Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; More Spills: Bliss, Finck, Chast

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

Cartoon Companion is back with a look at all 18 cartoons in the latest New Yorker (the issue of September 24th). Seth Fleishman’s itchy grim reaper was awarded “top toon” … Read it all here.

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Here’s a piece about Good Rosie!, Harry Bliss’s latest children’s book (Kate Dimillo wrote it, Mr. Bliss illustrated it).

…Last night’s book event at Greenlight Bookstore for Liana Finck was packed.  Ms. Finck, whose book Passing For Human, is just out, appeared with Brooklyn’s own Roz Chast.  Among the New Yorker colleagues in the audience: Hilary Campbell, Ed Steed, Bob Eckstein, Emma Allen (the magazine’s cartoon editor), Avi Steinberg, Karen Snider, and Felipe Galindo.

Here’s a photo from the event courtesy of Mr. Eckstein (Ms. Chast is on the left, Ms. Finck on the right):

 

Maggie Larson Pencilled; Cartoon Companion Rates This Week’s New Yorker Cartoons

Maggie Larson Pencilled

 Maggie Larson (a fellow Rapidograph user!) is the subject of Jane Mattimoe’s latest Fine Case For Pencils post.  Read it here

Ms. Larson began contributing to The New Yorker in July of last year.

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Cartoon Companion Rates This Week’s New Yorker Cartoons

The CC’s “Max” and “Simon” ( the two folks behind the CC  prefer to remain anonymous) run through the latest New Yorker cartoons, applying a numbered rating.  Read it here.

Chris Weyant Answers Three Questions; Steig’s Divorce Illustrations; Three Cartoonists at Pennsylvania Fest; Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings

 Chris Weyant Answers Three Questions

From The Children’s Book Council, September 5, 2018, “Three Questions With Chris Weyant”

Mr. Weyant began contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker in 1998. Link here to his website.

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Steig’s Divorce Illustrations

Thanks to a fave Spill blog, Attempted Bloggery, we’re able to see some great William Steig illustrations that appeared in American Magazine in the early 1940s.

Mr. Steig’s entry on the Spill‘s 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. NYer work: 1930 -2003.

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Three Cartoonists at Pennsylvania Festival

Bob Eckstein, Chris Weyant, and David Borchart (above, left to right) will appear at the Milford (Pa.) Festival on September 30th.  Read all about it here.

Their work appears in the upcoming anthology, “The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons by the World’s Greatest Cartoonists” a collection edited by Mr. Eckstein. Due out, March, 2019.

Mr. Eckstein’s latest book is The Illustrated History of the Snowman (Globe Pequot Press). Out now!

Also out is Eraser (Two Lions),by Anna Kang, illustrated by Mr. Weyant.

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Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings

Everybody’s got an opinion, but only two folks (“Max” & “Simon”) devote blog space on a regular basis to sizing up every cartoon in each issue of The New Yorker. Read here.

The Monday Tilley Watch, the New Yorker Issue of September 10, 2018; Cartoon Happenings At The New Yorker Festival

 “The Style Issue”  with a Kadir Nelson cover — the second Nelson cover in three weeks. It’s titled “Savoring Summer” (and again, I question why the New Yorker‘s covers need to be titled. Shouldn’t covers speak for themselves, so to speak? This cover certainly does). 

The cartoons:

Thinking there’d be a bevy of cartoonists in this mid-September issue (last week’s issue had fourteen), it was a surprise finding nine single panel cartoons this week (there’s a multi-panel “Sketchbook” by Roz Chast).  

Lately the Monday Tilley Watch has moved away from looking at every cartoon in each issue, but that doesn’t mean each and every cartoon in each and every issue doesn’t receive my undivided attention. Often I look at a cartoon like I eat popcorn.  But sometimes I linger on a particular drawing, savoring the art, or the caption (if there is a caption); in the best of times, I linger because I’m happy to be looking at something that works, that really works.  Other times I linger out of puzzlement — wondering what I’ve missed about the drawing — how, to my eyes, it went awry (or how my cultural antenna have failed me). It is far more exciting to come across a drawing that soars than one that fails.  Take for instance Joe Dator’s three part Beauty and the Beast cartoon in this new issue. I believe the drawing hits the high bar.  It’s drawn well (it reminds me of Lee Lorenz’s confident energetic art), and it measures up to Peter Arno’s characterization of a good cartoon, landing a one-two punch. A Spill round of applause is in order.

