Event of Interest: Not OK: Great Cartoons That Weren’t Good Enough; Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings; Next Week’s New Yorker Cover Revealed

Event of Interest: Not OK: Great Cartoons That Weren’t Good Enough

What fun!  An exhibit of cartoons that did not make the cut at The New Yorker. Many of the contributing artists are newbies at the magazine, either in the print version and/or on the magazine’s website.

“Not OK” refers to the two letters every New Yorker cartoonist (and every prospective New Yorker cartoonist) longs to see in her or his inbox at week’s end in an email from the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor: OK (or sometimes: O.K.).  An OKed cartoon is a drawing that has been bought by The New Yorker. The Not OK show is comprised of selected drawings submitted to the magazine but not bought. 

Here’s a list of the participants:

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Mitra Farmand, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Lars Kenseth, Amy Kurzweil, Maggie Larson, Sharon Isadora Levy, Brendan Loper, Sam Marlow, Jeremy Nguyen, David Ostow, Drew Panckeri, Ellis Rosen, Julia Suits, Colin Tom

For more info on these artists please consult the Spill’s A-Z or the personal websites of each cartoonist.

Day, time  & place:


Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings

The CC boys are back (sans Mystery Cartoonist!) with a look at this week’s cartoons. I particularly enjoyed their dissection of Jeremy Nguyen’s Picasso cartoon.  Go here to see what they have to say about that drawing and all the others in the issue.


Next Week’s New Yorker Cover Revealed

It’s become somewhat routine these days for the New Yorker to allow us a look at the upcoming issue’s cover, most especially if the cover is tied-in to current events. Here’s the cover artist, Eric Drooker, talking (very briefly)  about his cover for the September 18th issue. And here’s Mr. Drooker talking about it a little more to The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna.

Cartoon Companion’s Amy Hwang Interview (Pt.1); Columbia University Libraries’ “Comics In the Curriculum”; The Tilley Watch:The New Yorker Festival

Cartoon Companion’s Amy Hwang Interview (Pt.1)

Cartoon Companion has expanded its features, offering glimpses of rough drawings and interviews with New Yorker cartoonists.  Here’s the latest with Amy Hwang, who began contributing to the magazine in November of 2010.  Link here to her website.


Columbia Universities Libraries’ “Comics in the Curriculum”

Karen Green, over at Columbia University, has been busy busy busy these past many years building a comics collection.  Read about “Comics in the Curriculum” here and take a look at the work.


Here’s a link to all the New Yorker Festival events.

As of now (and unless other events are added) there is no cartoon or cartoonist-specific event this year.  However, the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen will be in  conversation with comedian Kumail Nanjiani,  the art editor Francoise Mouly will be speaking with cover artist, Barry Blitt (he has a new book coming out) and there’ll be an event with television’s Pete Holmes




Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated…and a Bonus; Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 16: Steig Remington Rand Shaver Ads:

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

If you like your New Yorker cartoons poked and prodded and looked at this way and that, the Cartoon Companion is for you. This particular CC post comes with a bonus: a look at a rough sketch by New Yorker cartoonist, Amy Hwang.   See it here. 


Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 16: Steig Remington Rand Shaver Ads

As promised early on in this series, William Steig has returned (and will return again). Here are four ads he did for Remington Electric Shaver, all in 1937. As always, these images are courtesy of Warren Bernard of SPX, who put in all the effort finding, scanning, and then sending everything over to the Spill on an electric silver platter. 

Here’s Mr. Steig’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

William Steig (photo above) Born in Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 14, 1907, died in Boston, Mass., Oct. 3, 2003. In a New Yorker career that lasted well over half a century and a publishing history that contains more than a cart load of books, both children’s and otherwise, it’s impossible to sum up Steig’s influence here on Ink Spill. He was among the giants of the New Yorker cartoon world, along with James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, Charles Addams, Helen Hokinson and Peter Arno. Lee Lorenz’s World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998) is an excellent way to begin exploring Steig’s life and work. New Yorker work: 1930 -2003.



Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons; The Chinese Edition of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker; Essay of Interest: David Sipress on the Loss of a “Pizzeria Extraordinaire”

Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons

The Cartoon Companion has posted its ratings for the drawings appearing in the latest issue, August 28, 2017.  Among the cartoons under the CC boys’ microscope is a David Sipress cartoon featuring animated luggage and a Liam Walsh cartoon filled with unusual cubicles.  See it all here.


The Chinese Edition of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

Spillers might remember a recent post showing some across-the-seas book jackets that differ significantly from what we see here in the USA.   I ran across a new entry the other day.  The original Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker was a massive thing: 656 pages, and included two discs to pop into your computer). It was published here in 2004.  Two years later, the slimmer, less weighty updated paperback arrived (but with more pages: 670, only one disc, and a striking red cover):

Ad now, here’s the Chinese version, with 710 pages, published this past June.

We can only hope that there’ll be an updated version on these shores by the time the magazine’s 100th anniversary comes around in 2025.


Essay of Interest: David Sipress on the Loss of a “Pizzeria Extraordinaire”

Here’s a wonderful essay by veteran New Yorker cartoonist, David Sipress on the loss of Franny’s, described by Mr. Sipress as “the amazing, inventive Italian restaurant and pizzeria extraordinaire on Flatbush Avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.”  Link here to “Bereft In A World Without Franny’s Pizza” on newyorker.com.

The Monday Tilley Watch

The Monday Tilley Watch is a meandering take on the cartoons in the current issue of The New Yorker.

The week begins with the eclipse eclipsing political news, if only for a moment. Good luck with that, eclipse.  As noted here last week the cover of the new issue (dated August 28, 2017) has received more notice than usual.  Read about it, and two covers from different publications, here. This is the first New Yorker cover for David Plunkert (it says so right on the  Contributors page in the issue. How did we ever manage before Tina Brown instituted a Contributors page many moons ago. Wait –don’t answer that.  It’s a rhetorical question).

I will briefly derail to mention that I often return to the contributors page that accompanied the very first Cartoon Issue (December 15, 1997). It wasn’t identified as the Contributors page — it simply said “Cartoonists” but you get the idea. It’s handy for tidbits of information not found elsewhere. A sample:

Back on track now and breezing through the front of the current issue.  After pausing, briefly, to stare blankly at the rejiggered Rea Irvin Talk of The Town masthead (sorry — this is very much a dog worrying a bone thing with me), we see several graphic eclipse references (one by the late great Otto Soglow, the other by the contemporary illustrator, Tom Bachtell).  I have to admit I was fooled into thinking that the Goings On About Town full page photo of the fellow very obviously pointing skyward was also an eclipse thing, but after reading the text, I was set straight.

Now to the issue’s cartoons.  Getting ahead of things, I noticed that the first three out of four drawings are death-or-injury related. An unannounced theme issue, perhaps? (Don’t answer that either.  It’s another rhetorical question).  I also noticed that the first cartoon didn’t appear until page 45. I don’t keep track of when the first cartoon appears in every issue (and I won’t start now, or should I?) but it’s noticeable. That first cartoon is a kitty drawing by David Borchart, whose first New Yorker drawing appeared nearly ten years ago (September 24, 2007).  Here’s an interesting piece about Mr. Borchart on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils blog. 

A few pages later a rats-and- sauna drawing by Will McPhail (first New Yorker appearance: 2014). I can almost guarantee that this scenario has never appeared in the magazine before. It’s a caption-less drawing, yet the rat to the extreme left appears to be speaking. Just idle rat chat I guess. I had to look up the spoon used by the third rat in from the left. My search tells me it’s a ladle used to pour water over hot rocks to produce even more steam. I was unaware that hot rocks figured into manhole covers. You live, you learn. 

A couple of pages later we come to a beautifully placed Roz Chast drawing (Ms. Chast’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1978). I’m a fan of Ms. Chast’s summertime drawings (and covers).  On the very next page is a Liam Walsh drawing (his first New Yorker drawing appeared in July of 2011) —  the third of the aforementioned death-or-injury related cartoons (the other two: Mr. Borchart’s elderly kitty, and Ms. Chast’s lottery winner).  There are an awful lot of caskets in this cubicle-related drawing. Someone should really do a book of cubicle cartoons (Harry Bliss authored a book of death cartoons, Death By Laughter, back in 2008).

