“Insurance Goes On Forever”; Panel of Interest: “I Was Only Kidding!”; Krimstein in Shrewsbury

Slightly Underwritten, published in 1951 by Simon & Schuster was one of my most memorable used bookstore finds.  Memorable because the original of the Thurber drawing on the cover happens to be the one and only Thurber original in the Spill‘s collection. When I pulled this book off the store shelf and saw the drawing on the cover, time stood still for just a moment. The drawing is the only Thurber in this slim collection; it’s joined by other four other New Yorker cartoons, with the rest from a wide variety of publications.  New Yorker artists include Gardner Rea, Gluyas Williams, Syd Hoff, Robert Day, Richard Decker, and Chon Day.

From the inside flap:

“Here we have a collection of cartoons to gladden the hearts of both the men who sell insurance and the people who try vainly to resist them.”

And from the The Foreword :

“Almost all good things come to an end…Food will spoil.  But insurance goes on forever.”

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Panel of Interest: “I Was Only Kidding!”

Two New Yorker contributors, Ben Katchor and Liana Finck are part of the panel. All the info is right there on the above screen grab, but here’s another version.

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Krimstein in Shrewsbury

Ken Krimstein, shown above right holding a copy of his upcoming graphic novel, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, is across the pond at the big Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Here’s a short piece with some Krimstein content.

The Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue of December 11, 2017; Event of Note: “How To Read Nancy” Authors at The Society of Illustrators; A “More Spills” Correction Re: Jack Ziegler

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

Up above, in red, I use the word “meandering”; after this morning’s look- through of the new issue  I double-checked my usage.  “Aimless” is a good part of the definition (as I sensed when I first used the word “meandering” to describe the Tilley Watch) — as in “aimlessly moving through” something or someplace.  Aimlessly wandering through is exactly what the Monday Tilley Watch is all about.  It’s not a critique of the cartoons (or drawings as traditionalists refer to them), although there’s sometimes a critical ‘tude lurking within the paragraphs.

I wander through each issue as I might wander through a bakery or book store, appreciating this or that and ignoring that or this.  You never know as you pass by books or baked goods what might attract you — plenty of it is just a blur.   And so it was with this new issue. This is a different Monday Tilley Watch because I’m not going to go drawing by drawing, I’m only going to mention a few things I saw that attracted me.  Just like at a bakery, these are the things I might think about for a  while once I’ve walked out of the store. For instance, I’m still thinking about these cookies I saw yesterday in our local supermarket’s bakery:

And now on to the issue: first, the “spot drawings”;  I’ve not mentioned spots much, if at all.  They tell a story (a modern thing: they didn’t through most of the magazine’s history) but admittedly I don’t follow the stories they tell.  I look at them as I page through the magazine and if they’re pleasing I note that they are. I find this issue’s spot drawings exceptionally pleasing (again, I didn’t follow the story being told).  But story or no story, they’re lovely. The spot artist is Clo’e Floirat

Also of note are Tom Bachtell‘s Talk of the Town drawings.  I’ve mentioned him before, and with good reason.  His work is a welcome modern tradition.

Among this weeks cartoonists is Jon Adams who(m?) I owe an apology to.  I noted last week that he was making his debut (with the Michelin Man drawing).  Wrong. He made his debut this Fall in the October 2nd issue of The New Yorker.  In the Spill‘s ongoing count of Emma Allen’s newbies (Ms. Allen is the magazine’s cartoon editor) Mr. Adams is one of 8 cartoonists introduced in 8 months.  Slightly keeping ahead of the average of one newbie a month, there are two debuts in this issue:  Mary Lawton and Maggie Mull, who are  Ms. Allen’s 9th and 10th new cartoonists. (sorry, I cannot find a website for either cartoonist. Please let me know if either or both have one).  If 10 sounds like a lot of new creative blood we should remember that her predecessor introduced approximately 130 cartoonists. 

Here for the record are this week’s cartoonists:

Ps:  what I wish I did see as I looked through the issue is Rea Irvin’s classic masthead for The Talk of The Town (shown below). Alas, it’s been shuffled off to Buffalo, or wherever classic mastheads are shuffled off to. 

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Event of Note: How To Read Nancy Authors at The Society of Illustrators

Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden join Columbia’s Karen Green at The Society.  Details here!

