Personal History: Work Wall

I’ve always worked at home, sometimes in a dedicated corner of the living room, sometimes using the arm of any old comfortable chair as a desk. But for many years I worked in a converted 6′ x 8′ laundry room. My desk faced a wall, part of which is shown above.  One day, after about twenty years of working in front of that wall, I felt I needed open space, and so I picked up my Rapidograph and a small stack of bond paper, then walked fifteen feet or so into our living room and set up shop at a table with no wall in front of me.

I left my old work area completely intact — a stack of bond paper still rests in its usual place —  and every so often I return to work there (I’m working there now).  What you see above is fragment of the wall above my desk. The collection of cartoons has always been a kind of rotating mini-gallery. There are a lot of New Yorker materials on the shelves (mixed in with childhood train set buildings, metal toys, art made by my kids, etc., etc.).  Just for fun, I’ve provided a key to anything New Yorker-related (and a few not)

1.  Joe Dator New Yorker original drawing. Published February 28, 2011.

2.  Stan Hunt original drawing.  Publishing history unknown. The fellow on the porch swing is saying to the woman: “Darling, your eyes are like dark limpid pools! …What’s the matter, aren’t you getting enough sleep?”  Mr. Hunt contributed to The New Yorker from 1956 though 1990.

3. Charlie Hankin original drawing. Unpublished. The sign on the lawn reads “Beware of Clam”

4. George Booth original. Titled Dog, Chair, and Chicken. Unpublished. Mr. Booth drew this in The New Yorker‘s cartoon department a few years ago while being filmed. Luckily, Liza Donnelly was also there being filmed.  Mr. Booth generously handed the drawing to her when filming wrapped. 

5. E.B. White’s The Lady Is Cold.  His first book. This became the subject of an Ink Spill piece.

6. Batman Giant No. 182.  In the late 1960s,  when my family moved from one end of town to the other end, only two comic books of my vast comic book collection made the transition (sad, I know). This is one of them.

7. The New Yorker Album.  Published in 1928 by Doubleday, Doran & Co. The very first New Yorker cartoon album.

8. A Rox Chast letter from the pre-personal computer days, probably late 1980s. In this New Yorker cartoon crowd, exchanged letters were usually illustrated.  I’m especially fond of this one because of the White Castle drawing at the very top (it’s possible my White Castle coffee mug made an impression on her).

9. We’ll Show You The Town. A 1934 promotional book from The New Yorker‘s business  department. You can see a little more about this if you go to the From the Attic section of the Spill and scroll down.

10. What! No Pie Charts?  An undated promotional book from The New Yorker‘s business department. Profusely illustrated by Julien de Miskey. As the copy refers to the magazine’s original address as 25 West 45th Street, we can safely assume this was published pre mid-1930s.

11. The American Mercury. August 1948.  Up on the shelf because of the great cover of the magazine’s founder and first editor, Harold Ross along with a re-drawn (i.e., non Rea Irvin) Eustace Tilley. The cover story “Ross Of The New Yorker” by Allen Churchill is a good read.

12. Curtain Calls of 1926. From the title page:

In which a few choice rare bits that have occasionally appeared in the pages of The New Yorker repeat themselves.

This is a lovely little book spotlighted on the Spill in July of 2013. Rea Irvin did the Tilley drawing on the cover.

13. Batman In Detective Comics Vol. 1 (Abbeville Press 1993).  Covering the first 25 years.  Vol. 2 is sitting right behind it. 

14. A Thurber Garland. Published by Hamish Hamilton in 1955.

15. The Making Of A Magazine. Undated. A promotional booklet collecting some, but not all of Corey Ford’s pieces. Drawings by Johan Bull.   Link here for more info.

16. James Thurber’s New York Times obit, dated November 3, 1961. The headline reads: James Thurber Is Dead At 66; Writer Was Also A Comic Artist . I’ll say!    Read more here on the Spill’s morgue.

***unnumbered, appearing just below #6’s Batman Giant, and the toy helicopter, is Otto Soglow’s Little King pull toy.  You can see it close up in the From the Attic section.

 

Article Of Interest: Liza Donnelly…”Let Your Mind Wander…”; Podcast Of Interest: Joe Dator On Fiction & Non-Fiction; A Classic Passage Illustrated By Huguette Martel

Article of Interest: Liza Donnelly

From WePresent, “Liza Donnelly: ‘You’ve got to let your mind wander and listen to yourself think'”

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

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Podcast of Interest: Joe Dator

From Fiction Predictions “We are all handmaids now” —  Joe Dator speaks about his popular New Yorker Daily cartoon (above). Link here to listen.

