The New Yorker & Mad Men, Mad Men & The New Yorker; John Updike’s boyhood home a museum?

New Yorker readers who turned to the magazine’s last page a few weeks ago (the issue of May 7) no doubt noticed the Cartoon Caption Contest cartoon by Liza Donnelly was influenced by the iconic silhouette Mad Men image of Don Draper, as seen from behind, with his arm extended out along the back of a chair, cigarette in hand.   I asked Ms. Donnelly about this and here’s what she had to say:


I love watching Mad Men, and revisiting the visual style of that era (even though I was just a wee kid back then). Contrasting the Don Draper look with cave people seemed like the perfect set-up for a cartoon.  Because, of course, humor is all about the unexpected, the incongruous, the ridiculous.  I was surprised that not more captions submitted made reference to Mad Men.


Almost as if returning fire, this past episode of Mad Men (“Dark Shadows”)  included a scene with Peggy mentioning New Yorker cartoons as an influence for her Sno Ball pitch.


From The Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2012, “John Updike’s house to become a museum”

Above: Updike’s childhood home in Shillington, Pennsylvania

Gahan Wilson honored


Ink Spill’s Chicago correspondent, Ken Krimstein reports that Gahan Wilson received an honorary doctorate this past weekend from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. That’s Gahan to the right in the above photo, with co-honoree, Eric Fischl.  Ken filed this report  :

Interestingly, not only did Gahan graduate from there, so did his mother. He was fabulous and very funny, quickly mocking a noose with his doctoral pendant on the stage. As the person who introduced him said, “Doctor Wilson you may now operate!”

Below photos from the program:


— All photos courtesy of Ken Krimstein



Peter Steiner’s “Hopeless But Not Serious” Returns; TCJ posts Sendak Tributes; Liza Donnelly’s Mother’s Day Forbes column

Peter Steiner’s blog, Hopeless But Not Serious is back!   See it here.


Over at The Comics Journal the tributes to Maurice Sendak are pouring in.

Sendak, who passed away this past Tuesday at age 83, contributed one cover to The New Yorker, and in the same issue (September 27, 1993) contributed a two page spread, In The Dumps, co-written/drawn with Art Spiegelman. Mr. Sendak also contributed a Storyboard to the issue of January 18, 1993.


And…check out Liza Donnelly’s Forbes column on Mother’s Day, and while you’re there, scroll down for her take on the Time Magazine cover making news.