Bob Eckstein Is The Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Of The Month; Article Of Interest: Cartooning Thriving In Vermont; More Spills With Barbara Shermund, Cartoon Companion, Roz Chast, Arno & Company

Bob Eckstein Is The Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Of The Month

Bob Eckstein, who began contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker in 2007 has been named the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month.  Read here.  Mr. Eckstein’s most recent  books are shown above.

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Article Of Interest: Cartooning Thriving in Vermont

From the Bennington Banner, December 5, 2018, “…The Art of Cartooning Is Thriving in Vermont”— with Ed Koren and Alison Bechdel content.

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…the latest Cartoon Companion has been posted.  See what the CC boys “Max” & “Simon” have to say about the New Yorker cartoons appearing in the issue of December 10, 2018.

 

… Roz Chast’s SVA exhibit included in the New York Times “What To See in New York Galleries This Week”

 

Attempted Bloggery has even more Barbara Shermund posts. Yay!  

A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker Magazine looks very closely at the issue of November 16, 1929. Cover by Peter Arno.

 

 

 

A Shermund Mystery Cartoon; Donnelly’s “How To Draw A Dog”; New Yorker Encyclopedia Of Cartoons Falls Below $40.00

A Shermund Mystery

Who doesn’t like a good cartoon mystery. Over on Attempted Bloggery you can read all about a Barbara Shermund drawing with an unknown publishing history.  Read here. 

And don’t forget that Ms. Shermund’s art is being celebrated at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

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Liza Donnelly’s “How To Draw A Dog”

 Liza Donnelly’s memoir-ish  “How to Draw A Dog” has been posted on Medium Read here.

Ms. Donnelly’s latest book (she did the illustrations) is Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are.

 

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New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons Falls Below $40.00

Amazon now is listing the heavy red trope box at $39.72.  Originally offered at $100.00, it’s now approaching the very outer range of stocking stuffer territory (but make sure it’s a heavy duty stocking).

Audio Interview Of Interest: Edward Koren; Article Of Interest; Art Young; …and More Spills!

From Vermont Public Radio, November 26, 2018 “Ed Koren Talks Cartooning And His ‘Wild’ New Collection” — an enjoyable short interview (just under a half hour) with one of our modern New Yorker cartoon masters.

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Book Of Interest; Art Young

To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young has been around since the summer of 2017, but here’s a long Comics Journal article recently posted about the book and the artist:  “The Life and Dedication of Art Young: an Impassioned Cartoonist of  Uncompromising Principle”.

Mr. Young’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Born January 14, 1866, Illinois. Died December 29, New York City atThe Hotel Irving. An online biography. 1943. New Yorker work: 1925 -1933. The Art Young Gallery

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Attempted Bloggery on the New Yorker‘s Archival Issue.

The New York Times on Roz Chast‘s exhibit at the School of Visual Arts.

…News of a Bob Eckstein event coming up December 6th, and another reminder about his New York Public Library event tomorrow.

 

 

Attempted Bloggery On Auctioned Addams “Dear Dead Days”; Book Of Interest: Ludwig Bemelmans; More Spills!

Here’s Attempted Bloggery on the recent auction of Charles Addams’ original cover art for his 1959 anthology, Dear Dead Days

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Book Of Interest: Ludwig Bemelmans

Not out til June of 2019, but certainly worth looking forward to!

From the publisher (Thames & Hudson): “Ludwig Bemelmans offers a visually rich view into the life and work of this much-loved artist and writer, and includes exclusive sketches and photographs from the Bemelmans archive that have never been previously published.”

Link here to the publisher’s page.

Here’s Mr. Bemelman’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

 

 

 

Ludwig Bemelmans  (above) Born, April 27, 1898. Died, October 1, 1962. New Yorker work: contributed six cartoons *and thirty-two covers as well written pieces in a New Yorker career that began in October of 1937 and lasted until August 1962. He achieved lasting fame with his series of Madeline books.

Below are two favorite Bemelmans New Yorker covers.  What I absolutely love about his cover work is his ability to take on the big scene, and do it with electric abandon.

 *Looking through the Bemelmans cartoons IDed on the New Yorker‘s database, I couldn’t find one in the issue of February 18, 1950, so I’m lowering his cartoon count by 1, to 5 (It’s possible that someone misidentified the Steinberg drawing in that issue as a Bemelmans). 

Here’s an example of one of his five — this from the issue of January 7, 1950.

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Cartoon Companion has posted its latest rated reviews of this week’s New Yorker cartoons. 

…Next week’s issue of The New Yorker (December 3, 2018) will include a section titled “City of Dreams”  — an online piece explains:

This week, while we digest one holiday and prepare for more, we’ve decided to open the archive and republish a sampling of New York stories, New York essays, New York poems, and New York drawings.

 

Attempted Bloggery’s Shermund Fest

Attempted Bloggery has been posting a number of Esquire cartoons by the late Barbara Shermund. This coincides with a Shermund solo exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum  in Columbus Ohio.  See the Esquire posts herehere, here, hereand here.

An article on the Billy Ireland exhibit has been posted on the Columbus Dispatch site. As with yesterday’s Wall Street Journal  Thomas Vinciguerra review of the big red New Yorker trope box,  the article is behind a pay wall. Here’s a link in case you wish to pursue it.

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From the vault, here’s Ink Spill’s belated obit for Ms. Shermund, originally posted in 2009 :

Barbara Shermund, who died in early September, 1978, had the misfortune of passing away during a newspaper strike that affected the paper of record, The New York Times. An extensive search has turned up just one obituary for her, a four sentence notice that ran in a newspaper covering the New Jersey coastal town where she lived for a number of years toward the end of her life.

For someone who contributed hundreds of cartoons and eight covers to The New Yorker Magazine, then went on to become a mainstay at Esquire, four sentences seems a bit slight. Here then is another notice, a little late, and a little longer.

Born in San Francisco in 1899 to artistic parents (her father was an architect), Ms. Shermund studied at The California School of Fine Arts before heading east, at the age of twenty-six, to New York. She told Colliers that her initial visit east became permanent “after she had eaten up her return fare.” In June of that very year, she made her debut at the four month old New Yorker with a cover of a young woman sporting a hip hairdo, eyes closed, resting her arm over a railing, against a black sky peppered with stars. In a year’s time her cartoons, many if not most of which were written by her, were appearing in nearly every issue of the magazine.

Her style had a sway to it that fit the times. Her subjects, executed in pen and ink and wash, were often hip young women, just a bit jaded – the sort that famously inhabited F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise. She once offered up this brief glimpse into her private life, saying she liked “fancy dancing and dogs.”

Liza Donnelly, author of Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and their Cartoons, had this to say about Ms. Shermund:

“Barbara Shermund was one of the more prolific cartoonists of the early New Yorker. Her breezy drawing style and humor reflected the new attitudes of urban women in the twenties and thirties, and she can be considered one of the early feminist cartoonists. The New Yorker sought to appeal to both men and women with its humor, and Shermund, along with other women cartoonists of the magazine, were ground breakers in that regard, creating cartoons from a woman’s perspective that could be enjoyed by all. Her cartoons were irreverent, sassy, and a true reflection of her times.”

Shermund traveled widely – Donnelly wrote of her that “she was something of a wanderer, living with friends in the city and the upstate town of Woodstock [NY], never really having a set address.” Eventually she settled down in Sea Bright, New Jersey, a barrier beach town, just about an hour’s drive from New York.

The last of her five hundred and ninety-seven drawings in The New Yorker appeared September 16, 1944; her last cover appeared August 5, 1944. Although her relationship with The New Yorker fizzled in the mid 1940s, she participated in an Irving Penn group photo of eighteen New Yorker cartoonists ( it ran in the August 1947 issue of Vogue). Ms. Shermund, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a great wide brimmed hat, stares directly at the camera. Sitting directly in front of her is George Price, and Steinberg; overhead, reclining on a platform is Charles Addams. Off to Ms. Shermund’s right is Helen Hokinson, looking just a little apprehensive.

The discs accompanying The Complete New Yorker allow one to see all of Barbara Shermund’s work in their natural habitat. Nine of her drawings appear in the The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, and of course all of her work can be seen on the discs accompanying the book.