BEK Talks About His Memoir on “Fresh Air”; A Very Close Look at The New Yorker’s 7th Issue

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Here’s a link to New Yorker cartoonist BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air about his forthcoming memoir, I Was A Child.

Link here to see his New Yorker work

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NYer's 7thAttempted Bloggery  continues its series of close-looks at the earliest issues of The New YorkerNext up: The 7th issue, April 4, 1925.

Regan Arts to Publish Maslin Peter Arno Biography, Mad At Something

 

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I’m pleased to announce that  Mad At Something, my biography of the late and very great New Yorker cartoonist, Peter Arno will be published by Regan Arts.

 

Arno is one of the pillars of The New Yorkers earliest days, a group that includes Harold Ross, E.B. White, Katharine White, and James Thurber.  Ross, the magazine’s founder and first editor called Arno “our pathfinder artist”  and “the greatest artist in the world.”  It is indeed the case that Arno’s work for the magazine raised the graphic bar so high that “New Yorker cartoon” became synonymous with excellence in the field.

 
The idea for an Arno biography began back in 1999 in true cartoonist fashion: as an A-Ha! moment as I was driving in the vicinity of Arno’s home just outside of Manhattan; I realized that he had never been the subject of a biography.  Since that moment I’ve spent the past fifteen years researching and writing about his life.

 
Mad At Something is not just an examination of Arno’s life and work, it is also an exploration of the birth and development of the New Yorker cartoon, as well as the magazine’s fabled art department, and its artists. One of the many wonderful things about being a New Yorker cartoonist is the opportunity it’s afforded me to meet other New Yorker cartoonists.  Since beginning the biography I’ve reached out to my colleagues asking them to share their thoughts on Arno’s work. The list includes Arno contemporaries such as William Steig, Syd Hoff, Robert Weber, Frank Modell, Eldon Dedini,  Ed Fisher, through post-Arno contributors such as Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Peter Steiner,  Bruce Eric Kaplan and Edward Sorel.  I am especially pleased that the book’s curtain closer is composed of their contributions.

Mad At Something will be published in 2016.

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A Round-Up of Books to be Released in 2015 by New Yorker Cartoonists

2015 looks to be an exciting year for new books from New Yorker cartoonists.  Here’s a sampling:

 

 

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A collection by the one-and-only Gahan Wilson, Out There (Fantagraphics, July 3, 2015).  As anyone who visits this site knows, Mr. Wilson was recently the subject of a documentary film by Steven-Charles Jaffe, Born Dead, Still Weird

 

 

6fc3355abcFrom Marisa Acocella Marchetto, the author of the hugely popular Cancer Vixen, Ann Tenna (Knopf, September 1, 2015). Sorry, no cover image yet.

A review provided by the publisher:

“I am in awe: this is the work of a master craftsman at the top of her game. Ann Tenna is a great work of art, its storytelling fabulous and fresh. Marisa Acocella Marchetto defines our moment with social commentary that’s sharp, witty, and wise. Here is a universe of characters that will amaze and enchant you—a winning narrative that is timely, bold, and brilliant. Brava Marisa!” —Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker’s Wife

 

Litera.RozChastRoz:clockFrom Roz Chast, author of the acclaimed memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Around the Clock! (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 13, 2015).

A review provided by the publisher:
“New Yorker cartoonist Chast presents a zany, hour-by-hour look at the activities of 23 different kids…the off-the-wall mayhem of Chast’s illustrations is what makes this quirky offering stand out…good, ridiculous fun, and future fans of alternative comic artists will eat this one right up.” (School Library Journal, January 2015)

 

 

 

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From Liza Donnelly, author of Women on Men, a 2014 Thurber Prize finalist, The End of the Rainbow (Holiday House (January 1, 2015).

 

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A review provided by the publisher:

“In his poetically illustrated memoir, Bruce Eric Kaplan manages to capture all that is beautiful, hilarious and painful about growing up human. He will make you laugh with recognition, cry with nostalgia and longing, and somehow wish you were growing up bored in New Jersey.”
—Lena Dunham

 

 

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s Memoir

Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 4.50.41 PMWell here’s something to look forward to next Spring: a memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan, familiar to New Yorker cartoon enthusiasts as BEK.  The book, I Was A Child: A Memoir is due April 14, 2015 from Blue Rider Press.

Here’s a blurb about it from Lena Dunham (Mr. Kaplan is a producer of Ms. Dunham’s HBO television show, Girls):

“In his poetically illustrated memoir, Bruce Eric Kaplan manages to capture all that is beautiful, hilarious and painful about growing up human. He will make you laugh with recognition, cry with nostalgia and longing, and somehow wish you were growing up bored in New Jersey.”