Here’s something I came across while looking into the future (on Amazon): “Cartoons From The New Yorker: 16 Month Weekly Planner Sept 2017 -Dec 2018” — I’m not sure if there has been something exactly like this published before. The annual New Yorker Diaries would seem a close relative, but the format is different as is the very obvious focus here on the cartoons. So we’ll have to wait and see what we see when we see one. Please let me know if I’ve just missed this particular product in previous years.
A sample spread featuring a Tom Toro drawing:
It’s become somewhat of an Ink Spill tradition to bring this cartoon out of storage and let it see some sunshine every Super Bowl Sunday. Published in The New Yorker, October 16 2006, it’s the only football drawing I’ve ever had in the magazine.
Max and Simon, the mysterious duo behind Cartoon Companion have released this mission statement to Ink Spill:
The Cartoon Companion — www.cartooncompanion.com — is a website devoted to the latest cartoons in The New Yorker magazine. With each new issue, your genial hosts, Max and Simon, offer their highly subjective insights and rate the cartoons on a scale of 1 (not worthy) to 6 (genius!). Future posts will include interviews with New Yorker cartoonists and guest commentary by some of the best in the business, plus cartoons by New Yorker cartoonists that the magazine inexplicably rejected.
Here’s a just in time for the Super Bowl football-related post from Attempted Bloggery, featuring Peter Arno‘s work.
See it here.
and finally…a non-cartoonist New Yorker-related note: Alexander Chancellor has died at age 77. There are plenty of obits to be found (here’s The Washington Post’s).
Mr. Chancellor, hired by Tina Brown, turned his short stint at The New Yorker into a book, Some Times in America: And A Life In A Year at The New Yorker. Not a bad read if you feel like re-visiting, or visiting the Tina New Yorker years (if you’re in that kind of mood, I’d also suggest the late E.J. Kahn’s book, Year of Change: More About The New Yorker & Me. For William Shawn vintage Kahn, there’s his About The New Yorker & Me. I could go on with other titles of interest — perhaps another post another time.
Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo) who reliably takes photos at cartoonist gatherings, sent in this wonderful photograph of the late Peter Porges. Felipe also added some thoughts on Mr. Porges and the late Stuart Leeds.
I first met him at one of those cartoonists lunches. He had a grouchy expression that all of a sudden transformed into a comical act, making funny noises, like a marching band, imitating instruments.
I recall that afterwards I went along Sid Harris and him to visit his studio at Union Square. He showed us stuff he was working on and his drawing technique with India ink and quill on large rag paper. Beautiful artistic renditions. He sometimes would lick the quill, his tongue and lips will be all black and Sid horrified, screamed: “Don’t do that, you’re going to get cancer!”. He said, “No way, I’ve been doing this for ages!” He did that 3 or 4 times. He would also tell me some words in Spanish. He was good pal of Sergio Aragones, my compatriot. I asked him where was he from, and told me he was born in Vienna. A comment that impacted me was: “When I was a kid I saw Hitler marching into Vienna in 1938! Later my family sent me away for protection.” He is the only person I’ve met that saw Hitler. Talk about 5 degrees of separation.
I was familiar with his work from Mad Magazine
but later I enjoyed his cartoons from The New Yorker;
he had several captionless gags, my cup of tea. But I liked in particular one about characters from a famous Velazquez painting: “Dauphin! Stop teasing La Infanta!”
Always a riot, in paper and in life.
Left: a Felipe Galindo sketch of Peter Porges at a cartoonist gathering in 1988
I met Stuart at The New Yorker offices in Times Square, probably in 2002 or 2003. He would sit quietly at the sofa in the lobby, reading books after showing his batch. In 2008 I began to teach at an after school program in the Bronx and I was surprised to see him there and he me. He was moonlighting teaching cartooning to 4th graders and I was just learning how to teach, how to do mini graphic novels to 3rd graders. We used to chat a bit before class and share teaching methods.
He showed up at a couple of my exhibitions. The late John Kane (they were neighbors in the Chelsea vicinity) once mentioned that he asked him to babysit Harry his parrot for a week, not at his apartment but at John’s place…and free range inside!
I think his his style was simple and his forte was in the ideas more than in a particular technical skill, but that simplicity – experimental at times- was just right to convey his wit. One favorite that comes to mind is his Greek Orders
, showing 3 columns (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian) and at the end the iconic coffee cup with the Greek motifs labeled “To Go”. His humor was very New York City oriented where he most probably felt at home. Stuart liked baseball and adored the former NY Giants before they moved to San Francisco. He would wear with pride a vintage Giants cap.
Robert Sikoryak’s next Carousel is coming up. This one includes the very same Felipe Galindo mentioned at the top of today’s Spill
. All the information here.
Jane Mattimoe’s Fine Case For Pencils subject this week is the great John O’Brien. Read the post here.
With the February 6th issue of The New Yorker two new cartoonists have been added to the magazine’s stable of cartoonists. The newest cartoonists are Jeremy Nguyen and Alice Cheng.
Last year 16 new cartoonists were added (a record high). According to Ink Spill’s fairly reliable tally of new cartoonists added since Bob Mankoff became cartoon editor in 1997 the total is now 127. That number counts teams of cartoonists as one (sorry team members!).
An exhibit, “Century Masters: James Stevenson” is up and running at the Century Club at 7 West 43rd Street in New York. The exhibit, although in a private club, is open to the public Monday – Friday, 10am – 10pm through March 17th.
According to the Century:
“Century Masters is a series of occasional exhibitions celebrating the work of venerated Centurions who in their later years continue to make significant contributions to the art world and to the club.”
Here’s James Stevenson’s entry on Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z:
James Stevenson Born, NYC, 1929. NYer work: March 10, 1956 -. Stevenson interned as an office boy at The New Yorker in the mid 1940s when he began supplying ideas for other NYer artists. Nine years later he was hired a full-time ideaman, given an office at the magazine and instructed not to tell anyone what he did. He eventually began publishing his own cartoons and covers as well as a ground-breaking Talk of the Town pieces (ground breaking in that the pieces were illustrated). His contributions to the magazine number over 2000. Key collections: Sorry Lady — This Beach is Private! ( MacMillan, 1963), Let’s Boogie ( Dodd, Mead, 1978). Stevenson has long been a children’s book author, with roughly one hundred titles to his credit. He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, under the heading Lost and Found New York. Stevenson’s most recent book, The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, is essential.
Here’s Stevenson’s collection of cartoons from 1978:
I’m all for online discussion about New Yorker cartoons — there simply hasn’t been enough. Cartoon Companion hasn’t been around very long (just since last December if I’m understanding their archive correctly), but that matters less than the good energy these two fellas are putting into each issue’s drawings (they describe and rate each cartoon). I’m often at odds with their evaluations but what fun would it be if I wasn’t. Go here to visit the site.
I’ve just come across this really nice website for the New Yorker cartoonist Alain. Great photos, scans of his work, and a timeline.
His Ink Spill New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z entry:
Daniel Alain Born Daniel Brustlein in Alsatian town of Mulhouse, 1904. Died in Paris, July 14, 1996. NYer work: 1931 -1965. Key collection: Alain’s Steeplechase ( Simon & Schuster, 1957).
Ed Steed jumps into the small pool of New Yorker cartoonists whose work has been featured on album covers (Thurber, Steig, Chast, and Sorel come readily to mind). Steed’s work appears on the upcoming release from Father John Misty. The cover is available in four variations (basically the sky is different in each while the drawing remains the same). Here’s an article from Paste about the album where you can see all four cover variations.