Mr. Dator has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2006.  Visit his website here.

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Huguette Martel’s Classic Passage illustrated

Huguette Martell, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1990, has depicted her “favorite passage from… a  beloved book” for the Sunday New York Times Book Review last page.  The above is not that piece, but from The New York Review of books where you an see plenty more of her wonderful paintings.

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They’re Practically Giving It Away

 The price, for a used copy of The New Yorker Encyclopedia Of Cartoons is now at $27.07 (on Amazon).

David Langdon’s “Langdon At Large”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Peter Kuper; Yesterday’s Bonus Daily Cartoon & Daily Shouts

David Langdon’s “Langdon At Large”

Was much fun to find the above scan of David Langdon’s 1958 collection, Langdon At Large awaiting in my inbox this morning, courtesy of  Warren Bernard, the executive director of SPX (and author of the terrific, Cartoons For Victory).  Mr. Bernard excels at digging up cartoon surprises. Until ten minutes ago I’d never seen the cover of this 61 year old book.  As a bonus, the back cover features a photo of Mr. Langdon (that will be added to his entry on the Spill‘s A-Z).

Here’s Mr. Langdon’s entry on the A-Z:

David Langdon born, London, February 24, 1914. His work is perhaps most identified with Punch, where he contributed from 1937 through 1992, when Punch ceased to publish. He was elected to the Punch Table in 1958. New Yorker work: 1945 -1973. Key book: Langdon At Large ( Wingate, 1958)

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Peter Kuper

Peter Kuper covers the recent USS John McCain brouhaha.  Mr. Kuper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2011.  See yesterday’s Spill for more about him.

A correction: I’ve been informed that Mr. Kuper’s Kafka graphic piece will not appear in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. The piece will run in the June 9th NYTs Book Review.

Yesterday’s Bonus Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A late post yesterday of a Bonus Daily by a newyorker.com contributor, Neil Dvorak.

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Yesterday’s Daily Shouts…

Drawing horses, by Emma Hunsinger. Ms. Hunsinger began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Book Of Interest On The Horizon: Peter Kuper’s “Heart Of Darkness”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: J.A.K.

  With a Reuben Award for his graphic novel, Kafkaesque only recently tucked under his arm, New Yorker and MAD contributor, Peter Kuper, has another book coming our way this November from W.W. Norton & Co., an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

The non-stop Mr. Kuper also has a comic about Kafka in this week’s Sunday New York Times Book Review.

Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in 2011.  Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Jason Adam Katzenstein politically inspired dragon drawing. 

Mr. Katzenstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

 

Ellis Rosen’s List(s); Stand Up Evening Of Interest Includes Flake & Chatfield; Peter Steiner’s New Paintings; The Daily Shouts By…Sofia Warren; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Lars Kenseth

Ellis Rosen’s List(s)

From You Wanted A List, May 29, 2019: “Ellis Rosen”Mr. Rosen, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016, supplies names and places (and the news that he’s about to become a father. Congrats!). Link here to his website.

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Stand Up of Interest

Among those performing are two New Yorker cartoonists, Jason Chatfield and Emily Flake.

Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017; Ms. Flake in 2008.

 

 

 

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Reminder:  An Exhibit Of Peter Steiner’s Paintings Opens This Saturday

Mr. Steiner, whose drawing, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” is the most republished New Yorker cartoon in modern times, will be on hand this coming Saturday at The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon (Connecticut) as an exhibit of his most recent paintings opens. Info here.

Visit his website here.

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

Born, Cincinnati, 1940. New Yorker work: 1979 – . Collection: “I Didn’t Bite the Man, I Bit the Office” ( 1994).  Mr. Steiner is responsible for one of the most famous (and most republished) New Yorker cartoons in modern times, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (published July 5, 1993).  An indication of its enduring popularity in our culture:  a wikipedia page is devoted to it.   He has also had novels published, as well as the limited edition “An Atheist in Heaven.”

 

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The Daily Shouts

… courtesy of Sofia Warren, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.  Read her piece, The Boy Prince, here

and a joint effort from Kimberly Harrington illustrated by Carolita Johnson, who began contributing to the magazine in 2003. 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Lars Kenseth

Lars Kenseth comments on politics overseas.  Mr. Kenseth began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.  Visit his website here.