Photo of Note: Eldon Dedini
Out of the blue, the Monterey Herald posted this fine photo of the late Eldon Dedini under the headline, “Looking Back, Portrait of a Cartoonist”
Here’s Mr. Dedini’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
Eldon Dedini ( Pictured above. Source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born 1921, King City, Calif. Died Jan.12, 2006, Carmel, Calif. New Yorker work: 1950 – 2003. Collection: The Dedini Gallery ( Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1961)
And a real treat, mentioned here a long time back: there’s a multi-panel documentary of Mr. Dedini available onYouTube. Part 1 here
The Monday Tilley Watch
The issue of May 14, 2018, The “Innovators Issue”…
Record keeping: here’re the cartoonists in the issue (Liana Finck’s name isn’t below but she is listed on the Table of Contents for a Sketchbook piece titled “Life and Work”).
Rea Irvin’s classic Talk Of The Town masthead (below) is still in storage. As the president might say: Sad!
And sorry to bring this up again, but this business of switching from the Irvin typeface on bylines (see below: “By Tad Friend”) strikes me as tweaking something that does not need tweaking. In fact, some newly incorporated design elements need to be un-tweaked. Would you tweak the top of the Empire State Building because you could? I hope not.
Below is a heading plucked from the Dec. 3, 2012 issue. Notice Calvin Trillin’s name set in Irvin type. Now look back up at the byline for Superior Intelligence. No question which is the superior typeface.
Ok, back to cartoons, briefly. If you want a close look at each cartoon in the issue please visit the Cartoon Companion. They usually post their rated takes for the latest issue at the end of the week. The CC and the Spill are not affiliated, and in fact often disagree on what’s a great cartoon and what’s a dud. I’ll return to looking closely at cartoons in this space every so often.