An Arnie Levin Interview
In this latest installment of Gil Roth’s remarkable string of interviews with cartoonists and illustrators, he speaks with the great Arnie Levin, whose drawings and covers are in league with some of the best the New Yorker has published. Below: a classic Levin drawing from the issue of October 5, 1998.
Hear the interview here.
Photo: Gil Roth and Arnie Levin
Never Judge A Cartoon Collection By Its Cover
This book is probably the most tattered in the Spill‘s cartoon library, but it is also one of the most treasured. While browsing the humor sections of used bookstores I’ve a habit of looking at every cartoon collection on the shelf (or shelves), no matter the condition, and no matter whether or not I already have a copy at home — you never know what might be inside. In this case, the surprise was an original signed drawing by James Stevenson. The collection, Sorry, Lady — This Beach Is Private! was published by Macmillan in 1963.
New Yorker cover artist, Seth (Gregory Gallant) returns to Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast. Hear it here. And while you’re there check out Mr. Roth’s archive of interviews with other cartoonists, including, among others, these New Yorker contributors: Edward Koren, Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Liza Donnelly, R.O. Blechman, Peter Kuper, and John Cuneo.
We have not heard the last of the cartoonist, Buford Tune (mentioned here yesterday). To the left is a snippet of a Tune cover that has surfaced courtesy of Columbia University’s Karen Green. See the entire cover over at Attempted Bloggery.
Here, by way of Danny Shanahan, who donates most generously to the Spill‘s archives, is a box of Le Pen markers with an understated New Yorker connection.
Gil Roth continues his remarkable string of cartoonist/illustrator interviews — this week he speaks with the great R. O. Blechman. One of my all-time favorite Blechman New Yorker covers (and one of my favorite all-time New Yorker covers, period) is shown to the left. (photo credit: Gil Roth)
Listen to the podcast here.
Link here to Mr. Blechman’s website
With Esquire suddenly in the cartoon conversation, Mike Lynch takes a look at some of the work and cartoonists that appeared there in days of yore. Read it here.
And speaking of magazines that once ran cartoons, Playboy seemingly has recently returned to the fold. Tom Toro posted this cartoon on Instagram, writing, “My cartoon in the current issue of @playboy”:
New Yorker cover artist, John Cuneo, whose new book Not Waving But Drawing has just been published, is the subject of Gil Roth’s latest Virtual Memories podcast. Hear it here!
Back in July of this year when I interviewed gag writer Helene Parsons, Kaamran Hafeez‘s name and work came up. Now Mr. Hafeez has posted his thoughts on using gag writers: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like A Gag Writer?”
Gil Roth continues his string of interviews with New Yorker cartoonists. This week it’s Bob Eckstein at the microphone, talking about bookstores, honeymooning in Iceland, spending time in Sam Gross’s studio, the New Yorker, and so much more.
Here’s Gil Roth interviewing Edward Koren, one of the giants of The New Yorker cartoon world. In this hour-long talk, Mr. Koren talks about Charles Addams, and Peter Arno (among others), working for the New Yorker, why he moved to Vermont, and all sorts of other interesting things.
Mr. Koren began contributing to the magazine in May of 1962. His cartoon collections include Do You Want To Talk About It? (Pantheon, 1976), Well, There’s Your Problem (Pantheon, 1980), Caution: Small Ensembles (Pantheon, 1983), and What About Me (Pantheon, 1989)
After listening to Mr. Koren’s interview be sure to check out Mr. Roth’s previous interviews with cartoonists (and non-cartoonists). Next week he’ll be speaking with another New Yorker cartoonist, and New York Times best-selling author, Bob Eckstein.
Link here to Edward Koren’s website.
(photo of Mr. Koren courtesy of Gil Roth)