This morning’s outside temperature of 8 degrees made me think of the cover of The Lady is Cold, E.B. White’s first book, published in 1929. I knew of the book — a collection of his poetry published in The New Yorker and FPA’s column, The Conning Tower — because I’ve had the cover image on my desktop for months thinking I’d someday include it in a piece called “Books I Wish I Had.”
Preparing this post I stumbled upon a nice surprise while conducting online research as well as looking through Scott Elledge’s wonderful biography of White.
White’s book’s title and cover art refers to the statue of Pomona, the goddess of abundance, that sits atop a tiered fountain on the Grand Army Plaza out front of Manhattan’s famed Plaza Hotel. The artist responsible for the book’s cover was a fellow named Ernest F. Hubbard. From the Scott Elledge biography I learned that Mr. Hubbard was a friend of White’s wife, legendary New Yorker editor Katharine White. The surprise mentioned earlier in this piece was discovering that Ernest Hubbard was also a New Yorker cartoonist. Until today, I’m afraid I’d never heard of him. He had two drawings published: October 30, 1926 and November 6, 1926. It’s likely that Mr. Hubbard was also a writer and contributor to the magazine’s Talk of the Town section (I’ll just leave that possibility hanging until verified). Should I be able to obtain permission, I’ll post at least one of the Hubbard drawings in the next few days.
From the blog, David-Wasting-Paper, December 31, 2012,
“A Little Cartoonist Eye Candy for New Year’s Eve”
— photographs of cartoonist’s work spaces. A fun post.
From The University of Connecticut’s Art & History site,
“Two Exhibitions will feature work by Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca and His Students”
I was honored to be selected as one of Professor Mazzocca’s students exhibiting work.
Danny Shanahan recently announced through Facebook that he’s next in line for The New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon online feature. David Sipress has been supplying work since the feature began (sorry, no link. Just go to newyorker.com. Danny’s work will begin appearing any day now). And speaking of Danny: now you can find him on Facebook at Danny Shanahan — New Yorker Cartoonist. You’ll find photographs of cartoonists, unpublished Shanahan cartoons and more.
And finally: A note of thanks to all of you who dropped by this year. Ink Spill attracted close to a million-and-a-half hits in 2012 — an encouraging number for a site that elects to cover such a tiny sliver (i.e., New Yorker cartoonists) of a very large field (all cartoonists).
2013 should be chock full of fun posts as The New Yorker’s 88th anniversary arrives in February and the 109th anniversary of Peter Arno’s birth in just about a week. Ink Spill will increase its interviews this coming year, including a talk this summer with Peter Steiner on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the publication of his famous New Yorker cartoon, “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
Happy New Year to all!
From Stephen Nadler’s Attempted Bloggery, December 27, 2012, “New Yorker Cartoons at Auction” wherein Mr. Nadler fully examines an auction of New Yorker cartoons at The Morton Library in Rhinecliff, New York this past November.
From Paul Karasik’s blog, December 23, 2012, “I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Baked Goods!”
The cartoonist and author of several books devoted to the work of Fletcher Hanks samples the work.