Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; 2019’s Fave New Yorker Instagram Cartoons

Ali Solomon on being home for Christmas.

Ms. Solomon began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018.

See some of her New Yorker work here and some here.



2019’s Fave New Yorker Instagram Cartoons

From, December 18, 2019, “Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons Of 2019”

— Colin Stokes, the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, runs down the top faves, including this wonderful  Charles Barsotti drawing published in 1987.


The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of December 16, 2019; The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, Now On Instagram Stories; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

A Look At Some Of The Cartoonists & Cartoons In The Latest Issue Of The New Yorker

The Cover: What looks suspiciously like a UPS deliveryman is carrying a fully decorated Christmas tree up the steps of a city brownstone. The deliveryman seems to have something in his mouth. A peach? A corn muffin? Or, possibly an ornament that fell off the tree? I was hoping the answer would be found here, in this short Q&A with Peter De Seves — the cover artist, but alas…

[Update on what’s in the deliveryman’s mouth: A friend of the Spill‘s has pointed out that there’s nothing in the deliveryman’s mouth. The way it appears on my laptop screen it appears there is, but upon very close inspection I can see that the thin line of the mouth forms what appears to be the top of a circle. The circular lines of the shaved-chin fill out a circle suggesting a ball-shape. The beard surrounding the ball-shape framed a circle.  Once I saw it, I couldn”t un-see it (even now).  I think too that the ball shape I’m seeing is nearly identical to the Christmas tree balls hanging close-by. The power of suggestion then, perhaps? Anywho, I stand corrected. My thanks to Attempted Bloggery]

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

…A healthy number of cartoons in The New Yorker’s almost last issue of the year.

…The duo of Pia Guerra and Ian Boothbay have contributed a very Charles Addams(y) drawing. It reminded me, structurally, of this Addams drawing from The New Yorker issue of April 28, 1980:

…The Mike Twohy drawing (on page 27) incorporates a semi-popular cartoonist go-to scenario: the large snake that’s swallowed something. A fairly recent example is this Jason Adam Katzenstein drawing for the issue of May 1, 2017. A sampling of others who’ve visited the big snake that’s swallowed something include Sam Gross, Farley Katz, and Ariel Molvig.

…Two other drawings that caught my eye: Peter Kuper’s couple in bed on page 47, and Joseph Dottini’s party scene on page 74.  As mentioned numerous times on the Monday Tilley Watch, it’s the unexpected drawing (ideally both caption and drawing) that keeps me hovering over a cartoon longer than usual.  Both these caused me to hover. A Spill round of applause for Mr. Kuper’s and Mr. Dottini’s work in this issue.

…A drawing by Ed Steed (it’s on on page 67) has caused me to resurrect a listing I started in 2008 on “Some Favorite Things.”   I wrote by way of introducing the list:

Everyone has favorites: flavors of ice cream, baseball teams, nieces and nephews. I have favorite cartoon elements. Like fingerprints, these elements are unique to a cartoonist’s work.

And then I went on to list a bunch of favorite elements. Here’s a sampling:

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s slanted rooms

P. C. Vey’s stiff-legged people

Jack Ziegler’s kids and dogs, and his men’s clothing

Sam Gross’ cats and mice

Well after seeing this latest drawing by Mr. Steed, I’d like to add:

 Ed Steed’s horses

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:  No news isn’t good news. Mr. Irvin’s beautiful masthead, (removed in the Spring of 2017 and replaced by a re-draw) is still gathering dust. For those who miss it, here it is:


The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, Now On Instagram Stories

The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen has announced a new cartoon caption contest feature. Read about it here. The feature begins with this week’s contest cartoon.


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Avi Steinberg on the risk of making friends during the holidays. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.









Latest Cartoon Anthology In The House: “Everyone’s A Critic”; The Library Journal’s Review Of Thurber’s “A Mile And A Half Of Lines”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

One of the pleasures of this cartoonist’s life is receiving a new cartoon anthology in the mail, and then sitting with it at my work area (thus the cartoon fragment at the top of the accompanying photo), and paging through cover-to-cover (hey, it’s not like sitting down with The Tale Of Two Cities — we’re talking a half hour, tops, to “finish” the entire book).  Everyone’s A Critic (Princeton Architectural Press) is the second in what promises to be a  series of cartoon anthologies edited by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein (the first book in the series: The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons). Mr. Eckstein will speak with the Spill about the book’s cartoons and cartoonists as we close in on the pub date (October 22th).

