The Big Day

In honor of today’s big event,  I’ve dragged this drawing out of the archives. I believe it’s the only football drawing of mine ever published in The New Yorker. [pub date: October 16, 2006]

all afternoon

Joseph Farris: 1924 – 2015

Joe FarrisJoe Farris, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1957, died this morning according to a notice posted by his daughter on Facebook.

JF May 18, 19957

Born in 1924, in Newark, NJ, Joe was a longtime Connecticut resident. In his early days he was a student of another Connecticut cartoonist, the great Richard Taylor. Joe contributed close to 300 cartoons to the magazine, including two covers. Collections of his work include Just A Cog In The Wheel, published in 1989, and UFO — Ho Ho, published in 1968. His most recent book, A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Frontlines of World War II, was published in 2011 to excellent reviews.

Joe was a cartoonist’s cartoonist, able to deliver captionless cartoons, sometimes multi panelled, as well as cartoons of the moment, wrapping them up in a style that was his and his alone.



Above: his first drawing in The New Yorker, May 18, 1957. Left: his 1989 collection.



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Left: from The New Yorker November 11, 1992


Link to Joe Farris’s biography on his website

Link here to see some of Joe Farris’s  New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site

Eustace Tilley Bids Adieu, Again

Eustace 2Eustace Tilley (via Bruce McCall) bids adieu to Times Square on the cover of this week’s New Yorker.  The magazine begins work in its new headquarters at 1 World Trade this week.








The New Yorker’s top-hatted mascot bid goodbye once before, back in August of 1937, when Otto Soglow gave us Tilley, not in a Cadillac, but in the back of a  Victoria, and embarking from The Plaza Hotel, not Times Square.   Back then,  Tilley was substituting for E.B. White, who had decided on taking a leave of absence from New York & The New Yorker.  The drawing appeared at the bottom of White’s farewell Talk of The Town piece.  A tearful Thurber dog follows close by the rear wheel. Eustace tips his hat to two waving women in black, holding muffs: Peter Arno’s Whoops Sisters.


White's goodbye