New Yorker cartoonists turned out in time honored fashion to celebrate the holidays last night. Corey Pandolph gets a heap of credit for procuring a corner of the Upper East Side Hi Life Restaurant where nearly two dozen contributors came together in good cheer. Among those attending, including Mr. Pandolph: Joe Dator, David Borchardt, Liam Walsh (who brought and shared a tray of cookies), Andy Friedman, Liza Donnelly, Robert Leighton, Bob Esmay, Emily Flake, Drew Dernavich, Farley Katz, John O’Brien, Avi Steinberg (celebrating his first appearance in the magazine), Barbara Smaller, Felipe Galindo, David Sipress, Bob Eckstein, Eric Lewis, Ward Sutton, Christopher Weyant, Ben Schwartz, and Karen Sneider.
Liza Donnelly has posted on her blog a handful of photographs taken at the event.
From Ringtales, “Cartoon Masters“— this short video. There’re a number of these videos, with headings such as “Mankoff on Animation” “Where’d You Get That Idea” (in two parts) “How I became a Cartoonist” (two parts) “What it Takes” — collect them all!
From The New York Times, November 29, 2012, “Change Comes to Playground Funny Papers” — this news of the near demise of Bazooka Joe (according to the article, he’ll appear occasionally, but not in the format that lasted nearly six decades).
And: Here’s an interesting Bazooka Joe link.
From the blog The Museum of Peripheral Art, December 1, 2012, “Saul Steinberg, Back in the Fold” — this post concerning the photo used in the New Yorker‘s review of Steinberg’s biography.
And if you’re in the mood to travel back to 1968, cartoon-wise, here’s a fun look at some of the work in the 1968 edition of John Bailey’s series Great Cartoons of the World, as posted by blog, The Magic Whistle.( work by Kovarsky, James Stevenson, ffolkes, Syd Hoff, and Leslie Starke, among others).
From the blog, Little Gothic Horrors, November 30, 2012,“An Addams Family Collaboration”
Deidre Bair’s Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A.Talese/Doubleday) has been named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012.
From nudistnaturistamerica, November 29, 2012, “Naked Cartoons and Censorship”, Mick Stevens revisits his dots in this interview.
From boingboing, November 29, 2012, “Cartoonist Group Photo in Toronto Restaurant” — this fun photo includes, among others, Seth, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware (whose Building Stories was just named one of the year’s 10 Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times).
From strandbooks.com, “New Yorker Cartoonists Victoria Roberts & Arnie Levin in Conversation” December 4th, 2012: 7pm – 8pm (note: those wishing to attend must buy a copy of Roberts’ new book, After the Fall, or a $10.00 Strand gift card).
Here’s a chance to have a multi-enjoyable evening, with a visit to NYC’s landmark Strand Books, as well as an hour spent in the company of two great New Yorker cartoonists. Arnie Levin began contributing to The New Yorker in 1974; Victoria Roberts was first published by the magazine in 1988. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a copy of Levin’s wonderful 1980 cartoon collection, I’ll Skip the Appetizer — I Ate the Flowers while browsing through the Strand’s always interesting humor section.
Here’s a fun post from washingtoncitypapers, November 26, 2012, “Gift Ideas for Comics Nerds (Part 1 of 2)” — it covers a number of folks not mentioned in the Ink Spill holiday book round-up.