Karasik Explains “How A Cartoon Is Funny”; Interview of Interest: Mimi Pond

Karasik Explains How A Cartoon Is Funny

Paul Karasik has dissected a New Yorker cartoon or two.  He continues this coming Monday.  Details here.

A Karasik quote of interest from the linked article:

“Despite E.B. White’s famous saying, ‘Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few are interested and the frog dies,’ my goal is to explain how a cartoon is funny, how it works its magic on the reader.” _______________________________________________________________________

Interview of Interest: Mimi Pond

From The Muse, August 8, 2017, “A chat with Mimi Pond on the Service Industry, Cocaine, and Writing the First Episode of The Simpsons” — Ms. Pond’s new book is The Customer Is Always Wrong.

An excerpt from Ms. Pond’s book appeared on the newyorker.com ‘s Daily Shouts  August 2.

Alex Noel Watson: 1929- 2017

 

The Professional Cartoonists Organisation  has posted the sad news that Alex Noel Watson has passed away. You will read that he was a delightful person, a real character –and that was exactly the case; he was a high-spirited exceptionally friendly man of many talents. 

  Read the announcement here.

Mr. Watson’s work appears in The New Yorker Cartoon Album 1975-1985He contributed seven drawings to The New Yorker between 1970 and 1997 (his first appears below — it was in the issue of August 29, 1970).  Also shown is the cartoonist company he kept in that issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link here to Mr. Watson’s entry in The British Cartoon Archive

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 Book of Interest: I Actually Wore This

Here’s an uncartoony book, with a few New Yorker cartoon folks in it, namely Roz Chast and the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes.  

Written by Tom Coleman, with photographs by Jerome Jakubiec.  Published by Rizzoli.  Published this past March.  

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Interviews of Interest: Julia Wertz, Mimi Pond

From the podcast Sagittarian Matters, two recent episodes:

Episode #68  with Mimi Pond (May 26, 2017)

Episode #64 with  Julia Wertz  (April 28, 2017)

Click here to reach the site.

 

A Season of Applause for New Yorker Artists

 

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I can’t remember a time when New Yorker artists have been so honored and acknowledged. Three memoirs by the magazine’s contributors hit the New York Times Best Seller list: Mimi Pond’s Over Easy, Bob Mankoff’s How About Never? Is Never Good for You? and Roz Chast’s  Can’t We Talk About Something More PleasantLiza Donnelly’s Women on Men was selected as a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor. Alison Bechdel was recently awarded a MacArthur grant, and just yesterday it was announced that Ms. Chast’s memoir is on the long list for the National Book Award in nonfiction.  Congratulations to each and every one!

Links to websites:

Mimi Pond

Bob Mankoff

Roz Chast

Liza Donnelly

Alison Bechdel

 

Edward Sorel a Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame Inductee; Mankoff in the Hamptons; Chast on Rose w/ David Remnick

SorelThe great illustrator, Edward Sorel is a Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame inductee.  Read about it here on the SOI site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s an unusual year, with three New York Times best selling New Yorker cartoonist books out there: Mimi Pond’s graphic memoir, Roz Chast’s graphic memoir  and Bob Mankoff’s memoir.

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And here’s a link, Ink Spilled a little late, of Roz Chast on “The Charlie Rose” show a few weeks ago.  David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, fills in for Mr. Rose.  You can See Roz’s appearance at the 36:18 mark.

Mimi Pond Talks to The Comics Reporter About Her New Memoir

OE_frontcoverIt seems 2014 is turning into the year of memoirs by cartoonists.  Just this week we saw the release of The New Yorker cartoon editor’s How About Never — Is Never Good For You? Roz Chast has one coming in early May (Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?) And on April 15, the first volume of Mimi Pond’s memoirs, Over Easy, will be out.  Here’s a link to an excellent interview with her about her forthcoming book.

Ms. Pond’s work appeared in The New Yorker March 21, 1994 — a strip called “How Low Will You Go?”