Another installment from the Department of Self-Promotion, this interview by Alex Dueben posted today on The Comics Journal site.
Here’s a fun video featuring cartoonist Liana Finck and Colin Stokes, The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Assistant (and occasional cartoon collaborator).
If you haven’t gotten around to thumbing through a copy of Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist, the New Yorker‘s website has posted an excerpt along with two slideshows: one of Arno’s Whoops Sisters and a second spanning Arno’s (non-Whoops Sisters) work for the magazine . Read it here.
Another missive from the Department of Self-Promotion:
I’ll be returning to my home state of New Jersey on Thursday for an Arno book event. Here’s Jim Beckerman’s piece from The Record prefacing the appearance.
I couldn’t be more pleased that Attempted Bloggery has posted its first interview; the occasion happily coincides with the publication of Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist.
Read it here.
Here’s a snippet of the interview:
Q: …In 1925 Arno came to the New Yorker during the magazine’s rocky first year. How did a 21-year-old come to establish himself at the young magazine? He had talent, to be sure. Did he also have connections?
A: He had zero connections at The New Yorker. He brought his work in, unsolicited, like so many have done since. If we want to let our legs go wobbly for a moment, consider that Arno’s first visit to the New Yorker was going to be, in his own words, his “last try” at selling his art. Had the New Yorker not taken his work (one from that very submission), he would’ve headed fully into his other passion: music.
Here’s a look at Garden State born New Yorker contributors (including its current editor) as well as New Yorker contributors (all cartoonists) not Jersey born, but currently living there. Also included: New Yorker contributors who, though not native-born, grew up there and/or lived there for a good while. If anyone out there has others I’ve missed (and I’m sure I have) please contact me. (click on the map to enlarge).
From the archives, a rejected cover from ages ago…