Fave Photo Of The Day: George Booth, Mort Gerberg, And Sam Gross; A Chitty Shouts; Article Of Interest: Working At Mad Past Its Heyday; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Two Collaborative Daily Shouts

Fave Photo Of The Day

Via Sarah Booth’s Instagram account, three long-time New Yorker cartoonists in front of a tattoo parlor,  July 2019.

Left to right: George Booth, Mort Gerberg, and Sam Gross.  Mr. Booth and Mr. Gross began contributing to The New Yorker in 1969, and Mr. Gerberg in 1965.

And…another group photo appears on the drawinglifemovie Instagram account (it’s attached to the George Booth Drawing Life documentary film in progress) .

— My thanks to Attempted Bloggery‘s Stephen Nadler for bringing the photos to my attention.

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A Chitty Shouts

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts from Tom Chitty: “Some Questions You May Be Asked When Applying For Ginger Citizenship”

— Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.

 

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Working At MAD Past Its Heyday

From The Comics Journal, July 17, 2019, this excellent piece by Ryan Flanders, “An Unusual Gang Of Idiots: The Joy Of Working At MAD Past Its Heyday”

 

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Today’s Daily, courtesy of Ellis Rosen: Technology Meets Wilde.

Mr. Rosen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.  Visit his website here.

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Two Collaborative Daily Shouts

Olivia de Recat (contributing to The New Yorker since 2017) teamed up with Sarah Vollman for “Gifts To Commemorate Lesser-Know Milestones”

Visit Olivia de Recat’s website here. 

And also today, this duo Daily Shouts by Colin Stokes and Ellis Rosen, “Facial Expressions For Reacting To The New York Times Crossword” 

Mr Stokes is The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor.  He has also contributed written pieces to the magazine.

 

Helen Hokinson’s Silent Partner: James Reid Parker; Attempted Bloggery: Peter Arno Uncovered

While reading James Reid Parker’s brief New York Times obit, (published January 31, 1984) I was anticipating at least a mention of his work with one of The New Yorker‘s earliest superstars, Helen Hokinson. In the magazine’s first decades, according to an in-house memo, Ms. Hokinson, along with Peter Arno, was in a special category above all other contributing artists. As you can see for yourself below, the Times obit does mention Mr. Parker’s “humorous pieces and light sketches” he contributed to the magazine, but not a word about his eighteen year sideline as a writer for Ms. Hokinson.  And that’s a shame. 

There’s not a mountain of material to sift through regarding the Hokinson-Reid working relationship, but what we do have allows us a feel for how their collaboration worked.  The best reading is found in Reid’s “memoir” included in the Hokinson collection, The Ladies God Bless ’em! published a year after Hokinson was killed in a spectacular plane crash over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Parker fills us in on how he met Hokinson, and how it came to be that he became her main supplier of ideas (The New Yorker sometimes passed along an idea they felt was right for her — a practice begun in 1925, the year she joined the magazine’s brand new stable).  A mutual friend made the introduction; it was during that first meeting that ordinary conversation occasioned a spark.  Here’s Parker talking about the moment:

I happened to mention that in a story on which I was working there were two suburban matrons who talked, it seemed to me, the way some of her women might. Miss Hokinson asked what sort of things I was having them say, and I quoted a few lines of dialogue. She stopped twisting her handkerchief.  With a sigh she remarked that one of the lines in particular would have made a good caption for a drawing and that the situation was exactly the kind of thing she liked to do. I told her to go right ahead because my women could just as easily be saying something else.

About a week later, The New Yorker bought the Hokinson drawing using Parker’s idea. In a year’s time they had officially set aside all of every Friday to look at each other’s work with an eye to finding “acceptable” material.  An interesting revelation by Parker is that in 1933 he “devised” Hokinson’s women’s lunch club scenario. 

Below: a Hokinson women’s lunch club New Yorker drawing, published April 24, 1948

When the relationship between cartoonist and idea person works well, the seams don’t show — the reader believes they’re visiting a singular world (ala Jack Ziegler or Steinberg — neither of whom used outside ideas). The seams never showed in Hokinson’s drawings; looking through her work you won’t see an awkward fit. Some of the best New Yorker artists have done wonders with some outside help (Addams, Hoff, George Price, to name a few) but the Hokinson/Parker relationship was different in that she was fully dependent on provided ideas (George Price is the only other New Yorker artist known to completely rely on provided ideas).*  More than that, Parker was much involved in Hokinson’s world. In their first year of collaborating they went to dinner and then the theater once or twice a week (in his memoir he describes how much fun it was being with her on outings in Manhattan, watching her draw, sharing  her joy in discovering wondrous New York City things). When Hokinson moved up to Connecticut, Parker eventually rented a place close by her home. 

Parker on the scene there:

Thereafter Helen’s guests and mine mingled amicably, often joining forces for picnic lunches, and whenever it was necessary Helen and I could confer about a drawing on very short notice.

It’s not clear how many of Ms. Hokinson’s roughly 1,800 New Yorker drawings were the product of working with Parker, but no matter. We have a great body of work they had a grand time finding acceptable — maybe that’s plenty enough.

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*Ms. Hokinson’s  New Yorker cover ideas were her own. George Price had one New Yorker cover — it was his own idea.  

For further reading on Ms. Hokinson the place to go is Liza Donnelly’s Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoons and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005)

You’ll have to find a copy of Hokinson’s Ladies God Bless ’em! for James Reid Parker’s nine page Hokinson “memoir” (It can be had for a buck on AbeBooks.com). You can also find it at the end of  The Hokinson Festival  (Dutton, 1956). The bonus in that anthology: some of Hokinson’s New Yorker covers are reproduced in color. 

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Attempted Bloggery: Peter Arno Uncovered

Attempted Bloggery discusses the 1931 Arno collection, covered and not.  Read here!

Above left: an early version (or “rough”) of a New Yorker drawing in the book. “I want you to meet my bosom friend”  appeared in The New Yorker issue of October 10, 1931.

 

 

 

 

 

A Charles Addams Biopic In The Works!; A Daily Shouts By Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

Well this is exciting news…

From Indiewire, June 22, 2019, “Sara Driver Is Back: After ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ A Charles Addams Project, And Much More”

A snippet from Eric Kohn’s article: The project is especially personal to Driver since, like Addams, she was born in Westfield, New Jersey; the cartoonist did much of his work there. “Westfield is a particularly odd place,” Driver said. “A lot of the buildings he drew are still standing, and he was such a beautiful draftsman.”

 

My thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for bringing this article to the Spill‘s attention.  One of the Spill‘s fave blogs, it is now celebrating its 8th anniversary.  Check it out!

 

While we’re waiting for the film, it might be time to re-visit Linda Davis’s  biography of Addams, as well as Addams work  — any of his collections will do (I’ve shown just three above).  

Right: Davis’s Chas Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life  (Random House, 2006)

 

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A Daily Shouts By…

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2017. See the piece here.

Peter Porges Work Shown In Vienna; New Yorker Art Aplenty In Swann Catalog; Out Of This World Eckstein Cartoons Auctioned Today; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Tom Chitty

Peter Porges Work Shown In Vienna

Work by Peter Porges, a New Yorker cartoonist who passed away in 2016, is currently on exhibit in Vienna (beginning today).  All the information here.

Mr. Porges began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.  His first drawing appears above.

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New Yorker Art Aplenty In Swann Catalog

The June 4th Swann catalog features a large number of original pieces by New Yorker artists, including the New Yorker cover art by Charles Saxon cover shown above left, and the Richard Taylor drawing, above right, and Tom Toro’s below it.  Among the other New Yorker artists represented: Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, Charles Addams, R.O. Blechman, Edward Gorey, Frank Modell, Misha Richter, Liana Finck, Donald Reilly, Liam Walsh, Gahan Wilson, Andre Francoise, and  J. B. Handelsman.

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 Out Of This World Eckstein Cartoons Auctioned

From Attempted Bloggery, May 7, 2019,  “Hello Roswell: Four Space Cartoons By Bob Eckstein”

The auction is today! All the info here.

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Some American history via Tom Chitty, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.