The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of May 4, 2020

The Cover: In Francoise Mouly’s Q&A with this week’s cover artist, Chris Ware, she informs us that the issue is anchored by “a kaleidoscopic account of a single day in New York.”  And so we see a cover, in Mr. Ware’s patented style, loaded with snapshots of the city —  a cover nearly devoid of people.

The Cartoonists:

Liza Donnelly, Robert Leighton, Amy Hwang, Roz Chast, Mick Stevens, Liana Finck, Julia Suits, Frank Cotham, Lars Kenseth, Peter Steiner, Karl Stevens, Edward Steed, Elisabeth McNair, Ali Solomon

The Cartoons:

First thing I noticed zipping through this week’s cartoons (via the slideshow on newyorker.com) is that 9 of the 14 drawings contain non-humans. Is this unusual? I don’t know; haven’t kept track of the human/non-human ratio of the cartoons over the years [if anyone has, please let me know — I’d love to see the numbers]. What may be unusual are the three drawings in a row containing two animals apiece: Ed Steed’s two cows, Elisabeth McNair’s pig and squirrel, and Ali Solomon’s two seals.

The remaining half-dozen cartoons featuring non-humans: Peter Steiner’s shark (fins), Lars Kenseth’s multitude of rabbits, Roz Chast’s cow, Liana Finck’s dog(?), and Amy Hwang’s snails. This week’s lead cartoon, by Liza Donnelly, is a direct nod to NYC’s shut-down (it features a none-too-pleased caged subway rat).

The high percentage of animals in the issue reminded me of this passage from Brendan Gill’s Here At The New Yorker:

“Once, Geraghty [the magazine’s Art editor from 1939-1973] mentioned to me that the art department ‘bank’ contained a deplorably high number of jokes featuring conversations between animals. I proposed that the artwork of an entire issue of the magazine be devoted to talking-animal jokes, thus reducing the bank and just possibly causing our readers to lose their minds.  My proposal was accepted, the issue came out, and as far as the magazine could judge, the prank went largely unobserved.” 

Other Cartoons That Caught My Eye:

It seemed pre-ordained that Roz Chast would do a panic buying drawing. Love her (signed) photo drawing of “Der Bingle.” Mick Stevens’s me time drawing is a fine/fun piece of work; applause applause for the way Frank Cotham handled the damned in his splendid media attention drawing. I’ve no idea how Mr. Cotham’s cartoon is sized (I don’t have access to the digital edition yet) but this cartoon would certainly work beautifully on a half-page.  (Update, now that the digital issue is available:  Mr. Cotham’s drawing has been run a bit larger than most of the issue’s cartoons…not a half-page tho.)

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Without having the digital issue in front of me I’ve no idea if Mr. Irvin’s classic Talk masthead (below), shown the door, and replaced by a redraw in the Spring of 2017, has finally returned.  Here’s more information on it.(Update: the redraw still appears. The classic remains in storage)

Behold the real deal!

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist: Eugenia Viti; Tilley Watch Online, Week Of April 20-24, 2020; Video Interview Of Interest: Lars Kenseth

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Eugenia Viti, who began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2019: “What To Think About In The Morning Before You Remember The Sad State Of The World”

 

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A listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features through the week

The Daily Cartoon:  J.A.K., Emily Flake, Avi Steinberg, Cerise Zelenetz, Maddie Dai.

Daily Shouts: Ali Fitzgerald, Emily Flake, Zoe Si.

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

You can see all of the above, and more, here.

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Video Interview Of Interest: Lars Kenseth

From Artcasters, April 23, 2020, this hour plus interview with Lars Kenseth. Lots of New Yorker talk from the ever-delightful Mr. Kenseth.

Here’s Mr. Kenseth’s entry of the Spill’s A-Z:

Lars Kenseth  (photo & bio courtesy of Mr. Kenseth) Lars is a cartoonist whose lumpy people have appeared in The New Yorker, Barron’s and Food And Wine’s FWx. With a heavy background in animation, Lars has spent the last decade drawing and writing for Fox, Disney, Mondo, Maker, MTV and, most recently, Adult Swim. He’s a 2016 Sundance Institute Fellow, a Dartmouth graduate and a long suffering acolyte of the New York Jets. A New England native, Lars wisely lives in Los Angeles with his wife Liz and their two feline dependents, Omelet and Honeybear. New Yorker work: November 14, 2016 –. Website: larskenseth.com/

Further reading… the Spill‘s “Checking In: Lars Kenseth Talks About ‘Deodorant People’ And His First New Yorker Cartoon”

