The Online Tilley Watch, June 10-15, 2019

A weekend listing of New Yorker cartoonists whose work has appeared in the magazine’s Daily Shouts and/or Daily Cartoon features

 

The Daily Cartoon: Brendan Loper, Bary Blitt, Peter Kuper, Lila Ash, and Evan Lian

 

   Daily Shouts: Eugenia Viti, David Ostow, and a special mention: non-cartoonist (but occasional cartoon collaborator), Colin Stokes, the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor.

 

 

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin (Pt.2); Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt; Daily Shouts By Viti, Ostow

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin (Pt.2)

Jane Mattimoe has posted the second part of her terrific interview with Arnie Levin on her Case For Pencils blog.

Mr. Levin began contributing cartoons and covers to The New Yorker in 1974. Read the interview here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Barry Blitt ponders the pronunciation of Buttigieg.

Mr. Blitt has contributed to The New Yorker since 1992.  Visit his website here.

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Daily Shouts…

A Daily Shouts from yesterday by David Ostow, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018…and a Daily Shouts today by Eugenia Viti, who began contributing this past June.

The Tilley Watch Online, June 3-7, 2019; Book On The Horizon: A Rich Sparks Cartoon Collection

A weekend roundup of the cartoonists whose work appeared on newyorker.com’s Daily Shouts and Daily Cartoon.

The Daily Cartoon: Barry Blitt, J.A.K., Peter Kuper, David Borchart, and Maddie Dai

Daily Shouts:  Julia Wertz, Ivan Ehlers, and Tom Chitty (with L.B. Murphy)

See work by all of the above (and more) here.

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Coming this winter from Yoe Books, a collection of cartoons by Rich Sparks: Love and Other Weird Things.

Mr. Sparks has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit his website here. 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt; Where Else Are They Now?; Today’s Daily Shoutist: Julia Wertz

Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Trumpian intervention, Blitt-style. Barry Blitt has contributed to The New Yorker since 1992.  Visit his website here

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Where Else Are They Now?

Looking at a Weekly Humorist post this morning it occurred to me I was seeing a good number of New Yorker cartoonists represented.  With the stable of cartoonists at The New Yorker on the verge of a record-setting year, population-wise (once a stable of approximately 40 regular cartoonists, there are now, according to the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, about 100) the number of cartoons bought per week remains at the mid-teen level (slightly more or slightly less). 

Let’s just play with made-up numbers for a moment to give you an idea of the odds these days for those submitting their work. Let’s just say each of those 100 cartoonists submits 10 cartoon ideas a week.  That’s 1000 cartoons. 1000 cartoons vying for the 15 (or so) weekly golden tickets (i.e., the bought cartoon, or in New Yorker cartoonist parlance, the O.K.). That leaves approximately 985 rejected cartoons with almost no place to go. And remember: that’s just one week’s worth of rejected work.  Most cartoonists send in a “batch” weekly, every week of the year there is an art meeting.

Supply has always well exceeded demand at The New Yorker, but with a more than doubled regular supply, things become more complicated for those submitting.  As has been the case for decades, cartoonists sell to other print magazines that are cartoon-friendly, but those avenues are few, as are the number of cartoonists used per issue (see Playboy, and Esquire).  There are at least three places where one can find a healthy population of work by New Yorker artists.  A semi-highly unscientific survey indicates that most New Yorker cartoonists (who flock anywhere) flock to these publications. 

Funny Times

The current issue includes these New Yorker artists: Darrin Bell, Harry Bliss, J.C. Duffy, Martha Gradisher, Peter Kuper, Mary Lawton, Carol Lay, P.S. Mueller, Drew Panckeri, Rina Piccolo, Ward Sutton, Tom Tomorrow, Chris Weyant, and Shannon Wheeler.

 The American Bystander

Issue #10) includes these New Yorker artists: George Booth, M.K. Brown, John Cuneo, Ivan Ehlers, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Lars Kenseth, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper, Sara Lautman, Jeremy Nguyen, Rich Sparks, Tom Toro, and the late Charles Barsotti. 

 The Weekly Humorist.

Scroll down and you’ll find work by these New Yorker artists: Ellis Rosen, Peter Kuper, Bob Eckstein, Ivan Ehlers, Drew Panckeri, Evan Lian, Joseph Dottino, Lars Kenseth, Jason Chatfield, Rich Sparks, Ali Soloman, Eugenia Viti, Pat Byrnes, J.C. Duffy, and David Ostow (among others).

