New Art from Anatol Kovarsky

Posted on 15th September 2014 in News


Last summer we checked in with the great New Yorker artist,  Anatol Kovarsky for an update on his life and work.  If we ever needed proof that the saying “once a cartoonist, always a cartoonist” is true, Kovarsky is that proof.  At 95, he’s unable to let something slip by without graphic comment.

Ink Spill received the above piece from him yesterday. When he saw “Cindy Sherman’s 29 Blond Wigs” in The New York Times T Magazine on August 24th, “It seemed,” his daughter wrote me in an email, “to be asking for Kovarsky to doodle on it.”


Note: A version of my  Kovarsky Ink Spill piece was published on The New Yorker’s website.  Link to it here.

Steinberg’s 100th to be Celebrated at The New Yorker Festival

Posted on 8th September 2014 in News

St.The 100th anniversary of Saul Steinberg’s birth (he was born June 15, 1914, and died May 12, 1999)  will be celebrated at the upcoming New Yorker Festival as well as other venues in and around New York (and later in the year, across the seas). Here’s the online notice on by Ian Frazier.



And here’s a link to the Steinberg Foundation site where you’ll find a complete calendar of centennial events.



Also: Don’t forget to check out Deirdre Bair’s  Saul Steinberg: A Biography. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012)51i-vGpuQ0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Also of interest: The Saul Steinberg Foundation’s 93(!) page Corrections to the Biography.

Mick Stevens illustrates The Lobster Theory; Chast & Mankoff Meet in Brooklyn; Andy Friedman Interviewed

Posted on 6th September 2014 in News

MickThe New Yorker cartoonist, Mick Stevens, has illustrated a musical instruction book, The Lobster Theory.  Go to Mick’s site here to learn more about it (and more about Mick’s other work).








il_570xN.465308843_2vqwBob Mankoff, the New Yorker‘s current cartoon editor, and the cartoonist, Roz Chast will be speaking at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Time Out New York has all the info here.












imagesAndy Friedman, a man of many hats, is interviewed by Story Matters. Fans of Mr. Friedman may also want to look at the New Yorker work by Larry Hat.

Video: Lee Lorenz in Conversation with Michael Maslin

Posted on 5th September 2014 in News



Back in June of this year, I had the good fortune to interview Lee Lorenz, the former New Yorker Art Editor (and later Cartoon Editor).  The event was held at The Westport Historical Society as part of the festivities surrounding their exhibit, Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport.  My thanks to all the good folks at the Society for hosting the event and to Gemmarose Tummolo of Spot on Pictures for filming it.

Link to the video here.

Link to The Westport Historical Society.

Link to see some of Lee Lorenz’s work on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

Here’s the Lee Lorenz entry on Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

Lee Lorenz ( Pictured above. Photograph taken 1995 by Liza Donnelly) *Born 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). NYer work: 1958 – .


Karasik’s Graphic Interview with Feiffer

Posted on 30th August 2014 in News

JulesFrom Paul Karasik‘s blog, Rules to Vivere By, August 28, 2014, “Graphic Interview with Jules Feiffer”  (the piece appears in print, in The Vineyard Gazette, Aug. 29, 2014)).

Wheeler’s Opera; A Cartoon Collection; Donnelly’s Emmy Sketches

Posted on 27th August 2014 in News

coffeeFrom the Maryhill Museum, “Madcap Too Much Coffee Man Opera Comes to Hood River” this news of the latest production of  Shannon Wheeler‘s creation.











From Comics & Cola, August 27, 2014,

“Comics Shelfie: John Martz” — photos of John Martz’s cartoon collection.  A fun array.











From The Vine, August 26, 2014, “New Yorker Cartoonist Draws Live Sketches for the Emmys” – this piece on the 2014  Thurber Prize nominee

Liza Donnelly’s portfolio of sketches from Emmy night.




An M.K. Brown Retrospective

Posted on 26th August 2014 in News

Stranger-Than-life-cover_thumb-232x300From San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, this notice of a retrospective exhibit: “Stranger Than Life: The Cartoons and Comics of M.K. Brown” (August 30, 2014 — February 15, 2015).

All the info here.

R. Sikoryak’s Carousel Comic Art Exhibit

Posted on 23rd August 2014 in News



Fans of R. Sikoryaks Carousel will be treated to an exhibit of work from some of the event’s contributors over its seventeen year (and counting) run. Among the artists showing work is Emily Flake.

Here’s a link to all the information.  (opens September 3, 2014)

On the cover of this week’s New Yorker: Danny Shanahan; Ben Schwartz Does The Daily

Posted on 18th August 2014 in News

CV1_TNY_08_25_14Shanahan.inddHere’s a fun piece (with a brief slide show) on The New Yorker‘s website about Danny Shanahan’s latest cover.











Ben Schwartz has taken the Daily Cartoon baton from Farley Katz, who has been doing the Daily since June 23rd. Click here to see the cartoon up close on

Liza Donnelly is a Thurber Prize Finalist

Posted on 13th August 2014 in News

Women On Men COVER FINALWomen on Men (Narrative Library), the most recent book by Liza Donnelly, the long time New Yorker cartoonist, has been selected as one of three finalists for The Thurber Prize.  The other nominees are David Letterman & Bruce McCall for This Land Was Made For You and Me (But Mostly Me) and John Kenney for Truth in Advertising. The winner will be announced at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York, September 30th.


Donnelly, who was, with me,  a Thurber Prize semi-finalist, for our joint effort in 2009, Cartoon Marriage, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982. Below is her Ink Spill “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:


Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. NYer work: 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005).  Edited: Mothers & Daughters ( Ballantine, 1993), Fathers & Sons ( Ballantine, 1994), Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008).  Co-authored with Michael Maslin:  Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995),  Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995),  Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010).  Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.

Link to Donnelly’s website here.

Link to Donnelly’s New Yorker work here.