With the holidays approaching, this seems a good time to mention some of The New Yorker cartoon-related books that have appeared on Ink Spill this year.
Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow & The Little King (IDW Publishing) Introduction by Ivan Brunetti, Foreward by Jared Gardner
From the Ink Spill review in March of this year: What’s not to like about this handsome volume? If I had my way every cartoonist of note would celebrated thusly: beautifully reproduced work (both black & white and color), with a thorough and informed foreward.
The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth (Algonquin Books)
Comings and goings on at The New Yorker in the latter part of William Shawn’s reign as editor, with mentions of cartoonists and famous contributors such as Charles Addams, J.D. Salinger, Joe Mitchell and Woody Allen.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs (Random House)
This is a beautiful book, chock full of art (covers & cartoons) as well as hefty contributions by many of the magazine’s writers. A bonus: the book is Thurber heavy — and that’s never a bad thing.
I Really Should Be Drawing: The Blook by Mick Stevens (an e-book)
From one of the funniest cartoonists in modern times, this e-book, available through Lulu.com
The Resistance: A Thriller by Peter Steiner (Minotaur Books)
Steiner’s fourth book in the Louis Morgon series.
“Brilliant, evocative, elegiac, and suffused with sadness. . . . The Resistance is a powerful and beautiful reminder of Faulkner’s dictum that the only thing truly worth writing about is ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’.” –Booklist, starred review.
After the Fall: A Novel by Victoria Roberts (W.W. Norton & Co.)
From the ever-wonderful Victoria Roberts, this illustrated novel.
“After the Fall is one of a kind. With her distinctive, intelligent drawings and tongue-in-cheek humor, legendary cartoonist Victoria Roberts has crafted a delightfully quirky coming-of-age fantasy for adults. I couldn’t put it down.” (Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman )
Steinberg: A Biography by Deirdre Bair (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese)
An excerpt from the Publishers Weekly review:
“The pre-eminent New Yorker cartoonist leads a life worthy of his own ironic art in this scintillating biography … Steinberg emerges as a tangle of neurotic contradictions … Bair’s long and amply researched biography unfolds in a graceful prose that’s stocked with absurdist scenes and colorful characters…”
No Man Is a Desert Island by Felipe Galindo Feggo (Jorge Pinto Books) A classic collection of cartoons by the multi-talented artist and cartoonist.
Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
An excerpt from The New York Times review:
“It’s never too early to expose your child to the joys of Chast’s wobbly-inked humor, and winning converts will be easy with this latest tale (after “Too Busy Marco”) about the dimwitted parrot…”
Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers you Were Never Meant to See by Francoise Mouly (Abrams)
The New Yorker’s Art editor gives us a behind-the-scenes look at art that didn’t make the cut.
Last but not least, The New Yorker’s Cartoons of the Year 2012 — a bookazine. Hundreds of cartoons culled from the past year. With an Introduction by the magazine’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff.