The Tilley Watch Online, April 8 -12, 2019; Blog Posts Of Interest: Attempted Bloggery & A New Yorker State Of Mind

An end of the week reminder of which New Yorker cartoonist was where on newyorker.com

The Daily Cartoon: New Yorker cartoonists contributing this week were Lila Ash (two appearances), Colin Tom, Ivan Ehlers, and Brendan Loper.

Daily Shouts: New Yorker cartoonists contributing this week were J.A.K. (with Julia Rothman), Sarah Ransohoff (with Johnny DiNapoli).  Also contributing was the New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes. 

See all of the above, and more here.

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Blogs Of Interest

….Attempted Bloggery looks at a George Booth original drawing recently auctioned for a song.

…and don’t forget the George Booth (documentary film project) Kickstarter campaign underway. Six days to go!

 

A New Yorker State of Mind continues its bang-up job of chronologically deep-diving into every single issue of the magazine. Two issues this week!

(both covers shown by Rea Irvin)

More MoCCA Today (With Photos) & “My First MoCCA”; David Sipress On A 1969 Harvard Protest

More MoCCA Today

At least three New Yorker cartoonist events scheduled today: Liana Finck in conversation with Gabrielle Bell; a “spotlight” on Mark Alan Stamaty; Emily Flake as part of a panel, “Narratives On Motherhood”; cover artist Ivan Brunetti in a panel on “Comics and the Teaching Artist” (right: Ms. Bell and Ms. Finck today. Courtesy of Stephen Nadler).

And more photos from today (all courtesy of Liza Donnelly, with the exception of the Mark Alan Stamaty photo.  That’s another courtesy of Stephen Nadler):

Top row, l-r: Peter Kuper, Felipe Galindo, Mark Parisi, Ellis Rosen.

Middle row: Arnold Roth & Caroline Roth, Liza Donnelly, Keith Knight.

Bottom: Mark Alan Stamaty (l), and Bill Kartalopoulos, who, among other things, is MoCCA’s Programming Director, and Series Editor for The Best American Comics series. 

My First MoCCA:  A Personal Take

Judging by the scene I dove into at yesterday’s MoCCA Fest, the appetite for, and practice of comics and cartoons is booming. The place (the Metropolitan West on West 46th Street) was at capacity, loud and energized. I took in the must-see Cartooning For Peace exhibit on the second floor (curated by The New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly) then immediately ran into Dick Buchanan (who for quite some time has been sharing his voluminous cartoon file via Mike Lynch’s site). Mr. Buchanan had told me earlier in the week  that he’d be at the fest, and would bring along a copy of a book I’d never seen before:  Bernard Wiseman’s Cartoon Countdown (published in 1959). Mr. Wiseman contributed 197 cartoons to The New Yorker, from April 19, 1947 – June 11. 1960.

In the pr copy on the first page:

This is the first book of cartoons devoted exclusively  to he Conquest of Space. Let the Russians Match That! 

(to the right: The Cartooning For Peace Exhibit)

With  thanks to Mr. Buchanan for Cartoon Countdown, it was on to a tour of the fest.

 

  The illustrator Tom Bloom was seen engaged in conversation with an exhibitor, the illustrator/educator, Steve Guernaccia blew by (he’s hard to miss, sartorially). The multitude of people, of tables laden with products bearing graphic images, posters, cards, etc., etc., was astounding. Along with me on the tour was one of my co-panelists, Danny Shanahan.  We were moving along at a good pace with the flow of the crowd when a familiar book cover on the New York Review Comics table got our attention: Saul Steinberg’s recently reissued Labyrinth (also on the table were a number of Maira Kalaman titles).  I bet Steinberg would’ve enjoyed the scene passing by his book.

Closing in on the slotted time for our panel with Mort Gerberg, we headed over to Ink48 on 11th Avenue, where the panels took place. Ran into Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery  who reminded us that Mark Alan Stamaty was signing his anniversary edition of MacDoodle Street.

Co-panelist Bob Eckstein awaited us in the Garamond Room, where we were soon joined by Marisa Acocella, and the man of the hour, Mort Gerberg. Spotted in our audience were New Yorker contributors,  R. Sikoryak, and Sophia Warren, as well as friend to all comics creators, Karen Greene of Columbia University. Below photos of the panel courtesy of Mr. Nadler (l-r, Danny Shanahan, Bob Eckstein, myself, Marisa Acocella, and Mr. Gerberg).

