Book of Interest: Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics; New Yorker’s Weiner cover






Coming from Rodale Press in September, Marion Nestle’s Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics. The book is loaded with cartoons. Contributing New Yorker artists include Rina Piccolo, Liza Donnelly, Mike Twohy, and New Yorker cover artist, Bob Staake.



Rina Piccolo’s website

Liza Donnelly’s website

Mike Twohy is currently the New Yorker’s Daily Cartoonist.  You can see his daily work here. 

Bob Staake’s website






On newsstands next week, the August 5th issue of The New Yorker features Anthony Weiner in a King Kong mode. Cover by John Cuneo.









Marc Simont, 1915 – 2013. Illustrated Thurber’s “The 13 Clocks” & “The Wonderful O”


Following are a few notices about the celebrated illustrator, Marc Simont, who passed away July 13th in Cornwall, Connecticut.

The Los Angeles Times, July 21,2013, “Marc Simont dies at age 97; award-winning children’s book artist”

The New York Times, July 16, 2013, “Marc Simont, Classic Children’s book illustrator, Dies at 97”

Publishers Weekly, July 17, 2013, “Obituary: Marc Simont”

The Horn Book, July 18, 2013, “Marc Simont (1915 – 2013)”


Book of Interest: That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick








Recently published: Ellin Stein’s That’s Not Funny, It’s Sick  / the National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream (W.W. Norton & Co.). From the publisher’s notes:


Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s, draws on a wealth of revealing, firsthand interviews with the architects and impresarios of this comedy explosion to offer crucial insight into a cultural transformation that still echoes today. Brimming with insider stories and set against the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick goes behind the jokes to witness the fights, the parties, the collaborations—and the competition—among this fraternity of the self-consciously disenchanted. Decades later, their brand of subversive humor that provokes, offends, and often illuminates is as relevant and necessary as ever.


Link here to the official website for the book






BBC: Bert & Ernie New Yorker Cover & The Power of Cartoons: Bob Mankoff on Favorite Cartoons, Pt.2; Book of Interest: American Cornball

BBC Bert:Ernie








From BBC News Magazine, July 19, 2013, “A Point of View: Bert, Ernie and the power of cartoons”












From New Yorker Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff’s blog, here’s part 2 of his look into favorite cartoons.  This time Mr. Mankoff begins to roll out favorites as suggested by visitors to the site.  Work shown includes cartoons by George Price, Peter Arno, Shel Silverstein (whose work never appeared in The New Yorker), and Charles Addams.











Now here’s a book worth waiting for: American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny (Harper, 2014) by Christopher Miller.  Originally slated to be out now, it’s been rescheduled for February of next year.  I asked Mr. Miller to describe the book:


It is an encyclopedia of old humor, with roughly 200 entries on things that used to strike people as funny–things like anvils, back-seat drivers, castor oil, dish-washing husbands, efficiency experts, flappers, gold diggers, hangovers, icemen, just-marrieds, kissing booths, ladies’ clubs, mothers-in-law, next-door neighbors, old maids, pie fights, rolling pins, stenographers, traveling salesmen, ulcers, women drivers, and yes men.

The focus is American humor in the first 2/3 of the 20th century, as expressed in books, movies, cartoons, comic strips, sit-coms, radio programs, etc. I talk a lot about New Yorker cartoonists like Charles Addams (especially in the entry on Spouse-Killing), Helen Hokinson (Ladies’ Clubs), Peter Arno (Gold diggers), and Richard Taylor (Drunks and Drunkenness).


Note: Mr. Miller has a Facebook page devoted to the book, with a number of images posted, including work by Charles Addams, Syd Hoff, and Sam Cobean