Publication Of Interest: American Bystander #9

The American Bystander has become home away from home for numerous New Yorker artists, past and present. In the AB #9, just arrived in today’s mail (cover by Rick Geary) you will find more work by Eustace Tilley contributors than you can shake a Micron pen at. In this issue: Lila Ash, Charles Barsotti, George Booth, M.K. Brown, Roz Chast, Tom Chitty, Joe Ciardiello, Olivia de Recat, Nick Downes, Bob Eckstein, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Tom Hachtman, Kaamran Hafeez, John Jonik, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper, Sara Lautman, P.S. Mueller, David Ostow, Ellis Rosen, Rich Sparks, Tom Toro, P.C. Vey, Shannon Wheeler, and Jack Ziegler.

For more info on American Bystander, including how to subscribe, go here.

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of January 7, 2019



Here we are on that awkward last day of the year — the day most everyone can’t wait to end — when midnight, and all that happens at midnight, becomes the focus. This year it also happens to be the day the first 2019 issue of The New Yorker hit electronic screens and newsstands. And what do we see? Harry Bliss’s attractive cover of Puck shivering. It took me awhile to understand the cover — it’s possible I still don’t. I’ve become so used to almost all of the covers having a political bent (read Trump), that my mind raced around trying to link Puck to the current President. Reading the piece about Mr. Bliss’s cover did, at first seem to make the political connection (that the Puck Building is owned by Kushner Companies). But that seemed thin. Perhaps, just maybe, the cover is simply about the Puck statue shivering in the Manhattan cold of winter?

The Cartoons

Here are the cartoonists in this first issue of the year:

Several cartoons of note:

A favorite caption of the issue: William Haefeli’s (p. 32), “Name something that isn’t a shadow of its former self.”

Kim Warp’s two drawings that seem to mirror each other. In the first a man and dog are walking down a wintry slope. In her caption contest drawing, an abominable snowman walks up a wintry slope.

Joe Dator’s terrific drawing recalling Jack Ziegler’s many wonderful truck drawings.

Farley Katz’s intriguing living room drawing.

And finally…Rea Irvin’s iconic masthead has not reappeared in the new year…yet. Here’s something about it, and below is the masthead itself.

The New Kids On The Block: 2018

There have been new cartoonists entering the New Yorker stable nearly every year of the magazine’s life; there were a few years in the mid 1980s when there weren’t any newbies and I’m certain if I went back through every single year of the magazine I’d find a year or two here and there where no new cartoonists work appeared. Times were different then overall, New Yorker cartoon department-wise: one or two (and sometimes three) might make it in annually. All that changed in the past twenty-some years, as the the annual influx of newbies greatly increased. By 2014, newbies were arriving in double digits. In 2016 new cartoonists joining the party hit an all-time high of 18.

This year, the first full year of Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship, 12 new cartoonists made their debut in the pages of the magazine. Beginning here and now, the Spill will begin listing the newbies at the close of each year, along with the date of their debut.

Julia Bernhard…  January 1, 2018

Navied Mahdavian… Feb 26, 2018

Bishakh Som…  March 19, 2018

Elisabeth McNair… July 30, 2018

Caitlin Cass… August 27, 2018

Pat Achilles… October 1, 2018

Sara Ransohoff… November 5, 2018

David Ostow… November 12, 2018

Lonnie Millsap… November 19, 2018

Ali Solomon… November 26, 2018

Lila Ash… December… 10, 2018

Christine Mi… December… 23/31 (a double issue), 2018

The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 23 – 29, 2018


A holiday-ish less Trumpian week with some Santa appearances on the Daily Cartoon. The contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Kate Curtis, Brendan Loper, Karen Sneider, Pat Byrnes, and Glen Le Lievre.

And the contributing New Yorker cartoonists on Daily Shouts: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Liana Finck, and Amy Kurzweil.

To see all of the above, and more,link here.

And something I missed last week: Roz Chast on the New Yorker Radio Hour, ringing a bell on the streets of Manhattan, soliciting funds for a good, though nerve-wracking cause.