The Wednesday Watch: Interviews of Interest with Liana Finck and Peter Kuper

Here are three Liana Finck interviews tied into her just released Passing for Human. The first is with fellow New Yorker colleague, Amy Kurzweil: “Two Cartoonists Sit On A Bench And Talk: An Illustrated Interview”

And… from The Herald Scotland,  there’s “Graphic Content: Liana Finck On Awkwardness, anxiety. and being a New Yorker Cartoonist”

Also… from The Beat: “Interview: Liana Finck is surprised she’s relatable, but she’s getting used to the idea”

And here’s a link to “Kafka Bound” Steven Heller’s Print Magazine interview with MAD and New Yorker cartoonist, Peter Kuper, whose Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories has just been released.

— my thanks to David Pomerantz and Mike Rhode for alerting me to a few of the above pieces.

More Funny Ladies Pix; Tilley Watch Online; Event Of Interest: David Sipress At Yale; Jon Hamm’s Captions; New Yorker State Of Mind Dives Into The New Yorker Issue of Sept. 29, 1929; Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest Cartoons

More Funny Ladies Pix

Liza Donnelly has graciously permitted the Spill to show some photos she took last Thursday night at Part 2 of her Funny Ladies panel at The Society of Illustrators.

Left to right: Amy Hwang, Amy Kurzweil, Sara Lautman, and Emily Flake. Foreground: Liza Donnelly

Below: Kendra Allenby with The New Yorker cartoon editor, Emma Allen. A super-de-duper animated Emily Flake in the back between them.

Below: New Yorker cartoonist, Jeremy Nguyen with Emily Flake.

Below: the panel in situ.

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New Yorker cartoonists contributing to this past week’s Daily Cartoon (as usual, a mostly Trumpian week): Brendan Loper (twice), Peter Kuper, and Farley Katz. 

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to this past week’s Daily Shouts: Mary Lawton, Marisa Acocella, Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Jesse McLaren), and Olivia de Recat.

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Event Of Interest: David Sipress At Yale

David Sipress, who began contributing to The New Yorker in July of 1998 will deliver a lecture, (“What’s So Funny?”) at the Yale University Art Gallery on October 26th.  Info here.

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Jon Hamm’s Captions

Mr. Hamm, of Mad Men fame, is the latest celeb to give New Yorker cartoon captioning a go (with some excellent results!)   See it play out here.

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A New Yorker State of Mind

One of the Spill‘s favorite New Yorker-centric blogs dives deep into the issue of September 28, 1929. Fun awaits! Read it here.

Cover artist: Julian de Miskey, who contributed 82 cartoons and 62 covers to the New Yorker between 1925 and 1962.

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Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons

The CC’s Max and Simon return like clockwork with their impressions of the cartoons in the latest New Yorker (the issue of  October 15, 2018 — the one with the Sempe cover). Read it here!

 

 

 

 

 

Fave Photos Of The Day: Funny Ladies At The Society Of Illustrators

Here are a number of photos from last night’s terrific Society of Illustrators event, Funny Ladies: The Changing Landscape of Cartooning [at The New Yorker].

All photos courtesy of Stephen Nadler, who runs the essential New Yorker cartoon/cartoonist-centric blog, Attempted Bloggery.

Above, the panelists standing in the aisle, pre-talk: Emily Flake, in mango-colored shirt, her back to the camera, ala Paul McCartney on the backside of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper lp;  just visible over her shoulder, Amy Kurzweil. Then, in profile, Liza Donnelly (who curated the Funny Ladies Exhibit and served as moderator for last night’s panel, and the previous panel in August); Center, looking right at the camera, is Emma Allen, the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor; Sara Lautman, in plaid; far right, in profile, Amy Hwang.

Below: the panelists, l-r:  Hwang, Kurzweil, Lautman, and Flake. On screen, Liza Donnelly’s developing live-drawing of the panel (that’s her below drawing on her iPad).

Below: Ms. Flake talks about her “resting perv face” drawing.

Below: Ms. Hwang talks about her home/rest area/work cartoon.

Below: Ms. Lautman talks about her tools of a cow drawing.

Below: Ms. Kurzweil speaks about her death to the patriarchy drawing.

