A Sorel Mural coming to Chicago


From chicagobusiness.com, April 15, 2013, “Witty Cartoonist Ed Sorel has eye on Chicago”  There are plans afoot for a Sorel mural in a Chicago restaurant (Below: Sorel’s  April 15, 2013 New Yorker cover ).




 And… a couple of links to pieces concerning Edward Sorel’s famed mural at NYC’s  Waverly Inn:

“Monkeying Around With Edward Sorel” (a Zagat interview)

“Edward Sorel’s Mural at the Waverly Inn” ( a slide show courtesy of The NY Post)

And then there’s the book: The Mural at The Waverly Inn: A Portrait of Greenwich Village Bohemians


Book of Interest: Punch Cartoons in Color


Coming in October, The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour.

From the publisher’s description:

Punch‘s move into color illustrations early in the 20th century is now all but unknown. The magnificent results are shown in this collection with hundreds of stunning cartoons from the 1920 through 1992. Showcased here are exquisite illustrations from E. H. Shepard, Art Deco masterpieces from Fougasse, and the eccentrically whimsical creations of Rowland Emett. Other greats represented include H. M. Bateman, Arthur Watts, Anton, Ronald Searle, Russell Brockbank, Quentin Blake, Ralph Steadman, Trog, Mike Williams, Stan Eagles, and more. There are special features on the brilliant caricatures, the magazine’s take on the Royal Family, the funny and poignant cartoons of World War II, and more.


For many years The New Yorker and the now defunct Punch “shared” artists such as Fougasse, Ronald Searle, Henry Martin, Ed Fisher, Michael ffolkes, J.B. “Bud” Handelsman, Kenneth Mahood, Leslie Starke, Dana Fradon, Lou Myers, and Rowland B. Wilson.

In the introduction to a much earlier collection, The Punch Line (Simon & Schuster, 1969) there’s this quaint passage regarding cross-over cartoons :

“…most of the cartoons could just as easily have appeared in The New Yorker as in Punch. Except — and this is really a surprise — many of them are too sexy for The New Yorker! The two magazines even share many of the cartoonists; the English artists study the details of American life, and are thus enabled to sell to such relatively high paying markets as The New Yorker and Playboy. “It’s easy to make people look American, ” says the English cartoonist Smilby: “you draw them fat.”



Five New “One Club” Members Added

A handful of hitherto unknown (to me) cartoonists have been added to the New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z, and as it turns out, all five have something else in common besides being New Yorker cartoonists:  they all had just one drawing published in the magazine during their careers, thus qualifying them for Ink Spill’s One Club (all One Club members appear in red on The New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z).


The newly added are:

Ernest Hamlin Baker (date of his drawing: June 25, 1927)

Cyrus Baldridge  (November 10, 1951)

H. Barnes  (February 2, 1929)

P. Chapman  (April 10, 1926)

Loy Byrnes  (September 14, 1929)


As always, if anyone  has information about any of the above cartoonists please contact me.

Just a Few Words with Jack Ziegler about Breakfast Foods

Jack Ziegler has been sharing his unusual cartoon world with us in the pages of the New Yorker for close to 40 years.  I recently asked him about his current drawing in the magazine.


 MM: Your cartoon in this week’s issue of the man sitting on the edge of his bed watching  toast, eggs, and bacon rise over the horizon sent me off to the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank to search for “toast” – and guess what? Of the 59 cartoons that came up, the largest percentage of them are yours (Peter Mueller is, I think, second runner-up). This probably explains why, when I think of toast and/or toasters, I think “Jack Ziegler” (the same goes for hamburgers, but that’s for another post on another day).  What is it about breakfast foods that keeps you coming back to them (for work, I mean)?

JZ: I’ve done a lot of toast cartoons over the years, many of which found their way into the NYer.  Toast is inherently funny – white toast, basically – it’s the ultimate of bland.  Not rye, whole wheat, pumpernickel, def. not english muffins.  The current cartoon, however, is all about the eggs – sunnyside up.  The toast & bacon are there to make the cartoon more readable & logical.  Breakfast alone isn’t funny, whereas lunch is.  Dinner/supper not funny at all.


MM: Are bacon, eggs, and toast funnier than lunch and dinner foods?  Which is funnier: toast, eggs or bacon?  Is orange juice funny?

JZ: See #1 above.  Orange juice?  Not funny.  Tasty & a great way to start the day.


MM: This recent drawing of toast, eggs, and bacon rising like the morning sun — you referred to it as “sunnysideuprise” in an earlier email to me — I don’t suppose you recall how the idea came to you?

JZ: It was probably just a doodle of a guy getting up, staring out the window, trying to figure out what the day has in store.  When I doodle, I just keep adding stuff & sometimes I like what I see.  Most doodles, however, wind up in the trash.  Or – sometimes I’ll hold onto one because I like something about the drawing & know there’s eventually going to be something there.


MM: I love the monumental toaster drawings you’ve done. Do you have a toaster?  If so, has it inspired you?  If so, how?

JZ: I do have a toaster which I haven’t used in over 3 years now.  It’s there basically for toast-lovin’ guests.  No inspiration there.  When I was a kid, we used to have a toaster like the ones I draw & that’s always my reference.  I like the way a lot of older stuff looks.  Older antenna’d TVs are more fun to look at (in a drawing) than the giant flat screens of today.  I also gravitate towards older parking meters, fire hydrants, cars.  I used to do lots of public phone booths also, but kids these days probably wouldn’t know what they were.  Hey, what can I say?  I’m an old fart.


MM: May I ask what you had for breakfast this morning?

JZ: Raisin bran – but only because I ran out of blueberries to put in my corn flakes, which I much prefer.  I only do bacon & eggs on the weekend – & that in a restaurant where someone else can clean up the mess.  Oh, and toast.

Carolita Johnson’s New ebook


Because Sperm Isn't Loud Enough Vol. 1

From Carolita Johnson, a brand new ebook: Because Sperm Isn’t Loud Enough Vol 1


The description on  Comixology (where you can order it):  “About three dozen dark and comical and slightly twisted takes on being a women, or not being a woman in today’s world. In one-panel comic form.”