Syd Hoff Exhibit out west; Marcella Hazan changed David Sipress’s Life









Ink Spill has learned from the niece of the late great Syd Hoff that the exhibit “Syd Hoff: The Man, the Magic and the Mystery” is opening this coming October 7th in Newport Beach, California.  Details here.  Link to the  Syd Hoff website here.

From the press release:


Newport Beach, CA (September 18, 2013) – The Newport Beach Public Library will showcase the works of legendary cartoonist and children’s book author Syd Hoff in a special exhibit at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, opening October 7 through November 3.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours, MondayThursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

The special exhibit, “Syd Hoff, the Man, the Magic and the Mystery,” focuses on the life and career of Syd Hoff who was the illustrator and author of over 110 books, most with special emphasis on the early reader. The exhibit includes a variety of art panels comprised of original illustrations, cartoons and family photos.  In addition, the exhibit will also feature several items from Mr. Hoff’s personal collection of memorabilia.

While best known for his beloved 1958 children’s classic “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which sold millions of copies, Syd Hoff’s body of work includes over 570 cartoons featured in “The New Yorker” magazine, that crossed not only the generational gap, but socioeconomic and gender lines, as well.  The exhibit celebrates contributions that Hoff has made as one of the great humorists of the twentieth century.

The month-long exhibit is on loan to the library courtesy of exhibit curator, Carol Edmonston, who is Syd Hoff’s niece and is passionate about preserving the legacy of her late uncle.

In addition to the exhibit, Children’s Services at the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting a “Syd Hoff Family Storytime” on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room at the Central Library.  Carol Edmonston will be on hand to share stories of her uncle and a special guest will make an appearance that is sure to entertain young “Danny and the Dinosaur” fans.  Children will also be able to work on crafts inspired by the art of Syd Hoff.



From, September 30th, 2013, “Marcella Hazan Changed My Life”David Sipress on the great chef.

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead Still Weird to Screen @ NYC’s IFC Center Oct 11th


We’ve been following the progress of Steven-Charles Jaffe’s documentary, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird.  Just a reminder that it will show at the IFC Center in Manhattan on October 11-17.  Mr. Jaffe will be doing a Q&A following the matinees on the 11th, 12th & 13th.  For exact screening times, go to the website:  Born Dead, Still Weird


Mr. Jaffe has sent along this corrected current link to the trailer

Cat Cartoons a-plenty in the Big New Yorker Book of Cats





Coming October 1st from Random House: The Big New Yorker Book of Cats ( you may remember that The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs was published almost exactly a year ago).  As you’d expect, the book boasts a huge number of cat themed cartoons and covers. Here’s a list of the cartoonists represented:

Charles Addams, Harry Bliss, George Booth, Roz Chast, Frank Cotham, Leo Cullum, Joe Dator, Eldon Dedini, Liza Donnelly, J.C. Duffy, Jules Feiffer, Ed Fisher, Ed Frascino, Alex Gregory, Sam Gross, William Hamilton, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Edward Koren, Arnie Levin, Lee Lorenz, Robert Mankoff, Henry Martin, Paul Noth, Donald Reilly, Mischa Richter, Victoria Roberts, Danny Shanahan, Bernard Schoenbaum, Edward Sorel, William Steig, Mick Stevens, Anthony Taber (represented by two multi-page spreads), Mike Twohy, Dean Vietor, Robert Weber, Christopher Weyant, Shannon Wheeler, Jack Ziegler

Cross-over cover artists (meaning those who have contributed both cartoons & covers to The New Yorker):  Charles Addams, Abe Birnbaum (his March 30, 1963 cover is of a lion), Ronald Searle, J.J. Sempe, Saul Steinberg, and Gahan Wilson



P.S. Mueller: Snatching Steinberg…and Thurber, Steig, Day, Soglow…

Continuing Ink Spill‘s series of New Yorker cartoonists talking about important cartoon connections in their lives is P.S. Mueller on discovering Steinberg’s work.  Mr. Mueller has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998.   “1958 Zorro Meets Steinberg” and photograph courtesy of Mr. Mueller.


1958 Zorro Meets Steinberg
In my adult mind I think of Saul Steinberg as an artist who forged his own passport out of hell and playfully went on from there. But his complicated life and tricky dance with identity meant nothing to the six or seven year-old Zorro impersonator who long ago became fascinated with his insanely simple and perfect line drawings.
I became a Steinberg thief immediately upon encountering his drawings in my father’s mile high stack of New Yorkers and proudly remain one to this day. When no one arrested me, I kept at it, snatching a bit of Thurber, a dash of Soglow, a pixilated grin from Steig, a blank look from Chon Day, and so on, until the lot of them came to inhabit me the way swallows inhabit a barn. The ghosts of Virgil Partch and Roger Price haunt this fluttery loft as well, but I digress.
How can it be that a few line drawings glimpsed at such an early age more or less charted an entire career path for a kid in Ohio? Was it something to do with the moment of discovery rather than the discovery itself? Or kismet? Nah, I don’t buy any part of the whole kismet thing. It had to be that Rumanian cipher with the paper bag over his head who tempted me to forge my own papers with stolen ink.
See some of Steinberg’s work for The New Yorker here.
See P.S. Mueller’s New Yorker work here.
(Left:  P.S. Mueller around the time he first encountered the work of Saul Steinberg)