Twohy, Eckstein & Diffee among National Cartoonist Society Nominees

Posted on 28th March 2014 in News

ncs_chromeThe National Cartoonists Society has just announced its  2013 Divisional Nominees.  Among the categories are Editorial Cartoons, Newspaper Illustration, Feature Animation, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels. In the Magazine Gag Cartoon category, three New Yorker cartoonists fill the slate: Bob Eckstein, Matt Diffee, and long time New Yorker contributor, Mike Twohy. Bob Eckstein is also nominated in the Newspaper Illustration category. Like Mr. Eckstein, Mike Twohy is a double nominee, with his work nominated in the Online-Short Form category. See all the categories and nominees here.

The winners will be announced May 24th at the Reuben Awards dinner in San Diego.


You can see much of Eckstein’s, Diffee’s and Twohy’s New Yorker work at the magazine’s Cartoon Bank.


Bob Eckstein

Matt Diffee

Mike Twohy

Video: Joe Dator Shows Us a Rejected New Yorker piece; On the Radio Today: Bob Mankoff & Jack Ziegler

Posted on 27th March 2014 in News


Joe Dator


















From Dead Darlings (mentioned on Ink Spill earlier this month) this You Tube video of Joe Dator, who takes us through a two page spread rejected by The New Yorker.













This morning on the Colin McEnroe show,  “What It’s Like to (try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker” featuring Bob Mankoff and Jack Ziegler, among others You can listen here live.

“60 Minutes” airs The Cartoonist

Posted on 24th March 2014 in News

60 Minutes

In last night’s installment of 60 Minutes, Morley Safer & Company brought us “The Cartoonist” — a look at the weekly selection process for New Yorker cartoons, a glimpse of some of the cartoonists who show up at the magazine’s office every Tuesday, a peek at Editor David Remnick choosing which cartoons to buy, and a min-profile of the magazine’s current cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.

An impressive number of cartoonists managed on-screen time in the thirteen-and-a-half minute segment including Robert Leighton, Paul Noth, Joe Dator, Bob Eckstein, Marisa Marchetto, Drew Dernavich, Corey Pandolph, Carolita Johnson, Emily Flake, Sam Gross, Mort Gerberg, Farley Katz, Charlie Hankin, Ben Schwartz, David Sipress and Roz Chast.  Go to The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site to see work by any or all of these cartoonists.

Also, as you’d expect, a good number of cartoons went flashing by on the screen, including, the one below, only one of  two published in The New Yorker by J.S. Cook (both in 1927). j s cook

“60 Minutes” to Air Segment on The New Yorker’s Cartoon Department

Posted on 21st March 2014 in News






60 Minutes will take a look at The New Yorker‘s cartoonists this coming Sunday.  Here’s a brief clip from the show, and here’s how the CBS website describes the segment:

[Morley] Safer reports on the cartoon selection process at The New Yorker, interviewing the cartoonists, their editor, Bob Mankoff, and The New Yorker editor David Remnick. Safer’s story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.


Screen grab above: David Remnick looking at one of the many cartoons that come across his desk each week.

Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists Library

Posted on 20th March 2014 in News

Library:Ink Spill


When I began Ink Spill back in 2008 one of the major sections planned for its future was a library of collections by New Yorker cartoonists. I’m more than pleased to announce that work has been underway for the past few months to build the library and it is now stocked with titles.  Not fully stocked, but well on its way.  Certain cartoonists are yet to be represented (no John Held, Jr. or Bruce Eric Kaplan yet) while others who are represented (like Ludwig Bemelmans, for example) need lots of fleshing out. This is an on-going endeavor with scans of book covers and publishing information continually added.

The library is an attempt to build a comprehensive collection of books (titles and covers)  by the magazine’s artists, including some of the books they illustrated.  In the case where a cartoonist did not publish a collection of their work, we’ve included a book or books they illustrated or wrote/edited (Roberta Macdonald is one example, Julia Suits is another) We’ve also added a number of illustrated books by cartoonists who do have collections (Steinberg, for instance), but the library is by no means trying to be inclusive of all illustrated books.

The  Library draws heavily on our personal collection but is not a catalog of the collection.   Chris Wheeler and Warren Bernard  contributed some of the rarer cover scans. Other images were pulled from various online sources.  I am particularly indebted to Gretchen Maslin, who is archiving the materials and has built the library.  She comes to Ink Spill having worked in Special Collections at the Vassar College Library as well as The New Yorker‘s library.

To enter the Library just click on the new icon to the left (“The New Yorker Cartoonists Library”) or click here.

NYTs Review: Bob Mankoff’s Memoir; New Yorker Cartoons Live on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Posted on 19th March 2014 in News


From The New York Times, March 19, 2014, “If He Says It’s Funny, It’s Funny” — Janet Maslin (no relation) reviews a memoir by The New Yorker‘s current cartoon editor.

The Entertainment Weekly review, March 19, 2014,  “How About Never — Is Never Good For You?”  by Darren Franich.

























Last night’s “Late Night” guests included The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, who gamely stood by with host Seth Meyers as four New Yorker cartoons were brought to life by the Late Night Players. The live action pieces were based on cartoons by Arnie Levin, Matthew Diffee, Zach Kanin, and Paul Noth.


See the original cartoons:

Arnie Levin

Matthew Diffee

Zach Kanin

Paul Noth


Videos: Bob Mankoff at SXSW; Roz Chast at home

Posted on 9th March 2014 in News

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From The Huffington Post, “New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff from SXSW:The Magic of Cartoons”

– a brief man on the street video.






From, “At Home with Roz Chast” — a five minute video shot at Ms. Chast’s home in Connecticut.

Barsotti, Dator, Johnson, Stevens, Walsh, and Warp on Their “A-Ha!” Moments

Posted on 5th March 2014 in News

Link here to see what Charles Barsotti, Joe Dator, Carolita Johnson, Mick Stevens, Liam Walsh, and Kim Warp have to say about their “A-Ha!” moment  on the New Yorker‘s website this week (I’m guest blogging).



Charles Barsotti’s website

Joe Dator’s website

Carolita Johnson’s website

Mick Steven’s website

Liam Walsh’s website

Kim Warp’s website

New Yorker Art Editors: James Geraghty, Albert Hubbell & Lee Lorenz

Posted on 24th February 2014 in News

Geraghty NYer office 1949


We conclude the Westport Historical Society bios from their current exhibit, Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport with James Geraghty, Albert Hubbell and Lee Lorenz. The three share the distinction of overseeing The New Yorker‘s Art Department between 1939 through 1997.


Mr. Hubbell holds a unique position as the only temporary Art editor in The New Yorker‘s history, filling in for James Geraghty, the magazine’s Art editor from 1939 thru 1973.  Albert Hubbell held the temporary position for the first four months of 1943 while Geraghty was away participating in classes for the  Volunteer Officer Corps. (from Mr. Hubbell’s entry on Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”)

Mr. Lorenz was the Art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its Cartoon editor until 1997.


My thanks to The Westport Historical Society to run all the bios from the exhibit, and to Sarah Geraghty Herndon who has allowed Ink Spill to reproduce so many wonderful photos of her father throughout these Westport exhibit posts.

(Above: James Geraghty at The New Yorker in 1949)


Further reading.

It seems appropriate to include Rea Irvin in this post dedicated to the former editors of The New Yorker‘s Art Department.  Here’s his entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:



Rea Irvin  (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925.  He was the magazine’s  first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.

The New Yorker in Westport Bios, Pt.5; Frank Modell & James Stevenson In Westport

Posted on 21st February 2014 in News