Podcast of Interest: Liza Donnelly with Susan Orlean & Sarah Thyre; Update: MAD Panelists at “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival; Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; New Animated Addams Family Planned; Karasik Lectures; The Tilley Watch Online

Podcast of Interest: Liza Donnelly with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre

Liza Donnelly visits writer, Susan Orlean and actress, Sarah ThyreHear it here.

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Update: MAD Panelists at “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival

As promised in yesterday’s post about the upcoming Association of American Editorial Cartoonists “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival, here are the MAD magazine panelists scheduled to appear:

John Ficarra, Senior VP & Executive Editor, a MAD staffer since 1980, co-editor (with Nick Meglin) 1985-2004, editor-in-chief 2004-present

Joe Raiola and Charlie Kadau, Senior Editors, MAD staffers since 1985

Al Jaffee, MAD contributor since 1955, creator of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, Guiness World Record holder, “Longest Career as a Comic Artist”

Moderator, Sam Viviano, VP—Art & Design, MAD contributor since 1981, art director 1999-present.

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Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

 Cartoon Companion’s Max and Simon had their work cut for them this week with nearly two dozen cartoons to inspect and examine. Among the dissected: a literary plumbing problem, Tinder behavior, Nambia located, and a Frankensteinian moment.   Read it all here.

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New Animated Addams Family Planned

According to this report the creepy and kooky and altogether ooky “Addams Family” will return to delight us.

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Karasik Lectures
How to Read Nancy co-author Paul Karasik will talk cartoons this October 25th. Details here.
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The Tilley Watch Online
I was at a table of New Yorker cartoonists some months back when the conversation turned to the future of the print magazine.  Someone asked me what I thought and I (jokingly) said, “Two years left at most”  — it was a rock in a pond moment; my table mates eyes grew wide, their bodies shifted anxiously.  I don’t really think print is close to dead, and I don’t really believe the print version of The New Yorker will cease in two years, but I do believe that online is where the action increasingly is.  With that said, it only makes sense that the Spill pays closer attention to the New Yorker‘s online non-print features that involve — or sometimes involve — its cartoonists: The Cartoon Lounge, The Daily Cartoon, Daily Shouts and other features (video, podcasts, etc.).  Not all of these features will be noted daily.  Fickleness rules here.
 
And so off we go …
 
Video segments of last weekend’s New Yorker Festival have been posted on newyorker.com.  Of interest: the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen spoke with Kumail Nanjiani
 
And here’s a clip of Andy Borowitz doing some stand-up (Mr. Borowitz isn’t a cartoonist, but his work seems, at times, ever-so-close to captionville — that’s a compliment).  
 
Daily Shouts: Recent posts include Farley Katz on pumpkins and Lars Kenseth on Roomba Error Codes. See the pieces here
 
Daily Cartoon: Recent posts include the aforementioned Mr. Kenseth, Mick Stevens and Peter Kuper.  See a slide show of over a dozen recent Daily Cartoons here.
 
 
 
 
 

Edward Sorel, Christopher Weyant, Kim Warp, and Liza Donnelly to Appear at “Satire and The City” Political Cartoon Festival

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convenes at Hofstra University in the earliest days of November for several days of panel discussions and interviews.  Edward Sorel will be interviewed by Signe Wilkinson;  on another day,  Liza Donnelly will moderate a discussion with  New Yorker cartoonists Christopher Weyant and Kim Warp.   There will also be a panel discussion with MAD magazine cartoonists (but I’m not sure yet who they are). 

Here’s a link to the schedule.

Video of Interest: Liza Donnelly; Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash; Booth at the Society of Illustrators; Steinberg at the National Gallery of Art

Video of Interest: Liza Donnelly

From Medium, here’s a  video of Liza Donnelly speaking about her work (and doing a little work). See it here.

