Liza Donnelly on Live Tweet-Drawing in Iceland

Posted on 29th June 2015 in News

Donnelly-New-Yorker-Guest-Blog-05-690From, June 28, 2015,  “A Cartoonist In Iceland” — this post by Liza Donnelly about her recent visit to the land of light and darkness where she was live tweet-drawing at the We2015  Conference.

Book of Interest: Monster Mash

Posted on 26th June 2015 in News

Monster MashWho doesn’t like monsters? I’d bet almost every cartoonist has had a monster phase, or even more than a phase. Charles Addams, for one.  Monster Mash looks like a great deal of fun — the inclusion of Mr. Addams’ “Addams Family” in this heavily illustrated volume makes it an Ink Spill Book of Interest.


[Monster Mash: The Creepy , Kooky Monster Craze in America 1957 – 1972 by Mark Voger is due July 7, 2015 from TwoMorrows Publishing]

Liza Donnelly interviews Kathy Griffin

Posted on 24th June 2015 in News


Continuing her “Funny Women” series of interviews, Liza Donnelly recently spoke with Kathy Griffin (left).  The piece can be found here on Donnelly’s Forbes column.


Link to Kathy Griffin’s website here.

Link to Ms. Donnelly’s New Yorker work.

Book of Interest: The Realist Cartoons; Feiffer at 86; Mick Stevens Talks Batch

Posted on 22nd June 2015 in News

RealistIt’s going to be awhile before this appears in bookstores (April of 2016) but the wait will be worth it.  Here’s a description  from the publisher (Fantagraphics):

The Realist was a legendary satirical periodical that ran from 1958 to 2001 and published some of the most incendiary cartoons that ever appeared in an American magazine. The Realist Cartoons collects, for the first time, the best, the wittiest, and the most provocative drawings that appeared in its pages, including work by R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, Jay Lynch, Trina Robbins, Mort Gerberg, Jay Kinney, Richard Guindon, Nicole Hollander, Skip Williamson, and many others.


MN-AJ408_FEIFFE_J_20150615154339 Here’s a really nice interview with Jules Feiffer from The Wall Street Journal (by way of Bado’s blog).





The BatchIf you happen to be in the vicinity of St. Augustine, Florida on June 30th, you’re in luck, because Mick Stevens,  one of the funniest New Yorker cartoonists on the planet will be showing his work and speaking about “The Batch” [a collective term for the drawings a cartoonist submits weekly to the magazine. Link here to see my complete New Yorker cartoonists glossary]

Mick posted the following on Face Book this morning:

I’ll be speaking briefly (20 Slides, 20 seconds per slide) at Pecha Kucha nite here in St. Aug. on June 30. Details.

Tom Toro Returns as The New Yorker’s Daily Cartoonist; Looking at a 90 Year Old Issue of The New Yorker

Posted on 20th June 2015 in News

tom-final-1657-1e23aac5773a5b446c00fc32d090c99e4a131217-s300-c85Tom Toro (left) has taken The New Yorker Daily Cartoonist baton from Christopher Weyant.  Mr.Toro previously did the Daily in early 2014.


hoh1A couple of days ago, A Case For Pencils was mentioned in this space as a new favorite site…today, another favorite,  Attempted Bloggery brings to our attention the  June 20th 1925 New Yorker (a copy recently sold at auction for  $1,330.00).

A New “Case For Pencils”

Posted on 18th June 2015 in News

A Case



Here’s another post from my favorite new New Yorker cartoonists related website.  This entry features Mr. Pencil himself, Matt Diffee, whose new book, Hand Drawn Jokes For Smart Attractive People is now available in your local book store as well as electronically.

Matt Diffee’s website.

And here’s a link to The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank where you can see more of his work.


My Telly Savalas

Posted on 14th June 2015 in News















By July of 1977, when I cracked open a brand new sketchbook,  I’d already filled 38 others with drawings that had yet to connect with The New Yorker‘s Art Editor, Lee Lorenz; in other words: I was still an unpublished cartoonist. Of course I didn’t have a clue that the brand new sketchbook, #39 (pictured above), would contain the drawing that changed my unpublished status, sort of.  Twelve drawings into the book  I drew a fortune teller telling a man, “Nothing will ever happen to you.”

Nothing will

I copied it, and sent in the copy with my weekly batch to The New Yorker.  They bought it for its idea, and gave it to the incomparable Whitney Darrow, Jr. to work up in his great style.  I was left with the mixed blessing of having sold something to The New Yorker, but having to explain to family and friends why the work published wasn’t mine.











Left: Whitney Darrow’s published version






This post, however, is about the drawing in sketchbook #39 that came a page before the fortune teller drawing.  In those early days I’d draw words and picture directly onto the sketchbook, without working them out somewhere.  They all looked somewhat finished.  Thus the sketchbook was a day-by-day unedited chronicle of work.   Recently, I opened the sketchbook and looked at the drawing before the fortune teller drawing. It’s undoubtedly a personal tipping point, in just a turn of the page — it separates my years as an unpublished cartoonist from the years to come as a published cartoonist.  It gave me a bit of a shudder looking at the drawing,  a two-parter, captioned, “Isn’t that Telly Savalas?” What if (I let myself think)  the next drawing after Telly Savalas hadn’t been the one;  there’s not  a hint of a possibility it would lead to a publishable idea.  In a funny way, this little dance continues on to this day.  There’s always going to be a Telly Savalas just before the drawing that works.

Telly Savalas





Aaron Bacall: 1939 – 2015

Posted on 12th June 2015 in News

bacallWord has reached Ink Spill that the cartoonist Aaron Bacall has died at the age of 76.  His obit here. According to The New Yorker‘s database, Mr Bacall’s work made one appearance in The New Yorker (the issue of October 20, 1997) The drawing appears to the left.


Below is Mr. Bacall’s self portrait he provided to Ink Spill a few years back.






“Live” New Yorker Cartoons return to Late Night with Seth Meyers

Posted on 11th June 2015 in News



“Live” New Yorker cartoons returned to NBC’s  “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night.   This third installment in the series can be seen here.  Seth Meyers is joined by Jerry Seinfeld and The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, who provides commentary.  Cartoons by Bruce Eric Kaplan, Alex Gregory, Mark Thompson, Tom Cheney, and Charlie Hankin are featured.

Cartoonists Exhibit Work North & West of New York City

Posted on 10th June 2015 in News

KorenThe 50 year (and counting!) career of the great Edward Koren is being celebrated at the Saginaw Art Museum.  All the info here.

Edward Koren’s website







During the heart of the summer, Carolita Johnson and Michael Crawford will exhibit their work in Kingston, NY. All the info here.





Carolita Johnson’s website

Michael Crawford’s website