Marc Simont, 1915 – 2013. Illustrated Thurber’s “The 13 Clocks” & “The Wonderful O”

Following are a few notices about the celebrated illustrator, Marc Simont, who passed away July 13th in Cornwall, Connecticut. The Los Angeles Times, July 21,2013, “Marc Simont dies at age 97; award-winning children’s book artist” The New York Times, July 16, 2013, “Marc Simont, Classic Children’s book illustrator, Dies at 97” Publishers Weekly, July 17, 2013, “Obituary: Marc Simont” The

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Book of Interest: That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick

            Recently published: Ellin Stein’s That’s Not Funny, It’s Sick  / the National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream (W.W. Norton & Co.). From the publisher’s notes:   Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s, draws on a wealth of revealing, firsthand interviews with the architects and impresarios

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Liza Donnelly to SPX; Weird Writer #28: Gahan Wilson; Interview with “Born Dead, Still Weird” Film Maker; Reginald Marsh Exhibit

        From SPX, this post concerning Liza Donnelly’s appearance at SPX this Fall (left: a Donnelly New Yorker cartoon). Here’s the SPX Press release     And…   From Weird Fiction Review, July 17, 2013, “101 Weird Writers #28: Gahan Wilson“ — this lengthy piece on Mr. Wilson. As mentioned on Ink Spill the other day, Gahan

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In the House: Curtain Calls of 1926

This wonderful  book arrived in today’s mail. I was very lucky to find it for the price of a couple of slices of pizza (with toppings).  According to an online bookseller’s listing there were 40 copies produced. It’s a small book, 8 1/2″ high, 6″ wide.  I’d only seen one before, years ago in a museum case. If I’ve had

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