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An Excerpt from Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash

From Curbed, October 4, 2017, “Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash is a Witty Chronicle of an Ever-Changing NYC” — read it here and see an excerpt

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Reminder: George Booth Exhibit at The Society of illustrators

From Scoop, October 5, 2017, “Society of Illustrators to Present George Booth Cartoons”

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Steinberg at The National Gallery of Art

From ComicsDC, October 2, 2017,  “Bruce Guthrie Recommends: National Gallery of Art: Saul Steinberg Exhibit (September 12, 2017 – May 18, 2018)”

 

Podcast of Interest: Gil Roth Interviews Shannon Wheeler; Fave Photo: Liza Donnelly In the New York Yankees Dugout with Shortstop, Didi Gregorius; R.C. Harvey’s Out-of-the-Vault Interview with Playboy’s Former Cartoon Editor, Michelle Urry; Radio Interview: Roz Chast

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 Bloggerys 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)

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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

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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.

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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).

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Dissected on Cartoon Companion; Chast’s New Book Reviewed; Exhibit of Interest: “Unnatural Election”; Conversation of Interest: Art Young Authors Discuss the Artist; Event of Interest: Julia Wertz in Brooklyn

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Dissected On Cartoon Companion

The Cartoon Companion is back with a look at the cartoons in the latest issue of The New Yorker.  The CC’s “Max” and “Simon” inspect cartoons by Joe Dator, J.A.K., BEK, Barbara Smaller, and Paul Noth,  among others. While on the site be sure to read part 2 of their interview with Amy Hwang. 

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Chast’s New Book Reviewed

From The Berkshire Eagle, September 14, 2017, ” Letter From New York: A Graphic look at city via memoir, maps”  — the first review I’ve seen of Roz Chast’s upcoming Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

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Exhibit of Interest: Unnatural Election

From New Jersey Stage, September 14, 2017, “Puffin Cultural Forum Presents “Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the impact of the 2016 US Presidential Election” — according to the article, this is the third physical installation of the exhibit (the previous two: New York and Alaska). 

Among the many artists represented in the show are Andrea Arroyo,  Barry Blitt, Steve Brodner, Sue Coe, Liza Donnelly, Randall Enos, Felipe Galindo, Peter Kuper and Robert Sikoryak.

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Conversation of Interest: Art Young Authors Discuss the Artist

From The Comics Journal, September 14, 2017, “Art Young, To Laugh That We May Not Weep: A Conversation with Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young” — this discussion about  the great Art Young, whose work appeared in the New Yorker from 1925 through 1933.

— thanks to Mike Rhode for bringing this piece to the Spill’s attention

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Event of Interest: Wertz at Brooklyn Public Library

From Brooklyn Library.org, this notice of an appearance, October 11th,  by Julia Wertz, whose latest book is Tenements, Towers & Trash.

 

 

 

Checking In: Liza Donnelly Talks Live-Drawing For CBS News

 

Veteran New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly was at New York’s Museum of Natural History yesterday afternoon on assignment for CBS News, live-drawing-reporting what she saw as crowds gathered there to watch the eclipse. She talks about the experience and shows some of the results here.

As the CBS Resident Cartoonist she roams and live-draws, here, there and wherever.  A recent drawing of hers in The New Yorker  [shown at the end of this post] prompted my checking in with her, for the record. 

Immediate full disclosure: Liza Donnelly and I are not just New Yorker cartoonist colleagues, we are also wife and husband. Checking in with her might seem a cute conceit, but as you’ll see, she’s a cartoonist on the go; I actually do need to check in with her several times a week to be reminded of where she’s going and what she’s doing. 

Below: A Donnelly drawing of eclipse-watchers at The Museum of Natural History

Michael Maslin: In the intro I refer to you as a “cartoonist on the go” …is that accurate? If it is, can you talk about what that means?

Liza Donnelly: Yes, that’s true. Although it sounds like “cartoonist” is my main identity. I’m also “writer on the go,” “public speaker on the go,” “illustrator on the go,” “author on the go,” “wife on the go,” “mother on the go…” I’ve been with the New Yorker for decades, but because of the nature of the business, I have had to do a lot of other things as well. Since starting at The New Yorker, I have cleaned stalls at a stable, worked in a bookstore, I was a teacher briefly (kindergarten and college age, simultaneously). Now, I am Resident Cartoonist at CBS News— as well as drawing cartoons for The New Yorker. I think I have finally found the perfect combination.

