Podcast of Interest: Liza Donnelly with Susan Orlean & Sarah Thyre; Update: MAD Panelists at “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival; Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; New Animated Addams Family Planned; The Tilley Watch Online

Podcast of Interest: Liza Donnelly with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre

Liza Donnelly visits writer, Susan Orlean and actress, Sarah ThyreHear it here.

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Update: MAD Panelists at “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival

As promised in yesterday’s post about the upcoming Association of American Editorial Cartoonists “Satire and the City” Cartoon Festival, here are the MAD magazine panelists scheduled to appear:

John Ficarra, Senior VP & Executive Editor, a MAD staffer since 1980, co-editor (with Nick Meglin) 1985-2004, editor-in-chief 2004-present

Joe Raiola and Charlie Kadau, Senior Editors, MAD staffers since 1985

Al Jaffee, MAD contributor since 1955, creator of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, Guiness World Record holder, “Longest Career as a Comic Artist”

Moderator, Sam Viviano, VP—Art & Design, MAD contributor since 1981, art director 1999-present.

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Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

 Cartoon Companion’s Max and Simon had their work cut for them this week with nearly two dozen cartoons to inspect and examine. Among the dissected: a literary plumbing problem, Tinder behavior, Nambia located, and a Frankensteinian moment.   Read it all here.

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New Animated Addams Family Planned

According to this report the creepy and kooky and altogether ooky “Addams Family” will return to delight us.

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The Tilley Watch Online
I was at a table of New Yorker cartoonists some months back when the conversation turned to the future of the print magazine.  Someone asked me what I thought and I (jokingly) said, “Two years left at most”  — it was a rock in a pond moment; my table mates eyes grew wide, their bodies shifted anxiously.  I don’t really think print is close to dead, and I don’t really believe the print version of The New Yorker will cease in two years, but I do believe that online is where the action increasingly is.  With that said, it only makes sense that the Spill pays closer attention to the New Yorker‘s online non-print features that involve — or sometimes involve — its cartoonists: The Cartoon Lounge, The Daily Cartoon, Daily Shouts and other features (video, podcasts, etc.).  Not all of these features will be noted daily.  Fickleness rules here.
 
And so off we go …
 
Video segments of last weekend’s New Yorker Festival have been posted on newyorker.com.  Of interest: the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen spoke with Kumail Nanjiani
 
And here’s a clip of Andy Borowitz doing some stand-up (Mr. Borowitz isn’t a cartoonist, but his work seems, at times, ever-so-close to captionville — that’s a compliment).  
 
Daily Shouts: Recent posts include Farley Katz on pumpkins and Lars Kenseth on Roomba Error Codes. See the pieces here
 
Daily Cartoon: Recent posts include the aforementioned Mr. Kenseth, Mick Stevens and Peter Kuper.  See a slide show of over a dozen recent Daily Cartoons here.
 
 
 
 
 

American Bystander’s New Blog; Bill Plympton on P.C. Vey; R.O. Blechman Book Signing; New: The New Yorker Daily Humor Newsletter; Cartoons and Comic Strips on Broadway

American Bystander’s New Blog

American Bystander has a brand new blog. If you like written humor, if you like cartoons, and humorous illustration, this is where you might want to spend some time. The Bystander’s publisher, Michael Gerber charmingly describes the blog as a place  “where we could stick a few pieces from each issue.”  Go to the blog here. 

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Bill Plympton on P.C. Vey

From Scribble Junkies, the blog of legendary animator, Bill Plympton, this interesting short piece on P.C. Vey.  Read it here.

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R.O. Blechman Book Signing

Speak of legendary artists, R.O. Blechman is scheduled to sign books this coming Sunday in Hudson, NY.  Details here.

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New: The New Yorker Daily Humor Newsletter

Described as an “experiment” this Daily Humor newsletter will include “all the funny stuff you’ve come to love from us, including cartoons and Daily Shouts.” ...apparently this feature is available on a limited basis thus far.  Will note on the Spill when its status changes. 

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Cartoons and Comic Strips on Broadway

From Playbill, this list of successful cartoon and comic strip adaptations. Guess which is #1.  Hint:

  Read it here.

The Addams Family in Dublin

For Charles Addams’ legacy, it’s the gift that keeps on giving: the theater presentation of the hit broadway show, The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy, which of course grew out of the mid-1960s television show, The Addams Family.  Here’s a nice piece (forget the “newspaper cartoon” and think “New Yorker Magazine“) from The Independent, “How the Addams Family Went From  a Newspaper Cartoon to Cult Classic: A New Musical Has Landed in Dublin” 

Here’s a fun site: The Unofficial Addams Family world Wide Website

And then there’s the official Addams website: Tee & Charles Addams Foundation

(For a general round-up of the Addams Family New Yorker cartoons, the television show, the movies and the musical go to the Addams Family Wikipedia entry).

 

 

 

Lou Myers’ Times Square; The Addams Family House…in Plastic

From Attempted Bloggery, June 11, 2017, “Lou Myers in Times Square” — this piece on a Lou Myers tour de force promotional mailer from 1973.

Mr. Myers, who died in November of 2005, contributed stories, cartoons and one cover to the New Yorker from 1974 through 1989. 

In Mr. Myers’ NYTs obit, Steven Heller wrote: “Mr. Myers developed a deceptively childlike, raw, black brushstroke that gave the illusion of lightheartedness.  But his cartoons were more like comic bombs that exploded political and social taboos.”

 

Here’s his  terrific New Yorker cover and a Myers cartoon collection from 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy of David Pomerantz, this fun ad:

 

 

Book of Interest: Monster Mash

Monster MashWho doesn’t like monsters? I’d bet almost every cartoonist has had a monster phase, or even more than a phase. Charles Addams, for one.  Monster Mash looks like a great deal of fun — the inclusion of Mr. Addams’ “Addams Family” in this heavily illustrated volume makes it an Ink Spill Book of Interest.

 

[Monster Mash: The Creepy , Kooky Monster Craze in America 1957 – 1972 by Mark Voger is due July 7, 2015 from TwoMorrows Publishing]

Addams Family’s Pugsley Dies at 59

imagesKen Weatherwax, the actor who played Pugsley in the televised version of The Addams Family has died at age 59. Link here to the BBC’s obit.

For a refresher course in the Pugsley cartoon character, I turned to the Linda Davis biography of Addams, A Cartoonists Life, which documents the development of the Addams Family characters as well as the television series.  Davis writes that Addams thought of his cartoon character Pugsley as “an angry little W.C. Fields” and that he named the boy “Pugsley” after a stream in the Bronx. And finally, Addams “wanted to call the boy Pubert, but a guy who was making dolls of the characters (as tie-ins for the upcoming television series) thought that sounded dirty.”

Davis wrote of Weatherwax that he “made an appealing and slightly creepy Pugsley.” Anyone watching the show would agree that those Addamsonian cartoon qualities made him exactly right for the part.