You can pre-order it here.


*full disclosure: my work appears in this anthology, and the Thurber book below


Library Journal Review of New Thurber Book

The Library Journal review is up for Michael Rosen’s spectacular  A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber. Read it here.

Note: Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly will join Mr. Rosen at The Society of Illustrators on October 25th to discuss Thurber and his drawings. Be there! Info here.



Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on the weight of the news. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.



Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

From Elle, October 1, 2019, “Why Liana Finck, Instagram’s Favorite Cartoonist Had To Stop Drawing Strollers”

Ms. Finck’s latest book is Excuse Me.  See the Spill review here.

Out Today! Liana Finck’s Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self

In a relatively short period of time Liana Finck has done something that just a few New Yorker cartoonists have managed: working successfully in two distinct styles; in Ms. Finck’s case, one in The New Yorker and the other on Instagram. I think back to John Held, Jr. as a previous example. His New Yorker  woodcut work was in a different universe than the work that brought him fame: delicate flowing lines capturing the roaring twenties crowd.  Ms. Finck’s styles aren’t as far apart as Mr. Held’s, but they are easily IDed as her Instagram work and her New Yorker work. Most of the drawings included in Excuse Me, out today, focuses on Ms. Finck’s Instagram work (the New Yorker drawings included here appeared on the magazine’s Instagram account).

These are highly personal drawings — “complaints, and notes to self” — transmitted to her readers via lists, charts, diagrams, serial drawings telling a story, or a single drawing telling a story (i.e., a New Yorker  cartoon moment). Like the very best of New Yorker artists, Ms. Finck’s work seems to be of her, not just by her. Think of Steinberg, Ziegler, and most especially, Roz Chast. In the Publisher’s Weekly blurb accompanying my copy of Excuse Me  the reviewer refers to “Finck’s brick of a gag collection…” One thing this collection is not is a collection of gag cartoons (oh how I dislike that term). Do not expect the classic arrangement of a drawing hovering over a caption as you see in The New Yorker. My hope is that there’s a Finck collection of her New Yorker drawings in the wings that’ll bookend Excuse Me.

Part of the delight of Ms. Finck’s Instagram drawings is that they are of-the-moment. Just about every cartoonist I know works like this, laying down rough work of words and sketched impressions that may or may not go anywhere. But few post them on Instagram within seconds of completion. The New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, for instance, has developed a bustling cottage industry over the years out of her “live-drawings” posted immediately online.

The above mentioned PW blurb says this is a brick of a book. Correcto! It’s four hundred pages, 6″ x 8″ — the perfect size to carry around and delve into whenever you need Ms. Finck’s genuinely absorbing graphic company.

Mick Stevens’ “Instathing”; Profile Of Interest: Liz Montague; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts…By Liana Finck

Mick Stevens’ “Instathing”

The long-time New Yorker contributor Mick Stevens (his cartoons began appearing there in December of 1979) has recently posted a goodly number of his drawings on Instagram under @secretlivesofthings In an email to The Spill, Mr. Steven’s called it an “Instathing” which I think is awfully catchy.

Here’s how Mr. Stevens introduces the work you’ll see:

Here’s Mr. Stevens’ entry on the A-Z:

Mick Stevens Born March 11, 1942, Portland, Oregon. New Yorker work: December 17, 1979- . Key collections: If Ducks Carried Guns (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1988), A Mystery, Wrapped in an Enigma, Served on a Bed of Lettuce ( Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1989 ), Things Not to Do Today ( Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1989 ). Website:


Profile Of Interest: Liz Montague

From Washington City Paper, September 19, 2019, “How Local Cartoonist Elizabeth Montague Creates Accesible, Reflective Art”.

Liz Montague began contributing to The New Yorker in March of this year.



Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…

…is by Teresa Burns Parkhurst, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.   Check it out here.


Today’s Daily Shouts

“Things I’ve ‘Liked’ For Men” by Liana Finck, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.