Ah, a Father’s Day cover.
I find this cover puzzling. The sink is dripping, yet the repair work seems to be going on under the sink. My understanding is that a dripping faucet is repaired within the faucet itself — it’s usually just a gasket replacement. Work below the sink is reserved for clogged, damaged or leaking pipes or water lines. As the father and daughter shown on the cover are working under the sink you might assume they are doing something along those lines — something involving the pipes or water lines. Yet anyone working below the sink would not begin working below the sink until first turning off both the hot and cold water (which only involves reaching in under the sink and closing the water valves). Thus they would not be set to work, such as they are, below the counter with the water still running. I know, I know, lighten up, Ink Spill — it’s not an illustration from a manual describing how to fix a dripping faucet. As a cartoonist who has only worked on dripping faucets and leaking pipes in a non-professional capacity, I admit I could be completely wrong about all of the above.
From the Department of Just Sayin’:
# of illustrations in this issue: 20 (including photographs, but not including Tom Bachtell’s wonderful drawings that appear regularly in The Talk of The Town). 5 of the illustrations are full page.
# of cartoons in the issue: 14 (none are full page).
As in previous weeks, I’m not going to go cartoon-by-cartoon, but will instead note a few.
Interesting that for two of the cartoons the humor involves walking through or onto something. That is to say, the act of walking itself is the core of the drawing. In Julia Suits cartoon (p.16), a blindfolded fellow is being led to step onto an upturned rake. Ka-pow, right? In Will McPhail’s drawing (p.39), a just arriving visiting couple will momentarily walk through hot coals. Ouch!
The New Yorker cartoon subway series is back after a hiatus; this week’s subterranean drawing courtesy of Roz Chast (page 34).
The Spill does not rate cartoons like they do over on the Cartoon Companion, but it does applaud exceptional work, such as Joe Dator’s drawing (p.21) and Bruce Kaplan’s tight graphic treat (p.42).
Finally, as has been the case for just over a year now, I’m showing Rea Irvin’s spectacular Talk of the Town masthead. Why show it? Because it was replaced last spring by a look-alike. To read a Spill piece about Mr. Irvin’s drawing and its unnecessary replacement, link here.
Here’s the real thing:
To see all of the cartoons in this issue, link here and scroll down to the slideshow, “Cartoons from the Issue”
— See you next week