The Weekend Spill: New Addition To The Spill Library; The Tilley Watch Online; Videos (And An App) Of Interest: Liza Donnelly Exhibit At The Norman Rockwell Museum

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New Addition To The Spill Library

Part of the Spill‘s (self charged) charge is to keep in mind all those cartoonists who have been and are part of The New Yorker, not just the names up in lights. Larry Reynolds, having contributed to several of the biggest magazines of his day (including Collier’s, and The Saturday Evening Post) also had three drawings in The New Yorker.  In the July 1st Spill post I showed you a collection of his ongoing character, Butch, who appeared in Collier’s.  Above is the only other example (to my knowledge) of Reynolds’ work in book form. Lines Of Least Resistance, published in 1941 by E.P. Dutton & company, Inc., contains work from all three of the magazines just mentioned as well as drawings from Elks Magazine.  If my count is correct, there are 24 of his drawings in the book, plus the cover and back cover (3 drawings found in the book).

In the drawing shown above you clearly see a Gluyas Williams influence in his work — old man Kelly and two of the other characters — the men — on the right side of the drawing could’ve been in a Gluyas Williams drawing. The fellow in the forefront right, smoking a pipe, and the man running just below the Pelham sign look similar to George Price’s style (especially the way Reynolds drew the running fellow’s legs).  Other drawings seem to carry a heavy influence of a number of other cartoonists. Look at the one below: shades of Syd Hoff and the early work of William Steig (even, a hint of a Helen Hokinson luncheon lady in the frame). I’m led to wonder if Reynolds ever quite settled on a look of his very own.

Larry Reynolds entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Larry Reynolds (Photo from I Feel Like A Cad, 1944; self portrait above right from Colliers Collects Its Wits, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1941) Born, Mt. Vernon, NY, c. 1912.  Died, March 4, 2002, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. New Yorker work: 3 drawings: Jan 7, 1939 / Feb 24, 1940 / April 6, 1940. Collection of Note: I Feel Like A Cad (drawings from Collier’s Weekly).  Link to Allan Holtz’s Reynold’s Stripper’s Guide Profile here.

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An end of week listing of New Yorker artists* who have contributed to newyorker.com features

July 6 -July 10, 2020

The Daily Cartoon: Yasin Osman, Will Santino, Amy Kurzweil, John Cuneo, Patrick McKelvie, J.A.K.

Video: How To Draw A Child by Emma Allen** & Emily Flake

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

*For clarity, the names of artists who have not yet appeared in the print magazine are not bolded.

**Emma Allen is The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor

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Videos ( And An App) Of Interest: Liza Donnelly Exhibit At The Norman Rockwell Museum

Here are links to two videos that are part of the Liza Donnelly exhibit at The Norman Rockwell Museum (it opens to the public tomorrow).

This link takes you to a video of Donnelly talking about her live drawing.

And this link takes you to an in depth look at her career.

Also: there’s an app that features Donnelly speaking about individual pieces in the exhibit. See the video about it here.

Personal History: Attended Donnelly’s “virtual art opening” last night, except it wasn’t virtual for me — I was there. Watched as Donnelly (who besides being a colleague, is also my wife) gave a tour, being followed by a cameraman wielding a “live” camera and a photographer documenting the moment (the above photo was not taken by the photographer — it was taken by me with my flip-phone camera as the cartoonist spoke about her sketchbooks in the display case).

For me, the most touching piece on display is also, I believe, the most modest in scale — it may be the smallest piece in the exhibit. It’s the drawing that leaped Ms. Donnelly into The New Yorker;   the first drawing of hers bought, but not the first run. Though OKed (bought) in 1979, it did not run until the issue of November 22, 1982. I believe she speaks about it in the longer video I’ve linked to above.

Go see the exhibit, non-virtually, if you’re up that way. It’s a real treat.