 

The Latest American Bystander; Jason Chatfield’s Covid-19 Diary; Daily Cartoon & Daily Shouts Cartoonists (Yesterday’s & Today’s)…And Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

The latest American Bystander (March 2020) has landed on my desk —  it’s a treat!  Here are The New Yorker cartoonists whose contributions you’ll find in the issue (and in the case of John Cuneo, on the issue’s cover):

George Booth (besides a full-page Booth drawing there’s a lovely photo of Mr. Booth on the very last page), Roz Chast (a two-page spread of her cartoons), Sam Gross (in “Sam’s Spot”, a regular Bystander feature), Peter Kuper, David Ostow, Ali Solomon, Rich Sparks, Cerise Zelenetz, and P.S. Mueller.

A bonus in every issue — I see it as a bonus anyway — are the numerous full page ads for books by cartoonists (no surprise, I’m particularly fond of the books by New Yorker contributors). In this issue we see an ad for Rich Spark’s cartoon collection, Love And Other Weird Things, Ben Katchor’s The Dairy Restaurant, Robert Grossman’s Life On The Moon, Roz Chast’s & Patty Marx’s You Can Only Yell At Me For One Thing At A Time, Peter Kuper’s adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness, and John Donohue’s All The Restaurants In New York.

Go here to the Bystander‘s website to order a copy and/or subscribe.

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Jason Chatfield’s Covid-19 Diary

The New Yorker cartoonist Jason Chatfield draws and writes about his recent experience with the “invisible enemy.”  So very glad to hear he and his wife have fully recovered. 

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Daily Cartoonists & Daily Shouts Cartoonists (Yesterday’s & Today’s)…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

Today’s Daily cartoonist & cartoon: J.A.K. on who’s speaking. Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

Two Daily Shouts Cartoonists Today:

  1. Ali Fitzgerald: “America!: Dr. Fauci Reads A Bedtime Story To Anxious Adults”

2. Emily Flake: “Homeschool Spirit Week!”

Yesterday’s Daily cartoonist:  Emily Flake, who began contributing in 2008. Audio Flake: this from Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast.

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts cartoonist: Zoe Si’s “Substitutions In The Time Of Quarantine, Rated”

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook: “Our President Concocts A Cure For The Coronavirus”

Thurber Thursday: Personal History… “To Catch A Book”

Back in late 2014, the cartoonist Mike Lynch kindly asked me if I’d like to contribute something to his publication, Raconteur, “a collection of true stories written and illustrated by cartoonists who usually specialize in other formats.”

My first (and only) thought was to put down on paper a graphic report of a nutty Thurber-centric non-event in my college life. The four page ( 100% guaranteed factual) piece ran in the Spring 2015 Ranconteur.  Seems like now’s a good time and place to let “To Catch A Book” surface again.

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Peter Kuper’s NYTs Silent Spring Piece; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Liza Donnelly’s World Wildlife Fund Earth Day Drawings; The Weekly Humorist’s Cartoon Desk

Peter Kuper’s New York Times Silent Spring Piece

From The New York Times Book Review, this graphic review of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring by Peter Kuper, who’s on a roll this week — he also has a full page color Comic Strip in The New Yorker.

(read a little about it here at The Daily Cartoonist; a link is supplied to Mr. Kuper’s piece in the New Yorker)

 

Mr. Kuper’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Peter Kuper Born, 1958, Summit, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 6, 2011 – . Website: peterkuper.com  For more biographical information, visit his Wikipedia page.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

An Earth Day cartoon from Avi Steinberg.

Mr. Steinberg has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012.

 

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Liza Donnelly Draws For The World Wildlife Fund’s Art For Nature

From Twitter, this screen grab showing the info:

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982. Visit her website here.

…More Donnelly (& company): From The AAEC, “Live From Their Home Studios — Cartoonists Online” — this piece on various online exploits from members of the  American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.

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The Weekly Humorist’s Cartoon Desk

The other day the Spill mentioned The American Bystander’s  dedicated page for cartoons; here’s another place to go to see a variety of cartoonists. The Weekly Humorist‘s Cartoon Desk includes a goodly number of New Yorker cartoonists, including Bob Eckstein, Ali Solomon, Michael Shaw, Kim Warp, Peter Kuper, David Ostow, Pat Byrnes, Lila Ash, Ivan Ehlers, Jason Chatfield, Cerise Zelenetz, Lars Kenseth, Evan Lian, and Rich Sparks.  Visit it here!