James Stevenson Theater Prize Returns; Maira Kalman’s Work at Armory; I’m Emily Flake; Thurber’s Airedale, Muggs; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Ivan Ehlers

From Playing On Air, March 1, 2019, The Second Annual James Stevenson Prize For Comedic Short Plays. All the info here.

Mr. Stevenson’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

James Stevenson Born, NYC, 1929. Died, February 17, 2017, Cos Cob, Connecticut. New Yorker work: March 10, 1956 -. Stevenson interned as an office boy at The New Yorker in the mid 1940s when he began supplying ideas for other NYer artists. Nine years later he was hired a full-time ideaman, given an office at the magazine and instructed not to tell anyone what he did. He eventually began publishing his own cartoons and covers as well as a ground-breaking Talk of the Town pieces (ground breaking in that the pieces were illustrated). His contributions to the magazine number over 2000. Key collections: Sorry Lady — This Beach is Private! ( MacMillan, 1963), Let’s Boogie ( Dodd, Mead, 1978). Stevenson has long been a children’s book author, with roughly one hundred titles to his credit. He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, under the heading Lost and Found New York. Stevenson’s The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, is essential.

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Suite of Maira Kalman’s Work at Park Avenue Art Show

From artnet, March 1, 2019, Six Dazzling Works at the ADAA’s Art Show, From Maira Kalman’s Gertrude Stein Portraits to Art Made Out of Saran Wrap” 

Ms. Kalman began contributing to The New Yorker in 1995. Link here to her website.

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I’m Emily Flake

From Offspring, February 25, 2019, “I’m New Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake, And This Is How I Parent”

Ms. Flake began contributing to The New Yorker in 2008.  Link here to her website.

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Thurber’s Airedale

I may have posted this piece on Thurber’s airedale, Muggs once before a long while back,  but I can’t resist posting again.  Here’s the piece.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon is by Ivan Ehlers (the subject is… ta-da! Trump).

A New Yorker State Of Mind: James Thurber’s Art Debuts In The New Yorker; Two New Yorker Cartoonists Cover Cold Comfort Farm; Karl Stevens at The Gardner Museum; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt

The must-read blog, A New Yorker State of Mind on the debut of Thurber art in The New Yorker.  Read here.

… And as the subject is Thurber New Yorker firsts, here are others:

Thurber’s New Yorker debut, in the issue of February 26, 1927: two pieces of verse.  The first,  Villanelle Of Horatio Street, Manhattan (19 lines, signed James Grover Thurber); the second, Street Song (10 lines, signed J .G. T.)

Thurber’s first cartoon appeared  in the issue of January 3, 1931, “Take a good look at these fellows, Tony, so you’ll remember ’em next time.” 

Thurber’s first cover: February 29, 1936.

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Covering Cold Comfort Farm: Saxon & Chast

Two New Yorker cartoonists on the cover of the same title: how often does that happen? I’ve never seen it before (if anyone can come up with another duo please forward*).  In this case we see Charles Saxon’s art on the cover of Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm, published in 1964, and on the right, Roz Chast’s cover art in 2006.

*Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery has brought to my attention my own piece concerning three New Yorker artists (Addams, Steig, and Modell) covering Brendan Gill’s Here At The New Yorker.

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Karl Stevens At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

From artnet.com, February 27, 2019, “Botticelli’s Beauties Meet Contemporary Cartoons at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — See Works From the Show Here” — this piece on newbie New Yorker cartoonist Karl Stevens’ work at the above mentioned museum. Mr. Stevens first New Yorker cartoon appeared in the issue of  January 21, 2019.  Link here for more of his work.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, Trumpish, of course, is by Barry Blitt. Mr. Blitt began contributing to the New Yorker in 1994. Link here to his website.

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Emma Allen Interviews Mort Gerberg; Graphic Novels For Adults: Liza Donnelly Talks About Her Oscar Drawings; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant

Here’s The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, speaking with Mort Gerberg on the occasion of his 50th year in cartooning. Mr. Gerberg’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in the issue of April 10, 1965.

Link here to his website.

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Graphic Novels For Adults

From The New Indian Express, February 27, 2019, “Sketchy affair: Graphic novels are for adults too” — with references to Shannon Wheeler, Chris Ware, and Art Spiegelman.

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Liza Donnelly Talks About Live-Drawing From the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet

 

From Medium, February 25, 2019, “Live Drawing The 201 Academy Awards” — Liza Donnelly talks about her 4th time on the Red Carpet and shows us all of her drawings from Oscar week. Ms. Donnelly’s first cartoon appeared in the June 21, 1982 issue of The New Yorker.

Link here to Ms. Donnelly’s website.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, Trump-centered with a dash of Cohen, is by Christopher Weyant.  Mr. Weyant began contributing the The New Yorker in 1998.

New Yorker Artists Aplenty At NCSFest; Profile Of Interest: John Cuneo; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Brendan Loper

From Downthetubes.net, February 26, “NCSFest, A Major New US Comics Festival, Announces Full Guest Line-up” — a new comics festival, way out west.

Among the contributing New Yorker cartoonists attending: Pat Byrnes, Jason Chatfield, Mort Gerberg, and Lars Kenseth. Also attending, New Yorker cover artists Daniel Clowes and Liniers. Link here to the Fest’s site.

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Profile of Interest: New Yorker Cover Artist, John Cuneo

John Cuneo’s most recent New Yorker cover.

Here’s a very nice profile of John Cuneo from The Woodstock Times: “Woodstocker captures the president for New Yorker covers and more”

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon — Trumpish, of course — is by Brendan Loper. Mr. Loper began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. See some of his work here.

90th Birthday Of Interest: Arnold Roth; The Tilley Watch: The March 4, 2019 New Yorker; Video Profile Of Interest: Cover Artist Jenny Kroik; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Kim Warp

A Roth New Yorker Cover

Today’s the 90th birthday of the one-and-only Arnold Roth. There’s a nice birthday tribute to him on The Daily Cartoonist.

From The Spill Vault: I had a great time chatting with Mr. Roth a few years ago for this Spill piece on his John Updike Bech book covers.

Here’s Mr. Roth’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

Arnold Roth Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1929. New Yorker work: November 16, 1992 –. Mr. Roth’s career is long and storied, his work associated with a number of magazines including Playboy, Esquire, TIME, and Punch. Read all about it on his website: www.arnoldroth.com/

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The Tilley Watch, The March 4th 2019 New Yorker

The Cover: Barry Blitt’s sign-holding Trump cover was released early and mentioned last week.

The Cartoonists:

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The Missing Rea Irvin Talk Masthead

Read about it here.

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Profile Of Interest: Cover Artist Jenny Kroik

Here’s a short video profile of cover artist, Jenny Kroik.

Her first cover appeared November 13, 2017. Link here to her website.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, post-big night in Hollywood, is by Kim Warp. Ms. Warp began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.