New York Times: The demise of sports cartoons; Bob Staake at USC; Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art Fest 2012

Richard Sandomir has written a great (but sad) piece for The New York Times on the demise of sports cartooning, “Lost Occupation, Lost Art  as Sports Cartooning Declines” — sorry, no link:  check out the NYTs homepage, scroll down to INSIDE NYTS.COM and look for the sports illustration.

 

From dailytrojan.com, April 19, 2012, “Cartoonist Bob Staake began his career at USC”

 

The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art’s MoCCA Fest 2012 is this weekend (April 28th & 29th).  Check out the guests, panels etc.

All Cartoonists Are Actors

“If I’m drawing a certain type of character, I try to get into the spirit of the thing – and my wife complains about the faces I make while I’m working. All cartoonists, I guess, are actors in a way.”

— George Price to Jud Hurd, Cartoonist Profiles, March 1975

 

If you can find it, Jud Hurd’s Price interview is worth seeking out. Price (pictured above) who died in 1995 at the age of 93, is best remembered for his unparalleled mathematical drawing style, characterized by the split pen line created by his crow quill.

 

Let us pause briefly and consider the idea of Mrs. Price watching Mr. Price draw.  I wonder how many spouses or partners make a habit of watching their cartoonist mate draw.

 

I could never work with an audience.  From time-to-time while drawing I’ll realize I’m mimicking the face I’m working on. My only audience at those moments would be our Jack Russell Terrier, Bernie, who sometimes plants himself under my desk, at my feet. If there is such a thing as an audience of one, Bernie qualifies. Once I realize he’s staring at me, I can’t work. I cap my pen, leave my desk and do my best to resolve his issue (after all, he’s not there to be entertained — he wants something, such as the cat’s bowl of milk).

 

But I digress.  Heading back to the Price interview, it was “All cartoonists …are actors…” that really caught my attention.  I’ve long thought of cartoonists as spies, sponges, stage directors, costume designers, lighting experts, set designers, script writers (script doctors!), hair stylists, haberdashers – well, you get the idea.  But until I read this Price interview it never occurred to me that we were (possibly) actors as well.

 

This explains the number of cartoonists who have sought and seek the stage.  Otto Soglow was famous for his love of the stage, and Thurber appeared in his own Thurber Carnival on Broadway,  winning a special Tony for the adapted script. Peter Arno performed in summer stock, as well as investing his talents on Broadway as a producer and playwright (he also did time in Hollywood making a brief appearance in a 1937 film, Artists and Models). Frank Modell appeared in Woody Allen’s  Stardust Memories. In more recent times, Victoria Roberts has won acclaim for her stage appearances as Nona Appleby.  And then there are the numerous cartoonists currently involved in stand-up comedy.

 

So are all cartoonists actors?  I suppose you could say (super-duper groan alert!) some are drawn to it.

Tribeca Film Festival to show Every Tuesday; Gahan Wilson teaches; Slightly more on The New Yorker Big Book of Dogs

From EW.com, April 16, 2012, “Tribeca Film Festival: New Yorker cartoonists in ‘Every Tuesday'”

(with a brief clip of the film showing Zach Kanin at work)

 

From Gear Live, April 14, 2012, “Gahan Wilson Teaches”

 

From Library Journal, April 16, 2012, this trickle of information about the forthcoming New Yorker Big Book of Dogs (Random house, Fall 2012)

 


Exhibit: Felipe Galindo (Feggo); Feiffer’s first original graphic novel; More Mouly & Blown Covers; Video: S.J. Perelman interview; Mick Stevens’ fav NYer rejects; Liza Donnelly on the Art of Cartooning

From artcat, this notice of a group exhibit including Felipe Galindo (Feggo), “Political Neighbors: Ruis, Feggo, El Fisgon — Three Master Cartoonists of Mexico”

 

From Mediabistro, April 10, 2012,Jules Feiffer Lands Deal for his First Original Graphic Novel”

 

From wksu.org (Kent State & Ohio Public Media), April 10, 2012, “Blown Covers from The New Yorker” — with plenty of text and audio, including an interview with The New Yorker’s Art Editor, Francoise Mouly

 

From Youtube, this April 2, 1974 interview with S.J. Perelman from the PBS show, Day At Night

 

Over on Facebook (sorry, no link), Mick Stevens has started posting his favorite cartoons rejected by The New Yorker — see his post “My Favorite Rejects”

 

From Liza Donnelly’s blog, When Do They Serve the Wine, “Word and Image: The Art of Cartooning” — a transcript of the talk Donnelly delivered at a Creativity Symposium held at the Haystack Mountain School in Maine in the Fall of 2011.