Great Cartoonists born in January: Addams, Arno, Held, Cullum; Reminder: Cartoonists to gather at NYC’s Strand

Tis the season for birthdays of great cartoonists:

Charles Addams born January 7, 1912; Peter Arno born January 8, 1904; John Held, Jr., born January 10, 1889; Leo Cullum, January 11, 1942.

William Grimes, writing in The New York Times said of Leo Cullum, “[he] was a classic gag cartoonist whose visual absurdities were underlined, in most cases, by a caption reeled in from deep left field.” And , Roz Chast, in a “Postscript” for The New Yorker, concurred: “…his gags were truly out there: unexpected and completely loopy.”

Leo, who passed away in the Fall of 2010,  would’ve turned 70 today.

Click here for the Ink Spill appreciation.

 

REMINDER! A number of cartoonists whose work appears in the recently published Best of the Rejection Collection are gathering at Manhattan’s Strand bookstore on Broadway and 12th St., Jan. 12th,  7:00pm – 8:00pm.   Among the participants:  Julia Suits, Carolita Johnson, Matthew Diffee, Christopher Weyant, David Sipress, and Arnie Levin. For details click here.

Funny Business to be rebroadcast May 7th; Video: Chast’s Ant & The Grasshopper

According to its official website, Funny Business — An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning, shown last night on New York’s PBS station WNET, will be rebroadcast this Saturday, May 7th, at 3:30 am.

The film pays studio visits to a number of New Yorker cartoonists, including Frank ModellLee Lorenz (the former Art Editor/Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, from 1973 through 1997),  George Booth, Victoria Roberts, Arnie Levin, Roz Chast, and Matthew Diffee.

Also from PBS, this short animation.  Roz Chast’s take on The Ant & The Grasshopper