Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists Library

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When I began Ink Spill back in 2008 one of the major sections planned for its future was a library of collections by New Yorker cartoonists. I’m more than pleased to announce that work has been underway for the past few months to build the library and it is now stocked with titles.  Not fully stocked, but well on its way.  Certain cartoonists are yet to be represented (no John Held, Jr. or Bruce Eric Kaplan yet) while others who are represented (like Ludwig Bemelmans, for example) need lots of fleshing out. This is an on-going endeavor with scans of book covers and publishing information continually added.

The library is an attempt to build a comprehensive collection of books (titles and covers)  by the magazine’s artists, including some of the books they illustrated.  In the case where a cartoonist did not publish a collection of their work, we’ve included a book or books they illustrated or wrote/edited (Roberta Macdonald is one example, Julia Suits is another) We’ve also added a number of illustrated books by cartoonists who do have collections (Steinberg, for instance), but the library is by no means trying to be inclusive of all illustrated books.

The  Library draws heavily on our personal collection but is not a catalog of the collection.   Chris Wheeler and Warren Bernard  contributed some of the rarer cover scans. Other images were pulled from various online sources.  I am particularly indebted to Gretchen Maslin, who is archiving the materials and has built the library.  She comes to Ink Spill having worked in Special Collections at the Vassar College Library as well as The New Yorker‘s library.

To enter the Library just click on the new icon to the left (“The New Yorker Cartoonists Library”) or click here.

NYTs Review: Bob Mankoff’s Memoir; New Yorker Cartoons Live on Late Night with Seth Meyers


From The New York Times, March 19, 2014, “If He Says It’s Funny, It’s Funny” — Janet Maslin (no relation) reviews a memoir by The New Yorker‘s current cartoon editor.

The Entertainment Weekly review, March 19, 2014,  “How About Never — Is Never Good For You?”  by Darren Franich.

























Last night’s “Late Night” guests included The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, who gamely stood by with host Seth Meyers as four New Yorker cartoons were brought to life by the Late Night Players. The live action pieces were based on cartoons by Arnie Levin, Matthew Diffee, Zach Kanin, and Paul Noth.


See the original cartoons:

Arnie Levin

Matthew Diffee

Zach Kanin

Paul Noth


Harry Bliss on being a Sendak Fellow: “It’s Quite an Honor…He Inspired the Hell Out of Me.”



According to a Facebook post by Harry Bliss, he is a winner of the 2014 Sendak Fellowship.  From the Fellowship letter posted by Mr. Bliss:

The Fellowship was established in 2010 as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustrations.”

Bliss has been contributing cartoons  and covers to The New Yorker since January of 1998.  Visit his website here.


I asked Mr. Bliss if he’d care to comment on winning the Fellowship and here’s how he responded today in an email:

“It’s quite an honor. I knew Maurice, he was a friend, and I miss him. He inspired the hell out of me…and depressed me, all the while making me laugh with his irreverent wit.

I’ll be in residence at Sendak’s farm in upstate New York this summer along with Fellow, Nora Krug for five weeks working on a graphic novel for Penguin, but I’m sure I’ll be filling up sketchbooks with water colors/drawings of some of the farm animals too.  Looking forward to it.” 

You can see some of Harry Bliss’  New Yorker work here on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.


Photo from Bliss’ New Yorker bio.