Events Leading Up to a Shanahan New Yorker Cover

Hindsight can be as entertaining as foresight.  If you’re someone who writes things down, or draws things down, there’s a paper trail to peruse and ponder.

Luckily for us, Danny Shanahan writes and draws things down so we are able to see, in quick succession, how his latest New Yorker cover evolved.

When it comes to coming up with ideas for cartoons, there are at least three schools:

1.Write ideas down first, work on the drawing second.

2.Draw something first and figure out the writing second.

3.The Chicken or the Egg  School: a mix of the first two schools.

Danny is of the school of write ideas down first, then work on the drawing second. He has generously made available to Ink Spill a page from his pad of ideas — his “ideas of the week” —  showing the Palm tree/High Water Cover idea written right at the top. Danny told me, “You can see that I put a dot next to the ideas I particularly like, and a line through those that I’ve drawn up.” In this case his idea was immediately designated as a cover idea — it didn’t require a written caption.

 

Cover Sketch_0001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When he got around to drawing up the palm tree/high water cover it looked like this:

 

Palm tree sketch

 

 

 

 

From there, he went to the version below. This is what he submitted to Francoise Mouly,  The New Yorker‘s Art Editor.

Cover Rough 2

 

 

 

 

 

Once Ms. Mouly brought the rough to The New Yorker‘s Editor, David Remnick, and he OKed it (i.e., bought it), Ms. Mouley  gave Danny the green light to go to finish, and voila! Danny’s 11th New Yorker cover (Danny has sold two others. One was “killed” and the other ran inside the magazine as an Artist’s Sketchbook) :

 

 

Danny's Mar 2016 cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fave New Yorker Holiday Party Pix

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. Felipe and David[all photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly]

 

Ben and JoeAndy and LianaAmy, Liza, Peter and LizaDrewDanny and Robert 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

Books of Interest: A Harvey Kurtzman Biography & A Box of Clowes

KurtzmanLooking 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)

My Life As

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ClowesAlso 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.

Art Young Opening! Plus…The Spill’s Mid-Week Round-up: P.C. Vey, Kominsky-Crumb, Kupperman, Mankoff, Katchor, Sikoryak & Mouly; The New Yorker’s 5th issue Gets a Close Look

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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

 

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MOCCA-DAVIS

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.

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Art Young 4:22:30Art 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.

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More Spills:

…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

The NYTs on The New Yorker’s Covers; Liana Finck’s New Advice Column

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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lianaFrom The Lilith Blog, “Introducing ‘Excuse Me’ Mondays” — a graphic advice column from Liana Finck.