And one more, pre-show:

New Yorker cartoonists spotted in the crowd included Ellis Rosen, Kendra Allenby, Jeremy Nguyen, Jason Chatfield, and Joe Dator.

The Society live-streamed the event on Facebook (it’s archived, so you can watch it, or re-watch it). 

 

 

 

 

 

Must See! Funny Ladies Panel Part 2 At The Society Of Illustrators, October 11th

If you enjoyed Funny Ladies Part 1 at the Society of Illustrators this past summer, you’re sure to enjoy Part 2 this Thursday night. Liza Donnelly, who curated the exhibit of women New Yorker cartoonists (running through October 13th), returns as moderator for a panel discussion with New Yorker cartoonists Sara Lautman, Amy Kurzweil, Amy Hwang and Emily Flake. 

 

 

All the info here

The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of September 24-28, 2018; Early Release Of Next Week’s New Yorker Cover; A Mystery Cartoonist; Three Cartoonists in Pennsylvania: Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons; The New Yorker Encyclopedia Of Cartoons: Gender Studies

An atypical less specifically Trumpian Daily Cartoon week — although he hovers. The contributing cartoonists: Kim Warp, Ellis Rosen, Peter Kuper, and Emily Flake.

Daily Shouts contributing cartoonists: Amy Kurzweil with illustrations by Ellis Rosen, and Ali Fitzgerald.

You can see all the work here.

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Early Release Of Next Week’s New Yorker Cover

As happens from time-to-time, the magazine has early released its next cover. Here’s Ana Juan’s cover for next week’s issue, as well as a short piece about it.

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Mystery Cartoonist

Arnold Zwicky’s Blog, which concerns itself with cartoon language, has posted a cartoon by a mystery cartoonist:

 

If you’re able to identify the artist, please contact Mr. Zwicky through his site.

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Three Cartoonists In Pennsylvania

This Sunday, at the Milford Readers & Writers Festival:

11:30AM:-THREE NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS TALK ABOUT FUNNY:- New Yorker Cartoonists CHRISTOPHER WEYANT and DAVID BORCHART join cartoonist and media commentator BOB ECKSTEIN in a conversation about creating humor. There will be plenty of funny cartoons shown.

Mr. Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998.

Mr. Borchart began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

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Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest New Yorker Cartoons

“Max” and “Simon” rate the the cartoons from the issue of October 1st.  P.C. Vey is awarded the CC‘s coveted “Top Toon” blue ribbon.  Read it all here.

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 The New Yorker Encyclopedia Of Cartoons: Gender Studies

Above: two pages of the Index from Volume 1 of The New Yorker Encyclopedia Of Cartoons

In his Foreword to The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons, the magazine’s editor, David Remnick has this to say about gender equality in the ranks of New Yorker cartoonists:

Any cartoon compilation that draws from these archives makes it clear what a male preserve it was. 

And indeed, this encyclopedia reflects that in numbers of cartoons included by women. Of the advertised 3000 cartoons, 142 are by the 19 women represented. Simple math tells us that the remaining 2,858 cartoons are by men.  If you take Roz Chast’s 54 cartoons out of the 142, you’re left with 88 cartoons by 18 women. I emphasize again, as I did in the previous post about the encyclopedia, that this two volume set is not presented as an all-encompassing anthology representing the magazine’s past 93 years; there’s no expectation of some kind of balanced inclusion based on numbers of cartoons the artists contributed.  That isn’t what this encyclopedia is.

And yet, I did find myself hoping for more work by two major female contributors, Helen Hokinson and Barbara Shermund. They have a combined total of 6 cartoons in the encyclopedia. Ms. Shermund’s work appeared in The New Yorker just over 600 times (including 8 covers). I believe, if my numbers are correct she is the third most published female cartoonist in the magazine’s history. She is represented by 1 cartoon in the encyclopedia. Ms. Hokinson is in the top ten of the Spill‘s 23 member K Club (the group of cartoonists who have 1000 or more cartoons published in the New Yorker).  She is in fact, the most published female New Yorker artist in the magazine’s history with 1,796 cartoons and 68 covers. She is represented by 5 cartoons.