New Puppy LA will exhibit work by the late John Norment, February 11 — March 11. Details here.
From his Ink Spill New Yorker Cartoonists A- Z entry:
Born, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1911. Died, Westport, Connecticut, 1988. New Yorker work: fourteen drawings and two covers, between 1969 and 1982. According to his website (run by his niece) Norment had a long, wide ranging career, working as assistant art director for Esquire, as an editor at Dell for their humor publications ( such as 1,000 Laughs, You’ve Gotta Be Joking), a World War 2 combat photographer-correspondent, a professional photographer, a painter, a writer and a vocalist. More information about his life and work can be found here: johnnorment.com/about.htm
The news that the Hostess company has filed for bankruptcy reminded me of one of the drawings I did ages ago poking at the super rich, “That will be Williams with your Twinkie” (it appeared in The New Yorker, September 5, 1983). For the record: I love Twinkies. Should they disappear, we will all be the poorer for it.
Tis the season for birthdays of great cartoonists:
Charles Addams born January 7, 1912; Peter Arno born January 8, 1904; John Held, Jr., born January 10, 1889; Leo Cullum, January 11, 1942.
William Grimes, writing in The New York Times said of Leo Cullum, “[he] was a classic gag cartoonist whose visual absurdities were underlined, in most cases, by a caption reeled in from deep left field.” And , Roz Chast, in a “Postscript” for The New Yorker, concurred: “…his gags were truly out there: unexpected and completely loopy.”
Leo, who passed away in the Fall of 2010, would’ve turned 70 today.
Click here for the Ink Spill appreciation.
REMINDER! A number of cartoonists whose work appears in the recently published Best of the Rejection Collection are gathering at Manhattan’s Strand bookstore on Broadway and 12th St., Jan. 12th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Among the participants: Julia Suits, Carolita Johnson, Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, David Sipress, and Arnie Levin. For details click here.
The New Yorker’s brand new website feature, “The Political Scene” offers a political cartoon of the day (today’s is by Joseph Farris) as well as an offering of politically themed cartoons from the magazine’s archives. Link here for laughs.