It’s been some time since a New Yorker cartoonist started up a new website. Thankfully, Ken Krimstein has broken that dry spell. See his site here.
Due this October From University Press of Mississippi, Peter Kuper: Conversations.
From the publisher’s description:
Along with two dozen images, this volume features ten lively, informative interviews with Kuper, including a career-spanning lengthy new interview. The book also includes a quartet of revealing interviews with underground comix legends Robert Crumb and Vaughn Bode, Mad magazine publisher William Gaines, and Jack Kirby, co-creator of mainstream superheroes from the Avengers to the Fantastic Four. These interviews were conducted by Kuper and fellow artist Seth Tobocman in the early 1970s, when they were teenagers.
From Mr. Kuper’s “New Yorker Cartoonist A-Z” entry on Ink Spill:
New Yorker contributors Ben Katchor, Glen Baxter, Emily Flake and yours truly will be part of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival. Here’s a link to the festival’s website. When there’s further info on the events attached to these folks I’ll post links*
*for starters, here are the details of my participation:
12:00pm Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St)
Artists As Influencers. A conversation about how cultural creators both reflect and influence society with biographers Michael Maslin (Peter Arno, The Mad Mad World of the New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist), Nancy Princenthal (Agnes Martin- Her Life and Art), and Mary Louise Patterson, (co-editor of Letters From Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond)
Anyone following The New Yorker‘s history will no doubt remember the hoopla surrounding Mr. Gottlieb’s appointment as editor of The New Yorker way back in 1987 (he in turn was replaced by Tina Brown in 1992. She left The New Yorker in 1998, and was replaced by David Remnick).
Here are a few tip of the iceberg cartoon-related snippets from the book. The first concerns his relationship with the then long-time Art/Cartoon editor, Lee Lorenz:
“Cartoonists, like most humorists, are sensitive plants, and Lee had to juggle their needs and feelings in tandem with mine.”
And another where he talks about helping Ms. Brown transition to The New Yorker:
“Once Tina was on the premises, she and her camp setting up camp on another floor from mine, I showed her what ropes she wanted to be shown. For instance, it didn’t make sense for me to be commissioning cartoons that she might not find funny when they came in finished, so I invited her to join my weekly art meetings with Lee Lorenz and to speak up. She hardly did, although once she looked at a finished piece of art and asked, “Is it funny?” She wasn’t being sarcastic, she just wanted to know.”
Event of Note: Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer in Conversation, Oct. 20th; More Spills: Al Frueh’s Studio and Paul Noth’s Book News
Cartoon gods Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer will be in conversation on October 20th at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia. Mark your calendar! Details here.
And here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:
The illustrated adventure series features Happy Junior, a bearded 10-year-old who wants to be normal but can’t, thanks to his family, including his father, a brilliant inventor whose screwball products are trumpeted in TV infomercials, his five unusual sisters, and his despotic grandmother who has relegated the whole family to a basement corner of her grand estate. The first book in the series, How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens, will be published in winter 2018…
…And from out of left field, this real estate listing for a Greenwich Village townhouse (34 Perry Street) that includes a mention of Al Frueh, who had the first cartoon in the very first issue of The New Yorker.
*New Yorker Minutiae Recollection Award of the year goes to Stephen Nadler, who runs the wonderfully entertaining and informative Attempted Bloggery. Stephen wrote to me after reading this post and pointed out that this very same studio was mentioned in that very same inaugural issue under the heading In Our Midst. And here it is:
From the realtor’s listing:”The fourth floor is exceptional. In 1924, it was transformed into a loft and artist studio by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Mr. Al Frueh with a raised roof and extraordinary large windows and north facing skylight across the entire frontage.”
We’ve seen Liza Donnelly‘s recent live-tweet drawings at the Democratic National Convention featured on the New Yorker‘s site as well as on CBS This Morning, but what we haven’t seen much of is a photo of Ms. Donnelly actually at work in the convention hall. Here’s one courtesy of Helen Brosnan who works at Hillary For America. In the photo we see Ms. Donnelly momentarily poised with her trusty iPad and stylus in hand (yes, that’s Charlie Rose in the background).
More information on Ms. Donnelly (including links to her New Yorker work) can be found on her website here. You can also follow her on Twitter @lizadonnelly
From Comics Kingdom, August 11, 2016, “Ask the Archivist: Strictly Richter” –a look at the late Mischa Richter’s long running strip.
Here’s Mr. Richter’s entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:
Mischa Richter (photo courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon) Born, Kharkov, Russia, 1910. Died, March 23, 2001. NYer work: January 10, 1942 – January 20, 2003 ; Key books: This One’s On Me! (McGraw-Hill, 1945) , The Cartoonist’s Muse, co-authored by Harald Bakken (Contemporary Books, 1992). )
And: here’s his Wikipedia page
Emily Flake will be doing some stand-up and showing her work September 15th at the Delaware Art Museum. Details here.
Shown here is my favorite cover of hers (I’ve no idea if it’s in the exhibit), and one of my favorite New Yorker covers of all-time (let’s say it’s in the top 100).
In that issue of August 4, 1945 are two cartoons by Ms. Petty’s husband, Alan Dunn as well as two by the great Helen Hokinson. Also in the issue are drawings by: Steinberg, Robert Day (a full page!), Whitney Darrow, Jr., Otto Soglow, Julian de Misky (a sequential drawing running over the gutter and onto the following page), Eric Ericson, Sam Cobean, Charles Addams, Garrett Price, Perry Barlow, and Chon Day. For anyone interested in why this era was called the golden age of New Yorker cartooning, seek out and enjoy the artistry of these contributors. (it’s available to New Yorker subscribers online; it’s also available on the Complete New Yorker, and any library still holding bound New Yorkers).
The New Yorker has published a number of Olympic themed covers and drawings in its lifetime (the issue currently on the newsstands is the most recent example with its Olympics cover and spot drawings ). Here’s Anatol Kovarsky’s beautiful New Yorker cover celebrating the 1960 Summer Olympics. And inside the magazine, this Charles Martin (CEM) drawing:
Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entries for Mr. Kovarsky and Mr. Martin:
Anatol Kovarsky (photo above, NYC, 2013. By Liza Donnelly) Born, Moscow. Died, June 1, 2016, NYC. Collection: Kovarsky’s World (Knopf, 1956) NYer work: 1947 -1969. Link to Ink Spill’s Anatol Kovarsky appreciation
Charles E. Martin (CEM) (photo above from Think Small, a cartoon collection produced by Volkswagon) Born in Chelsie, Mass., 1910, died June 18, 1995, Portland, Maine. NYer work: Nearly 200 covers and over 400 cartoons, 1938 – 1987.