The Wednesday Tilley Watch: A New Tilley Take-off


Add another take-off on Rea Irvin’s classic Eustace Tilley* to the selected collection shown above. This latest one (shown below) made its debut today on the letterhead of the just announced New Yorker Union. According to a New York magazine story:

“…union supporters will show up to work wearing buttons designed by an affiliated cartoonist, showing the magazine’s monocle-wearing mascot, Eustace Tilley, with his fist raised in solidarity. There have been deep dives into the archives to find classic cartoons that can be retrofitted with new captions about workers’ rights, ready to circulate on social media.”

Below left: The latest Tilley take-off; below right: the button

The above mentioned “deep dives into the archives to find classic cartoons that can be retrofitted” has so far resulted in the posting of two Charles Barsotti drawings, and a Liam Walsh drawing.

Here’s Charles Barsotti’s classic from the issue of November 21, 1994.

And here it is, below, with the retrofitted caption:


*for the record, your honor, here’s Rea Irvin’s original Eustace Tilley, as he appeared on the New Yorker‘s very first issue:

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of June 18, 1984

As mentioned here last week, it’s double issue time again. We’re halfway though it now ; only a week til the new issue (dated June 18, 2018) appears online early Monday morning. Just for fun I thought I’d go back to another June 18th issue — the one from 1984. 

Here’s the cover, by Susan Davis, who contributed fifteen covers to the magazine from 1983 – 1992.


And here are the cartoonists in that issue:

A number of New Yorker cartoon gods in that lineup. And, as you might expect, some cartoonists  contributing to the magazine then who still contribute now. On the downside, a number of colleagues who’ve passed on: George Price, James Stevenson, William Steig, Stan Hunt, J. B. Handelsman, Steinberg, Bernie Schoenbaum, Frank Modell, Barney Tobey, Ed Arno, Mischa Richter, Ed Fisher, Eldon Dedini, and Robert Weber.

A quick tour through the issue: Ed Frascino has a very funny cartoon name-checking Indiana Jones; Lee Lorenz ( the art editor at the time) puts the word “glitz” to excellent use; a half page George Price cartoon centered on the Year of the Rat; a beautiful full page Saxon drawing about the Museum of Modern Art; a four part Stevenson spread across two pages. He animates television antenna; a titled Steig: “Eastbound Traffic.” Great drawing!;  Stan Hunt’s drawing is one of those cartoons that could’ve run anytime in the previous thirty years (previous to 1984, that is) — a boiler plate kind of cartoon; “Bud” Handelsman gives us a heaven-based piece; a Roz Chast drawing split into four boxes. It could’ve run this year; an Ed Koren drawing that just is so like butter — drawing and caption;  Steinberg provides an illustration for a Profile piece by E.J. Kahn, Jr.; opposite Steinberg is a Bernie Schoenbaum cocktail party drawing — a scenario employed by nearly every cartoonist back then; a Frank Modell drawing with his signature people — love his grumpy husband; an Arnie Levin caterpillar/butterfly drawing — that that loose Levin line is so great; a Barney Tobey drawing set in another favorite situation: the boardroom; a great Warren Miller drawing:

 Following Mr. Miller’s cartoon is an Ed Arno drawing — that fine controlled line of his! Immediately identifiable; a Mischa Richter dog at a desk drawing; Ed Fisher gives us a weather bureau drawing with lots of fun detail; Eldon Dedini’s cartoon of two guys at a bar with a caption that could run today:Everything’s a trap if you’re not careful.”;  next up, a cartoon that made me laugh out loud, by the great cartoonist, Robert Weber:

Next, a beautiful Sempe drawing (is there any other kind?); and last, a Sidney Harris restaurant drawing. Mr. Harris’s style is his and his alone: an angular line that appears to almost spin out of control, but never does.

So, there it is. A cartoon feast in mid-June, thirty-four years ago. 



Visiting the Arthur Getz Exhibit

Yesterday’s opening for The Arthur Getz exhibit at the Moviehouse in Millerton, New York (just seconds from the Connecticut state line) was a lot of fun.  Thirty original Getz New Yorker covers are on the walls.  The first pieces greet you in the theater’s lobby, within sight of the popcorn machine (I liked this touch). The rest of the work is found in several exhibit spaces up the stairs on the second floor.  Mr. Getz worked large (his daughter told me he began working smaller later in his career — a few of those later pieces are shown).  

I found myself leaning close-in to each and every piece. The colors are as brilliant as the day they were applied. Mr. Getz’s subject matter ranged from city to country (it was suggested in reading material that Getz’s interests followed his own migration from city living to country living).  Whether city or country, the energy of the work is tremendous, and, of course, beautiful.

If you’re in the vicinity of Millerton, go see this show.

Link here to the Arthur Getz website,




The Tilley Watch Online, May 28 – June 1, 2018; Interview of Interest: Roz Chast

Trump had serious competition from Roseanne this week on the Daily. Cartoons by Brendan Loper (Trump), Jeremy Nguyen (Roseanne), Maddie Dai (Roseanne), Lars Kenseth (Trump)…(no Daily on Memorial Day).

Over on Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonists were Liana Finck, Olivia de Recat, and Sophia Warren.

To see all of the above, and more, link here.


Interview of Interest: Roz Chast

Roz Chast, interviewed last Fall at Drexel University.  It’s a two-parter, with part one on Ms. Chast’s life and New Yorker career, and part two focused on her last two books.  Each part is approximately 25 minutes.

Link here for part one.

Link here for part two.


Wheeler & the President’s Tweets; An Exhibit of New Yorker Cartoons in Vermont

Wheeler & the President’s Tweets

From The Olympian, May 31, 2018, “Trump’s tweets become art in the hands of Comics Festival guest Shannon Wheeler”

Mr. Wheeler began contributing to The New Yorker in May of 2009.


New Yorker Cartoon Exhibit in Vermont

From Southern Vermont College this news of an exhibit of cartoons by 20 of the magazine’s artists.  Here’s the schedule of events for June 30th (the site promises more information to come): 

1:00-2:00 pm  Talk with cartoonist, and former New Yorker cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff

2:00-3:30 pm  Film screening of Very Semi-Serious

3:30-4:15 pm   Panel Discussion and Q&A

5:00-6:30 pm  Dinner at the Everett Mansion

7:30 pm    Steve Ross Cabaret Concert

Tickets for this event will be available soon by calling the art center at 802-442-7158