When One Cartoon Is (Very) Much Like Another’s; The Latest Blitt Kvetchbook; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

When One Cartoon Is (Very) Much Like Another’s

From The Boston Globe, September 5, 2019, “Did a biotech exec crib a New Yorker cartoon?”— this piece about a cartoon recently published that closely resembles one by the late great Eldon Dedini published in The New Yorker  November 17, 1986.

Here’s Eldon Dedini’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

Eldon Dedini ( Photo source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born 1921, King City, Calif. Died Jan.12, 2006, Carmel, Calif. NYer work: 1950 – 2003. Collection: The Dedini Gallery ( Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1961)

 

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The Latest Blitt Kvetchbook

From Mr. Blitt: Trump’s revised weather map.

Mr. Blitt has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2006.

Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

And here’s Tim Hamilton’s take on Trump’s weather map.

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.  Visit his website here.

 

At The New Yorker Festival: New Yorker Cartoon Editor Emma Allen & Company Talk Peanuts; A Conversation With Alison Bechdel; Chast & Ukulele; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; A Daily Shouts With… Avi Steinberg

At The New Yorker Festival: New Yorker Cartoon Editor Emma Allen & Company Talk Peanuts; A Conversation With Alison Bechdel; Chast, Marx, & Ukuleles 

Cartoon-related Fest Happenings:

The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor, Emma Allen will moderate a panel discussion on “Peanuts.” (Oct. 12). All the info here.

Alison Bechdel will speak with Judith Thurman (Oct. 12).  Info here.

Roz Chast, and co-author Patty Marx (Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?) will play their ukuleles (Oct. 12th). Info here. 

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Today’s  Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on Brexit. Mr. K. has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2014.

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A Daily Shouts With… Avi Steinberg

“Existential Dread In The Animal Kingdom” by Avi Steinberg and Irving Ruan.

Mr. Steinberg has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of September 9, 2019

The Cover:

It’s the Style Issue this week….thus the bountiful polka dots on Malika Favre’s eighth cover for the magazine. A Q&A with the artist here. If you link to the Q&A you’ll see the polka dot dress swirl.

I can’t see that many polka dots (and red) on the cover without thinking of Peter Arno’s March 23, 1935 New Yorker cover. It was also used as the cover for The Seventh New Yorker Album.

The dalmatians cover is perhaps overly familiar to me because it’s the front endpaper of my biography of Arno. Hey, what can I say? I like dogs…and Arno.

 

The Cartoonists and Cartoons

With the appearance of another team effort (third? fourth?) by Pia Guerra and Ian Boothby I think we’re in new territory as far as crediting a writing team goes for single panel cartoons in the magazine. Someone please correct me if there has been another duo credited beyond one or two appearances (Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb come to mind, but their work is in a different realm, i.e., their “thing” is not single panel cartoons). The duo of Guerra & Boothby have given us a slightly different take on the usual cartoonist’s representation of Noah’s Ark (the drawing appears on page 78). Instead of the long ramp leading up to the ark, it’s more of a tailgate.  It works well here.

Of note: Elisabeth McNair’s drawing of the tortoise and the hare (p. 72). If you remove the art hanging on the wall, and the door frame, the cartoon could easily be seen as descended from the school of (Charles) Barsotti minimalism. Love the turtle’s expression.

Also of note: Hilary Fitzgerald Cambell’s spooky “campfire” story-time drawing (p.49). At first glance I thought the scene was outdoors, but then saw the light sockets in the background with a charging electronic device (a phone?) connected to one of them. That it plays a trick on the eyes — intended or not — is pleasing, as is the drawing itself.

Further of note: Ed Steed adds another drawing to the cartoon canon of mounted something (in this case, someone) or others on the wall (p. 25).

Being the great grandson of bakers, and a fan of baked goods in general, it was a nice surprise  seeing pastries as a focus in Amy Hwang’s drawing (p. 43). Also a nice surprise: seeing Glen Baxter’s drawing (p.68). While a number of cartoonists box in their drawings, Baxter’s boxes somehow seem part of the drawing within, if that makes any sense (is the word “integral” — maybe, maybe not).

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead: Still not home. Read about it here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: Donnelly & Thurber’s Influence; A Thurber Event At The Society Of Illustrators; The Tilley Watch Online; Interview Of Interest: Seth; Chris Ware In Conversation With Chip Kidd

Donnelly & Thurber’s Influence

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer (cleveland.com), September 1, 2019, “James Thurber continues to influence today’s cartoonists”  — this piece by Marilyn Greenwald

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A Thurber Anniversary Event At The Society Of Illustrators

From The Society Of Illustrators, this notice of a Thurber event this coming October. Coinciding with the 125th birthday celebration publication of Collected Fables and A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber and the extensive exhibit of Thurber art in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

The evening, hosted by Michael Rosen (author, editor, illustrator, and  founding director of The Thurber House) will include long-time New Yorker contributors, Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly.

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A week end round up of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to the Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts

The Daily Cartoon: Trevor Spaulding, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Emily Flake, David Sipress, and Tim Hamilton.

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck (another in her “Dear Pepper” series), Ali Fitzgerald, Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman),

…And: Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook returned; cover artist Jenny Kroik contributed a piece, “New York: En Espanol” to The Culture Desk.

You can see all of the above and more here.

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Interview Of Interest: Seth

From The Comics Beat, August 30, 2019, Alex Dueben interviews New Yorker cover artist, Seth.  Read it here.

Seth (real name: Gregory Gallant) began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.

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Chris Ware In Conversation With Chip Kidd, Sept. 25th

Designer Chip Kidd sits down with Chis Ware on September 25th in Oak Park, Illinois to discuss Mr. Ware’s soon-to-be-released graphic novel, Rusty Brown (Pantheon) . All the details here.

Mr. Ware began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.