It’s pub day for Ken Krimstein’s wonderful Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt (Bloomsbury Publications).
“The astounding life of a 20th-century original as told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form . . . A compelling performance with great pacing that makes abstruse political theory both intelligible and memorable.” ?Kirkus (Starred Review)
“As Krimstein deftly weaves Arendt’s life and thought, he captures the excitement of the philosophical enterprise in both word and image. . . Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers.” ?Starred Review, Library Journal
Mr. Krimstein began contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker in August of 2000.
Hear Mr. Krimstein speaking to Gil Roth on Mr. Roth’s Virtual Memories Show podcast.
See Mr. Krimstein in conversation with Roz Chast and Nancy Miller in NYC, October 4th.
If you’re in Chicago, see Mr. Krimstein discuss his book at The American Writers Museum, September 27th.
Liza Donnelly’s Latest Drawings on CBS This Morning
Here’s CBS News Resident Cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s latest work.
And…she wrote a little something about the piece on her blog.
Ms. Donnelly’s website.
The Virtual Memories MoCCA Interview with Roz Chast
Gil Roth’s interviews an awful lot of interesting folks, and thankfully, a good number of them are cartoonists. Here’s a live interview (they’re all live, aren’t they?) he conducted with Roz Chast at the recent MoCCA Fest in NYC.
Ms. Chast’s website.
Lars Kenseth’s Chuck Deuce to Premiere
From Adult Swim:
A half-hour animated masterpiece written by Lars Kenseth about Chuck, Chuck Deuce is about a NorCal slacktivist/surfer who paddles out to carve mavericks, when – GAH-DOOSH! – a giant wave crushes him.
More info here!
Mr. Kenseth’s website.
If it’s Spring, it’s time for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s annual fest, otherwise known as MoCCa Fest (it’s produced by The Society of Illustrators).
The two day event begins April 6th. Scheduled events include Roz Chast being interviewed by the Virtual Memories host, Gil Roth, a conversation with Liniers (and an exhibition of his work), and a Nancy panel discussion with Paul Karasik and friends. Link here to all the info.
New York Times Robert Grossman Obit
Here’s the Times obit of Mr. Grossman written by Neil Genzlinger — it’s in today’s paper. Glad to see Mr. Genzlinger mentioned Mr. Grossman’s stint at the New Yorker as well as including The Yew Norker.
Back in 2013 the Spill posted a map of Manhattan (“The New Yorker’s New York”) showing where various New Yorker folk once lived. Here’s another address I’ll eventually add to the map: 75 1/2 Bedford Street, otherwise known as the narrowest house in New York City. It was once the home of William Steig.
— My thanks to Gretchen Maslin for the info.
How To Read Nancy authors, Karasik & Newgarden join Gil Roth on his Virtual Memories Show. Listen here.
Blog of Interest: A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker Magazine
A look at the issue of December 8, 1928 — wherein appears one of the most famous of all New Yorker cartoons:
Read it here.
*Here’s a revamped Spill post from Dec. 21, 2013 on the evolution of the caption for the drawing:
E.B. White is remembered as author of one of the most popular cartoon captions of the magazine’s earlier days, but perhaps it might be more accurate to say he was co-author, having adapted the caption from the artist’s original submission. The published caption, as it appeared beneath Carl Rose’s drawing in the December 8, 1928 New Yorker:
“It’s broccoli, dear.”
“I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.”
The original caption, below, as submitted by Rose himself provided the framework for White’s sterling re-working. Rose’s original caption:
“Mother, if I eat my spinach, may I have some chocolate pudding?”
“No, dear, there isn’t any chocolate pudding today.”
“Well, the, the hell with the spinach.”
Barry Blitt Talks New Yorker Covers
Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories Show is chock-full of Mr. Roth’s interviews with New Yorker contributors (weighted heavily with folks from the art and cartoon departments). His latest interviewee is Barry Blitt, whose anthology is just out today (Blitt, Riverhead Books). Hear the podcast here, and don’t forget to check out the list of Mr. Roth’s previous guests.
And more Blitt… this interview on Literary Hub, October 24, 2017 — “New Yorker Cartoonist Barry Blitt: How Far Is Too Far In the World of Political Satire?”
Attempted Bloggery on the George Booth Exhibit at The Society of Illustrators
Attempted Bloggery reminds us of a previous Booth exhibit in the Big Apple (back in 1978 at Barbara Nicholls’ Gallery*), while also reminding us that Mr. Booth’s exhibit opens today at The Society of Illustrators. The Opening Reception, sure to be packed with cartoonists, will be this coming Friday night, the 27th. Mr. Booth, who has been contributing his work (cartoons and covers) to The New Yorker since 1969 is indisputably one of the magazine’s greatest cartoonists. This exhibit should not be missed.
*Ms. Nicholls began working at The New Yorker in 1960 in the fiction department, eventually moving over to the Art Department where she was an assistant to the New Yorker‘s art editor. James Geraghty. After leaving The New Yorker she went on to represent a number of marquee cartoonists, including Charles Addams and Peter Arno.