It happened last night: The New Yorker’s first Holiday Party way downtown near its new offices in The World Trade Center. The venue was dark (see photos), small, and filled with throbbing music. The joint was packed (yes, like sardines) with happy folk. Saw Calvin Trillin anchored near the entrance, while the magazine’s editor, David Remnick shouldered through the crowd, stopping to chat here and there. I believe that Mark Singer (or someone who looked like him) and I passed like ships in the night. Also spotted: 2014’s winner of The Thurber Prize, John Kenney, and the magazine’s art editor, Francoise Mouly.
A number of cartoonists were present. Top photo: a blurry Felipe Galindo (whose exhibit “New York Stories” just opened at The Mark Miller Gallery), and David Borchart. 2nd photo: Ben Schwartz and Joe Dator. 3rd: Andy Friedman (sometimes aka Larry Hat) and Liana Finck. 4th: Amy Hwang, Liza Donnelly, P.C. Vey and Charlie Hankin. 5th: Drew Dernavich in the middle of the crowd. 6th: Danny Shanahan and Robert Leighton. [all photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly]
Other cartoonists present who escaped the camera: Barbara Smaller, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Bob Mankoff(The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, and New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, How About Never — Is Never Good For You?), the one and only Sam Gross, David Sipress, Mort Gerberg, Corey Pandolph, and Marisa Acocella Marchetto (whose graphic novel, Ann Tenna hit The New York Times Bestseller list this year).
If you’re in Columbus, Ohio on the 3rd of October you’ll have the opportunity to see The New Yorker‘s cover editor, Francoise Mouly, and her husband, Art Spiegelman (Maus) in conversation with Jeff Smith (Bone). Details here.
Looking forward to this forthcoming biography of the late great Harvey Kurtzman. Due May 2nd from Fantagraphics.
While you’re waiting for the biography to be released you might want to check out Mr. Kurtzman’s autobiography, My Life As A Cartoonist (Aladdin; First Minstrel Books, 1988)
Also coming from Fantagraphics (in June), this boxed set from Daniel Clowes. The New Yorker’s Francoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko recently talked to Clowes about The Complete Eightball.
P. C. Vey, whose April 15, 2013 New Yorker drawing appears here, talks about his tools of the trade on A Case For Pencils. Go see!
Link here to Mr. Vey’s website
Link here to see some of his New Yorker work
The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art has announced its MoCCA Fest 2015 line-up. The list includes a bunch of New Yorkery names, including Ben Katchor, R. Sikoryak, Francoise Mouly, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Michael Kupperman. A panel on Saul Steinberg is one of the highlights. The Beat has the all the info.
Art Young, whose April 22nd, 1930 New Yorker drawing appears here, will be celebrated big-time, beginning this Friday, March 27th. Back in February, Marc Moorash, curator of the Art Young Gallery told Ink Spill, “March and April we’re giving Art his first solo show since his exhibition at the ACA Gallery in 1939. We’ll have 40 original illustrations and 120 pieces of ephemera – letters, books, magazines, etc.” Go here for all the information.
…Attempted Bloggery’s latest post: a close look at The New Yorker’s 5th issue…
…Video: The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff & The Harvard Lampoon
From The New York Times, September 28, 2014, “New Yorker’s Magazine Covers Shift From Polite to Provocative” — the Grey Lady notices the magazine’s bent for topical covers.
From The Lilith Blog, “Introducing ‘Excuse Me’ Mondays” — a graphic advice column from Liana Finck.
From Connecticut Magazine, March 31, 2014, “When The New Yorker Moved to Connecticut; Westport a Hotbed for Covers”
Left: Garrett Price‘s cover for the December 19, 1947 issue
Here’s all the info about the upcoming MoCCA Arts fest taking place this April 5th & 6th. Browsing through the information on the site, I noted that Liana Finck (signing her new book, A Bintel Brief), Shannon Wheeler, Peter Kuper and Francoise Mouly will be in attendance.