A Correction: The original Spill post under “Papaerwork” [I’ve left it intact below] incorrectly stated that the appearance of Tadhg Ferry’s cartoon in this latest issue was his first cartoon in the magazine. Jane Mattimoe, of a Spill favorite blog, A Case For Pencils, has sent me a cartoon of Mr. Ferry’s that appeared in the September 19, 2016 issue. My apologies to Mr. Ferry, and my thanks to Ms. Mattimoe for setting the record straight (the good news is that Mr. Ferry’s name was added to the A-Z, albeit belatedly. This bit of information about Mr. Ferry led to the addition of one cartoonist to the #218 below, making it 219 new cartoonists brought in from 1997 through 2017; at the same time one cartoonist is subtracted from Emma Allen’s total thus far, from 19 to 18).
Paperwork: a new cartoonist in the issue (it’s the “Money Issue”…well, okay) of October 22, 2018: Mr. Ferry is the seventh new cartoonist added this year, and the nineteenth new cartoonist added since Emma Allen became the magazine’s cartoon editor in May of 2017. Her predecessor added two hundred and eighteen new cartoonists in his close to twenty year stint, or approximately eleven new cartoonists a year. His predecessor, Lee Lorenz, added approximately forty-five new cartoonists in his twenty-four years as art/cartoon editor, or approximately 2 a year.
Noted: a rare co-credited cartoon in the issue: Joe Dator & Dan Yaccarino. For more on the subject of New Yorker cartoon collaboration, go here and here.
Rea Irvin: Mr. Irvin’s classic Talk masthead is still stuck in a drawer somewhere at the New Yorker‘s offices, having been replaced by a redrawn (!?) version in the Spring of last year. Read more here. Below: what the shelved masthead looks like, lest we forget:
It’s the first non-Monday Tilley Watch day in quite awhile. Couldn’t pass up mentioning this latest issue’s cover by the great Sempe. Always a treat seeing his work.
I’d like to single out a few cartoons in the issue that surprised me (in the best way): Lars Kenseth’s sky editing cartoon (p.66), David Sipress’s ecosystem drawing (p.28), Sara Lautman’s Michelangelo drawing (p. 58), and last but certainly not least: Sam Gross’s drawing (p.93). Mr. Gross is one of the very best cartoonists of our time. Nothing would please me more than seeing one of his cartoons in every single issue.
And here’s to Rea Irvin, and his elegant missing Talk masthead. Last seen in the New Yorker in the Spring of 2017. Read about that here:
I’ve always felt slightly uneasy about the old saying, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” But for now it applies to my feelings about the Monday Tilley Watch. It began as an honest response to every new issue’s cartoons. And that was fun (for me)… for awhile. Lately it’s become more of a challenge to say what I want to say without actually saying it (If you can follow that, my hat is off to you). The Monday Tilley Watch was never meant to be a critical platform, but I’m afraid it’s become one. Biting the hand that feeds me (it’s also a hand I love) gives me no pleasure. And so, beginning today, I’m deconstructing the Monday Tilley Watch. On Mondays I’ll still chime in, from time-to-time, about the latest issue. But mostly, if not entirely, the day’s post will return to being, as are the posts every other day of the week, a catch-all of New Yorker cartoonists doings out there in the world. This does not mean that Ink Spill will lose its critical edge. It simply means I’ll choose my battles instead of battling on a regular basis every monday morning.
Having said all that, and in the spirit of the Monday Tilley Watch, there is one drawing from the new issue I’d like to mention. Lars Kenseth‘s genie drawing (p.41) is fresh, inventive, well-drawn and yes, funny. And so, to Mr. Kenseth, a hardy round of applause.
One constant of the Watch will continue weekly: a nod to Rea Irvin’s (sadly) still missing masthead. Read about it here, and see it below:
The Cover: What a beauty by Marcellus Hall! Read about it here. I was really surprised when the cover popped up on my screen this morning — was fully expecting a political cover.
The Illustrations: The New Yorker has certainly become a — if not the — mainstream magazine showcase for illustration. It’s become a blend of the best of Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Gourmet (remember Gourmet? What a good looking magazine that was). The 20 illustrations in the issue, including 5 1/2 full pages, far surpass the number and space afforded the 16 cartoons.
The Cartoons: A newbie this week: Pat Achilles. Ms. Achilles is the 6th new cartoonist introduced this year and the 18th new cartoonist to be introduced since Emma Allen was appointed cartoon editor in May of 2017.
Rea Irvin: In 1924, when the New Yorker was still in the development phase, Harold Ross, the magazine’s founder and first editor, hired Mr. Irvin as art supervisor. We can be thankful to Mr. Irvin for a quartet of fundamental graphic elements that scream New Yorker :
1. Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s mascot.
2. The so-called Irvin Typeface (adapted, with permission from Allen Lewis).
3. The quality of the art itself, including covers, cartoons and spot drawings.
4. The Talk Of The Town masthead (shown below).
Those four pillars of the magazine remained intact until last year when Mr. Irvin’s Talk masthead was replaced by a redraw. Read about it here.
— See you next week.
The Daily Cartoons were 4/5s in the realm of Trump this week. The contributing cartoonists: Kim Warp, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), Mike Twohy, Karl Stevens (not yet a print contributor), and Brendan Loper (who probably appears most regularly on the Daily).
The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists this week: Emily Flake, Liana Flake, and Olivia de Recat.
You can see all the work (and more) here.
Two favorite Spill blogs to visit!
…A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker takes a fascinating deep dive into the issue of September 14, 1929, with a cover by the great Rea Irvin. (also in the post: an appreciated shout-out to the Arno biography). Read here.
…And Attempted Bloggery tells us about a beautiful Steinberg piece (dated 1965) up for auction. I’ve yet to see anyone top Steinberg’s Chrysler Building drawings. Incredible. Take a look here.