Who Am I; Why Am I Here?
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Maslin. I’m a New Yorker cartoonist, now in my 44th year with the magazine. There’s a Wikipedia page here with a bit more (or less) info, if more or less info is what you’d like.
Below is a brief run through of how I ended up at The New Yorker lo those many years ago, and how Ink Spill came to be.
Born in New Jersey, I was raised in Bloomfield, a bedroom community a half hour due west of Manhattan. In high school, I drew a short-lived comic strip “Our Table” which followed the imaginary exploits of fellow students. Readership was limited to those sitting around me at our lunchroom table. About this time, I first submitted work to The New Yorker, and soon received my first rejection. The New Yorker‘s art editor at the time was James Geraghty. I wouldn’t be successful in getting my foot in the magazine’s door until Mr. Geraghty retired, and Lee Lorenz took over the department.
In August of 1977 The New Yorker purchased one of my ideas. It was given to and executed by veteran cartoonist Whitney Darrow Jr. (the drawing, of a fortune teller saying to a customer, “Nothing will ever happen to you” appeared in the issue of December 26, 1977). I began contributing regularly to The New Yorker in 1978 – my first drawing appeared in the April 17th issue.
In 1988 I married fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly. We and our two children live in New York.
For a nearly complete list of books including my work (the list doesn’t include work reprinted in textbooks and the like) please go to the Library section of this site.
In August of 2007 I began Ink Spill, dedicated to news of New Yorker Cartoonists, past and present. Ink Spill is comprised of six sections: News & Events, The New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z (a listing of bare bone bios of all cartoonists who have contributed to the magazine), Links, Posted Notes (essays on New Yorker cartoonists), From the Attic (artifacts related to New Yorker cartoons/cartoonists) and The New Yorker Cartoonists Library.
After 15 years of writing & research, my biography of Peter Arno, Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist was published by Regan Arts in April of 2016. (Link here to the publisher’s website for reviews, ordering, etc.)
Below is something I call Cartoonography, a series of 20 autobiographical drawings that appeared in February of 2008 on the New Yorker’s website along with a number of 28 written pieces. The written pieces remain on the New Yorker site, but Cartoonography can now only be seen here. It chronicles my journey to becoming a New Yorker cartoonist.