From the Rye City Review, January 25, 2018, “Rejected Cartoons Get a Second Chance” — this article about cartoons submitted, rejected, then revived for an exhibit. (an Ellis Rosen drawing shown above)
Among the magazine’s Daily cartoons this week: Kim Warp’s weary winter weather drawing; Brendan Loper’s tweeter-in-chief cartoon; Lars Kenseth’s take on this week’s unusual White House media moment, and Peter Kuper’s Trumpian map of the world.
Photos From the Kovarsky Opening at The Society of Illustrators
A packed house last night at the Society of Illustrators Opening Reception for Kovarsky’s World: Covers and Cartoons From the New Yorker. Here’s an array of photos (all by Liza Donnelly, with one exception: the photo of Liza Donnelly and her husband– that’s courtesy of Gina Kovarsky)
Above: a wall of Kovarskys.
Below: New Yorker cartoonists Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin
Below: Sam Gross and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein
A closing thought on the exhibit, which runs til March 3 of this year:
This is a terrific show. The energy bouncing off Mr. Kovarsky’s work on the walls is inspiring. After looking at all of the covers and drawings I went back and spent more time looking at Mr. Kovarsky’s very first cartoon for the New Yorker. It was published in the issue of March 1, 1947; here’s how it appeared:
I’ve always had a special affection for first New Yorker drawings. It is, as they say, a moment. Every cartoonist remembers the details surrounding their first published drawing. The unspoken mini-drama surrounding the first is that no one knows, of course, whether there’ll be a second (see the Spill‘s One Clubbers on the A-Z). In Mr. Kovarsky’s case there was a second, and then there were hundreds more — close to 300 in fact. If that wasn’t something impressive in itself, he also contributed 40 covers. And all this work was done in the relatively short time span of twenty-two years (according to Gina Kovarsky: “In the 1970s, Kovarsky shifted his main focus from cartooning to fine art…”). It will not come as a surprise to anyone seeing this exhibit how Kovarsky accomplished so much in a mere two decades. It is as if he never set his pen or his brush down for a moment. Kovarsky’s world seemed to be abuzz 24/7. How lucky for us all.
“Not OK” Cartoonists in Westchester
From Westchester Magazine, January 12, 2018, “You Can Meet New Yorker Cartoonists…”
Here’s a capsule description from the article:
“Not OK” — Great Cartoons That Weren’t Good Enough is a collection of works by previous New Yorker-published cartoonists that fit exactly that bill. Curated by artist and Brooklynite David Ostow, this series has come to Westchester for a month-long showing following the completion of its original gallery run in Bushwick.
Here’s a great photo taken last night at the Not Ok group show (recently profiled in The New York Times).
Ellis Rosen, Brendon Loper, Jeremy Nguyen, Lars Kenseth, Amy Kurzweil
Back Row: Sam Marlow, Mitra Farmand, Maggie Larson, David Ostow, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Drew Panckeri, Colin Tom
Below: a miscellany from the exhibit (group photo above courtesy of Jeremy Nguyen. All other photos courtesy of Elizabeth Dickson). My thanks to Ms. Dickson, Lars Kenseth, Mr. Nguyen, and Mitra Farmand for their assistance.
Event of Interest: Not OK: Great Cartoons That Weren’t Good Enough
What fun! An exhibit of cartoons that did not make the cut at The New Yorker. Many of the contributing artists are newbies at the magazine, either in the print version and/or on the magazine’s website.
“Not OK” refers to the two letters every New Yorker cartoonist (and every prospective New Yorker cartoonist) longs to see in her or his inbox at week’s end in an email from the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor: OK (or sometimes: O.K.). An OKed cartoon is a drawing that has been bought by The New Yorker. The Not OK show is comprised of selected drawings submitted to the magazine but not bought.
Here’s a list of the participants:
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Mitra Farmand, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Lars Kenseth, Amy Kurzweil, Maggie Larson, Sharon Isadora Levy, Brendan Loper, Sam Marlow, Jeremy Nguyen, David Ostow, Drew Panckeri, Ellis Rosen, Julia Suits, Colin Tom
For more info on these artists please consult the Spill’s A-Z or the personal websites of each cartoonist.
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Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings
The CC boys are back (sans Mystery Cartoonist!) with a look at this week’s cartoons. I particularly enjoyed their dissection of Jeremy Nguyen’s Picasso cartoon. Go here to see what they have to say about that drawing and all the others in the issue.
Next Week’s New Yorker Cover Revealed
It’s become somewhat routine these days for the New Yorker to allow us a look at the upcoming issue’s cover, most especially if the cover is tied-in to current events. Here’s the cover artist, Eric Drooker, talking (very briefly) about his cover for the September 18th issue. And here’s Mr. Drooker talking about it a little more to The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna.