Something fun in mid-August: a series called Doodle Wars that includes two New Yorker cartoonists as contestants: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and Jason Chatfield (shown above in front of the drawing tables). Link here!
And now we’re into the second double issue of the summer. Sure does make the season seem to fly by. When the next new issue appears it will be mid-August, when kids begin gathering their back-to-school supplies.
Having spent many summers at the (New) Jersey shore I found Tom Gauld’s somewhat cinematic cover an excellent piece of work. And speaking of the Jersey shore, it was fun encountering John O’Brien‘s cartoon in the issue (although the subject matter has nothing to do with the beach scene). Mr. O’Brien was a decades-long life guard in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Fourteen cartoons in this double issue (none full page), and nineteen illustrations (four of them full page). Just sayin’.
Three cartoons caught my attention this week:
Liana Finck’s Alice in Responsibilityland (great title). Much enjoyed roaming around Alice’s kitchen.
Ed Steed’s drawing: a big-game hunter scenario. The first split-second impression — upon seeing the drawing on my tablet — was that the mounted objects on the wall were things that were placed so high and out of reach on grocery store shelves that they required one of those grabbing devices to get hold of them. Seeing the cartoon later on in the digital edition it’s clear the mounted objects are trash.
Joe Dator’s chicken or egg drawing. What a treat.
For the record (your honor) here are the cartoonists in the issue:
You’ll note that Jason Chatfield shares credit with Scott Dooley. Still somewhat a rarity to see a cartoon co-credited. Check out Messrs. Chatfield & Dooley’s podcast, Is There Something In This?
Elsewhere in the issue, I note, as I have in every Monday Tilley Watch since May of 2017, that Rea Irvin’s classic Talk of The Town masthead is still absent. If you want to read more, go here.
Here’s what we’re missing:
— til mid August
From Dick Buchanan’s files via Mike Lynch: Gardner Rea
Mike Lynch has posted another bevy of cartoons from Dick Buchanan’s Files. This time it’s work from the underappreciated Gardner Rea. See it all here.
Here’s Mr. Rea’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
Gardner Rea (self portrait above from Collier’s Collects Its Wits. Photo from Rea’s NYTs obit, 1966.) Born, Ironton, Ohio 1892. Died, 1966. Collections: The Gentleman Says It’s Pixies / Collier’s Cartoons by Gardner Rea (Robert McBride & Co. 1944), Gardner Rea’s Sideshow (Robert McBride & Co, 1945). New Yorker work: 1st issue (February 21, 1925) – 1965.
Splat! New Yorker Reveals Its Next Cover
Even More Cartoons
12 more pages, showing 18 more cartoons have been released by the publisher of the upcoming (October) New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons. See them here on the book’s Amazon listing.
With 3000 images promised, we’ve been shown a total of 25. Only 2975 to go!
New Yorker Union Certified
The News Guild of New York posted this photo on Twitter congratulating the New Yorker Union’s certification. Keen-eyed observers will note a portion of James Thurber’s wall drawings on the extreme right. The drawings have moved with the magazine since it left its second home at 25 West 43rd Street in 1991.
You can see all of the above and more by following this link.
Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons
The CC’s Max and Simon are back at week’s end with their rated takes on each and every cartoon in the most recent issue of The New Yorker — the double issue, July 9 & 16 — the one with the floating dog (or dog floating) on the cover. Read it here!
As usual, ’twas mostly a Trump week on the Daily, with cartoons by Darrin Bell (two appearances), Peter Kuper, Ed Steed, and Maddie Dai (the one non-Trumpian drawing). There was a team effort by Brendan Loper and Jeremy Nguyen.
Over on the Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonist was Liana Finck.
To see all of the above work, and more, link here.
A Quest to Get a New Yorker Cartoon
From The Walkley Magazine, “‘Is there something in this?’ — The quest of two Aussies to get a cartoon in the New Yorker” — this piece with Jason Chatfield content.
Happy 96th Dana Fradon!
Very best birthday wishes to Mr. Fradon, our senior New Yorker cartoonist.
Above, a powerhouse quartet: three New Yorker cartoonists and their editor. Left to right: Charles Saxon, James Geraghty (the New Yorker‘s Art Editor from 1939 – 1973), Dana Fradon, and Whitney Darrow, Jr. Westport, September, 1982. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon).
Mr. Fradon’s entry on the A-Z:
Dana Fradon Born, Chicago, Illinois, 1922. Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his service, he attended the Art Students League of New York, NYer work: May 1, 1948 – . Collection: Insincerely Yours (Scribners, 1978) To read Ink Spill’s 2013 interview with Mr. Fradon, “Harold Ross’s Last Cartoonist” link here.
— many thanks to David Pomerantz for bringing Mr. Fradon’s birthday to our attention
Profile: George Booth
From The Wall Street Journal, “Cartoonist George Booth and His Pet Projects” — this piece on one of the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Gods.
Dick Buchanan (via Mike Lynch) on Syd Hoff
Dick Buchanan continues to provide us with cartoon clippings (via Mike Lynch’s blog). This week he’s selected a bundle of work by Syd Hoff. See it all here. (above: Hoff in True, July 1947)
Of Interest: Growing Up In Wartime France by Huguette Martel
From the New York Review of Books, “Growing Up in Wartime France” by Huguette Martel, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1990.
For more on Ms. Martell see Liza Donnelly’s Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons; to see some of Ms. Martel’s New Yorker work go here.
Audio: Jason Chatfield on Caricaturing Trump
From abc.net, May 8, 2018, “Aussie New Yorker cartoonist Jason Chatfield on caricaturing Trump” — this short audio clip. Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in July of last year. Visit his website here: https://www.jasonchatfield.com/