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.
Podcast of Interest: Gil Roth Interviews Shannon Wheeler
Gil Roth continues his wonderful series of cartoonist interviews with Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler. Hear it here.
— thanks to Attempted Bloggery‘s Stephen Nadler for bringing this to my attention (check out his site for recent posts on two auction pieces: an Arnold Roth drawing and a Charles Addams pencil sketch)
Fave Photo: Liza Donnelly in the New York Yankees dugout with Didi Gregorius
Liza Donnelly recently spent the afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Among the highlights of the day: lending her iPad to the team’s shortstop, Didi Gregorius, for his first tablet drawing. See the short CBS video here.
R.C. Harvey’s From-the-Vault Interview with the late Michelle Urry, Playboy’s Former Cartoon Editor
From TCJ, May 4, 2017, “Magazine Gag Cartoons, Michelle Urry, and Cartooning for Playboy” — an enlightening interview with Ms. Urry, who passed away in October of 2006.
Roz Chast on Fresh Air
The media blitz is on for Ms. Chast’s just-out Going Into Town. Here she is on NPR”s Fresh Air, aired October 2nd(find it just just below the Tom Petty piece).
As mentioned here the other day, there’s a brand new book about Playboy humor; the subtitle of Playboy Laughs is The Comedy, Comedians and Cartoons of Playboy. From this past August, here’s Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories Show interview with the author, Patty Farmer.
— thanks to my colleague Bob Eckstein for reminding me about this Virtual Memories episode.
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.