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Today’s Daily Shoutist: Julia Wertz

“Conversations With Ma: Prenatal Vitamins And Owl Pellets”

Julia Wertz has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2015.

Exhibit Of Interest: William Steig; Profile Of Interest: Frank Cotham; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Maddie Dai; A Weekend Shouts By Liana Finck; The Tilley Watch For The New Yorker (Combined) Issue Of June 10 & 17, 2019

Exhibit Of Interest: William Steig

A current exhibit at The Carle Museum focused on William Steig’s classic Sylvester and the Magic Pebble includes “Steig’s preliminary sketches, story boards, and dummy books related to the seminal publication.” Info here.

William Steig’s entry on the A-Z:

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 14, 1907, died in Boston, Mass., Oct. 3, 2003. In a New Yorker career that lasted well over half a century and a publishing history that contains more than a cart load of books, both children’s and otherwise, it’s impossible to sum up Steig’s influence here on Ink Spill. He was among the giants of the New Yorker cartoon world, along with James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, Charles Addams, Helen Hokinson and Peter Arno. Lee Lorenz’s World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998) is an excellent way to begin exploring Steig’s life and work. New Yorker work: 1930 -2003.

Of Note: From The New Yorker, June 3, 2019, Rumaan Alam’s  “William Steig’s Books Explored The Reality Adults Don’t Want Children To Know About”

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Profile Of Interest: Frank Cotham

From Memphis Magazine, The Well-Drawn World of Frank Cotham— this piece on the long-time contributor to The New Yorker.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Maddie Dai Kingly drawing. Ms. Dai began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

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A Weekend Daily Shouts…

…by Liana Finck. Another installment in Ms. Finck’s “Dear Pepper” series.

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The Tilley Watch For The New Yorker (Combined) Issue Of June 10 & 17, 2019

The Cover: A fitting  Bruce Eric Kaplan cover for the “fiction Issue”  — it’s always a pleasure to see one of the magazine’s cartoonists work appear there.  Read more about Mr. Kaplan’s cover here.

More “Tweaking” Of Note: This is the second issue of the magazine in a row not listing the Cover Artist on The Contributors page (Barry Blitt was not credited there last week). The last issue to credit the cover artist (Malika Favre) was the issue of May 27th.  The cover artists are still credited on the table of contents. Example:

As tweaking continues to occur it’s perhaps a good time to recall what the magazine’s Creative Director, Nicholas Blechman told MAGCulture in June of 2017:

The New Yorker is a magazine shaped by time. Very little has changed since the first issue in 1925, and that respect for legacy is part of our visual identity. Since I arrived in 2015, we’ve been fine tuning an incredibly resilient and elegant design. Our road map for design changes in the print magazine is mostly complete. I think the table of contents could be tweaked, and the design of the Fiction page could also be tinkered with. Most of the big innovations you will be seeing at The New Yorker will be online, as we contemplate a web redesign and introduce improvements to The New Yorker Today app.

While I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Blechman’s first sentence (The New Yorker is a magazine shaped by time) I must disagree with the first half of the sentence that follows:

Very little has changed since the first issue in 1925, and that respect for legacy is part of our visual identity. 

There was in fact an enormous design change (and changes in the magazine’s DNA) beginning with Tina Brown’s first issue, October 5 1992. Here’s a link to Walter Goodman’s September 29, 1992 New York Times piece assessing that issue.

The Cartoonists:

Of Note: The lead cartoon by George Booth, one of the New Yorker‘s all-time great artists, appears on the 50th anniversary of Mr. Booth’s first cartoon in magazine, June 14, 1969 (the Spill will celebrate accordingly on June 14th).

Of the 14 cartoonists in this issue, two are making their New Yorker print debut: Eugenia Viti and Lydia Conklin, making them the 15th and 16th new cartoonists brought into the magazine’s stable in 2019, and the 41st & 42nd to be brought in since Emma Allen became cartoon editor in May of 2017. With 16 new cartoonists, the magazine has now tied the 2016 record for new artists. And, of course, we’re only half-way through the year.

Rea Irvin: Mr. Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead is still a-missin. Read about it here. Here’s the real deal: