Here’s a piece by the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna that fills us in on the above cover (by Malika Favre) that would have run if Hillary Clinton had won the election.
Cartoon Companion’s Amy Hwang Interview (Pt.1)
Cartoon Companion has expanded its features, offering glimpses of rough drawings and interviews with New Yorker cartoonists. Here’s the latest with Amy Hwang, who began contributing to the magazine in November of 2010. Link here to her website.
Columbia Universities Libraries’ “Comics in the Curriculum”
Karen Green, over at Columbia University, has been busy busy busy these past many years building a comics collection. Read about “Comics in the Curriculum” here and take a look at the work.
As of now (and unless other events are added) there is no cartoon or cartoonist-specific event this year. However, the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen will be in conversation with comedian Kumail Nanjiani, the art editor Francoise Mouly will be speaking with cover artist, Barry Blitt (he has a new book coming out) and there’ll be an event with television’s Pete Holmes.
I have Joe Dator’s latest New Yorker cartoon to thank for my coming upon the cartoon shown by P. G. Garetto. Found in the issue of September 3, 1938, this was the first and last time (Ms. or Mr.) Garetto’s work appeared in the New Yorker, thus an immediate qualifier for the Spill’s One Club. The club is limited to cartoonists who have contributed just one drawing to the magazine in their career. Every member is identified on the Spill’s A-Z by the red top-hatted fellow you see below.
But back to Mr. Dator. After seeing his drawing I wanted to know how many other zebra drawings had appeared in The New Yorker (less than two dozen). I was looking through the magazine’s database when P.G. Garetto’s name showed up. I knew I’d never seen it before. A further New Yorker database search turned up no other contributions from this artist. So welcome to the One Club, P.G. Garetto!
I’ve shown some of the text surrounding the cartoon because of the unusual placement of the two dots just above the drawing. These two dots have been appearing below the magazine’s cartoons every now and then since the magazine began. I’ve never seen them appear above a cartoon, until now. Brendan Gill, in his book Here At The New Yorker, wrote about the dots:
“…unless I have been deliberately kept in ignorance of their true meaning throughout all these years, the dots (which can indeed be found under some of our drawings) are, like so many other things in the magazine, vestiges of notions of design that originated in the twenties and that have survived…”
Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 9: Mary Gibson
In Liza Donnelly’s Funny Ladies, a history of women cartoonists in the New Yorker, she says of Ms. Gibson’s work: “She…began by drawing cartoons about women in the military, which included subjects ranging from the stocking shortage to WACs needing a hairdresser…after the war was over, Gibson’s cartoons looked more like Hokinson imitations and were concerned with insecure, middle-aged women.”
Dates for these ads: 1950 for the upper row; 1951 for the bottom row.
Mary Gibson’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
Note: My thanks to Warren Bernard, the Executive Director of SPX, for allowing Ink Spill access to his collection of advertisements by New Yorker artists.
Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated
Max and Simon, The Cartoon Companion’s anonymous duo, are back with a look at all the cartoons in the current double issue. Among the drawings rated and inspected: a case of leg-cast mistaken identity, concerned neighbors, mystery meat on sale, a musical jury, and an artist working, selectively, in 3-D. Read it all here.
Talkin’ Bout Art Young
From the New Yorker’s Culture Desk, August 2, 2017, “Art Young: Cartoonist For the Ages” — this piece by Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman in conjunction with the August 1st publication of That We May Not Weep: The Life & Times of Art Young (Fantagraphics) by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young. (Mr. Spiegelman contributes an essay to the book).
Here’s Art Young’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
The second issue of Resist!, a free “political comics zine of mostly female artists” (a “Man Cave” section is included) edited by Nadja Spiegelman and The New Yorker‘s art editor, Francoise Mouly, will be distributed this coming July 4th in comic book stores and out on the streets by volunteers (approximately 60,000 copies of the first Resist! were distributed this past January).
According to a press release “the free distribution of Resist! is intended as an Independence Day celebration of the First Amendment, of our diverse country and of our resilience.”
The Editors write in the introductory pages of #2: “These pages contain many individual realities. They reflect topics as diverse as their contributors: the environment, immigration, racism and the economy.”
