Fave Photo of the Day: Cartoonists Celebrate Sam Gross’s Birthday
Cartoonists gathered on Manhattan’s upper east side on Thursday to celebrate Cartoon God, Sam Gross, who turned 85 on August 7th. Clockwise from the lower left: Robert Leighton, Bob Eckstein, Maria Scrivan, Nick Downes, Marisa Acocella, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, and Tracey Berglund.
–photo courtesy of Bob Eckstein
Early Release: Next Week’s New Yorker Cover
Read what Kadir Nelson, the cover artist for next week’s issue, had to say about his Aretha Franklin tribute.
Cartoon Companion Dissects the Very Latest New Yorker Cartoons
The CC boys are back with their ratings for this week’s cartoons (the issue of August 20th). Julia Suits was awarded the CC‘s Top Toon ribbon. Read it all here!
The CC boys, “Max” and “Simon” are back with their patented ratings of all the cartoons in the very latest New Yorker — the double issue covering the weeks August 6 & 13. Ed Steed’s big game hunter drawing was awarded the CC’s Top Toon blue ribbon. Read all about it here.
Here’s a curiosity for those with deep pockets. According to its listing:
This catalogue contains images of 40 of Barbara Shermund’s New Yorker cartoons. It has a one page introduction of her contributions to the Magazine. The cartoons pictured are from the late 1920s and early 1930s. The cartoons are matted and framed.
Puzzling why the work is bracketed from 1926 through 1936, when Ms. Shermund’s work continued to be published in The New Yorker until the issue of September 16, 1944. Also puzzling: that the cartoons are “matted and framed” — I suppose just like the catalog’s cover image. If someone buys this (it costs $125.00) I’d appreciate hearing what you make of it.
And now we’re into the second double issue of the summer. Sure does make the season seem to fly by. When the next new issue appears it will be mid-August, when kids begin gathering their back-to-school supplies.
Having spent many summers at the (New) Jersey shore I found Tom Gauld’s somewhat cinematic cover an excellent piece of work. And speaking of the Jersey shore, it was fun encountering John O’Brien‘s cartoon in the issue (although the subject matter has nothing to do with the beach scene). Mr. O’Brien was a decades-long life guard in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Fourteen cartoons in this double issue (none full page), and nineteen illustrations (four of them full page). Just sayin’.
Three cartoons caught my attention this week:
Liana Finck’s Alice in Responsibilityland (great title). Much enjoyed roaming around Alice’s kitchen.
Ed Steed’s drawing: a big-game hunter scenario. The first split-second impression — upon seeing the drawing on my tablet — was that the mounted objects on the wall were things that were placed so high and out of reach on grocery store shelves that they required one of those grabbing devices to get hold of them. Seeing the cartoon later on in the digital edition it’s clear the mounted objects are trash.
Joe Dator’s chicken or egg drawing. What a treat.
For the record (your honor) here are the cartoonists in the issue:
You’ll note that Jason Chatfield shares credit with Scott Dooley. Still somewhat a rarity to see a cartoon co-credited. Check out Messrs. Chatfield & Dooley’s podcast, Is There Something In This?
Elsewhere in the issue, I note, as I have in every Monday Tilley Watch since May of 2017, that Rea Irvin’s classic Talk of The Town masthead is still absent. If you want to read more, go here.
Here’s what we’re missing:
— til mid August
From Thinking Outside the Long Box, July 26, 2018 — this podcast with Pia Guerra.
Ms. Guerra’s first contribution to The New Yorker appeared in the issue of December 18, 2017. Her forthcoming book, Me The People (Image Comics) will be out this October.