 100


Attempted Bloggery: The New Yorker & the New President; A new Hopeless But Not Serious Post from Peter Steiner

Posted on 13th November 2016 in News

cover-story-staake-the-wall-875x1200-1478824922Attempted Bloggery, a favorite Ink Spill blog, ruminates on the upcoming administration and New Yorker cartoons. Read it here.  (left: Bob Staake’s latest cover for the New Yorker).



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Peter Steiner’s Hopeless But Not Serious, another favorite, is back… with Chris Christie .  See it here.

Link to Peter Steiner’s website here.

A Favorite Cover From the Archives

Posted on 10th November 2016 in News

Following the end of World War II, The New Yorker ran this wonderful Garrett Price cover.





Mr. Price’s entry from Ink Spill’s A-Z:

Garrett Price ( Pictured above. Source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born, 1897, Bucyrus, Kansas. Died, April, 1979, Norwalk, Conn. Collection: Drawing Room Only / A Book of Cartoons (Coward -McCann, 1946). NYer work: 1925 -1974.

Gil Roth Interviews The New Yorker’s Edward Koren

Posted on 8th November 2016 in News


















Here’s Gil Roth interviewing Edward Koren, one of the giants of The New Yorker cartoon world. In this hour-long talk, Mr. Koren talks about Charles Addams, and Peter Arno (among others), working for the New Yorker, why he moved to Vermont, and all sorts of other interesting things.

Mr. Koren began contributing to the magazine in May of 1962. His cartoon collections include Do You Want To Talk About It? (Pantheon, 1976), Well, There’s Your Problem (Pantheon, 1980), Caution: Small Ensembles (Pantheon, 1983), and What About Me (Pantheon, 1989)









After listening to Mr. Koren’s interview be sure to check out Mr. Roth’s previous interviews with cartoonists (and non-cartoonists).  Next week  he’ll be speaking with another New Yorker cartoonist, and New York Times best-selling author,  Bob Eckstein.

Link here to Edward Koren’s website.

(photo of Mr. Koren courtesy of Gil Roth)


Post of Interest: Roz Chast’s Anxious Art; The New Yorker’s 15th New Cartoonist of 2016

Posted on 7th November 2016 in News

rozThis good read from Hadassah Magazine, October 2016: “The Gloriously Anxious Art of Roz Chast”



For the second year in a row, a 15th new cartoonist has been brought into the magazine’s stable (Lars Kenseth’s first drawing appears in the issue out today).  In 2014, 13 new cartoonists were added.  Between 1997, when Bob Mankoff became Cartoon Editor and initiated his so-called open door policy, through 2013, the average number of new cartoonists per year was 5.