From The Archives: The Humble New Yorker Art Department Office Supply; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Here’s a fun oddity: the stamp/envelope moistener that once sat in The New Yorker‘s Art Department at the magazine’s 25 West 43rd Street address. The moistener, sold by Chicago’s Wilson Jones Company, seems have been manufactured in the 1940s. It was in use at The New Yorker until 1991, when the magazine moved south across 43rd Street to modern digs

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What — Me Done? The End Of MAD As We Know It

Surging through social media is the sad and unpleasant news from the publisher of MAD Magazine  that there are but two (mostly) new issues left before the magazine begins recycling previously published work. Tweets from MAD editor Allie Goertz: There’s been an outpour of kindness surrounding the rumor that @MADmagazine is ceasing publication, but MAD is not quite done. After

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Personal History: Holding

I happened upon a paper-clipped bunch of pages today in the Spill‘s archives that I’d completely forgotten about. The very first page, from late 1980, appears above.  It comes as news to me thirty-nine years later that I made a list of drawings that were being held by The New Yorker.  This is what holding means: When a cartoonist submitted

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Guilty Pleasures: 75 New Yorker Cartoons Reprinted; Today’s Daily New Yorker Cartoonist: Tim Hamilton; Reminder: Roz Chast At The Strand Tonight; New York Times Op-Ed On The American Bystander; Gahan Wilson GoFundMe Campaign Over A Third Of The Way To Goal

Somehow this December 2018 release escaped notice here. What’s of particular interest are the number of reprinted New Yorker cartoons it contains: 75 of them. I can’t remember a non–New Yorker book that has ever come close to reprinting this many (if anyone does, please let me know). PR from the publisher, The Oxford University Press: In Guilty Pleasures, legal

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