Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 8: James Thurber; Seth’s Sesquicentennial Piece

Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 8: James Thurber (Bug-A-Boo Ads)

It was a real thrill seeing these Bug-A-Boo Thurber ads in the collection of scans offered to Ink Spill by Warren Bernard, cartoon collector extraordinaire. 

I wish we knew if Thurber wrote or at least tinkered with the copy.  The wording was obviously designed to resemble some of his work found in The New Yorker and in his collected works (four books by 1934, with a fifth appearing in the latter part of 1935, the year these ads appeared). 

Whatever the case, these drawings are delightful, and you can’t beat the very Thurberish sounding product name. 

 

Here’s Mr. Thurber’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

James Thurber (pictured above) Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously. Key anthology: The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). Link here to a short biography on the Thurber House site

 

 

 

 

 

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Seth’s Sesquicentennial Piece

        According to the Globe and Mail website, Seth is one of a group of writers, Canadian and otherwise, invited to celebrate Canada’s history in fiction.  Here’s a link to his piece, Hazel.

Seth began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.

— my thanks to cartoonist biographer, Mike Rhode for bringing Seth’s Hazel  piece to my attention

 

Flake’s “Mama Tried” on IFC’s 2018 Slate of Projects; Books of Interest: Seth, Ben Katchor; Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 7: Charles Saxon

Flake’s “Mama Tried” on IFC ‘s 2018 Slate of Projects

From Deadline Hollywood, July 29, 2017, “IFC Sets 2018 Slate…” — in a list of projects following this sentence:

IFC has given episodic script orders to the following projects:

is:

Mama Tried
A show about the seamy underbelly of new motherhood, Mama Triedfollows the struggles (and occasional triumphs) of Liz Callahan who’s finding that she could care less about being a “super-mom”- she just wants to survive. Mama Tried weaves Emily Flake’s darkly funny animation to help bring to life all of motherhood’s graphic, and sometimes gruesome, realness. Written by Emily Wilson (Cougar Town, Superior Donuts) and animated by and based on the graphic novel by Emily Flake, executive produced by Jax Media (Full Frontal, Broad City, Search Party).

Ms. Flake was a recent subject of the Spill’s “Checking In With…” series.  Read it here.

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Books of Interest: Seth, Ben Katchor

Never too early to think about upcoming books.  Both of these are University Press of Mississippi titles. Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory –  (the paperback edition; the hardcover was published in 2016) — this edition comes out in December. Seth has been a New Yorker contributor since 2002. 

Ben Katchor: Conversations due in February of 2018. Mr. Katchor began contributing to The New Yorker in 1994.

Link here to Seth’s Wikipedia entry.

Link here to Mr. Katchor’s website.

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Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 7: Charles Saxon

A June 8, 1980 New York Times article, “The New Yorker’s Humor Merchants” lead off with this: Charles Saxon, a cartoonist for The New Yorker for the last 25 years, has a problem. So many companies have been buying his drawings for their ads that last year he was able to do only 15 cartoons for the magazine, half his usual total. “I was just swamped with ad assignments and my New Yorker work suffered,” he said.  “This year, I’m setting aside more time for the magazine which I consider my home home and where I can really express myself.”

It is true that, back then, ads using Saxon drawings seemed to be everywhere.  Here’s the very tip of the iceberg, courtesy of SPX’s Executive Director, Warren Bernard, who spent a  great deal of time and effort collecting ads featuring New Yorker cartoonists (and then allowed Ink Spill to reap the rewards).  Dates for ads: Polaroid, 1969; Chivas Regal,1981; Jacuzzi, 1979; IBM, 1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Mr. Saxon’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

Charles Saxon (self portrait above left from Best Cartoons of the Year 1947) Born in Brooklyn, Nov 13, 1920, died in Stamford, Conn., Dec 6, 1988. New Yorker work: 1943 – 1991 (2 drawings published posthumously). Key collection: One Man’s Fancy ( Dodd, Mead, 1977).

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.

 

 

 

Small Press Expo (SPX 2013) this weekend

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Happening this very moment: The Small Press Expo 2013 (the poster is by by New Yorker contributor, Seth). Below, a couple of pieces about it:

From The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” column by Michael Cavna, September 14, 2013,   SPX 2013: From Carre to DeForge: Here they are, your Ignatz Award nominees

From Washington City Paper, September 14, 2013,  “Small Press Expo at Bethesda North Marriott”

Addams Family Collaboration; Steinberg biography one of the NYTs 100 Notable Books of 2012; Interview: Mick Stevens; Toronto Group Photo

 

From the blog, Little Gothic Horrors, November 30, 2012,“An Addams Family Collaboration”

 

 

Deidre Bair’s Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A.Talese/Doubleday) has been named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012.

 

 

From nudistnaturistamerica, November 29, 2012, “Naked Cartoons and Censorship”, Mick Stevens revisits his dots in this interview.

 

From boingboing, November 29, 2012, “Cartoonist Group Photo in Toronto Restaurant” — this fun photo includes, among others,  Seth, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware (whose Building Stories was just named one of the year’s 10 Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times).

 

 

 

Two reports: University of Chicago Comics Conference & Maine Comics Arts Festival

From The Beat, May 21, 2012 “Comics G-17 summit report from Chicago” (content includes references to: Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Francoise Mouly, Daniel Clowes, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Ivan Brunetti, among others)

 

From mikelynchcartoons.blogspot, May 21, 2012, “Report: Maine Comics Arts Festival May 20, 2012” (content includes references to John Klossner, Kate Beaton, and Bill Woodman)