The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of January 28, 2019

The Cover this week — rushed released days earlier — is from the masterful pen of John Cuneo. Below is an early version of the published cover, provided courtesy of Mr. Cuneo.

The Cartoonists (note the Spots contribution from Ed Steed) :

The Cartoons:

A little bit of something for everyone in this issue: an ice fisherman, a whale, a cat person in a dog park, a windy city street, imbibing cave people, a library, clowns, the subway, domestic situations, the mob, a police lineup, a restaurant scenario, Snow White.

Cartoon placement-wise, it was good to see some stretching out from the usual rectangular box seated in a corner of a page. Frank Cotham’s basement drawing run three columns wide (on page 30) is a good example, as is Zach Kanin’s ice fisherman on page 63 and Liana Finck’s drawing on page 72. Brendan Loper’s party-folk drawing on page 44, and Kim Warp’s police lineup drawing on page 48 were also given more breathing room. Then there’s Will McPhail’s full page (with the “Sketchbook” heading of “L’) on page 43. I’ve given this drawing some extra thought this morning, wondering if it needed the “Sketchbook” heading. What exactly does the “Sketchbook” designation bring to the page. I also wonder if those outside the New York/ Metropolitan area understand that the “L” refers to the “L” line of the New York City subway system (and local stories concerning the line). And then there’s the question of whether the “L” train reference actually means something here that’s essential to understanding the little story played out in sequence. Perhaps, perhaps. Perhaps not. So many questions! Anyway, it’s a fun drawing that works well no matter the subway line. As noted with a hint of impatience on Cartoon Companion, New Yorker subway cartoons have become nearly a standard scenario in recent months. I continue to believe that no scenario is played-out if the idea works well.

A subway sidenote: when I think of previous multi-panel subway cartoons my first thought is of this one by Liza Donnelly from the New Yorker issue of April 14, 1986. And speaking of Ms. Donnelly, in her cave man drawing on page 21 of this latest issue of the magazine there’s not a cave man in sight.

I’ve been re-watching the entire run of “The Sopranos” lately, so Joe Dator’s cement shoe drawing on page 52 grabbed my attention. I especially enjoyed seeing the George Boothian bare light bulb hanging down from the ceiling.

This issue marks the New Yorker print debut for Emily Bernstein. Ms. Bernstein is the third new New Yorker cartoonist of the year and the 28th since Emma Allen became the magazine’s cartoon editor in the Spring of 2017.

The Tilley Watch again signs-off with a nod to the missing Rea Irvin masthead (seen below). Read about it here.


Gahan Wilson’s Retirement Announced

A screen grab of Gahan Wilson from a recent video

 Gahan Wilson‘s step-son, Paul Winters announced in a Facebook post that Mr. Wilson has retired. Mr. Wilson, a star cartoonist for Playboy and National Lampoon, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1976.

Here’s the announcement:

“It is with great sadness that I inform all of you who love Gahan Wilson, that he is retiring. After 60 plus years as one of the greatest cartoonists ever, he is hanging up his pens and brushes…

As his stepson, it makes me so sad to announce this. I grew up watching him create the classics. He had boundless energy, and wit, and a unique view on life. He is, indeed, a genius.

Paul Winters

For more on Gahan Wilson, link here to his Wikipedia page, and don’t forget to check out Steven Charles-Jaffee’s great documentary, Born Dead, Still Weird.

Article Of Interest: The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Emma Allen; The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019; Obscure Norment

From Flood, January 18, 2019, “Emma Allen Is Expanding The New Yorker’s Comic Universe” –a short interesting article about the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor.

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The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019

A very Trumpian Daily Cartoon week with cartoons by Kate Curtis, Brendan Loper, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), and online contributor, Ivan Ehlers.

And over on Daily Shouts, these were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Sophia Warren and Tom Chitty,

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John Norment on Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery throws its spotlight on some obscure work by New Yorker cartoonist John Norment (above).


Mr. Norment’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

John Norment ( photo above courtesy of John Norment’s niece, Mandy Teare) Born, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1911. Died, Westport, Connecticut, 1988. New Yorker work: fourteen drawings and two covers, between 1969 and 1982. Mr. Norment had a long, wide ranging career, working as assistant art director for Esquire, an an editor of 1000 Jokes Magazine and For Laughing Out Loud at Dell. Later, one issue of a magazine called A Million Laughs. He was very instrumental publishing Gahan Wilson’s early work.* More information about his life and work can be found here: johnnorment.com/about.htm

John Cuneo’s Walled In New Yorker Cover; The Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons

The New Yorker has rushed released the cover of its forthcoming issue. It is the second cover by John Cuneo to appear in the last five issues. Here’s the magazine’s Cover Story on the piece.

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Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons

The CC‘s Max and Simon take us through each and every cartoon in the January 21st issue of the magazine, discussing & rating as they go. See it here.