Exhibit: Danny Shanahan, Michael Crawford, Carolita Johnson, Liza Donnelly & Michael Maslin























An exhibit of work by five New Yorker cartoonists opens Saturday, August 24th in the Rhinebeck (New York) Atwater Gallery.  Published and unpublished work by Danny Shanahan, Michael Crawford, Carolita Johnson, Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin will be shown.


Note:  you can see some — but not all — of the above cartoonists’ work by going to The New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank site and entering the cartoonist’s name in the “Search” box on the upper right site of the page.

Three New Yorker Cartoonists Show Their Work, Two Speak
















From The Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY), “New Yorker Magazine Exhibit at Rhinecliff Library”


some wine with your vest

An exhibit of around 60 cartoons (published & unpublished) by Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly and myself


A slide show and Q&A with Shanahan and yours truly begins July 20th at 6. (above: a Shanahan New Yorker cover , and to the left, a Donnelly New Yorker cartoon)







Danny Shanahan’s website.

Liza Donnelly’s website




Favorite Beatle?


Today is Paul McCartney’s 71st birthday.  In his honor, the above drawing from The New Yorker, published December 28, 1992. I know most everyone had/has a favorite Beatle, but back when they were a working band, I found it difficult to favor one over the other.

New film on New Yorker Cartoonists: “Very Semi-Serious”

We’ve known that Leah Wolchok has been hard at work on her film about New Yorker cartoonists and thought this was an excellent time to check in with her (Ink Spill will revisit Very Semi-Serious in a matter of weeks).  We asked Leah to describe her film, and give us an idea of who’s in it (so far). Here’s what she had to say:


Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel.  The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the 88-year old New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.

The film has been a labor of love and obsession for 6 ½ years. The film is supported by Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, Women Make Movies and BAVC. We are working closely with cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and we’ve interviewed a dozen cartoonists, including Roz Chast, Michael Maslin, Liza Donnelly, Sam Gross, Mort Gerberg, Lee Lorenz, Matt Diffee, Drew Dernavich, Zach Kanin, Emily Flake, Liam Walsh and Liana Finck, who recently published her first cartoon in The New Yorker.  Next up is Bruce Eric Kaplan. 

We’ve also filmed scenes with Gahan Wilson, PC Vey, Sidney Harris, David Sipress, Mike Twohy, Joe Dator, Bob Eckstein, Robert Leighton, Farley Katz, Benjamin Schwartz, Carolita Johnson, Felippe Galindo, David Borchardt, Corey Pandolph, Paul Noth and Barbara Smaller.

Jack Ziegler and Andy Friedman both created original artwork for the film.

In a few weeks we are launching our website and trailer, featuring animation, interviews and never-before-seen footage from the New Yorker headquarters, cartoonists’ studios and inside the homes of caption contest devotees.  Plus a killer ping pong match between Bob Mankoff and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

Mystery Cartoonist found!; Cartoonography

With the help of colleagues Mike Lynch, Brian Moore and Rick Marschall, I was able to identify the mystery New Yorker cartoonist mentioned in the February 21st Ink Spill post.  His name is Alfred Leete.  His bio appears in numerous places as he was  famous for a poster he designed in 1914 (if you go to his bio you’ll see the poster and its history).  Here’s a bio of Leete.


In February of 2008 newyorker.com ran 28 written posts and 20 autobiographical drawings I called Cartoonography.  While the written posts remain on The New Yorker’s site, the drawings no longer do.  For the sake of completion, I’ve brought them to Ink Spill where they can now be seen on my Bio page.