Five Days Til “A New Yorker Cartoonists’ Tribute To James Thurber” At The Society Of Illustrators; The Tilley Watch Online: The Week Of October 14-18, 2019

At The Society of Illustrators this coming Friday, October 25th, New Yorker cartoonists Liza Donnelly, Danny Shanahan, and Michael Maslin will join Thurber expert Michael J. Rosen in celebrating The Art of James Thurber.  All the info here.

Thurber’s entry on The Spill‘s A-Z:

James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995)  are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/

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An end of the week listing of New Yorker cartoonist online contributors

The Daily Cartoon: Maddie Dai, Joe Dator, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Peter Kuper, and Tom Toro.

Daily Shouts: Eugenia Viti, and (cover artist) Jenny Kroik.

Also:

Barry Blitt’s  Kvetchbook…

and a Postscript by Edward Koren on the late Dana Fradon.

Tonight’s Events Of Interest: Liana Finck & Emily Flake in Conversation, Drew Friedman & Robert Klein In Conversation; More Thurber; Fave Photo Of The Day; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Liana Finck will be in conversation with Emily Flake this evening at Books Are Magic. All the info here.

Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.  Her latest book is Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self (Random House).  Ms. Flake has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2008. Her book That Was Awkward: The Art And Etiquette of the Awkward Hug is out from Viking, October 15th.

And…

Over at The Strand tonight, Drew Friedman will be in conversation with comedian Robert Klein. All the info here.

New Yorker readers will no doubt remember Mr. Friedman’s New Yorker  cover of January 26, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Thurber

From WOSU Public Radio, this conversation with Michael Rosen and Sara Thurber Sauers on the occasion of the Columbus, Ohio Thurber exhibit and publication of A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber (Ohio State University Press).

James Thurber’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Link here to JamesThurber.org

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Fave Photo Of The Day

Roz Chast and Neil Goldberg on stage at last night’s Museum of the City of New York event.  Ms. Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978.

Photo courtesy of Marcie Jacobs-Cole

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Attention-getting, by Brendan Loper.

Latest Cartoon Anthology In The House: “Everyone’s A Critic”; The Library Journal’s Review Of Thurber’s “A Mile And A Half Of Lines”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

One of the pleasures of this cartoonist’s life is receiving a new cartoon anthology in the mail, and then sitting with it at my work area (thus the cartoon fragment at the top of the accompanying photo), and paging through cover-to-cover (hey, it’s not like sitting down with The Tale Of Two Cities — we’re talking a half hour, tops, to “finish” the entire book).  Everyone’s A Critic (Princeton Architectural Press) is the second in what promises to be a  series of cartoon anthologies edited by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein (the first book in the series: The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons). Mr. Eckstein will speak with the Spill about the book’s cartoons and cartoonists as we close in on the pub date (October 22th).

You can pre-order it here.

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*full disclosure: my work appears in this anthology, and the Thurber book below

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Library Journal Review of New Thurber Book

The Library Journal review is up for Michael Rosen’s spectacular  A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber. Read it here.

Note: Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly will join Mr. Rosen at The Society of Illustrators on October 25th to discuss Thurber and his drawings. Be there! Info here.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on the weight of the news. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.

 

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Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

From Elle, October 1, 2019, “Why Liana Finck, Instagram’s Favorite Cartoonist Had To Stop Drawing Strollers”

Ms. Finck’s latest book is Excuse Me.  See the Spill review here.

Rewind Wednesday: Thurber On The Cover Of Newsweek

           Newsweek’s Thurber Cover Story

In July of 1951, TIME  put Thurber on its cover — it’s the cover most Thurber biographies mention.  Newsweek’s Thurber cover, out six years later, is rarely mentioned. Thinking about it this morning,  I dug out the sole bound volume of Newsweek in the Spill‘s library (acquired, obviously, because it contains the Thurber issue) and took another look at this lost feature.

The piece was an old-fashioned tie-in with his new book The Wonderful ‘O’ . Like all profiles it’s a mini-biography. If you’re familiar with the broad strokes of Thurber’s story, there isn’t much new here —  it’s simply a fun refresher course. There is however this Thurber gem tossed in: 

“I have never understood how Americans got the reputation for having a sense of humor. Actually we are a nation of slapstick people. We invented  the gag, the belly-laugh, and the hotfoot. We are not a nation who chuckles…”

Along with the now familiar late-in-life photo of Thurber drawing while wearing a Zeiss loupe (he was close to completely blind — the magnifying device allowed him to continue drawing) and a photo of him with his second wife, Helen, and their dog, there are plenty of Thurber drawings, many of them playfully bordering the text.  It’s a lovely intro to a New Yorker  giant.  

If this puts you in the mood for more Thurber, be sure to check out Michael Rosen’s A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber (Trillium/Ohio State University Press, 2019), a wonderful addition to your library. It’s out August 23rd.  [Full disclosure: my wife, Liza Donnelly, and I contributed to the book]

 

 

Thurber’s “Mile And A Half Of Lines” Launched; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon: More Spills: …Graphic Mueller Reports…Liza Donnelly On Compassion

Thurber’s “Mile And A Half Of Lines” Launched

This must-have book takes wing today with an event in Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Read about it here.

Related: A Thurber piece in the CSM, July 11, 2019, “The not-so-secret life of James Thurber”

[full disclosure: both my wife, Liza Donnelly, and I contributed to A Mile and a Half of Lines]

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Politics & money by Mort Gerberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.

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…From Salon, July 11, 2019, “Will more people read the Mueller Report if it’s a comic book?”

— with Shannon Wheeler content. Mr. Wheeler began contributing to The New Yorker in 2009.

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…From Medium, July 12, 2019, by Liza Donnelly: “What It Means To Be An American: Compassion”

Ms. Donnelly began contributing to The New Yorker in 1982.