Be sure to mark Wednesday, June 29th on your calendar for this event. Pre-register here using the code you see at the bottom of the poster and you’ll save $.
Barbara Smaller, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Liana Finck and Liza Donnelly will be in conversation about all things New Yorker cartoonish. Don’t miss!
Hot on the heels of Liza Donnelly‘s historic appearance live Tweet-drawing at this years Oscars Awards (she was the first cartoonist ever invited to draw at that event) Ms. Donnelly has announced on Twitter that she will be live Tweet-drawing at the Tony Awards (held this year at the Beacon Theater).
R.C. Harvey has returned with another piece about Playboy‘s abandonment of cartoons. Interesting reading right here.
Luckily for us, Attempted Bloggery has gone out of its way to give us a look at a number of obscure Peter Arno drawings. Link here to see some of what Arno contributed to College Humor.
From The Comics Journal, May 18, 2016, this lengthy informative piece by Paul Tumey, “The Screwball Comics of Gus Mager: Hippos, Monks and Sherlock Holmes” — Read it here.
Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z entry for Gus Mager:
Born, 1878, Newark, New Jersey. Died, July 17, 1956, Murrysville, Penn.
New Yorker work: 5 cartoons, March – July of 1925. It should be noted that a character named “Groucho” in Mr. Mager’s “Monk Family” comic strip was the inspiration for Julius Marx’s stage name, “Groucho.” Read more about it here
Pat Byrnes joins the ever expanding list of New Yorker cartoonists sharing their tools of the trade on Jane Mattimoe’s blog, A Case For Pencils. See Mr. Byrnes entry here.
From Distinction, May 14, 2016: “In Their Own Words: Kim Warp” — this short piece, mostly, as befits the title, in Ms.Warp’s own words.
[Photo: Jessica Shea]
Attempted Bloggery takes a look at a series of ads for Libby’s Tomato Juice, with art by Peter Arno, Otto Soglow, Syd Hoff, William Steig and James Thurber.
From New York Social Diary, May 12, 2016, “Jill Krementz Covers Roz Chast at MCNY” — this long post filled with lots of photos.
Link here to Ms. Chast’s website.
In what is surely the surprise of the day (for me), next year City Center will put on a limited run of the 1930 play The New Yorkers. The play, with music by Cole Porter as well as Jimmy Durante, was based on “a seed of an idea” [NYTs] by …Peter Arno.
Below: sheet music cover art by Arno. Details on the revival here.
(You can find much more on the play in my biography of Arno in the chapter “Up Broadway…and Down” )
Jake Goldwasser, one of the half-score of brand new cartoonists debuting in the New Yorker (so far) this year, is the subject of Jane Mattimoe’s latest blog post on A Case For Pencils. See it here!
In the early 1925, when The New Yorker was just a few months old (its first issue was dated February 21,1925) its main financial backer, Raoul Fleischmann decided to shut it down. If readership is a measure of success, the magazine was a failure.
At 11:00 on a Friday morning, Fleischmann called an emergency meeting at The Princeton Club (then on East 39th Street & Park Ave.). Attending were Fleischmann, Harold Ross, who invented the magazine and was its editor, Ross’s financial advisor, Hawley Traux, and Ross’s publications advisor, John Hanrahan. After deciding to suspend publication the four walked west a block and then north up Madison Avenue. I’ll let Mr. Fleischmann pick up the story as he remembered it [the full account can be found in The New Yorker‘s Archives at The New York Public Library]:
It was at 42nd Street, during a traffic lull, that I heard Hanrahan say to Traux or Ross, behind me, “I can’t blame Raoul for a moment for refusing to go on, but it’s like killing something that’s alive.”
Fleischmann wrote further that “Hanrahan’s remark had got under his skin,” and so he decided “to carry on, lending money in return for stock.” Within a year the magazine was not only surviving, but beginning to thrive, helped along by a wildly successful piece in the November 28, 1925 issue by Ellin MacKay, “Why We Go to Cabarets: A Post-Debutante Explains” and by the work of a young man whose cartoons were brand new to the publishing world: Peter Arno.
[photo: the intersection of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street just a few years before the serendipitous lull in traffic]
The multi-talented Peter Steiner will be discussing his writing and his drawing on May 12th as part of the White Hart Speaker Series. All the details here.
Link here to Mr. Steiner’s website.