Exhibit of Interest: Liana Finck; R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Collection Goes to Washington University in St. Louis

 

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Liana Finck‘s first solo exhibit in New York consists of “80 drawings from a series of work posted on Instagram over the last year.” The exhibit runs from July 19 through August 5.  Read all about the exhibit and the Equity Gallery here. 

Liana Finck’s A-Z entry on the Spill:

Liana Finck (Pictured above. Photo: John Madere) Born in 1986. Studied at Cooper Union College, 2004 – 2008. Fulbright Fellowship to Brussels, 2009. Her graphic novel A Bintel Brief was published by Ecco Press in the winter of 2013.   New Yorker work: February 25, 2013 -. Website: www.lianafinck.com/notecards/

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R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Collection Goes To Washington University in St. Louis

“A significant number of works and documents” from Mr. Blechman’s Ink Tank has found a permanent home at the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis.  Read all about it here.

Above: a screen grab from Mr. Blechman’s classic Alka Seltzer commercial.

More BlechmanJeet Heer’s interesting 2011 interview from the Comics Journal

 

Seth Returns to The Virtual Memories Show; A Tune Jokes Cover; Now That’s What I Call Marketing…

New Yorker cover artist, Seth (Gregory Gallant) returns to Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast.  Hear it here.  And while you’re there check out Mr. Roth’s  archive of interviews with other cartoonists, including, among others, these New Yorker contributors: Edward Koren, Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Liza Donnelly, R.O. Blechman, Peter Kuper, and John Cuneo.  

 

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We have not heard the last of the cartoonist, Buford Tune (mentioned here yesterday).  To the left is a snippet of a Tune cover that has surfaced courtesy of Columbia University’s Karen Green.  See the entire cover over at Attempted Bloggery.

 

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Here, by way of Danny Shanahan, who donates most generously to the Spill‘s archives, is a box of  Le Pen markers with an understated New Yorker connection.

 

 

 

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)

R.O. Talking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(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