Harold Ross’s “R”

The arrival of a New Yorker original here at Spill headquarters is always a “moment.”  Yesterday’s  addition to the Spill collection — an I. Klein original published in the June 19, 1926 issue — instantly became the second oldest New Yorker drawing in the house (the earliest is an Alice Harvey cartoon, published October 25, 1925). Here’s how Mr. Klein’s drawing looked as published (below left):

Here’s what the original looks like:

When the drawing arrived — when any pre-1952* New Yorker original drawing arrives — the first thing my eyes go to is the “R” usually found on either the upper right hand corner of a drawing or on the back of the drawing.  The “R” was The New Yorker‘s founder and first editor, Harold Ross’s  way of noting a bought drawing.  You can clearly see the “R’ on the upper right hand corner of Mr. Klein’s drawing:

Ross’s “R” is mentioned in a memorable passage on page 61 of James Thurber’s must read, The Years With Ross. Here’s Thurber talking about a drawing** he loved enough to resubmit despite Ross’s initial rejection:

“I’ll send that drawing in to every meeting until it’s bought and printed,”  I told him [Ross]. I think it was bought on the third resubmission. Some of my drawings were held up much longer than that, and one night I got into Ross’s office with a passkey, faked his R on three drawings I especially liked, and sent them through the works the next day.

Ross’s “R” appeared elsewhere, as on this New Yorker reprint of a Joseph Mitchell piece.  We perhaps should assume that the initial indicated approval of this special issue.

 

*Ross died in December of 1951. His successor William Shawn, did not seem to initial bought drawings.

**The drawing of “a would-be woman purchaser” of a dog at a pet shop, being told by the proprietor, “I’m very sorry, madam, but the one in the middle is stuffed, poor fellow” was published March 7, 1936.

Here’s I. Klein’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

I. (“Izzy”) Klein  Born Isidore Klein, Newark, New Jersey, October 12, 1897. Died, 1986. His papers can be found at Syracuse University. New Yorker work, over 200 drawings from 1925 through 1937.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: The Tilley Watch Online, January 20-24, 2020; Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial; Emily Flake In Baltimore; A Must See: John Cuneo At The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium

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An end of the week listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper, Jon Adams, Brendan Loper (twice), Carolita Johnson

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck

Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

To see all of the above and so much more, link here.

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A Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial

Liza Donnelly has been tirelessly drawing while watching the zillion hours of the Impeachment trial (she’s drawing right this very second).  See her efforts on Instagram.

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982.  Visit her website here.

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Emily Flake In Baltimore

From Ms. Flake’s website this notice of an event April 4, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the meantime, check out her latest book, That Was Awkward (shown above).

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Symposium Of Interest: John Cuneo

A must see: the one-and-only John Cuneo at The New York Comics Picture-Story Symposium, February 25th. Here are just a few of his New Yorker covers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Blitt’s Kvetchbook; Finck’s Dear Pepper; Video Of Interest: Ivan Brunetti, Chris Ware and “Peanuts Papers” Editor, Andrew Blauner; A Case For Pencils Spotlights Evan Lian

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Peter Kuper on Trump’s defense. 

Mr. Kuper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2011. Visit his website here.

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Blitt’s Kvetchbook

Barry Blitt’s latest: “A 2020 Guide To Shadow Puppetry”

Mr. Blitt began contributing to The New Yorker in 1994. Visit his website here.

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Finck’s Dear Pepper

The latest entry from Liana Finck’s “Dear Pepper” column: “A Text Relationship And Building A Community” 

Ms. Finck has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2013.

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Video Of Interest: Ivan Brunetti, Chris Ware, And “Peanuts Papers” Editor, Andrew Blauner

From The Library Of America, this video, “‘How To Be A Man Who’s Not a Jerk’: Chris Ware on Charles M. Schulz, Mr. Rogers, Beethoven”

Mr. Brunetti and Mr. Ware contribute covers to The New Yorker.

 

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A Case For Pencils Spotlights Evan Lian

Evan Lian’s tools of the trade courtesy of Jane Mattimoe’s fab blog.  Read it here.

 

 

Mr. Peanut Shelled 20 Years Ago; Article Of Interest: Rich Sparks; The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf of Baghdad” Out Next Week; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Mr. Peanut Shelled 20 Years Ago

Apparently, I was, unusually, way ahead of a developing story.  Here’s a drawing of mine published by The New Yorker in 2000 (it was within a double issue: Dec. 25, 2000/January 1, 2001).

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Article Of Interest: Rich Sparks

From Chicago Magazine, January 22, 2020, “The Weird, Whimsical World Of Rich Sparks”

— this article on Mr. Sparks who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit his website here. 

His new book, Love And Other Weird Things, published by Yoe Books, will be out January 28.

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The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Out Next Week

Out next week from Carol Isaacs (aka The Surreal McCoy) is The Wolf Of Baghdad (Myriad). Visit the publisher’s website here for an excerpt and a lot of info.

Ms. Isaacs tells the Spill: “The motion comic (animated) version of the book will be premiered at the Sephardi Jewish Film Festival in New York next month and I’ll be over to do a talk and Q&A.”

Details will be posted here when they become available.

Ms. Isaacs began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams on the passing of a legume. Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here.

The Wednesday Spill: New Yorker Folks At SXSW 2020; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Fave Photo Of The Day

New Yorker Folks At SXSW 2020

From SXSW’s schedule, here are several events featuring various New Yorker folks.

On March 14th, 2020, a talk by veteran New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly: ‘Humor Connects Us”  

On March 15, 2020, “New Yorker Cartoons In Augmented Reality” with the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, cartoonist Liana Finck, and others.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on moving the impeachment hearings.

Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.

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Fave Photo Of The Day

Here’s a photo from the Spill archives of a family cat settled down in front of a Jack Ziegler original. The drawing, titled The Jungle Never Sleeps, appeared in The New Yorker,  July 28, 1980.