The New York Times Dana Fradon Obit
Here’s Richard Sandomir’s New York Times obit for Dana Fradon, who passed away last week at the age of 97.
Shown above, left to right: New Yorker artist Charles Saxon, New Yorker art editor (from 1939 – 1973) James Geraghty, New Yorker artist Dana Fradon, and New Yorker artist,Whitney Darrow, Jr.
–photo: Sarah Geraghty Herndon
Here are three books of note out soon (one’s out today).
Emily Flake’s That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug (Viking) is out this very day. Ms. Flake has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2008. Link here to her website.
Next week (Tuesday, October 25th) Everyone’s A Critic (Princeton Architectural Press) a cartoon anthology that includes contributions by 35 New Yorker cartoonists. The book is the second in a series edited by Bob Eckstein who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2007.
New Yorker Cover Artist Roxie Munro Remembers Dana Fradon
Roxie Munro, who began contributing covers to The New Yorker with the issue of November 9, 1981 has posted the following piece on Facebook about her late colleague and friend, The New Yorker artist Dana Fradon.
My comments on dear friend Dana Fradon’s passing:
Very very sad about Dana. He was a great friend. A wonderfully talented artist and cartoonist. Satirical, ironic, and very quick – at Tuesday lunches after New Yorker submissions, anything in the service of a witty line, even if it meant sharp jabs at friends. All of which were forgiven in awe of the smart retort. Probably the first very very politically liberal person I met. Super original cartoons on many subjects, including political Washington. We shared house rentals a couple times w/fellow New Yorker artists on Cape Cod; spent weeks traveling in the UK, Paris, and the Dordogne (with some great adventures); hung out on weekends in his classic farmhouse in Newtown, CT (he made a great stew with all sorts of meats, and a really good scallop fettuccine); and part of a summer in Lake Como, Italy, at an artist’s workshop. He did two VERY cool children’s books on medieval knights with my publisher. Dana was an original. He was from a rough and tumble area of Chicago, and served in WW II. His like will not be seen again.
Lots of the guys had quirky “issues” with each other. But they all were brothers, in the difficult business of selling cartoons. And, interestingly, they were NOT male chauvinist pigs, at least not to me. They were respectful of women artists, and supportive, and treated us as equals, though we weren’t; that generation of cartoonists were unique artists and very well-read, smart (mostly) men – Ed Fisher, Donald Reilly, Lee Lorenz, Booth, Addams, Hamilton, Chuck Saxon, Modell, Weber, Richter, Meyer, Ross, Tobey, Henry Martin, Dedini, Drucker, Miller, Farris, Mirachi, Frascino (and later, Levin, Gross, Ziegler, Stevens, Cline, Steiner, Koren, and others). What a group of wonderful talented characters!
Edward Koren On Dana Fradon
Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
Peter Kuper does the honors. (See above for more on Mr. Kuper).
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