Tom Toro: The Ink Spill Interview

New Yorker cartoonist, Tom Toro and I’ve been emailing now and then over the seven years he’s been contributing cartoons to the magazine, but it wasn’t until a month ago, when he came east from Kansas for Jack Ziegler’s memorial, that we finally met in person and were able to chat for awhile. The idea for an interview had been batted around by us earlier in the year; I like to think it began in earnest right there and then in a restaurant on Manhattan’s upper east side. With Dock Street Press’s release of Tom’s first book, Tiny Hands, a collection of the political work he did for The New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon slot, it seemed like the perfect time to turn our conversation into something more organized. Following the interview I asked Tom to select and comment on five favorites of his own work — you’ll see those at the end of this post.
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Books of Interest Round-Up: Twohy, Toro, Cuneo, Wheeler, Blitt, Karasik, and Chast

It’s mid-year, which is as good a time as any to round-up the New Yorker cartoonist-related books that’ve come out recently and those that will be coming out.

Mouse and Hippo by Mike Twohy. From the publisher:

“Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo—and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way—in this delightful story…”

 

Tiny Hands by Tom Toro. From the publisher: “These cartoons were originally showcased on The New Yorker’s website when Toro was the featured as the Daily Cartoonist.”  Published May 2017. Publisher’s website.

Not Waving But Drawing by John Cuneo. From the publisher: “…Cuneo’s best privately drawn sketchbook pages, each page immediately introduces us to unique takes on sex and domestic life in his signature squiggly style. Not Waving But Drawing is full of dark thoughts, lightly rendered.”  Published February 2017 Publisher’s website.

 

Sh*t My President Says by Shannon Wheeler.  From the publisher: “…illustrations of the often outrageous and inflammatory words from the current leader of the free world, all while using a pretty adorable version of Donald Trump.” Coming in August 2017.  Publisher’s website.

 

Blitt by Barry Blitt.  From the publisher: “…This…full-color collection showcases over a quarter century of Blitt’s most iconic work: his New Yorker covers, from the infamous Obama fist bump and George W. Bush’s drowning cabinet to the many misadventures of Donald Trump; his long-running collaboration with Frank Rich for New York Times.”  Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

 

How To Read Nancy by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden.  From the publisher: “Everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip by Ernie Bushmiller from August 8, 1959. Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s groundbreaking work How to Read Nancy ingeniously isolates the separate building blocks of the language of comics through the deconstruction of a single strip.” Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

Going Into Town by Roz Chast. From the publisher: “…part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast’s laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.” Coming in October 2017. Publisher’s website.

 

Bob Eckstein’s National Cartoonists Society Talk; Tom Toro’s Trump Book

The very entertaining Bob Eckstein will speak this coming Monday on all aspects of his fun and far-reaching career.  Details here.

Mr. Eckstein’s  latest book, Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores, was a New York Times Best-Seller. His cartoons appear in the New Yorker as well as numerous other publications.

 

 

 

 

(Above right:  an Eckstein New Yorker drawing from the issue of November 30, 2015)

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Speaking of books and entertaining, Tom Toro’s Tiny Hands, a collection of cartoons about the Commander in Chief, is now available for pre-order.  Details here on Mr. Toro’s website.  (Tiny Hands is published by Dock Street Press. It’ll hit bookstores in May)

 

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