Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) will be signing and reading from his latest book, Monsters Eat Whiny Children, at the Warren Street Barnes & Nobles (NYC), April 7, 2012.
From newyorker.com, two items of interest:
And, on March 5th, The New Yorker’s Editor, David Remnick moderates a panel discussion with cartoonists, Emily Flake, Drew Dernavich and Farley Katz
I’ve had my share of rejection letters from magazine and book publishers. My absolute favorite came from the now defunct magazine, Punch, back in June of 1978.
At that time I was reaching out to just about every publication I could find that ran cartoons (UFOlogy and Medical Economics were among the many magazines that rejected my work).
The New Yorker had just begun publishing my cartoons and I’d learned that a small handful of New Yorker cartoonists (including veterans like J.B.“Bud” Handelsman and Ed Fisher) were being published in Punch. I decided to try my luck, even though it meant there’d be a lot of time involved awaiting word from overseas.
I sent one batch of drawings to Punch and after some weeks, an envelope from them arrived in the mail. It contained the letter shown above, and highlighted below:
Dear Mr. Maslin,
Sorry to return these drawings, but I think they are just missing that elusive something. The zany joke has to have its own mad logic but on most of these the drawing is just too ‘throw away’. Hopeless to try to explain humour, as you can see, so therefore I have marked the three which were nearest for us.
I’m still grateful to the fellow who took a stab –- or was it more like a quick jab? — at explaining humor to me. I think he was probably wise to abandon the task, and let me continue out into the publishing world, mostly unschooled.
From Random House this November 13th, The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs. Scant information on this, other than that it will be 304 pages, and hardcover. No cover posted as yet.
From the I Didn’t Realize I Had This Til Yesterday Dept.: while shifting books around I came across this 1968 Douglass Wallop novel (Wallop is perhaps best known for writing The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, which later became the hit play, Damn Yankees). The cover illustration is by Lee Lorenz, who in a matter of five years would become the New Yorker’s Art Editor, succeeding James Geraghty.
Above: a glimpse of the first New Yorker cover.
Ever since Tina Brown broke the sixty-nine year string of unbroken appearances by Rea Irvin’s Eustace Tilley on the anniversary issue in 1994 by running R. Crumb’s Eustace Elvis, there’s always been, for me, some nail biting in early February about whether the real Eustace will show up on the cover (one year it was a Wegman dog in Tilley clothing, another year it was Tilley ala Dick Tracy, etc.; there were also a couple of years when Eustace made no appearance at all, 1998 and 1999 to be exact) It was a thrill to see his familiar profile, although still loading, on the cover this year.