Event of Note: Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer in Conversation, Oct. 20th; More Spills: Al Frueh’s Studio and Paul Noth’s Book News

sorel_feifferCartoon gods Edward Sorel & Jules Feiffer will be in conversation on October 20th at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia.  Mark your calendar!  Details here.

Mr. Sorel’s latest book, Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 is due this October while Mr. Feiffer’s latest, Cousin Joseph, is just out. Both are published by Liveright. 9781631490231_300













More Spills Icon EditedPaul Noth has signed up for three books with Bloomsbury.  Writing on Facebook about the news, Mr. Noth said: “They’re my favorite thing I’ve ever done.”

And here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:


 The illustrated adventure series features Happy Junior, a bearded 10-year-old who wants to be normal but can’t, thanks to his family, including his father, a brilliant inventor whose screwball products are trumpeted in TV infomercials, his five unusual sisters, and his despotic grandmother who has relegated the whole family to a basement corner of her grand estate. The first book in the series, How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens, will be published in winter 2018…


And from out of left field, this real estate listing for a Greenwich Village townhouse (34 Perry Street) that includes a mention of Al Frueh, who had the first cartoon in the very first issue of The New Yorker.

*New Yorker Minutiae Recollection Award of the year goes to Stephen Nadler, who runs the wonderfully entertaining and informative Attempted Bloggery.  Stephen wrote to me after reading this post and pointed out that this very same studio  was mentioned in that very same inaugural issue under the heading In Our Midst. And here it is:

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From the realtor’s listing:”The fourth floor is exceptional. In 1924, it was transformed into a loft and artist studio by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Mr. Al Frueh with a raised roof and extraordinary large windows and north facing skylight across the entire frontage.”

Al Frueh's studio




Out Today! Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist

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My thanks to Karen Green of Columbia University for last night’s wonderful send-off for Arno at Butler Library.  And thanks too to Edward Sorel for co-piloting the program with me.

A big thank you to all who attended, including those from my New Yorker family: Roxie Munro, George Booth, Tom Bloom, Sam Gross, Robert Leighton, Felipe Galindo, David Borchart, Liza Donnelly, Peter Kuper and Bob Eckstein.

From the book’s afterword, where 60 New Yorker cartoonists talk about Arno,  here’s what George Booth had to say:

 Peter Arno’s work stands out and holds up in the test of time. His drawings and words were never timid, or just clever. They stated high quality, joy, confidence, strength, style, humor, idea, life, simplicity. His color was right; black and white became color. His cartoons were researched, with words well applied. The communication was clear and timely. He knew what he was doing. Peter Arno was an artist who gave something of value to the world. A hero.

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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Book of Interest: Edward Sorel’s “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936”

ESComing in early October, Edward Sorel‘s latest: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 (Liveright).

From the publisher:

In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.

Link here to Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker work.

Link here to Mr. Sorel’s website.














Note:  Mr. Sorel will be joining me in discussion at Columbia’s Butler Library  on Monday, April 18th @ 6 pm.  Our topic: Peter Arno 

David Remnick: “The New Yorker an Odd Recipe… a Magical Recipe”; More Spills: Marchetto in Her Blue Grotto, A Mets Bonus Daily Cartoon from Bob Eckstein & a Trio of Short Bios

Remnick:studioHere’s an interview from Fast Company with  The New Yorker‘s David Remnick on the occasion of the premiere of “The New Yorker Radio Hour”…and another good interview piece, from Nieman Lab, with an audio promo.



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…from  The New York Times, October 23, 2015, “The Cartoonist in Her Blue Grotto” — this piece (with a slide show) on Marisa Acocella Marchetto…


…In a first, newyorker.com has published a “Bonus Daily Cartoon”  (Bob Eckstein‘s wonderful Mets Employee of the Month)…


Here are short bios of the three New Yorker cartoonists who recently exhibited work at Cooper Union: Edward Sorel, Jon Agee, and Liana Finck.