Profiles of Interest: Marchetto, Kuper

Posted on 23rd January 2017 in News

From W Magazine, January 23, 2017, “Illustrator Marisa Acocella Marchetto of Cancer Vixen Is All About Powerful Women, Now More Than Ever”



From The Highlands Current, January 22, 2017, “Crash Course” — this piece on Peter Kuper

Of Interest: Danny Shanahan’s Proposed New Yorker Cover

Posted on 21st January 2017 in News

From time-to time Ink Spill will post art submitted by the magazine’s contributors but not accepted by The New Yorker‘s editors.  These will appear under the heading, One That Got Away.  Here’s a recent cover proposed by Danny Shanahan but not accepted.  (My thanks to Danny for permission to post):

John Klossner Pencilled; Peter Kuper’s Thoughts on Trump & Mexico

Posted on 19th January 2017 in News

John Klossner joins the now lengthy list of New Yorker cartoonists spotlighted on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils. Check it out!

Above: Mr. Klossner’s drawing board


From Design Arts Daily, January 18, 2017,  Peter Kuper‘s thoughts on Trump and Mexico.

See it here: “Oaxaca Journal, V. 16”


Stuart Leeds: An Ink Spill Appreciation

Posted on 18th January 2017 in News

Stuart Leeds photo 2002?














It recently came to the attention of Ink Spill that Stuart Leeds, a long-time New Yorker cartoonist, passed away several years ago, in his mid 70s.  This then is a very belated appreciation of Stuart’s contribution to the magazine and its community of artists.

Looking through his New Yorker work, beginning with his first drawing published April 27, 1981 (shown at the very bottom of this post) one sees a New York City-centric world, with a number of city sidewalk drawings (many depicting the awnings of swanky addresses such as the ones dotted along Park Avenue or 5th Avenue), and drawings focused on coffee (Manhattan’s unofficial drink). There are excursions into the old New Yorker cartoon stand-bys, relationships and business, and a few — too few — stops in childrens literature.  One of those (one of Stuart’s  two Alice in Wonderland-themed drawings) is, to my eyes, a classic.


Stuart was a Bronx native whose love of the New York Giants baseball team remained a preoccupation throughout his childhood and adult life (he was an active member of The New Yorker‘s softball team). He founded the New York (Baseball) Giants  Historical Society.  From City of Memory, a website funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, here’s what I believe is, in Stuart’s own words, a mini auto-biography addressing his love of the team:

Stuart Leeds was born in New York City on February 7th, 1939. His family, including his father Izzie and his grandfather lived in the Bronx and were avid New York Giants fans. Stuart went to his first game at the age of 5 — he remembers that it was threatening rain but it held off so he could watch. The Giants won! Stuart attended the last game in 1957 at the Polo Grounds, cheering, “Stay team, Stay!” Today, Stuart is part of  a community of fans who still cheer the San Francisco Giants and reminisce about the old days of the New York Giants. He pulled some grass from the grounds of the Polo Grounds and still keeps it in a jar at his home.

Other facts of Stuart’s life are fuzzier. We know he lived on 16th Street in  New York’s Chelsea neighborhood for years, and that he had a parrot named Harry.  A New Yorker cartoonist colleague, Sid Harris told me that Stuart once brought the parrot into the New Yorker‘s offices;  on another occasion, in what seemed like a page out of Thurber’s Pet Department, Stuart was quite distraught when the parrot began hanging upside down in its cage (Harry lived on). A New Yorker cartoonist, Nick Downes, told me that,  “You knew [Harry] accepted your presence when he let you scratch his head with a chopstick.”

Another New Yorker colleague, Sam Gross, told me Stuart spent many a  summertime on Fire Island, at first living in a home across from Sam, and in later years further away on the island.  Sam reminded me that Stuart had contributed spot drawings to the New Yorker. Here’s one from 1982:












We know also that Stuart taught humorous illustration at Cooper Union.  Here’s a piece on Stuart’s class that appeared in New York magazine back in 1994. It includes a memorable quote, “Humor is often about releasing anger in a socially acceptable way.”

Stuart Leeds Cooper Union piece 1994



Finally, and fittingly, in this video produced in 2009 we hear Stuart talk about New York, about art and about his attempts to sell his first drawing (below) to The New Yorker.



Book of Interest: Thurberville

Posted on 17th January 2017 in News












Coming in April of this year,  Thurberville, by Bob Hunter.  From the publisher(Trillium):

James Thurber’s Columbus was not today’s Columbus—or even yesterday’s. It was a Columbus he both knew and created, a place perched on the fringe of reality and the fringe of his imagination. It is the place Bob Hunter revisits in Thurberville, a book where the author separates truth from fiction and identifies what parts of the famous humorist’s hometown of 180,000 exist in the burgeoning metro area of more than two million today. 

An Arno Inspired Play Comes Back to NYC

Posted on 16th January 2017 in News

The New Yorkers (playbill)




















On Broadway in 1930 (the original program appears above), this Peter Arno inspired musical returns for a short run in March.  Here’s the description from the New York Theatre Guide:

A Sociological Musical Satire

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Herbert Fields, based on a story by E. Ray Goetz & Peter Arno
at Encores!
at New York City Center (Mainstage)

Bullets fly and bathtub gin flows in this 1930 Prohibition jape, which is a gleefully amoral celebration of speakeasies, gangsters, society dames and the great city they love. The musical centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Miller, whose bootlegger beau leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again.
(from 22 Mar 2017 – Closing on 26 Mar 2017)

For more on Arno’s involvement with Broadway theater, including The New Yorkers and Here Goes The Bride, check out my biography of Arno.

Wikipeda’s entry on the The New Yorkers .

Attempted Bloggery Ramps Up

Posted on 15th January 2017 in News

Attempted Bloggery takes a close look at similarities (and differences) between a Charles Addams drawing published in The New Yorker in 1946 and the cover of Startling Stories published in 1939.  Read all about it here.

Startling Stories Vol. 2, No. 3 (Nov., 1939). Cover Art by Earle Bergey

Startling Stories Vol. 2, No. 3 (Nov., 1939). Cover Art by Earle Bergey

Cartoons & Politics Mix

Posted on 14th January 2017 in News

img-20170105-132631_3_orig-300x300From The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, “Exclusive Interview: Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman Resist!” Resist will be  distributed, free of charge,  on the day of the Women’s March on Washington in these cities:  Washington, D.C., New York City, Des Moines,, Portland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  It includes work by comic artists from abroad and the United States, including a number of New Yorker artists.



From dnainfo, January, 13, 2017: “Artists Respond to Election in Hairpin Arts Center’s Newest Series”New Yorker artist Tom Bachtell‘s work appears (among others) in this Chicago exhibit.


Vassar James Palmer GalleryComing soon to Vassar College’s James Palmer Gallery, “The World After January 20, 2017: Works By Contemporary Artists and Poets, February 2-16, 2017” — the exhibit features work by a number of artists (several New Yorker cartoonists are represented, including Liza Donnelly, and Peter Steiner)

Event of Interest: Mankoff in Florida

Posted on 12th January 2017 in News

cartoon-contest-homepage Bob Mankoff will appear at the Boca Raton Festival of Arts in early March.  Details here.

Sooner and closer to home: On January 18th, Mr. Mankoff will be in discussion with Ken Johnson.  Details here.

Event of Interest: Roz Chast in Washington State

Posted on 10th January 2017 in News

Roz photo 2016

If you happen to be out west in a few weeks:

“Lecture: An Evening with Roz Chast”  February 9, 2017