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A More Spills Correction

My colleague,  Joe Dator has Tweeted a correction to the  Jack Ziegler drawing mentioned here yesterday.

Here’s Mr. Dator’s Tweet:

 

 

 

Fave Photo of the Day: Edward Sorel & Company; Karen Green Pencilled; A Cartoon Companion Two-fer: Mick Stevens Interviewed (Pt.1) & The Latest New Yorker Cartoons Dissected; Tilley Watch Online

Fave Photo of the Day: Edward Sorel & Company

Edward Sorel had a few friends over for lunch yesterday; a splendid time was had by all.

Front row, l-r: Danny Shanahan, Edward Sorel.  Back row, l-r: Michael Maslin, a wooden St. Peter,  James McMullan, and John Cuneo

(photo courtesy of Danny Shanahan who used the time-delay function on his phone)

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Columbia’s Comics & Cartoons Curator, Karen Green Pencilled

Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful blog, A Case For Pencils features Karen Green, who is the Comics & Cartoon Curator at Columbia University.  A good read!

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Cartoon Companion Two-fer: Mick Stevens Interview (Pt.1) and the Latest New Yorker Cartoons Dissected

The Cartoon Companion‘s Max & Simon are back with a close look at the cartoons in the New Yorker’s latest issue as well as part one of an interview with veteran New Yorker cartoonist, Mick Stevens.  Read the Stevens interview here And read the CC’s take on the current issue here.

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…a Halloween video from the Cartoon Department…Daily Shouts from Ward Sutton, and Will McPhail (who seems to be in a Rear Window-esque mood lately — a recent piece for Esquire also featured a city building with individuals in various windows), and Daily Cartoons by, among others, Peter Kuper, and Kim Warp.  See it all here.  

George Booth At The Society of Illustrators; Columbia University Panel with Emily Flake, Tom Toro, Robert Sikoryak, and Emma Allen

 

“Mister Hiucappi believes animals should be kept out-of-doors all year round.”

A Must:  “An Evening With George Booth” at The Society of Illustrators, November 8th.

All the info here.

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

George Booth (photo above taken in NYC 2016, courtesy of Liza Donnelly) Born June 28, 1926, Cainesville, MO. NYer work: 1969 – . Key collections: Think Good Thoughts About A Pussycat (Dodd, Mead, 1975), Rehearsal’s Off! (Dodd, Mead, 1976), Omnibooth: The Best of George Booth ( Congdon & Weed, 1984), The Essential George Booth, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 1998).

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Columbia University Panel with Emily Flake, Tom Toro, Robert Sikoryak, and Emma Allen

This should be fun.

From the announcement: In this new Gilded Age of Trump, cartoonists Tom Toro, R. Sikoryak, and Emily Flake join New Yorker cartoon editor Emma Allen for a discussion of contemporary cartoon satire.

All the info here.

 

A Glen Baxter Sampler; Comics Academic Karen Green Interviewed

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The New York Review of Books takes a look at some of the work in Glen Baxter’s new book, Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings (published by New York Review Comics).

 

 

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2For anyone interested in the who what where why and when of the ever expanding graphic novel collection at Columbia University this interview’s for you.  Karen Green, a friend to all comic artists (and to Ink Spill), is the subject of a lengthy interview by Art Cloos on Scoop.

Arno Olio #6: Up to Date

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A couple of months ago  while at The New Yorker’s offices at One World Trade Center cartoonist  Liza Donnelly took this photo of a  Peter Arno New Yorker cover hanging in a hallway.  There are more Arnos hanging around the magazine’s new digs, but this particular spot is my favorite as there’s also a cover by James Thurber (at the far left) and one by Mary Petty.  Not shown: a Charles Addams cover just to Arno’s right. These covers from another era at the magazine hanging in the brand new offices of The New Yorker reinforce my belief that there is and has always been an electric current at the magazine, racing from this very second back to 1925 and then sizzling right back to this very second again.

If you can, please join me tomorrow evening at Columbia University where Peter Arno’s work will be the topic of discussion with my very special guest,  Edward Sorel.  Details here.

Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 19th. By special arrangement with the publisher, copies will also be available at tomorrow night’s event.

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