Not That Kind Of Boxing Day

    It being Boxing Day, I thought it would be fun to post an ancient New Yorker boxing drawing of mine. Then I looked up the meaning(s) of Boxing Day. A major surprise (to me) that “boxing” in this case has nothing to do with fisticuffs.

Well I’m going to post the drawing anyway, despite it having zero connection to this day. I’ve always been fond of it as it reminds me of my late step-father, a first-generation Italian who fought professionally, pre-WWII under the name Al Murphy.  After leaving the boxing trade he opened up a bar in Newark, New Jersey.

The bar was still functioning in the late 1960s when my family entered Al’s scene. A fascinating place for a little kid to visit. One of Al’s bartenders patiently taught me to play pool at the single table at the back of the bar.

I saw my first go-go girl there. She danced on a high small stage covered in tin foil. A revolving multi-colored light pointed at the stage really heightened the experience. 

Here’s Al behind the bar of his Hollywood Gardens. Judging by the decorations, it’s around Halloween (appears as if he’s just served his sharp-looking customer a glass of beer). Al was a barrel-chested Cadillac-driving tough guy with a cauliflower nose who, to quote Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character in The Bourne Identitity, “knew how to take care of himself.”

As for the cartoon, there’s no doubt I was thinking of Al when I drew the boxers (he was, as I said, barrel-chested). It’s a multi-panel drawing — something you don’t see too often in the New Yorker anymore.  Back when this was published, in the issue of February 3, 1986, multi-panels were common (I think I did five of them). 

And here’s how it appeared in the magazine:


Blogs of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind & Attempted Bloggery

Two favorite blogs, both in the holiday spirit.

A New Yorker State of Mind with its ongoing fascinating deep dives into the magazine, issue by issue, beginning with the very first number.  In this case it’s the issue of December 7, 1929 (cover by Julian de Miskey). Read here.

And Attempted Bloggery shows us an E. Simms Campbell cartoon from the January 1937 issue of Esquire. To see the entire cartoon go here.

Mr. Campbell’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

E. Simms Campbell (photo above) Born, 1906. Died, 1971. New Yorker work: 1932 -1942. Key collections: Cuties in Arms (1943) – the earliest published collection of cartoons by an African-American cartoonist; More Cuties in Arms (also 1943); and Chorus of Cuties (1953)





The Tilley Watch Online, December 16-21, 2018

An atypical Daily week in that it was un-Trumpian.  But…Emma Allen, the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor posted a slide show review of Trump cartoons from 2018. See it here

The Daily Cartoon New Yorker contributors this week : Maggie Dai, Jason Chatfield, Elisabeth McNair, Peter Kuper, and Brendan Loper.

And over on Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Maggie Larson, Liana Finck, Gabrielle Bell, Olivia de Recat (with Sarah Vollman), and Sara Lautman.

See all the work above, and more, here.

Also online this week: the New Yorker‘s most popular Instagram cartoons, posted by the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes.

Below: a bonus photograph from the New Yorker‘s holiday party for cartoonists last Thursday.  My colleague Felipe Galindo took this that evening and posted it online.

A GoFundMe Campaign For Barbara Shermund; Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons

Here’s a GoFundMe effort to help bring closure to Barbara Shermund’s story. Read all about it here.  Ms. Shermund was one of the best of the early New Yorker cartoonists. Her life and work are currently being celebrated at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum out in Columbus Ohio.

Ms. Shermund’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Barbara Shermund  (self portrait above) Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work).

Below: “Raymond was a beautiful baby.” — an undated Shermund original from the Billy Ireland collection.


The CC boys “Max” and “Simon” have posted their comments and ratings for the New Yorker year-end double issue.  Read it all here.