Once or twice a year New Yorker cartoonists gather to do something other than show their work. Yesterday was one of those days — the annual holiday party (which includes all of the editorial staff, not just the artists). In years past the party has been mostly out-of house; this year it was in-house. Too-many-to-count boxes of pizza were spread out on long tables. Bottles of wine and large bottles (jugs?) of beer were here and there on other tables in a hallway and adjoining conference room. The place was packed. The magazine’s editor, David Remnick was spotted wending his way through the throng, slice of pizza in hand.
A small framed copy of the cover of the magazine’s first issue hung in one of the hallways as well as a number of blow-ups of New Yorker covers. A good number of cartoons lined the walls (some framed, some greatly enlarged). Was happy to see that Peter Arno’s “Well, back to the old drawing board!” continues to reside among the framed pieces. I paused to spend some time with the wonderful Thurber drawings, lovingly installed in these new digs.
Among the cartoonists present were Sam Gross, Joe Dator, Christopher Weyant, Robert Leighton, Liza Donnelly, Emily Flake, Edward Steed, Corey Pandolf, Bob Eckstein, Amy Hwang, Harry Bliss, Jason Adam Katzenstein, John O’Brien, Felipe Galindo (aka feggo), Drew Dernavich, Ben Schwartz, David Borchart, Mort Gerberg, and David Sipress.
A splendid time was had by all!
Amy Hwang is the latest New Yorker cartoonist to talk about her tools of the trade on Jane Mattimoe’s A Case For Pencils blog. See it here!
It happened last night: The New Yorker’s first Holiday Party way downtown near its new offices in The World Trade Center. The venue was dark (see photos), small, and filled with throbbing music. The joint was packed (yes, like sardines) with happy folk. Saw Calvin Trillin anchored near the entrance, while the magazine’s editor, David Remnick shouldered through the crowd, stopping to chat here and there. I believe that Mark Singer (or someone who looked like him) and I passed like ships in the night. Also spotted: 2014’s winner of The Thurber Prize, John Kenney, and the magazine’s art editor, Francoise Mouly.
A number of cartoonists were present. Top photo: a blurry Felipe Galindo (whose exhibit “New York Stories” just opened at The Mark Miller Gallery), and David Borchart. 2nd photo: Ben Schwartz and Joe Dator. 3rd: Andy Friedman (sometimes aka Larry Hat) and Liana Finck. 4th: Amy Hwang, Liza Donnelly, P.C. Vey and Charlie Hankin. 5th: Drew Dernavich in the middle of the crowd. 6th: Danny Shanahan and Robert Leighton. [all photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly]
Other cartoonists present who escaped the camera: Barbara Smaller, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Bob Mankoff(The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, and New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, How About Never — Is Never Good For You?), the one and only Sam Gross, David Sipress, Mort Gerberg, Corey Pandolph, and Marisa Acocella Marchetto (whose graphic novel, Ann Tenna hit The New York Times Bestseller list this year).
Courtesy of New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, here’re some photographs taken by Neil Emond last friday at the opening of “First Contact: UFOs, Aliens and Broadway”:
Here’s Shannon “Too Much Coffee Man” Wheeler, who flew in all the way from the other coast:
Bob Eckstein with a gallery visitor:
and Felipe (feggo) Galindo:
From broadwayworld.com, September 5, 2012, “Gallery New World Stages Opens First Contact: UFOs, Aliens and Broadway“. Among the exhibitors are Bob Eckstein, Felipe Galindo, Evan Forsch, Amy Hwang and Shannon Wheeler.
Exhibitors: Amy Hwang, Bernard Stote, Bob Eckstein (author of The History of the Snowman), Brett Marek, Chainsaw Chuck Majewski (Rat Fink), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Eric Rosner, Evan Forsch, Felipe Galindo (author of No Man Is a Desert Island), Francesco Orazzini, Fredda Tone, Gerard Conte, Guy Kettelhack, Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange), Kenneth Kudulis (kudu-lah critters), Maria Scrivan, Mark Griffin, Rick Stromoski (Soup to Nutz), Shannon Wheeler (author of Too Much Coffee Man), Susan Camilleri Konar, Thomas Baehr and more….