MM: Let’s stick, for now, with the Resident Cartoonist at CBS News. I’ve seen you on the set of CBS This Morning, live-drawing (as shown in the above photo), but you also live-draw outside of the studio.  What’s one favorite assignment, so far? 

LD:  I really loved being at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, drawing all the people, workers and speakers. Maybe the best so far was being sent to Washington to spend a day live drawing the White House press room, reporters and a press conference [a drawing from that experience appears below]. We’ve (my producer and the CBS This Morning team) have been making videos and I have been teaching myself animation to use for my work with them, doing political cartoons.

MM: You grew up minutes from the White House, and in the earliest moments of your professional career, had thoughts about  becoming a political cartoonist. Now, in 2017, you find yourself in The White House, drawing the President of the United States for CBS News. I imagine you must’ve had somewhat of an out of body moment there.

LD: Going to the White House as an editorial cartoonist to draw what I experienced was such a dream come true….although I never could have dreamt of it. It was an honor and it was thrilling. I am a political junkie and have great admiration for the press. When I was little, I wanted to be a political cartoonist in part because I grew up during Watergate, the Civil Rights marches, the women’s movement, and so many horrible assassinations. I wanted to help and I felt the only way I could would be through my ability to draw.

MM: I’ve seen you on CBS This Morning, standing in their “green room” drawing the program’s guests on your tablet — it’s obviously such a different experience than most cartoonists have, at home, sitting at their drawing boards. Can you describe what it’s like working live, surrounded by all the hub-bub of television news? (below: Ms. Donnelly live-drawing on the CBS This Morning set.  Photo by CBS correspondent, Jeff Glor)

LD: I love it! Watching the action of putting a news show on the air is fascinating to me. Not only the camera people and producers coming and going, but how the news is written, the subtleties of delivery, word choices etc. Meeting people in the green room is both exhilarating and nerve wracking–some big celebs come through and I am often star struck. I have to steal myself to extend my hand and say hello. But I don’t mind drawing under this pressure, sometimes I simply fade into the woodwork and don’t get noticed. It’s almost calming for me to be slightly on the outside of something that’s happening, and recording it with my pen. I have found this repeatedly no matter where I am live-drawing–the Oscars, the DNC, the White House. If people notice me, and start asking me questions about what I’m doing, then I get somewhat flustered. But I manage!

MM: When you wear your public speaking hat you often travel far afield from the New York City/Metropolitan area. Can you mention just one place you’ve visited and talk briefly about your experience there.

 LD: The furthest afield I traveled for a speaking invitation was Singapore, where I gave a talk, MC-ed and live-drew a conference for a bank.  When I got there, the room they gave me was high up in a hotel which had a great view of the city. The next day the view was totally gone because of the smog!  

I also traveled to New Delhi for a live-drawing gig for the Hindustan Times annual conference. What I loved about drawing people in India–and not just the conference, but outside in New Delhi– is the colors they wear. The conference had mostly male speakers (most conferences do, unless it’s about gender!), and I know from experience, drawing men speaking at conferences involves using a lot of black and dark blue for suits, and some color for ties. In India, men and women often sport very colorful clothes, and beautiful fabrics. I drew a very famous yogi at the conference — he had so much fabric and hair everywhere– it was in some ways a challenge because his body shape was not discernible.  I just had to draw fabric and hair and put in his distinctive eyes and nose, and get a feel for his movement and hand gestures. 

I did not meet him, but when I returned to the states, his people got in touch with me to thank me and let me know how happy he was with the drawing. People love to be drawn, I have observed.  For me, it’s all about capturing a feeling for what I am seeing, so that my viewers can experience it close to the way I experienced it.

Below: Ms. Donnelly’s latest drawing in the New Yorker.

Ms. Donnelly’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

 

Liza Donnelly  Born, Washington, D.C. New Yorker work: 1982 – .

Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005). Edited:  Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008). Co-authored with Michael Maslin: Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995), Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995), Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010). Women On Men (Narrative Library, 2013). Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.  She is the CBS News Resident Cartoonist. Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com