Next up is an Ed Steed drawing (his first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 2013).  Mr. Steed recently had a run of death-or-injury related cartoons, but here the subject is Romantic Poets (that’s the title of the drawing).  I’m wondering (still) if the couple in bed are in one of those laboratories where people’s dreams, sex lives (etc.) are monitored. The large observation-like window suggests as much.  I like Mr. Steed’s sensitive lettering in this drawing.  Three pages following Mr.Steed’s drawing is newcomer, Maddie Dai (first New Yorker drawing appeared this past June). I wonder how many dentist offices will hang reprints of this cartoon.  The drawing seems firmly rooted in the school of Kanin (Zach Kanin), which was itself in the school of Addams (Charles Addams). Blue ribbon lineage. 

Three pages later is a Julia Suits drawing featuring crocs. (Ms. Suits first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 2006). I’ve a passing familiarity with crocs (in other words, I’ve seen them worn) but the use of “hosed off” caused me to go to Google for a refresher course. This passage in the article cleared things up for me, hosing off-wise:

“The shoes’ original home was Boulder, Colo. The early Crocs customer was probably a Pacific Northwesterner who liked to boat or garden…”

Next up is an eye-catching cartoon by David Sipress (first New Yorker cartoon: 1998).  I’m a sucker for animated luggage cartoons. I’m surprised that only one other person in the area — that fellow with a suitcase nearest the animated luggage — acknowledged the luggage was alive.  Following Mr. Sipress’s cartoon is another caption-less cartoon with a character who is speaking. In this case, the speaker is likely reading out loud from Stories About Crumbs (I would definitely buy that book). Someone should really do a book of park bench cartoons.  (P.C Vey is the artist here. His first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1993). A broken-record aside: this is another well-placed cartoon. It’s so great seeing cartoons sit on the page as they should.

Five pages later is the familiar boxed drawing style of Harry Bliss (first New Yorker appearance: 1998).  This drawing requires some familiarity with Scooby-Doo

Five pages later is a Barbara Smaller drawing with,  as you might have expected for this late August issue of The New Yorker, a back-to-school reference. Ms. Smaller’s first New Yorker appearance was in 1996. Following Ms. Smaller’s cartoon is a Carolita Johnson cartoon. Of interest:  this 2015 Case For Pencils post about Ms. Johnson’s tools of the trade.

On the following page is the last drawing of the issue (not counting the Cartoon Caption Contest drawings appearing on the very last page). I can’t think of a better way to end the issue than with   a truffle-related cartoon by Joe Dator (his first New Yorker appearance: 2006).  I really do not want to get into “liking” certain drawings but since the die was recently cast when I liked a Bruce Kaplan drawing,  I’ll admit this drawing registered quite high on my inner laugh-o-meter.  For evaluations and ratings of every drawing in every issue I recommend going over to Cartoon Companion. They usually post their ratings for each new issue by the end of the week. I’ll say this about Mr. Dator’s work: for me, he is representative of that wonderful continuum of New Yorker artists who have their very particular world.  Think of George Price, or Richard Taylor, or Syd Hoff or Jack Ziegler.  I’m not suggesting that Mr. Dator’s sense of humor is similar to these artists (although you might be tempted to compare the senses);  I’m suggesting that he, like those artists, is as successful in providing us with a world of his own.  Good stuff.





Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; Paul Noth’s Game; Next Week’s NYer Cover Revealed

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

The Cartoon Companion boys are back with their 1 – 6 ratings of the drawings appearing in the issue of August 21st.  Work assessed includes a well-appointed tator tot, and an interesting game of hopscotch. Read it all here.


Paul Noth’s Game

Due in early October, is Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates — written by Paul Noth Read all about it here




Next Week’s NYer Cover Revealed

The cover for next week’s New Yorker has been released early (usually we see it in the wee hours of Monday morn).  It’s getting a lot of attention.  Read about it here on Michael Cavna’s Washington Post Comic Riffs blog.