From the Attic: Cobean, Ross, and Peter Arno

Here’re three more items that will soon be added to the Attic.



Above: A Sam Cobean handkerchief. Other than Thurber I can’t think of another of the magazine’s cartoonists who was more fond of delving into the whole man/woman thing.




This Timex watch with an Al Ross drawing on its face is not very old, but it’s interesting.  Danny Shanahan donated this to the Attic a few years ago. I hadn’t opened the box in awhile and when I did, the watch was still ticking.




A box of Peter Arno cocktail napkins.  When I began working on Arno’s biography, I bought nearly everything I came across that had anything to do with Arno.



Two reports: University of Chicago Comics Conference & Maine Comics Arts Festival

From The Beat, May 21, 2012 “Comics G-17 summit report from Chicago” (content includes references to: Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Francoise Mouly, Daniel Clowes, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Ivan Brunetti, among others)


From mikelynchcartoons.blogspot, May 21, 2012, “Report: Maine Comics Arts Festival May 20, 2012” (content includes references to John Klossner, Kate Beaton, and Bill Woodman)


The New Yorker & Mad Men, Mad Men & The New Yorker; John Updike’s boyhood home a museum?

New Yorker readers who turned to the magazine’s last page a few weeks ago (the issue of May 7) no doubt noticed the Cartoon Caption Contest cartoon by Liza Donnelly was influenced by the iconic silhouette Mad Men image of Don Draper, as seen from behind, with his arm extended out along the back of a chair, cigarette in hand.   I asked Ms. Donnelly about this and here’s what she had to say:


I love watching Mad Men, and revisiting the visual style of that era (even though I was just a wee kid back then). Contrasting the Don Draper look with cave people seemed like the perfect set-up for a cartoon.  Because, of course, humor is all about the unexpected, the incongruous, the ridiculous.  I was surprised that not more captions submitted made reference to Mad Men.


Almost as if returning fire, this past episode of Mad Men (“Dark Shadows”)  included a scene with Peggy mentioning New Yorker cartoons as an influence for her Sno Ball pitch.


From The Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2012, “John Updike’s house to become a museum”

Above: Updike’s childhood home in Shillington, Pennsylvania