From You Made It Weird, January 27, 2012, this hour and twenty minute podcast featuring Alex Gregory and Matt Diffee in conversation with Pete Holmes.
Great Cartoonists born in January: Addams, Arno, Held, Cullum; Reminder: Cartoonists to gather at NYC’s Strand
Tis the season for birthdays of great cartoonists:
Charles Addams born January 7, 1912; Peter Arno born January 8, 1904; John Held, Jr., born January 10, 1889; Leo Cullum, January 11, 1942.
William Grimes, writing in The New York Times said of Leo Cullum, “[he] was a classic gag cartoonist whose visual absurdities were underlined, in most cases, by a caption reeled in from deep left field.” And , Roz Chast, in a “Postscript” for The New Yorker, concurred: “…his gags were truly out there: unexpected and completely loopy.”
Leo, who passed away in the Fall of 2010, would’ve turned 70 today.
REMINDER! A number of cartoonists whose work appears in the recently published Best of the Rejection Collection are gathering at Manhattan’s Strand bookstore on Broadway and 12th St., Jan. 12th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Among the participants: Julia Suits, Carolita Johnson, Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, David Sipress, and Arnie Levin. For details click here.
From Strand Books this notice of a group appearance of cartoonists whose work appears in the Best of The Rejection Collection. Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, Barbara Smaller and Marisa Acocella Marchetto, among many others, are slated to appear. (Event at Strand Books, 12th St. & Broadway, NYC, January 12, 2012, 7pm- 8pm.)
This VERY FUNNY video promoting the Best of The Rejection Collection features Sam Gross, Paul Noth, David Sipress, Matt Diffee, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Bob Mankoff and Roz Chast
Shortly after the first Rejection Collection appeared I was at a party and someone asked me if I was in the book. “Nope,” I said. “Why,” my persistent inquisitor asked, “because The New Yorker never rejects you?”
The truth is, of course, that I have a mountain of rejected work – a mountain as high and dusty and unorganized as any of my New Yorker cartoonist buddies. So much of this work is just plain awful – it had every right to be rejected by The New Yorker. But like any cartoonist, I still hold onto the notion that a few of these rejects are golden ( “How could The New Yorker reject this one?! How!!! ).
Back in 2006 when New Yorker cartoonist, Matt Diffee first put out a call for rejected work, I scooped up my golden rejects (lets say there were ten thousand) and submitted them. And yet – and oh how painful is this to admit: none of these cut the muster. My rejects were rejected. And an even sadder tale of woe: I resubmitted those very same drawings for the second Rejection Collection…and they were rejected again. Go ahead, laugh.
Much as The New Yorker has an invisible standard, so does the Rejection Collection – in a perverse reverse. You might say that my rejects, not up to snuff for The New Yorker, were not down to snuff for The Rejection Collection. They’re caught in between, in a rejection purgatory. I like to tell myself that if there’s ever a collection of cartoons rejected from The Rejection Collection, these might have a shot.
So what you have here in the brand new Best of The Rejection Collection (Workman), out just this month, are 293 drawings; if, as the second volume proclaimed, these drawings are ‘The Cream of The Crap” this new volume incorporating work from the first two Rejection Collections is definitely The Creamiest of the Crap.
I emailed Matt Diffee (with whom I’m no longer on speaking terms since he twice rejected my rejects. (Just kidding! ) and asked him to explain what this new collection offers in the “new” department:
“…a new intro from me and an updated forward from Bob [Mankoff – The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor] (including one of his own rejected cartoons) and we put a new appendix in the back with cartoons that the cartoonist themselves have rejected over the years from their friends or family.”
This new volume is what you want to take on the train with you, or to bed at night, or to the beach, or over the river and to the woods to Grandma’s house. It is at times insanely gross, which means, it will make you laugh despite your better judgment. Oh how I envy the cartoonists within its pages.
From San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, September 2, 2011, “A Night of Rejection with New Yorker cartoonists Diffee, Dernavich and Kanin” (event takes place September 20, 2011. See link for details)
The cover for The Best of the Rejection Collection (Workman; pub date, October 1, 2011) can now be found on at least one of your favorite online book store sites.
And in other rejected news…from the blog, workshop tsl, July 8, 2011, “ART: Who Says Rejection is a Bad Thing?” this post containing the suggestion that a rejected covers project is in the air.