Attempted Bloggery Interviews Author of Peter Arno Biography


I couldn’t be more pleased that Attempted Bloggery has posted its first interview; the occasion  happily coincides with the publication of Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist.


Read it here.





Here’s a snippet of the interview:

Q: …In 1925  Arno came to the New Yorker during the magazine’s rocky first year. How did a 21-year-old come to establish himself at the young magazine? He had talent, to be sure. Did he also have connections?
A: He had zero connections at The New Yorker.  He brought his work in, unsolicited, like so many have done since. If we want to let our legs go wobbly for a moment, consider that Arno’s first visit to the New Yorker was going to be, in his own words, his “last try” at selling his art.  Had the New Yorker not taken his work (one from that very submission), he would’ve headed fully into his other passion: music.  

Photos of Interest: Sam Gross and Company; Attempted Bloggery’s Arno Week

Courtesy of Bob Eckstein,  a quartet of photographs from last night’s event celebrating Sam Gross‘s work. [From the top: Sam Gross; a projected Gross drawing; David Borchart, Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo), and Amy Kurzweil, a brand new New Yorker cartoonist (her first cartoon appeared in the April 4th issue); Mr. Gross and long -time contributor, Mort Gerberg]



-5 -3 -4-2

















Sam Gross’s Wikipedia page

Bob Eckstein’s website

Felipe Galindo’s website

Amy Kurzweil’s website

Mort Gerberg’s website











Attempted Bloggery has had plenty of interesting Peter Arno posts this week.  Check ’em out!


…and from the Department of Self-promotion: 

just six days til Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist is released. Pre-order here.Arno cover 2

New Yorker Scrapbooks; Last College Humor Arnos From Attempted Bloggery



NYer Scrapbook 1931









Back in 1931 The New Yorker published something called The New Yorker Scrapbook; unfortunately it contained zero cartoons, spots, covers, or illustrations. It’s a collection of writing from the then six year old magazine.


Over the years I’ve come across (either bought, or received as a gift) a number of scrapbooks containing clipped New Yorker art. In some cases they weren’t technically scrapbooks as the art wasn’t glued or pasted in a book, but stuffed in a manila folder. Those loose drawings are fun to look at,  but you need to dump them out like Pick up Stix before wading through (I won’t show those here). Below are a few more orderly examples from Ink Spill’s archives.


The first scrapbooks I ever encountered were in a small used bookstore (The Book Cave?) in Woodstock, New York. Two volumes of New Yorker covers, each a three ring binder such as a student would have in high school.  Someone had (unfortunately) used reinforcement hole protectors on every cover in the earlier binder.  The earliest cover, seen on the left, is dated November 24, 1928 (artist: Julian de Miskey) —  that’s a Helen Hokinson  cover on the right. The last cover in the binder, barely visible in the photo (it’s the pink cover peeking out from the bottom) was the last cover of the 1930s (artist: Charles Addams).

NYer Covers Scrapbook #1






The second volume, spared the hole reinforcements,  picked up in the 1940s.  Scrapbook #2Shown here: Rea Irvin‘s terrific cover of July 15, 1944 commemorating D-Day.


A more recent arrival to the Ink Spill archives (courtesy of a relative) is  dated 1939-1940. The scrapbook contains carefully arranged New Yorker spot drawings.  Though the pages are brittle the cover has  aged well as have the spots:

NYer Spots Scrapbook #1NYer Spots Scrapbook #2











IMG_0430Attempted Bloggery finishes up its week-long look at some of Peter Arno‘s work for College Humor. Kudos to Stephen Nadler for the great detective work resulting in this fine series.

The American Bystander #2; Arno in College Humor Continued

























The American Bystander #2 is close to publication (a provisional cover by the late great Charles Barsotti appears on the AB site).

For more on The American Bystander  read this (mentions Jack Ziegler, Liza Donnelly, Roz Chast among others).



And over at one of Ink Spill‘s favorite New Yorker cartoonist-related sites,

Attempted Bloggery continues its week-long look at Peter Arno‘s work in College Humor

AB #3


Paul Noth & Drew Dernavitch Draw in Princeton; Marisa Acocella Marchetto Pencilled; A John Stanley Tribute; Pt.3 of Attempted Bloggery’s Arnoathon; What’s So Funny About New Yorker Cartoons, Computers & Understanding?

Paul & DrewPaul Noth and Drew Dernavitch will be drawing at Princeton on April 21st.  All the details here.  [photo: Paul Noth on the left, Mr. Dernavitch on the right]

Paul Noth’s website.

Drew Dernavitch’s website.



Jane Mattimoe’s blog,  A Case For Pencils  continues with its impressive series of New Yorker cartoonists talking about their tools of the trade.  This week it’s Marisa Acocella Marchetto.

Ms. Marchetto’s website (and her latest book below)




Ann Tenna




John Stanley photo

One Club icon

From Comics Alliance, “Putting the ‘Comic’ in ‘Comic Book’: A Tribute to John Stanley” by Benito Ceren.  Mr. Stanley is a member of  Ink Spill‘s “One Club” (One Club membership is limited to cartoonists who had but one drawing in The New Yorker during their career). Mr. Stanley’s cartoon  — an eight panel captionless drawing — appeared in The New Yorker March 15, 1947.

Stanley bibliography







John Stanley in the 1940s: A Comics Bibliography by Frank M. Young


Arno, CHumor pt. 3Attempted Bloggery continues its look at Peter Arno‘s work in College Humor.  Today’s post: the July 1937 issue.





David laughing

From,March 23, 2016,   “How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny”

[screen grab of The New Yorker‘s Editor, David Remnick laughing at a cartoon]

A Closer Look at Gardner Rea; More Arno in College Humor

1914+Gardner+Rea+MakioA very nice piece, “Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Gardner Rea” from The Stripper’s Guide.  Gardner Rea‘s work appeared in The New Yorker from its very first issue all the way through 1965. [Mr. Rea pictured in 1914]





…and Attempted Bloggery continues its fascinating look at five issues worth of Peter Arno‘s work in College Humor.