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.”
This post from newyorker.com: From the Desk of Bob Mankoff, December 28, 2011, “Michael Maslin’s Perfect Cartoon”
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From the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate, December 29, 2011, this profile of Tom Toro: “Cartoonist still reaching for the top”
From Strand Books this notice of a group appearance of cartoonists whose work appears in the Best of The Rejection Collection. Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, Barbara Smaller and Marisa Acocella Marchetto, among many others, are slated to appear. (Event at Strand Books, 12th St. & Broadway, NYC, January 12, 2012, 7pm- 8pm.)
One of my favorite events of the year is The New Yorker’s Holiday Party. Long long ago when I began contributing to the magazine the cartoonists had their own bash, an informal affair held in the waiting area just outside the Art Editor’s office (the Art Editor then was Lee Lorenz, and the magazine was located at 25 West 43rd St). Henry Martin, cartoonist, and all around wonderful guy, would bring in his rum balls, and there would be drink of course (even though the party took place during the usual “look” time just before noon). Around noon, many of the cartoonists would head out the door to a favorite restaurant for a post party lunch.
In recent years the Holiday Party has been held in the evening at various venues around the city, mostly downtown. This past Wednesday, New Yorker employees of all stripes gathered below ground in a space once used as an air raid shelter. Partiers, sipping Eustace Tinis, stood beneath a vaulted brick ceiling. At a far end of the space, cartoonists gathered together like shards of metal drawn together by a magnet. The only thing missing was a platter of rum balls.
This video of Liza Donnelly’s talk at Tedx Bay Area, December 8, 2011.