Some impressions from the issue:  Frank Cotham’s cartoon — it leads off the issue, sitting in a good-sized space following the Table Of Contents.  I mentioned Mr. Lorenz’s confident drawing; in Mr. Cotham’s quarter century of contributing to the New Yorker, he’s shown no fear in taking on the big picture, and handling it well. Alex Gregory’s line (his drawing is on p.93) is always a welcome sight.  Ed Steed’s bee-hive wielding doctor drawing (p.55) seems like a follow-up to Zach Kanin’s memorable “I can feel the baby kicking” cartoon from 2008.

The Caption Contest:

Cartoon caption contest drawings aren’t mentioned here much, but I did note that Mick Stevens’ drawing this week echoes one of mine (captioned as you see) published in The New Yorker, August 23, 1982.

Finally, let us not forget Rea Irvin’s missing classic Talk Of The Town masthead. I sometimes picture it propped up in a closest someplace in the magazine’s offices, waiting to be rediscovered and returned to its proper place. Until that time, if it ever comes, here it is:

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Cartoon Happenings at The New Yorker Festival

Held October 5, 6, and 7th. So far, here’s what’s up at the festival, cartoon-wise:

Saturday, the 6th: Sh!t Show: A Parenting Comedy Revue (with, among others, Emily Flake, and Roz Chast).

Sunday, the 7th: Cartoons & Coffee (with Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and Farley Katz)

Here’s the homepage for the Festival

 

 

 

Mr. Bliss Goes To Washington; Cartoon Companion Rates Latest New Yorker Cartoons; Celebrity Cartoon Captioning Continues; Chatfield & Dooley’s Latest Podcast; Happy 75th, Mr. Crumb

Mr. Bliss Goes To Washington

Harry Bliss will take part in a presentation as well as sign books at this years Library of Congress National Book Festival. Details here.

Mr. Bliss has been contributing covers and cartoons to The New Yorker since 1998.

Visit Mr. Bliss’s website here.

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Cartoon Companion Rates Latest New Yorker Cartoons

If it’s Thursday it’s Cartoon Companion day. The CC‘s “Max” and “Simon” (they’ve chosen not to use their real names) take a look at the very latest cartoons in print. Read it here. 

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Celebrity Cartoon Captioning Continues

From Viewing NYC, August 30, 2018, “Watch Comedian Nick Kroll Caption New Yorker Cartoons On The Spot”

— the newyorker.com series carries on with this enjoyable episode. Good job, Mr. Kroll.

For the record: the drawings shown are (in order of appearance) by: Liam Walsh (chainsaws), Tom Cheney (large poultry), Corey Pandolph (subway cars at bar), Liam Walsh (alley stick ’em up), Will McPhail (ice fishing), Kaamran Hafeez (cowboys), Frank Cotham (invisible man on sofa), Tom Cheney (monster sofa), and David Borchart (beavers).  Perhaps the captioning celebs could identify the artists in coming episodes?

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Chatfield & Dooley’s Latest “Is There Something In This?” Podcast

Listen in as Mr. Chatfield, a New Yorker newbie (his first cartoon appeared in the July 10th, 2017 issue), and Mr. Dooley, according to the official description, “ruminate on New Yorker cartoon ideas over a couple of beers…” Link here.

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Happy 75th, Mr. Crumb

It’s Robert Crumb’s 75th birthday. Mr. Crumb has been contributing on and off to the New Yorker since 1994. His “Elvis Tilley” cover (above) for the magazine published during the Tina Brown years broke the 68 year string of Rea Irvin Eustace Tilley cover anniversary appearances.