The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of November 26-30, 2018; More Spills!

New Yorker cartoonists that contributed to the Daily Cartoon this week: Brendan Loper, Sophia Warren, and Pat Byrnes. (No worries, you’re sure to see some Trump-related cartoons in the bunch). 

And the New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts: Liana Finck, Mick Stevens, and Olivia de Recat.

To see all the work above, and more, link here.

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…The Amazon price is plummeting for the recently published New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons (originally offered at $100.00). The big red trope box can now be yours for a mere $40.38.  Just four days ago it was $45.83. I smell a bargain.

…Even more Edward Koren.  This short piece on Mr. Koren  has been picked up by the AP and is showing up all over the place today. Below: Mr. Koren’s latest collection.

A Go-To New Yorker Cartoon Book: The New Yorker Album Of Drawings 1925 – 1975

With a new entry in the New Yorker cartoon collection in the market place, the weighty and curious New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons, I thought it might be time to swing the spotlight another way — to a favorite New Yorker cartoon-related anthology, The New Yorker Album Of Drawings 1925 – 1975; a proven time-tested book that never ever fails to thrill and inform  — I learn something whenever I look through it. 

 My collection of New Yorker cartoon anthologies began with this book, given to me the year it was published, two years before I began contributing to the magazine. I’ve spent more time with it than any book I ever had in school. If I was teaching a class about New Yorker cartoons, this would be  required reading/viewing.  As you’d expect, the book is a greatest cartoon hits from the magazine’s first 50 years, but it also thoughtfully digs into the archives for what could be the best representative work by the non-hits artists.

It’s not just the selection of work that lifts this anthology to a higher plane, it’s the balance of the work as well. All credit for that balance goes to The New Yorker‘s Carmine Peppe, (“the fabled Carmine Peppe” as Roger Angell tagged him). Mr. Peppe is credited with the book’s “design and layout.”  That makes sense as he was head of the magazine’s editorial make-up department since 1932. He was also credited with design and layout of every anthology beginning with the 25th Anniversary Album, published in 1950 (I think it’s safe to assume he also designed, uncredited, the Albums that were published since 1932). Mr. Peppe’s roots ran as deep as anyone’s at the magazine, having joined the New Yorker a few months into its run in 1925. Mr. Peppe will forever be linked to Jack Ziegler as it was Peppe who famously held up running Mr. Ziegler’s first drawings when he broke into the magazine in 1974. Mr. Ziegler told Richard Gehr in I Only Read It For the Cartoons, “He [Peppe] didn’t like my work, apparently…”

In the magazine’s obit for Mr. Peppe in 1985, William Shawn had this to say (in part) about Mr. Peppe’s substantial contribution to the magazine:

Carmine Peppe had the hands of a master craftsman, and he had the eye and the soul of an artist. He lived with love at home, and he worked with love at his demanding job…

His aesthetic instinct for what drawing should appear on what page and what its size on the page should ideally be was faultless. If, say, a drawing was an eighth of an inch too wide, he saw it as jumping off the page, and he was right. His meticulousness, his precision, his attention to detail were fanatical.  In the last analysis, it was Carmine who determined, early in our history, how the pages of The New Yorker should look, how the magazine as a whole should look. Since what he designed for us was appropriate to our intentions and was classic, we stayed with what he gave us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Dept. Of A Day Late And A Dollar Short: A Steinberg Panel In Brooklyn

An apology: I somehow completely missed this event that took place last night. Posting it here for the record. (My thanks to my New Yorker colleague Bob Eckstein for alerting me).

At Brooklyn’s Powerhouse Arena, Book Launch: The Labyrinth by Saul Steinberg — Discussion With Liana Finck, Bill Kartalopoulos, Francoise Mouly, and Joel Smith

The panel discussed the reprinting of Steinberg’s 1960 collection, The Labyrinth. Their bios can be found on the Powerhouse page.

 

Audio Interview Of Interest: Edward Koren; Article Of Interest; Art Young; …and More Spills!

From Vermont Public Radio, November 26, 2018 “Ed Koren Talks Cartooning And His ‘Wild’ New Collection” — an enjoyable short interview (just under a half hour) with one of our modern New Yorker cartoon masters.

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Book Of Interest; Art Young

To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young has been around since the summer of 2017, but here’s a long Comics Journal article recently posted about the book and the artist:  “The Life and Dedication of Art Young: an Impassioned Cartoonist of  Uncompromising Principle”.

Mr. Young’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Born January 14, 1866, Illinois. Died December 29, New York City atThe Hotel Irving. An online biography. 1943. New Yorker work: 1925 -1933. The Art Young Gallery

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Attempted Bloggery on the New Yorker‘s Archival Issue.

The New York Times on Roz Chast‘s exhibit at the School of Visual Arts.

…News of a Bob Eckstein event coming up December 6th, and another reminder about his New York Public Library event tomorrow.