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: A 1934 July 4th Moment By Steig; Bliss’s American Bystander Cover; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of June 29th-July 3rd, 2020; More Spills: Eckstein’s Beast Piece, A Hoff Mural, and More Henry Martin

William Steig’s 1934 New Yorker cover celebrating the 4th of July  seems to capture the mood of this particular 4th when we have been urged to stay at home, away from gatherings. It was, of course, published during another deeply troubled time in our history.

Here’s William Steig’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

William Steig 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.

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American Bystander‘s Michael Gerber has released the cover of his next issue (#15 for those keeping track). Cover by Harry Bliss. You can order your copy here. If this issue is anything like the previous 14 it’ll be worth the five bucks (Cheap!).

 Harry Bliss began contributing cartoons and covers to The New Yorker  in January of 1998.  A Wealth Of Pigeon: A Cartoon Collection (a collaboration with Steve Martin) will be out this November.

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The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of June 29th – July 3rd, 2020

An end of the week listing of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Madeline Horwath, Peter Kuper, Julia Suits, Sara Lautman, Akeem Roberts.

Daily Shouts: Amy Kurzweil.

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

To see all of the above, and so much more, go here.

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Bob Eckstein, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007, has begun writing for The Daily Beast. See his first post here.

…Prompted by a post in the Facebook Vintage Panel And Gag Cartoon Group about a Syd Hoff mural, I checked out this piece from The Orange County Register from July 6, 2007.

…More Henry Martin: it’s so great that Henry Martin is listed on this plaque at the old (but not the oldest!) New Yorker offices at 25 West 43rd Street.

 

Weekend Spill: Video Studio Tour Of Interest: Bob Eckstein; The Tilley Watch Online, June 22- 26, 2020

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Here’s a fun 6 minute video of Bob Eckstein’s studio.  Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.  He’s authored and edited an number of books, most recently the Ultimate Cartoon Book series for Princeton Architectural Press.

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An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Brendan Loper (twice), Lisa Rothstein, Farley Katz, Emily Flake.

Daily Shouts: Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman), J.A.K..

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

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The Weekend Spill: Today’s Culture Desk Cartoonist; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of June 15-19, 2020; A New Yorker State Of Mind Looks At The Issue Of May 23, 1931

Today’s Culture Desk Cartoonist

From Ali Fitzgerald, The Dad Archive.

Ms. Fitzgerald began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

A brief bio of Ms. Fitzgerald here

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The Tilley Watch Online, June 15-19, 2020

An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who have contributed to newyorker.com online features

The Daily Cartoon: Tim Hamilton (twice), Adam Douglas Thompson, Drew Panckeri, J.A.K..

Daily Shouts: Eugenia Viti.

… Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook: The Mustache Of Damocles,

and Losing Their Heads.

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A New Yorker State Of Mind Looks At The May 23, ’31 Issue

A Spill fave blog deep dives into an 89 year old issue. Cover by the great Garrett Price (one of 99 he’d eventually contribute during his 49 year run at The New Yorker  th– his first was in August of 1925).

Time travel into the past here.

 

Mr. Price’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Garrett Price ( Photo source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born, 1897, Bucyrus, Kansas. Died, April, 1979, Norwalk, Conn. Collection: Drawing Room Only / A Book of Cartoons (Coward -McCann, 1946). NYer work: 1925 -1974.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 22, 2020

The CoverHere’s the magazine’s feature exploring this exceptionally powerful cover by Kadir Nelson.

 

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

First, a little paperwork: sorry the screen grab above is fuzzy. I’ll attempt to fix before the day is done.

Thirteen cartoons this week, plus a full page Sketchbook by Barry Blitt. Two of the cartoons caught my eye this week. The first is by Ellis Rosen (it’s on page 78). It’s an idea that beautifully blends a past time situation oft seen in the magazine  — the writer in the coffee shop — with our present time. A rock-solid idea, well executed. And, not least, funny. And that also describes Maggie Larson’s ice cream truck and gelato truck drawing (p.84): it’s an evergreen cartoon — it will be understood and enjoyed for years to come.  Applause, applause!

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

I’d love to report that the above Rea Irvin iconic design has returned as the magazine’s Talk heading, but nooooo. Read about its removal here.