Word has reached Ink Spill this evening of the passing of Susanne Suba, whose five covers, one cartoon and numerous “spot” drawings began appearing in The New Yorker in the 1930s.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1913, Ms. Suba came to the United States in 1920. After studying at Pratt Institute in New York she headed to Chicago, where she began her long career as an author-illustrator. She eventually settled in New York, where she passed away yesterday, February 4, 2012.
Many of her spot drawings for The New Yorker were collected in Spots by Suba (E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., NY 1944).
For more information, here’s a link to The University of Southern Mississippi – de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, where the Susanne Suba Papers are held. The University of Southern Mississippi — de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
Bob Eckstein will be roving around Manhattan tomorrow, drawing and commenting for The New York Times as he tailgates at various locales. By going to this link you can follow his exploits.
From his blog, Paul Karisik reports on Angouleme 2012. Lots to read/look at/enjoy.
Barbara Burkhardt, who wrote William Maxwell: A Literary Life (University of Mississippi Press, 2005) has edited Conversations with William Maxwell (University of Mississippi Press, June, 2012.
Maxwell, who joined The New Yorker in 1936, was originally hired as a hand holder for the Artists, taking over from Wolcott Gibbs, who had tired of the task. The job required Maxwell to act as a bridge between the editors and the artists (with the exception of Peter Arno and Helen Hokinson, who were handled by Katharine White). In an interview with John Seabrook for The Paris Review (No. 82, Fall 1982), Maxwell said:
It was called “seeing artists.” The first time they paraded in one after another I was struck by the fact that they all looked like the people in their drawings.
From Attempted Bloggery, January 31, 2012, “He can’t remember his name…” — a look at a Peter Arno rough sketch. The published version appeared in The New Yorker, June 6, 1942.