Ronald Searle: 1922 -2011

From uk.reuters, January 3, 2012, “St. Trinian’s creator Searle dies aged 91”

Searle’s work appeared close to 100 times since he first began contributing to The New Yorker in 1966.  His covers, which usually included a burst or bursts of color, often had a cat as the subject, but there were also variations on aged flower children/artists, and the occasional butterfly or dog. I always thought that if you could toss Ralph Steadman’s style into a blender along with Al Hirschfeld’s and Arnold Roth’s you just might end up with a distant relation to Searle’s.

Visit the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank to see some of Searle’s work for the magazine

Why John Updike Became a Writer

While thumbing through Conversations with John Updike (Edited by James Plath, University Press of Mississippi, 1994) I came upon an interview conducted by Christopher Lydon on “the Ten O’Clock News,” WGBH -TV Boston December 21, 1989.  Updike’s speaking of his trio of illustrations that accompanied his September 5, 1985 New Yorker piece “At War With My Skin” and then says:

“But I’ve never had the wit to submit any successful cartoon ideas.  In fact, that’s why I became a writer — you don’t need as many ideas as if you’re a cartoonist.”