The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of September 3, 2018

Again with an early release cover! Link here to see what the cover artist, Barry Blitt, had to say about his latest effort (shown above, right). 

The cartoons:

Fourteen cartoons in this first issue of September: seven by women, seven by men. No more mentions here of gender balance/imbalance unless/until there’s an all female cartoonists issue (or an all male issue returns).

It’s becoming a Spill habit to single out one or two or three cartoons per issue that especially grab my attention.  This issue it’s two cartoons.  Paul Noth’s tranquil fishing scenario (p.24) is lovely.  A perfectly written caption. One teeny tiny graphic quibble: the fishing lines are identically parallel, creating what looks to be two sides of a box (the kind of box that some cartoons sit within).  Anywho, a wonderful drawing, deserving of a round of applause.

The other cartoon of note (found on page 19): Carolita Johnson gives us a motorcyclist speaking to his passenger. Ms. Johnson’s caption reads:

As a long-time happily married motorcycling cartoonist, I suppose this is a golden opportunity to chime in about marriage and motorcycles; I’ll just stick with motorcycles.

Here’s a motorcycle drawing of mine that appeared in the New Yorker, May 27, 1985:

Motorcycles have been around in New Yorker cartoons for a long long time; the motorcyclists were often motorcycle cops. I’m not going deep into the history here, but just mention a few cartoonists who’ve given us some great drawings. Motorcycles and/or motorcyclists as the subject are numerous; even more plentiful are motorcycles/motorcyclists as part of the scenery. A Peter Arno cartoon in the issue of December 7th 1929  (“We want to report a stolen car”) that made waves for its sexual innuendo featured a beautifully drawn Indian motorcycle. Among colleagues past and present who’ve depicted motorcycles and/or motorcyclists : Roberta MacDonald, Garrett Price, Anthony Taber, Kim Warp, Carl Rose, Edward Koren, Farley Katz, Joe Dator, Leo Cullum, Trevor Hoey, Maddie Dai, Michael Crawford, Lee Lorenz, Jack Ziegler, Arnie Levin, and yours truly.  Of these cartoonists, two that I know of (other than myself) have ridden motorcycles: Mr. Crawford and Mr. Levin.  Mr. Ziegler had plenty of fun depicting motorcycle gang members “colors” ( patches on jackets that identify a motorcyclist’s club association). Here’s an evergreen of his from February 27, 1989:

— See you next week

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chast in Vermont; Interview of Interest: Carolita Johnson; Radio Interview of Interest: Liza Donnelly; Thurber’s 125th Birthday Fables; Price Slashed on New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

Chast in Vermont

Roz Chast will speak at Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum & Art Center August 11th.  Details here. According to promotional material:

Chast will speak about her work, life, and career, in connection with BMAC’s exhibition of 139 original drawings from her graphic novel, on display at the museum until Sept. 24.

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Interview of Interest: Carolita Johnson

From The Middle Ages (on Tumblr), Ladies’ Night: Carolita Johnson — an interview from April of this year, posted July 24th.

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Radio Interview of Interest: Liza Donnelly

When Ms. Donnelly was in Ireland a few weeks back, she sat down for a radio interview with Sean Boyle (Seaniebee).  Listen here.

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Thurber’s Fables

Thurberites are familiar with the above books. The one on the left published in 1940, and the one on the right (a follow-up!) in 1956. Come February of next year, HarperCollins, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth,  will release a collection of Thurber’s fables illustrated by some of our better known illustrators.  Further details about the book, and also another Thurber birthday title will appear here in time.

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Price Slashed!

Amazon currently lists the forthcoming New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons for three different prices: $800.00 (that’s the “deluxe” edition), $100.00, and and an eye-popping $55.23.

 

 

An Overflow Crowd at the Society of Illustrators Event: Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Then and Now

Some of the cartoonists in the exhibit, left to right: Sharon Levy, Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, Carolita Johnson, Liana Finck, Emily Sanders Hopkins (nee Richards), Sophia Warren, Mary Lawton, and Maggie Larson

A Packed House and Then Some

Last night’s event, “Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Then and Now” was most decidedly An Event. Before the panel discussion began an announcement was made that the crowd in attendance had reached capacity; outside on West 63rd Street, the line of people still waiting to get in stretched east to the corner of Lexington Avenue. We heard from a source that the only event rivaling this one in attendance was the Spiderman opening at the Society in June of 2017.  The Funny Ladies exhibit itself is, as we’ve been saying throughout the week, a must-see.

(Above: standing, l-r: Carolita Johnson (holding Hammy), Emma Allen, Roz Chast. Seated, l-r: Liana Finck, Liza Donnelly) — this photo and the group shot of cartoonists courtesy of Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery. Mr. Nadler was the Spill‘s official photographer for the evening.  My thanks to him.

The crowd was treated to a lively, often hilarious discussion between the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and cartoonists Roz Chast, Carolita Johnson (who held her dog, Hammy, on her lap), Liana Finck, and Liza Donnelly.  Ms. Donnelly curated the exhibit, and moderated.  Link here to a recording of the event.

Among the artists spotted in the crowd: George Booth, David Borchart, Bishakh Som, Ellis Rosen, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Maddie Dai, Amy Hwang, Maria Scrivan, Tom Bloom, Karen Sneider, Tim Hamilton, Jeremy Nguyen, Marisa Acocella, Sara Lautman, Sam Marlow, Isabella Bannerman, Flash Rosenberg, Emma Hunsinger, Neil Dvorak, Jenny Kroik and Gayle Kabaker.  Also spotted: The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick.

 

 

 

Be There! “Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now” Exhibit/Panel Discussion @ The Society of Illustrators

If you love New Yorker cartoons, you’ll want to be at The Society of Illustrators tomorrow night to see this wonderful exhibit as well as see and hear a panel discussion that includes the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and New Yorker cartoonists Liana Finck, Carolita Johnson, and Roz Chast.  Their colleague, Liza Donnelly, who curated the exhibit, will moderate. 

Info here …and Here