One of the fun things to come out of paneling with colleagues is the unexpected nugget or two of New Yorker history. As he discussed selling his first cartoon to The New Yorker back in 1965 , Mr. Gerberg told us — and this is something I had never heard, and didn’t realize was even possible — that he had talked the then art editor, James Geraghty into allowing what was supposed to be a bought idea of Mr. Gerberg’s to become a bought drawing. New Yorker history buffs know that it was routine at the magazine back then to buy ideas and give them to established cartoonists. It’s quite a thing that Mr. Gerberg, with his first sale to the magazine, was not only able to buck that well-entrenched system, but to deliver the full page below (published in October 20,1965).

  After our panel concluded we panelists stayed in the same room to attend the next panel,  “Professional Development 101: Art Directors Roundtable.” How could we not –it included our very own cartoon editor, Emma Allen. As we moved into the audience we spotted fellow colleagues, Kendra Allenby, Tracey Berglund, and cartoonist, Marc Bilgrey. Ms. Allen was joined by Matt Lubchansky (of The Nib), Alexandra Zsigmond (formerly The New York Times), Will Varner (formerly Buzzfeed), and artist/educator, Viktor Koen, who moderated.  The “101” in the panel title was accurate — we heard what the scene was like for today’s beginning illustrator/artists trying to break in. One piece of advice from Ms. Allen that stood out for me:  something that would make her laugh while looking at [written and drawn] humor for four hours in a day, had an excellent shot.

By the way, the place was packed.

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David Sipress On A Harvard Protest In 1969

Mr. Sipress, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998, has a Personal History piece on newyorker.com: “Fake News, 1969: My Slightly Infamous Role In The Harvard Antiwar Protests”

 

 

Books On The Horizon; Reviewed: The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons; Fave Photo Of The Day: Donnelly In Cuba; New Cartoon Collection Of Interest: Kaamran Hafeez

Two books to look forward to within the next twelve months… both series-esque. No graphics for either yet.

In January of 2020, the team of Patricia Marx and Roz Chast return with You Can Only Yell At Me For One Thing At A Time: Rules For Couples. From Celadon Books, also publisher of the just released Marx-Chast collaboration).

And in October of this year, from Princeton Architectural Press, the second  Ultimate Cartoon  collection, edited by Bob Eckstein: Everyone’s A Critic: More Cartoons By The World’s Greatest Cartoonists.

Speaking of the Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons, here’s a review from The Columbus Dispatch.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Donnelly In Cuba

Ms. Donnelly, a New Yorker cartoonist since 1982, seems of late to always be in some other place. This week she’s in Cuba as a jurist for Cuba’s International Humor Festival. She’s shown above, third from left, with fellow jurists standing in front of the Museo Del Humor in San Antonio.

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New Cartoon Collection of Interest: Kaamran Hafeez

This title escaped my attention until this afternoon (thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for letting me know). It came out just a few weeks ago, published by Authorhouse.

Mr. Hafeez began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010.  Link to his website here.

 

A Thurber Scarf; Book Event Of Interest: Marx, Chast, And Flake; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Lucas Adams

From Attempted Bloggery, this Thurber “lawn scarf”  — Read about it here!

Thurber’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

James Thurber (pictured above) Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995)  are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/

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Book Event of interest: Marx, Chast, and Flake

Continuing their book tour for Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?  New Yorker contributors Patricia Marx and Roz Chast will be at Books Are Magic on April 2nd. They’ll be joined by New Yorker cartoonist, Emily Flake (my thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for alerting me to this event). 

(Above, l-r: Marx, Chast, Flake)

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Lucas Adams is today’s Daily cartoonist with a waking Mr. Met.

Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Jason Adam Katzenstein; Rejected! With JAK And Jeremy Nguyen; More Mort (Gerberg); Another Side Of…Tim Hamilton

Today’s Daily cartoon — Spring-centric — is by Jason Adam Katzenstein (aka JAK).  Mr. Katzenstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. 

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Rejected! With JAK and Jeremy Nguyen

This coming Sunday, March 24th,  JAK and Jeremy Nguyen are part of a night “celebrating rejection.” All the info here. 

Mr. Nguyen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Link to his website here.

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More Mort (Gerberg)

Two items of interest:

Firstly, This photo essay from Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery who visited the Gerberg retrospective at the New York Historical Society. 

And Secondly:

From the Gothamist, March 21, 2019, “Sketchy Interviews:  New Yorker Cartoonist Mort Gerberg”

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Link here to the New York Historical Society.

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Another Side Of…Tim Hamilton

From Comicsbeat, March 21, 2019, “Exclusive Preview: Tim Hamilton’s Rabbit Who Fights #4 debuting at MoCCA”

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.