Artists represented in this 96 page anthology are from all over the world, but as the Spill’s focus is primarily New Yorker contributors, I’m listing the artists whose work has been published there. In order of appearance: Roz Chast, Kendra Allenby, Carol Lay, Ana Juan, Anita Kunz, Emily Flake, Amy Kurzweil, Kim Warp, Abigail Gray Swartz, Andrea Arroyo, Liniers, John Cuneo, Tom Toro, Peter Kuper, Frank Viva, Paul Karasik, Art Spiegelman, R. Sikoryak, Dean Rohrer, Shannon Wheeler, and Daniel Clowes.
Resist! #2 cover by Malika Fravre, a French artist living in London, England.
Across the Great Red States by Kendra Allenby, a cartoonist and storyboard artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker.
“We’re looking for something that says ‘Death to the Patriarchy’…” by Amy Kurzweil, author of Flying Couches: A Graphic Memoir. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker.
All art copyrighted by the respective artists.
The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick threw a Hello Goodbye party last night (Hello, Emma Allen, the magazine’s new cartoon editor; Goodbye, Bob Mankoff, the former cartoon editor). It was, by far, the largest gathering of New Yorker cartoonists since 1997, when forty-one gathered for an Arnold Newman group photo (it appeared in the magazine’s first cartoon issue, December 15, 1997). Here are a bunch of photos from the evening, courtesy of Liza Donnelly, the Spill‘s official photographer for the evening; additional photos by Sarah Booth, Marshall Hopkins, and Paul Karasik.
Photo above, l-r: Drew Dernavich, Sarah Booth, John Klossner, George Booth, Chad Darbyshire (back to camera), Matt Diffee, (New Yorker writer) Sarah Larson, Ken Krimstein, Bob Mankoff, Eric Lewis, Bob Eckstein
Chris Weyant (partially obscured), Farley Katz, unidentified, David Sipress, New Yorker writer Matt Dellinger (in checked shirt), Andy Friedman, Danny Shanahan. The group in the back: Drew Panckeri, Mitra Farmand, Sara Lautman, Kendra Allenby
George Booth and David Borchart
Joe Dator and Peter Kuper
Felipe Galindo and Carolita Johnson
John O’Brien and Bob Eckstein
Three former cartoon department assistants: Marshall Hopkins, Emily Votruba, and Andy Friedman (photo courtesy of Marshall Hopkins)
Chris Weyant and Paul Noth
Matt Dellinger with Stanley Ledbetter, and Matt Diffee (and way back by the window: Chad Darbyshire to the left, and Amy Hwang to the right)
P.C. Vey and Trevor Hoey
Sam Gross and Roz Chast
Charlie Hankin, Amy Hwang, Kendra Allenby, and Avi Steinberg
l-r: Felipe Galindo, Marshall Hopkins, Sam Gross, Mort Gerberg, and Ed Koren
Here’s an incomplete list of all the cartoonists who were there (if you were there and don’t appear on this list, please let me know)
Kendra Allenby, George Booth, David Borchart, Pat Byrnes, Chris Cater, Roz Chast, Joe Dator, Chad Darbyshire, Drew Dernavich, Matt Diffee, Liza Donnelly, Bob Eckstein, Mitra Farmand, Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Andy Friedman (aka Larry Hat), Felipe Galindo(aka feggo), Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Charlie Hankin, Marshall Hopkins, Amy Hwang, Edward Koren, Trevor Hoey, Carolita Johnson, Paul Karasik, Farley Katz, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Lars Kenseth, John Klossner, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper, Amy Kurzweil, Sara Lautman, Robert Leighton, Eric Lewis, Bob Mankoff, Sam Marlow, Michael Maslin, Paul Noth, Jeremy Nguyen, John O’Brien, Drew Panckeri, Corey Pandolph, Ellis Rosen, Jennifer Saura, Ben Schwartz, Danny Shanahan, David Sipress, Avi Steinberg, P.C. Vey, Kim Warp, Chris Weyant.
From Arms Around the Stereo, April 16, 2017, “On Father John Misty and Ed Steed” (pictured here) — this piece about Mr. Steed’s album cover art for Pure Comedy (Rolling Stone magazine recently gave the album a four star review). __________________________________________________________________________
From the Australian Cartoon Museum, April 17, 2017, this 40 minute video book review of Francoise Mouly’s Blown Covers (published in 2012). It’s oddly compelling listening to these two fellows talk about the art and and artists, about the book itself (its design, the way the content is presented, etc.). See it here.