Karasik Pencilled; What Four Hundred Pennies Will Buy

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Island man, Paul Karasik, is next up sharing the tools of his trade on Jane Mattimoe’s great blog, A Case For Pencils

Mr. Karasik’s very own blog, Rules to Vivere By  can be found by linking here.

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Complete

Recently while researching a cartoonist’s work for an upcoming Spill interview I ran into trouble when Disc #2 :1984 – 1997 of The Complete New Yorker would no longer fully function.  I made it all the way into the cartoonist’s work in 1994 before the cartoon carpet was pulled out from under me.

A quick online visit to Amazon resulted in finding a sealed copy of The Complete New Yorker for a penny (plus a $3.99 for shipping & handling). I realize The Complete New Yorker is  old news to those of you who bought this back in 2005;  If you never bought it,  the good news is what it can now be had for. For the price of a slice-and-a-half of pizza every single issue of The New Yorker from February 21, 1925 up through  December 20, 2004 is available (using the accompanying 8 dvd-roms). It’s not perfect — I’ve found (and others have found) inaccuracies in the database,  but by and large it’s a fine piece of work. While researching my biography of Peter Arno, I used these discs along with the discs included with The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker. I’m hoping the magazine puts out an updated version of this for its 100th birthday. In the meantime, if you want to dive really deep into the magazine  — and what a trip it is  —  all you’ll need are four hundred pennies.

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