Danny Shanahan Pencilled; Cartoon Companion’s Harry Bliss Interview

Danny Shanahan Pencilled

Jane Mattimoe’s  latest Case For Pencils spotlights one of the greatest contemporary New Yorker cartoonists, Danny Shanahan.   See it here!

Below: Mr. Shanahan’s work area.

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Cartoon Companion’s Harry Bliss Interview

The latest Cartoon Companion turned up early this week with a new look and a very fun read: an interview with Harry Bliss (it’s a two-parter…this is part one).  The CC will post again later this week with their customary rated reviews of the New Yorker‘s current issue cartoons.  Go here to read the interview.

Two Notes:

*It’s interesting that the subjects of the above two posts mention the two schools of thought regarding gagwriting and gagwriters.  Mr. Bliss uses them, Mr, Shanahan vows he never will.

*When you visit the new CC  you’ll see that they have very generously linked to the Spill.  My thanks to them. 

 

A Potted Video History of New Yorker Grim Reaper Cartoons; Eckstein: Snowmen As Modern Art; Cartoon Companion Rates This Week’s Drawings

 

 

 

 

From newyorker.com, The New Yorker Cartoon History: The Grim Reaper — this fun five minute video takes a look at one of the cartoonists best friends.  See it here.

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From newyorker.com‘s Culture Desk, “The Snowman As Art” — this piece by the World’s Greatest Snowman Expert, Bob Eckstein.

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The Cartoon Companion is back with ratings for all the cartoons appearing in the latest issue (a double: June 5 & 12) which includes the aforementioned Grim Reaper (on the beach this time around), two subway cartoons, a president playing golf, and a charming drawing from the late Michael Crawford.  

There is also word  that we’ll soon see a new look for the CC (as well as an interview with Harry Bliss and “sketches, rejected cartoons, and other fun stuff”) …can’t wait! For now, here’s the link to the latest post.

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; Joe Dator Sees “Star Wars” For the Very First Time

Max and Simon are back with a look at the very latest cartoons in the New Yorker. In this issue (May 29, 2017) the guys rate an Adam & Eve cartoon as well as cartoons about husbands, accounting, herbal teas, golf, drugs, and subway etiquette, and more. Read it here.

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From the newyorker.com’s  Culture Desk, “‘Star Wars’: My Fortieth-Anniversary Memories” — this short graphic piece by the always entertaining Joe Dator.

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; More Von Riegen, and Some Corey Ford

 

 

 

It’s good to see those anonymous critics, Max and Simon, are staying the course and digging into the cartoons appearing in each and every new issue of The New Yorker. This week they look at (and rate) cartoons featuring, among other things, a snail, a yodeler, a proud woodsman, subway rats, and some gangsters wearing matching pants and shirts. 

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And swinging back over to Attempted Bloggery, the William Von Riegen material keeps on-comin. I like that this book jacket cover featuring Mr. Von Riegen’s art was featured.  One of the book’s co-authors is Corey Ford, who will be no stranger to New Yorker history buffs (he gave name to Eustace Tilley).  Here’s the very rare book containing the Making of a Magazine pieces Mr. Ford contributed to the New Yorker in its infancy (this is a screen grab — the book is, alas, not in the Spill’s library, although a promotional booklet of the material, donated by a generous collector, is).  

You can read Mr. Ford’s pieces here

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; The Tilley Watch: Blitt’s Comey Cover; American Bystander #4

Cartoon Companion is back with  their rated look at this week’s New Yorker cartoons.  The reviewers, “Max” and “Simon” (not their real names) along with a Mystery Cartoonist, examine among others, an unusual police line-up, some NYC candles, a honeycomb, a couple of pigs in a restaurant, and a superhero with a generous waistline.  Read it here.

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…next week’s New Yorker cover (by Barry Blitt) is getting a lot of attention. Here it is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 4th American Bystander has finally found its way to my desk, and as with the previous three numbers, it doesn’t disappoint.

A large number of New Yorker contributors are represented: Charles Barsotti, George Booth, Steve Brodner (who did the cover), M.K. Brown, Roz Chast (a full page), John Cuneo, Nick Downes, Liana Finck (represented by a 3 page spread), Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Bob Grossman, John Jonik, Farley Katz, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper (a double page spread), P.S. Mueller (a full page), Rich Sparks (a full page), Shannon Wheeler (a 4 page spread), and Jack Ziegler.

For more information, and to order a copy go here.