New Yorker Cartoonists Doc Film “Very Semi-Serious” in homestretch of its Kickstarter campaign.




Very Semi-Serious, Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo’s film in progress about New Yorker cartoonists has a week left in its Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000.  At the moment it’s about $14,000 short of its goal.

Speaking as  a New Yorker cartoonist and a participant in the film, but mostly as a fan of New Yorker cartoons, I’m hoping the Kickstarter campaign is a success and that we’ll all be able to enjoy the completed film in 2014.

Here are a few links to recent posts on Very Semi-Serious:

From Co.Create, “Kickstarting: This documentary About ‘New Yorker’ Cartoonists Does Not Require a Monocle”

From folioweekly, “Filmmaker Focuses on New Yorker Cartoons”

And here’s the Ink Spill post from April 18th of this year, with Ms. Wolchok talking about the film.



Gehr’s latest Know Your New Yorker Cartoonist Interview: Edward Koren; Donnelly on Navasky’s “Art of Controversy”; Article of Interest: Al Frueh





From The Comics Journal, June 12, 2013, “The Beastly Beatitudes of Edward Koren” — this latest entry by Richard Gehr in his series, “Know Your New Yorker Cartoonist”








From, June 12, 2013, “Women and the Art of Controversy”Liza Donnelly reviews Victor Navasky’s new book.


From, September 12, 2012, “Just Al: Frueh made it big but stayed humble”



Almost everyone’s familiar with The New Yorker’s first cover, Rea Irvin’s dandy with the top hat, later dubbed  Eustace Tilley.  But how many of us know who did the second cover? SYK4mI4-xwzbsTSbbLvPNr3ocr-yFiskgF_taE1WVmH-14aFAjmnSaboPpILHuVLVu4ERcgv1IlObybjAWx1RVTQNL-sxsqTXLHaYwDyS4SlOoubUYYtBZlkUPn7ZzpBpWYnsg6SXQyTchzAlenPYdk=s120-c Here’s a capsule bio of the great Al Frueh, who not only was a cartoonist and cover artist, but an illustrator who carved out a spectacular niche for himself doing the caricatures that accompanied the New Yorker’s Theater reviews.


An Award for Loube’s “Every Tuesday Afternoon”

























From Oscars. org, “Academy Announces Medal Placement For 2013 Student Academy Awards” — Rachel Loube’s “Every Tuesday Afternoon” has been awarded a silver medal in the Documentary category. The film features assorted veteran New Yorker cartoonists as well as some freshman.

Here’s a link to the trailer.

Here’s a short piece about the awards from the LA Times.

Anda piece about the cartoonists lunch.

(in the photo above, on the left side of table, from bottom to top: Sam Gross (working on a plate of mussels), Mort Gerberg, David Borchart. On the right side of the table, from bottom to top, Sidney Harris, Emily Flake, and Liza Donnelly.