Audio: Gil Roth Interviews R.O. Blechman; Mike Lynch Looks Back at Esquire’s Cartoons; A Playboy Cartoon

Gil Roth continues his remarkable  string of cartoonist/illustrator interviews — this week he speaks  with the great R. O. Blechman. One of my all-time favorite Blechman New Yorker covers (and one of my favorite all-time New Yorker covers, period) is shown to the left. (photo credit: Gil Roth)

Listen to the podcast here. 

Link here to Mr. Blechman’s website

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With Esquire suddenly in the cartoon conversation, Mike Lynch takes a look at some of the work and cartoonists that appeared there in days of yore.  Read it here. 

 

 

 

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And speaking of magazines that once ran cartoons, Playboy seemingly has recently returned to the fold. Tom Toro posted this cartoon on Instagram, writing,  “My cartoon in the current issue of @playboy”:

 

 

Swann’s Ad with Addams “Z” Subway Car; Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons; Book of Interest: Shannon Wheeler’s “Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was pleased and surprised to come across this full page Swann ad in today’s New York Times (the special “F” section devoted to Museums).  The Addams drawing, included in an upcoming auction, originally appeared in The New Yorker October 1, 1979. That issue, to me, is memorable. For starters the cover, by R.O. Blechman,  is one of my all-time favorite New Yorker covers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roster of cartoonists in the issue included some heavy hitters from the magazine’s golden age, including George Price (whose drawing in the issue is three-quarters of a page), William Steig, Addams of course, and James Stevenson (represented by a full page drawing).  Also in the issue are some of James Geraghty’s best additions from his later years manning the art editor’s desk: Lee Lorenz, Warren Miller, Edward Koren, Robert Weber, and J.B. Handelsman.  And there are a number of the new kids brought in by Geraghty’s successor, Lee Lorenz: Arnie Levin, Jack Ziegler, Bob Mankoff, Roz Chast and yours truly (another reason the issue was memorable for me: it contained my first sequential drawing).

Looking through the issue at the cartoons one can’t help but notice how the  cartoons sit in a wide variety of space. Price’s three-quarters page, Stevenson’s beautiful full page, my own multi-panel spread bleeding onto a second page, Ziegler’s drawing (the first of two Zieglers in the issue) in an upright rectangle surrounded on three sides by text; Mankoff’s drawing and Arnie Levin’s as well as Addams’s allowed to spread across the width of the page. Weber’s gorgeous drawing run large, and  set so perfectly on the page. What’s even more remarkable about this issue is that it wasn’t unusual — this is what was normal in that time.

 

Here’s what the Addams drawing looked like in that issue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The only blog offering a critical take on each week’s New Yorker cartoons returns with a look at  cavemen pondering their wardrobe, a drafty Hades, a King’s best friend, King Kong’s mom & pop, and 8 more.   Read it here.

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Coming from Top Shelf Productions this summer, Shannon Wheeler’s Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump.

From the publisher:

Acclaimed cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, God Is Disappointed in You, Too Much Coffee Man) transforms Donald Trump’s most revealing tweets into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler’s signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.

Details here.

American Bystander #3 Ready to Go; Liam Walsh’s 7 Things

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Here’s Drew Friedman’s cover for American Bystander #3.  If you saw the first two issues, you know what fun awaits you.  If you haven’t seen those issues, well now’s the time to catch up. Go here to Mr. Friedman’s site to see more on the cover, a short video about issue #3 and #4,  and a link to the Bystander‘s  Kickstarter campaign. A few of the cartoonists appearing in issue #3: M.K. Brown, Gahan Wilson and George Booth.

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And looking ahead to issue #4, it will feature an R.O. Blechman cover and drawings by, among others,  Charles Barsotti, P.S. Mueller, and Liza Donnelly.

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51eebe163e412.preview-620From Writer’s Digest, September 23, 2016, “7 things I’ve Learned So Far” Liam Walsh shares.

Link to Mr. Walsh’s website.

R.O. Blechman Podcast: “A Lot of Artists Are Insecure.”

