The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of September 23, 2019

The Cover: How great it is to see a J.J. Sempe cover.  A very short Q&A with Mr. Sempe here.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Some random thoughts:  Enjoyed Amy Hwang’s guillotine/watermelon drawing (p. 30) — guillotine drawings are rare but usually memorable (Tom Cheney’s from February 24, 1997 for instance, or this one from George Booth, also published in 1997, in the June 9th issue).  Ms. Hwang’s hooded henchman is not alone in the issue.  Another appears in Emily Flake’s court jester drawing (p.39).  It’s sort of a first cousin to another Cheney guillotine drawing published November 1, 2010.

Much enjoyed Robert Leighton’s frogs drawing (p.63). I just had to look up previous lily pad frog drawings and came across this beauty from the great Warren Miller published March 5, 1990 (one of several frog on lily pad drawings referencing Monet).

There’s a lot going on graphically in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s very funny drawing (p.45) but a wee meatball is the star.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Mr. Irvin’s classic heading shown below is still a-missin. Read about it here.

 

The Monday Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of August 19, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Sara Lautman’s Daily Shouts

The Cover: Kara Walker’s early release Toni Morrison cover was mentioned here previously.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Good to see Tom Bachtell‘s fab “Spots” work this week…As you can see, there’s another duo effort from Pia Guerra and her husband, Ian Boothby…No Newbie (or Newbies) this week…Cartoon placement (sizing) in this issue: a few look just right (Bruce Kaplan‘s fun beach drawing for instance) and Danny Shanahan‘s uncovered flooring); Liana Finck‘s perhaps needed to be run larger so we could easily make out the lettering on the caps her folks are wearing (this may be an online issue — won’t know til the print copy is in hand); a few drawings would’ve benefited, graphically, by being run smaller. Fewer than average number of cartoons in this issue (just eleven) but we are after all in the waning weeks of summer.

The Spill’s (Please) Bring Back Rea Irvin’s Classic Talk Masthead Campaign: Mr. Irvin’s beautiful iconic masthead (below), sadly disappeared in May of 2017 and was amazingly (amazing to me anyway) replaced by a redrawn(!) version. Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Fish in a tube, by J.A.K. who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

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Today’s Daily Shouts

“Mysterious Summer Abrasions: An Investigation” by Sara Lautman, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

Fave Photo Of The Day: Leighton, Kaplan & Chast; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Amy Hwang’s Daily Shouts

Fave Photo Of The Day

From last night’s Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons event at NYC’s Grolier Club.  L-r: Robert Leighton, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Roz Chast (missing from the photo: the book’s editor, Bob Eckstein).

Robert Leighton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002. Bruce Kaplan in 1991, and Roz Chast in 1978, Bob Eckstein in 2007.

The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons, published by Princeton Architectural Press, was released this April. 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Cath, via Bob Eckstein

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The Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Avi Steinberg on last night’s Democratic debate. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.

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Daily Shouts

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts: Amy Hwang’s “Ways My Life Changed After I Started Exercising”

Ms. Hwang began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010.

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 24, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: J.A.K.; A Kickstarter Campaign For The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Soundtrack

The Cover: A debut by Olimpia Zagnoli.  According to The New Yorker‘s art editor, Francoise Mouly, the cover is a tribute to Pride Month.  Read about the cover here.

Note: with this issue the cover artist’s name has been returned to the Contributors page (p.4) after disappearing for the past two issues.  

The Cartoonists:

Co-credited cartoons are not as rare as they once were in The New Yorker, but still rare enough to mention the duo effort by Dan Abromowitz and Eli Dreyfus (p.55).  The team’s first cartoon appeared in the magazine in 2015.

       Cartoon Observations /Some Favorite Things:

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s use of “chaotic neglect” in his drawing (p.24).

Barbara Smaller’s use of “eligible for dessert” in her caption (p. 46).

The way Ed Steed handled his carrot and horses drawing (p.62).

Maddie Dai’s drawing (p.73). I’ve mentioned numerous times here on the Spill what a pleasure it is to be surprised by a drawing’s one-two punch. This is an excellent example of the second punch hitting perfectly on the caption’s very last word, “bangs.”

Trevor Spaulding’s big thermometer has a sort of Jack Ziegler feel to it. That’s a very good thing.

Two cartoons with shopping carts! Drew Panckeri’s (p.32) and Amy Hwang’s (p. 52). I have a soft spot for shopping carts in cartoons as one appeared in my debut New Yorker drawing .   

Rea Irvin:

Mr. Irvin’s classic Talk masthead (below) is sadly still in mothballs after it disappeared a little over two years ago. Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 Fishy WWIII thoughts by J.A.K. who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. 

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A Kickstarter Campaign For The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Soundtrack

Ms. McCoy has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2014.

All the info here.

Visit The Surreal McCoy’s website here.

 

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: