This new issue of the New Yorker, dated January 1, 2018, brings the magazine ever closer to its 93rd birthday in February. The year kicks off (for the magazine) reassuringly with a George Booth cover. Here’s the magazine’s Cover Story with Mr. Booth. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but think the art contains just a bit of political satire. Could be wrong, could be wrong.
How I wish I could report that the magazine’s first issue of the new year brought the return of Rea Irvin’s classic masthead for the Talk of The Town, but alas…it’s still a-missin’. As a reminder, it looks exactly like this:
And now in to the magazine’s cartoons (some of them anyway). As with several weeks ago, I’m not going to go through every drawing in the issue, but just mention a few.
I note that there are 15 cartoonists represented, with one I believe (please correct me if I’m wrong) making their debut in the magazine: Julia Bernhard. For those counting, that makes 12 new cartoonists thus far in the 8 months of Emma Allen’s watch as cartoon editor.
*A funny cowboy drawing on page 22 caught my eye — Lars Kenseth gives us brothers on the range with one just back from a Christmas visit to their mother.
Things I find amusing about this drawing:
1.The horses obviously know their way around the range — neither harness is equipped with reins.
2.The Paul Newmanesque Butch Cassidy/Don Corleone/Michael Corleone hats the brothers are wearing.
3. The Christmas sweater worn by the brother who has just returned to work. I wonder if their mom sent a sweater back for the other brother.
*For a cartoon situation regularly visited by a lot of cartoonists, Frank Cotham‘s St. Peter’s Gate drawing on page 36 has a few unusual elements. I’ve never seen St. Peter’s gate depicted like this. It looks like the gate you see on the entrance to a construction site after hours (it’s padlocked). Also, St. Peter’s book is resting on what appears to be a tv tray.
*David Sipress‘s gladiator drawing on page 40 is a good piece of work.
*Maggie Larson‘s second aerial view drawing. The last one reminded me a little of an Otto Soglow drawing. This one immediately made me think of the photographer, Andre Kertesz (here is one of his many photos taken looking down on snowy ground)
— See you next year