R.O. AmHere’s an interesting and long (close to an hour) podcast featuring the great R.O. Blechman, recorded at the most recent MoCCA [Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art] Festival.  The conversation covers a wide range of Mr. Blechman’s pursuits, including filmmaking, advertising, cartoons, New Yorker covers, and illustration. Here’s a snippet of Blechman talking about advertising:

What I didn’t like about advertising: Hey, I’m for sale. I hated that.”

 

(Left: Mr. Blechman’s latest book and below: a recent collection)

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(r-o-blechman-the-new-yorker-cover-october-1-1979_i-G-61-6120-KBMF100ZLeft: Blechman’s October 1, 1979 New Yorker cover; in my opinion, one of the magazine’s greatest covers. Below: his must-read 1980 book, Behind the Lines)

 

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An Ann Tenna Event; More Spills with Chast, Blechman & Others

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Check out this upcoming event (Wednesday, October 21st) for Ann TennaMarisa Acocella Marchetto‘s  New York Times Bestseller.

Link to Ms. Marchetto’s New Yorker work.

Link to her website here.

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…A possible record number (4) of new cartoonists debuted in the October 19th issue of The New Yorker (they are: Andrew Hamm, Dan Abromowitz, Eli Dreyfus, and Brian McLachlan)

…and in the same issue, the great R.O. Blechman provides the Spot drawings (link here to his website)

…Roz Chast will be in Michigan next week

David Sipress will be moderating in D.C

 

R.O. Blechman Retrospective at SVA; Chicago Trib Printers Row includes Barry, Brunetti, Spiegelman, Ware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From prweb.com, June 3, 2013, “Advertising Legend, Illustrator, Children’s Book Author, Cartoonist, Animator R.O. Blechman Has First Major Retrospective at 25th Annual SVA Masters Series”

Here’s a chance to see an incredible body of work by one of the greats (it’s somewhat amusing that the prweb headline (above in pink) is so lengthy for an artist whose forte is simplicity. But never mind).

There’re a number of R.O. Blechman New Yorker covers that would make it to an Ink Spill top ten list of all-time great New Yorker covers. One favorite — it adorned the issue of October 1, 1979 — appears above. His very first New Yorker cover appeared on the April 29, 1974 issue.

Link to Mr. Blechman’s website here

 

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From Drawn & Quarterly, June 4, 2013, “D+Q in Chicago part 1: Printers Row Lit Fest”

with word of appearances by Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and others.

 

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According to the release:

“The Masters Series: R.O Blechman” is the first major retrospective representing all three genres of the artist’s work: illustrations and editorial cartoons, animations and graphic novels. The exhibition is on view from October 2 through November 2 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, New York City. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Donnelly’s World Ink; R.O.Blechman Speaks; Twohy goes Daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liza Donnelly’s World Ink, which was once part of the website, Dscriber, is now stand alone. Ink Spill asked Ms. Donnelly to talk for a moment about her site:

World Ink is a non-profit site that publishes political cartoons from around the world — countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Nigeria, Algeria, France, Japan, China, and more. The mission of World Ink is to showcase cartoon artists in other countries as well as the U.S. and show what they think of world events, and what they think about events in their own countries.  I started the site out of love for political cartoons from abroad and with a belief that cartoon art can bring some understanding and foster dialogue about world events.

 

In a related story, here’s Donnelly’s latest Forbes column “Women’s Rights in Global Cartoons” (with a slideshow of cartoons)

 

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From The Comics Journal, May 22, 2013, “Norman Rockwell and R.O. Blechman” —  Mr. Blechman’s remarks at the opening of his retrospective, The Inquiring Line,  currently at the Rockwell Museum.

(to the left: R.O.Blechman’s “Eustacia Tilley” cover for The New Yorker’s 1996 anniversary cover. In an unusual move, the anniversary issue was themed (“The Women’s Issue”) and Eustace Tilley was given the year off.

 

 

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Chris Weyant, who’s drawn the past 63 Daily Cartoons for The New Yorker has announced on Facebook that he’s rolled his chair back from the Daily Cartoonist desk. Long-time New Yorker cartoonist (his first drawing appeared in the magazine, July 21, 1980), Mike Twohy will be rolling his chair in.