Liza Donnelly to SPX; Weird Writer #28: Gahan Wilson; Interview with “Born Dead, Still Weird” Film Maker; Reginald Marsh Exhibit

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From SPX, this post concerning Liza Donnelly’s appearance at SPX this Fall (left: a Donnelly New Yorker cartoon).

Here’s the SPX Press release

 

 

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From Weird Fiction Review, July 17, 2013, “101 Weird Writers #28: Gahan Wilson — this lengthy piece on Mr. Wilson.

As mentioned on Ink Spill the other day, Gahan Wilson is the subject of a documentary film, “Born Dead, Still Weird” that in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. From Comics Grinder here’s an interview (a podcast) with the filmmaker, Steven-Charles Jaffee

 

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From The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2013, “Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York” — this post on an exhibit of Marsh’s work at The New York Historical Society. Mr. Marsh contributed to The New Yorker from 1925 through 1944. The exhibit runs until September 1st.

Link here  to the New York Historical Society website.

 

 

New film on New Yorker Cartoonists: “Very Semi-Serious”

We’ve known that Leah Wolchok has been hard at work on her film about New Yorker cartoonists and thought this was an excellent time to check in with her (Ink Spill will revisit Very Semi-Serious in a matter of weeks).  We asked Leah to describe her film, and give us an idea of who’s in it (so far). Here’s what she had to say:

 

Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel.  The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the 88-year old New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.

The film has been a labor of love and obsession for 6 ½ years. The film is supported by Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, Women Make Movies and BAVC. We are working closely with cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and we’ve interviewed a dozen cartoonists, including Roz Chast, Michael Maslin, Liza Donnelly, Sam Gross, Mort Gerberg, Lee Lorenz, Matt Diffee, Drew Dernavich, Zach Kanin, Emily Flake, Liam Walsh and Liana Finck, who recently published her first cartoon in The New Yorker.  Next up is Bruce Eric Kaplan. 

We’ve also filmed scenes with Gahan Wilson, PC Vey, Sidney Harris, David Sipress, Mike Twohy, Joe Dator, Bob Eckstein, Robert Leighton, Farley Katz, Benjamin Schwartz, Carolita Johnson, Felippe Galindo, David Borchardt, Corey Pandolph, Paul Noth and Barbara Smaller.

Jack Ziegler and Andy Friedman both created original artwork for the film.

In a few weeks we are launching our website and trailer, featuring animation, interviews and never-before-seen footage from the New Yorker headquarters, cartoonists’ studios and inside the homes of caption contest devotees.  Plus a killer ping pong match between Bob Mankoff and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

Cats get their due: Big New Yorker Book of Cats out in October; Gehr’s “Know Your New Yorker Cartoonist” interviews collected in book form

Following in the paw prints of The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs is The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (Random House, October 1, 2013). Anthony Lane, Calvin Trillin and M.F.K. Fisher are listed as among the contributors. And of course, there’ll be cartoons.

 

We’ll have to wait a while — til December, to be exact, for Richard Gehr’s “Know Your New Yorker Cartoonist” series of interviews to be in book form. Amazon has recently listed Gehr’s  For A Minute There It Suddenly All Made Sense!: Behind the Scenes with The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Cartoonists.

Published by New Harvest, the book has a pub date of December 3, 2013.  From the publisher’s  promotional material:

Gehr’s book features fascinating biographical profiles of such artists as Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz, and Edward Koren. Along with a dozen such profiles, Gehr provides a brief history of The New Yorker cartoon itself, touching on the lives and work of earlier illustrating wits—including Charles Addams, James Thurber, and William Steig.