The emphasis was, of course(!), on the political this week, with at least half of the Daily Cartoons specifically Trump-centered (Farley Katz‘s Amazon drawing referencing hometown baseball and “Midnight Cowboy” (?) was an exception). The other contributing New Yorker cartoonists were Ellis Rosen, Kim Warp, Lars Kenseth, Brendan Loper, and Mort Gerberg.
Over on Daily Shouts, Olivia de Recat and Tom Chitty were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists (Ms. de Recat twice).
Site Of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind
The always entertaining and enlightening A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker looks at the issue of October 26, 1929 (with Theodore Haupt’s beautiful cover). Key quote from this post:
Although two months remained in the decade, the New Yorker of the Roaring Twenties effectively ended with this issue, just days before a massive market crash sent the nation spiraling into the Great Depression.
Short Interview Of Interest: Art Spiegelman
From the University of Southern California’s Daily Trojan, November 9, 2018, “Art Spiegelman on comic-book stardom and the responsibility of today’s artists”
The Daily Cartoons were 4/5s in the realm of Trump this week. The contributing cartoonists: Kim Warp, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), Mike Twohy, Karl Stevens (not yet a print contributor), and Brendan Loper (who probably appears most regularly on the Daily).
The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists this week: Emily Flake, Liana Flake, and Olivia de Recat.
You can see all the work (and more) here.
Two favorite Spill blogs to visit!
…A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker takes a fascinating deep dive into the issue of September 14, 1929, with a cover by the great Rea Irvin. (also in the post: an appreciated shout-out to the Arno biography). Read here.
…And Attempted Bloggery tells us about a beautiful Steinberg piece (dated 1965) up for auction. I’ve yet to see anyone top Steinberg’s Chrysler Building drawings. Incredible. Take a look here.
If you haven’t already seen the school busses on the road, or the signs posted everywhere advising that school is back in session, Chris Ware’s cover is yet another reminder that it’s back to school time.
Here, for the record, are the contributing cartoonists in the issue:
A quick survey of each drawing: Ms. Suits gives us a cactus drawing (are cactus the new crash test dummies — this being the second cactus drawing out of the past three issues); Mr. Dernavich provides us with an end of summer roller coaster drawing with some unintentional(?) graphic trickery concerning the track itself; Ms. McNair’s couple have neighborly dinner date issues; Farley Katz takes us to a sturdy cartoon scenario of parent reading to a child at bedtime; William Haefeli up next with his trademark drawing style and an excellent caption; an Edward Koren drawing — allowed a wonderful space on the page. Very nice all around!; Ben Schwartz plays with Rodin’s The Thinker; Ed Steed plays around with a clown and a banana peel (and it’s in color); Zach Kanin visits a game of spin the bottle (a scenario we rarely see); Frank Cotham allows us a peek into a room full of sweaty frock-coated gentlemen; Sara Lautman takes us up up and away to the sky god’s territory; Joe Dator’s drawing of a symphony hall is splendid; Kim Warp’s trash-in-the-sea drawing arrives with trash-in-the sea much in the news. And finally, a nod to the advent of Fall baseball with a meeting at the pitcher’s mound courtesy of Tom Toro.
The issue arrives sans Rea Irvin’s classic masthead. Here it is:
I can’t let mid-September slip by without mentioning the issue of September 11, 1925 (cover by the aforementioned Mr. Irvin).
New Yorker history buffs will recall that the magazine was nearly put to rest in the Spring of its first year of publication. If not for an overheard remark, the New Yorker would’ve been a magazine that lasted less than half a year. Instead of killing the magazine, it was decided to coast through the summer, putting renewed energy into the issue of September 12th. You can read about the specifics on content here courtesy of A New Yorker State of Mind.
One of the Spill‘s favorite New Yorker-centric blogs takes a close look at the issue of August 31, 1929. Consider the blog’s subtitle for a moment: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker Magazine. If you love The New Yorker, you’ll love watching the magazine’s early development. And of course, there’s all that history. Read it here.
Above: the Aug 31st ’29 issue — the cover by Theodore Haupt, who contributed forty-four covers to the magazine from September 3, 1927 through January 21, 1933.
The contributing New Yorker cartoonists* on this week’s Daily Cartoon: Jeremy Nguyen, Avi Steinberg, Lars Kenseth, and Jason Adam Katzenstein (3/4ths of the drawings in the realm of Trump).
Contributing New Yorker cartoonists on this week’s Daily Shouts (team efforts all): Olivia de Recat (w/Chris Weller), Jeremy Nguyen (w/Chris Kozminski), and Jason Adam Katzenstein (w/Julia Edelman).
*The Spill considers “contributing New Yorker cartoonists” cartoonists whose work has appeared in the print edition of the New Yorker.
Video of Interest: A BBC Portrait of Liza Donnelly
From the BBC, “Drawing For Change: Liza Donnelly” — this recent profile of Ms. Donnelly,
Blog of Interest: A New Yorker State of Mind
The Spill applauds one of its favorite blogs, A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker Magazine. The latest post looks closely at the last issues of the last summer of the 1920s. This is a terrific read.