Looking Through the First Issue of The New Yorker… & More

Posted on 25th February 2015 in News

TilleyOur good friend over at Attempted Bloggery has two posts tied-in to The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary.  Go look!

New Yorker Cartoons: 1965-1975 slideshow

Posted on 23rd February 2015 in News





















As part of the New Yorker’s 90th anniversary celebration, its website has been posting decade-by-decade slide shows of cartoons.  They’re now up to 1965 through 1975.  The above, by Mischa Richter, appeared in the magazine May 23, 1970.

Cast of Characters Cover: Thurber, St. Clair McKelway, Gibbs, Maloney & Parker; More from A Case For Pencils

Posted on 21st February 2015 in News

Cast of CharactersIt being The New Yorker’s 90th anniversary, how fitting that the cover has been revealed for Thomas Vinciguerra’s Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber, and The Golden Age of The New Yorker.

Quite a crew gathered for a book party at the Algonquin Hotel in 1938: seated, left to right, Fritz Foord (who ran Foord’s Sanitarium in Kerhonkson, NY*), Wolcott Gibbs, Frank Case (owner of The Algonquin Hotel) and Dorothy Parker; standing, Alan Campbell (Ms. Parker’s husband), St. Clair McKelway, Russell Maloney and James Thurber.

*according to a Thurber biographer, Harrison Kinney, Thurber heard that “O.Henry had used Foord’s as a drying-out place, and later psychically exhausted colleagues would periodically turn themselves in there, too.”

(W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Mr. Vinciguerra’s book in November of this year).




Note: A Case For Pencils asked me to participate in a survey of tools of the trade.  You can see it here.


The New Yorker Celebrates its 90th

Posted on 19th February 2015 in News

Eustace Tilley's Fanned Out.

Over on The New Yorker’s website there is much to dig into: cartoon slide shows from various decades, selected classic pieces, covers.   Go here to see what’s going on.


Note: Alas, Rea Irvin’s classic cover of the magazine’s mascot does not appear this week. Nine contemporary takes on Tilley appear instead. I took the above photo to accompany my essay “Tilley Over Time” on the magazine’s website, August of 2008.

Cartoonists & Their Pencils

Posted on 13th February 2015 in News

psharpenerFrom A Case For Pencils, a look at the tools used by four cartoonists: Edward Steed, Chris Cater, Julian Rowe, and Jason Adam Katzenstein (links to their websites found on the linked site).









[Photo of pencil sharpener with SpongeBob SquarePants pencil by Liza Donnelly]

Video: Mankoff’s Favorite NYC Skyscraper & More

Posted on 9th February 2015 in News

ES bldFrom Bob Mankoff’s newyorker.com blog, this video post: “Downtown is Looking Up,Up,Up” — a look at skyscraper cartoons from the New Yorker’s early years.

Fave Photo of the Day: Ware & Eckstein; RISD exhibits Album Covers

Posted on 8th February 2015 in News

Ware & BobFrom Bob Eckstein’s Facebook post, this photo   of he and Chris Ware at the Chicago Cultural Center’s film premiere of Hairy Who.

(photo by Meg Handler Photography)







Sorel lp coverFrom The Providence Journal, February 8, 2015, “RISD exhibit: Album covers were just another canvas for artists” – this story about a current exhibition of album cover art.  The exhibit includes work by William Steig, Arnold Roth,and  Edward Sorel.

( left: A Sorel album cover)



Bob Mankoff on the late Joe Farris; The Daily Redux for Flake

Posted on 4th February 2015 in News

JFThe New Yorker’s current cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff on Joe Farris, who passed away last week at the age of 90. “Joe Farris’s Top-Of-The- Line Cartoons”






Emily Flake has returned to the The Daily Cartoon.  Last time around was the summer of 2013.

Thurber Settled In at One World Trade Center

Posted on 3rd February 2015 in News

Thurber @ One World Trade CenterWhen you move, it’s always reassuring unboxing something you love from the old place and setting it down in the new place.  In 1991 when The New Yorker left its long time offices at 25 West 43rd Street, the magazine brought along a number of office wall drawings by James Thurber. The drawings were carefully extricated from 25 West 43rd Street and eventually installed across the street at 20 West 43rd Street. These very same drawings were moved again when the magazine moved west to 4 Times Square in 1999.

In a tradition at The New Yorker that goes back to the magazine’s founding in 1925, cartoonists come in on Tuesdays to show their latest efforts to the cartoon editor. Greeting them this Tuesday — their first Tuesday at the new offices at One World Trade Center — were Thurber’s drawings, in a new neighborhood, in a new building, at a higher elevation, and installed on a new wall, but still, as Brendan Gill might’ve said, here at The New Yorker.


[photo courtesy of Liza Donnelly]

Eustace Tilley Bids Adieu, Again

Posted on 26th January 2015 in News

Eustace 2Eustace Tilley (via Bruce McCall) bids adieu to Times Square on the cover of this week’s New Yorker.  The magazine begins work in its new headquarters at 1 World Trade this week.








The New Yorker’s top-hatted mascot bid goodbye once before, back in August of 1937, when Otto Soglow gave us Tilley, not in a Cadillac, but in the back of a  Victoria, and embarking from The Plaza Hotel, not Times Square.   Back then,  Tilley was substituting for E.B. White, who had decided on taking a leave of absence from New York & The New Yorker.  The drawing appeared at the bottom of White’s farewell Talk of The Town piece.  A tearful Thurber dog follows close by the rear wheel. Eustace tips his hat to two waving women in black, holding muffs: Peter Arno’s Whoops Sisters.


White's goodbye