Jean-Claude Suares, who died this past July 30, in Englewood, New Jersey, is best known for his work apart from The New Yorker (see the various links below that cover his life and career), but I will always happily associate his name with the one and only New Yorker cover he did (it appeared September 23, 1974). I remember Mr. Suares’ cover not so much as it appeared on the New Yorker, but as the book cover for the 1984 exhibit, Seasons at The New Yorker: Six Decades of Cover Art, produced in conjunction with the National Academy of Art.
Walking up Fifth Avenue on the way to my first gallery opening as a New Yorker contributor, I neared the entrance to The National Academy, and spotted Brendan Gill out on the sidewalk with a few other gallery-goers. Dressed in suit and tie, and holding a glass of champagne, he was merrily laughing along with his friends. It was a scene seemingly ripped right out of a William Hamilton New Yorker cartoon. Mr. Suares’ cover will always encapsulate, for me, New York City and The New Yorker on a most memorable day.
Link to Steven Heller’s “Memories of JC (Jean-Claude Suares)” from Print, August 8, 2013.
Link to Steven Heller’s August 5, 2013 New York Times obit, “Jean-Claude Suares, 71, a Daring Times Op-Ed Artist”
Link to the North Jersey. com obit, “Jean Claude Suares of Harrington Park, illustrator and graphic designer, dies at 71”
Link to Mr. Suares’ website.
In case you missed it (I did while away for a few days) The New York Times ran a short fun piece about The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff in its Sunday edition.
With only 15 days to go, it’s time to check in on the Kickstarter fund drive for filmmaker Steven Charles Jaffe’s documentary, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead Still Weird
Please visit the site (the pink link above) and if you can, help support this exceptionally worthy effort.
From The Washington Post’s blog Comic Riffs, July 31, 2013, “‘Nobody Knows You’re a Dog’: As iconic Internet cartoon turns 20, creator Peter Steiner knows the joke rings as relevant as ever”
(Ink Spill spoke with Mr. Steiner back in early July about his cartoon)
Ink Spill visitors might remember my piece on Anatol Kovarsky from earlier in July. A version of the piece now appears on the New Yorker’s website, courtesy of the magazine’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff. See it here.
Here’s a trailer for the upcoming film based on James Thurber’s short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” due Christmas day. Ben Stiller stars as Mitty. An earlier version, released in 1947, starred Danny Kaye. The original story appeared in The New Yorker, March 18, 1939.
You can see a sampling of Thurber’s New Yorker work here at the magazine’s Cartoon Bank.