Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist (And Yesterday’s); Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection: Not A Word To A Soul

Ordered not long ago (for one dollar(!), plus s&h) from a seller across the big pond, Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 cartoon collection arrived today and has been added to the Spill‘s cartoon library. Was very happy to see the dust jacket (and a protected dust jacket at that) in such great shape.  What I didn’t realize about this collection (until today) is that it is made up entirely of captionless cartoons, such as you see on the cover. From the inside flap copy:

“…the intelligent enquirer after knowledge today does not need a preamble of word or lengthy caption to point the humour…The pictures tell their own wordless story, with your intelligent help. The story is all there for you, and it is much better that way.”

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

 

Kenneth Mahood  Born, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1930. New Yorker work: 1951 -1996. Mr. Mahood’s bio from the British Cartoon Archive.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Lars Kenseth, “A Celebrity Profile Of My Cat”

Mr. Kenseth began contributing to The New Yorker in

2016.  Visit his website here.

Further reading: this Spill piece on Mr. Kenseth from 2017.

And Yesterday’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist was Ali Fitzgerald: “America!: How To Throw A Wild Presidents’ Day Party”

…See more of Ms. Fitzgerald’s New Yorker work here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on the 4 day work week.

Mr. K. began contributing to in 2014.  His book, Everything Is An Emergency: An OCD Story In Words & Pictures will be out this June from Harper Perennial.

The Monday Tilley Watch: Rea Irvin & Fillmore Hyde’s The Ritz Carltons; Carol Isaacs’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” World Premiere

Last week’s 95th anniversary issue was a double issue, dated February 17 & 24, as you see below. So  (sigh) no new cartoons to discuss until next Monday.

In the meantime here’s a rarity courtesy of Spill friend, the author, Steve Stoliar.  He recently acquired a copy of The Ritz Carltons, published in 1927, authored by Fillmore Hyde, with illustrations by the one-and-only Rea Irvin. Mr. Stoliar, whose copy is signed by the author and the artist, informs us that:

Fillmore Hyde was The New Yorker’s first literary editor and first writer of “Talk of the Town,” as well as humorous pieces from the mid-20s to the mid-30s. “The Ritz-Carltons” were a posh family that appeared in a series of  New Yorker pieces, before being collected in this book.

And as to graphic content, here’s Mr. Stoliar again:

There are 15 Rea Irvin illustrations in all; some full-page, some smaller or even spot.

Digging a little deeper into Mr. Hyde (in Thomas Kunkel’s fabulous biography of Harold Ross, Genius In Disguise), we learn that it was Fillmore Hyde who brought Katharine Angell (later Katharine White) to Ross’s attention. Ross hired her about six months into The New Yorker‘s first year. From Linda Davis’s terrif biography, Onward and Upward: A Biography of Katharine S. White, this passage of interest:

It was the summer of 1925. A Sneden’s neighbor named Fillmore Hyde, who was working for the newborn New Yorker magazine, told Katharine he thought she would make a good first reader, and he suggested  she go to see the editor, Harold Ross. “Before applying at The New Yorker, I asked the advice of Henry Seidel Canby, then editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. He said that The New Yorker was nothing and that I would make a great mistake to join it because he thought it would never amount to anything. I listened to him and then went back and immediately applied for the job.”

— My thanks to Mr. Stoliar for sharing.

The Spill‘s Rea Irvin entry on the A-Z:

Rea Irvin (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925. He was the magazine’s first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.

And here’s Fillmore Hyde’s New York Times obit, January 27, 1970

Fillmore Hyde, author and editor, who was a former national amateur squash tennis champion, died Sunday at Funchal, Madeira, where he lived. He was 73 years old.

Mr. Hyde was born in New York and graduated in 1915 from Harvard University, where he wrote the music for the Hasty Pudding show. He served in the Army in World War I.

He was an editor of Newsweek from 1930 to 1933, of Today in 1933, and publisher and editor of Revue in 1934. He helped start Cue magazine, and had also been with The New Yorker.

After World War II, he took charge of Pan American Air lines operations in Frankfurt, Germany. Later he was administrative assistant to the dean of the division of general education of New York University and a member of the faculty of the Washington Square Writing Center.

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Carol Isaacs’s Wolf Of Baghdad World Premiere

From Ms. Isaacs:

The Wolf of Baghdad, a graphic memoir about a family’s lost homeland, comes to life panel by panel as a motion comic (animated slideshow) with its own musical soundtrack of traditional Judeo-Arabic and Iraqi music. It will have it’s world premiere at this year’s Sephardi Jewish Film festival in New York. By Carol Isaacs aka cartoonist The Surreal McCoy.
New York Sephardi Jewish Film Festival 2020
Thursday 27th February, 7pm
CJH Auditorium 15 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011

Link here to see the trailer

Weekend Spill: “I Played Ping-Pong” With Thurber…The New Yorker’s Roger Angell Interview; John Cuneo Sketches A Cover On A Napkin; The Tilley Watch Online: February 10-14, 2020

Interview Of Interest: Roger Angell

From The New Yorker, this terrif interview of Roger Angell by Willing Davidson, a senior editor at the magazine: “Baseball, Fiction, And Life: Roger Angell’s Era-spanning Career At The New Yorker”

Left: Mr. Angell, wearing the hat, with another New Yorker era-spanner, Edward Koren

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John Cuneo Sketches A Cover On A Napkin

When I meet up with cartoonists here in the Hudson Valley it’s a rare thing for any drawing to be done. Most of the time — 99.999% of the time — is spent jabbering about all kinds of things. But — there’s always a but, right? — yesterday while sitting in a bakery/coffee joint with New Yorker colleagues, Danny Shanahan and John Cuneo, John began to describe a cover he’s working on for Michael Gerber’s fab American Bystander. As the fine tip Uniball pen often cuts to the chase quicker than the spoken word, John grabbed a napkin and within seconds ( a minute at most) drew the above. Hoarder that I am, I asked him if I could have it just as he was about to crumple it up, and then asked if he would sign it. Luckily, he was  agreeable-enough to both requests. I’ll run his sketch again side-by-side the finished piece once it appears on The American Bystander.

—My thanks to John Cuneo for sharing his napkin with the Spill. 

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The Tilley Watch Online

An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features,  February 10-14, 2020.

The Daily Cartoon: Amy Hwang, Ivan Ehlers, Kim Warp, Brendan Loper, Lila Ash.

Daily Shouts:  Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman), J.A.K. (with Harris Mayersohn),

…And:

Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

“Dinner Party” — A video with Marc Philippe Eskenazi, who was at one time an assistant in the cartoon department.

 

 

A Valentine’s Day Cartoon; A Case For Pencils Spotlights Nick Downes; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

 

 

— from The New Yorker,  Feb. 22, 2016

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A Case For Pencils Spotlights Nick Downes

Jane Mattimoe’s terrif blog, A Case For Pencils features Nick Downes this week. Take a look.

Mr. Downes, shown here in a sort of Eustace Tilley-ish pose, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998.

Visit Mr. Downes’s website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Amy Hwang on love of chocolate. Ms. Hwang began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010.

Visit her website here.

Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From cartoonist, Olivia de Recat, & writer, Julia Edelman: “Dating Material: A Pop Quiz To Determine If You’re In A Relationship”

Olivia de Recat has been contributing her cartoons to The New Yorker since 2013. Visit her website here.

Thurber Thursday; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Article Of Interest: Sipress’s Appropriated Cartoon

A weekly time-out with something Thurber.

In this first installment of Thurber Thursday I thought I’d show my copy of Burton Bernstein’s Thurber: A Biography. It’s in rough shape now, as you can see; I bought it new in 1975, the year it was published. I was in college, in the beginning years of being totally gaga about everything Thurber, everything New Yorker. The publication of Mr. Bernstein’s book was a dream come true. It is, with the exception of Thurber’s own Thurber Carnival (known around here as “the bible”) the book I’ve re-read the most. When I finally met Mr. Bernstein a few years ago, I was so pleased to be able to tell him what his book meant and still means to me.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon 

Ivan Ehlers on politics getting us down.

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Article Of Interest: Sipress’s Appropriated Cartoon

A post from artnet about David Sipress’s recent newyorker.com piece, “Stop Thief! My Cartoon Gets Appropriated” — Mr. Sipress began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998.