Addams Family Set in Color; McPhail Pencilled

Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) posted the photo below on Twitter.  If you have the “Addams Family” television show firmly ingrained in your brain, it’s in black & white. In color it’s appropriately… weird.

Addams set in color








Jane Mattimoe’s blog, A Case For Pencils, reaches across the pond to  Will McPhail (who is about to celebrate his one year anniversary of contributing to The New Yorker).  See the post here.

A Trio of Previously Unseen Kovarskys

Thanks to Gina Kovarsky, I’m pleased to post three of her father’s drawings that surfaced during the ongoing cataloging of  Kovarsky’s extensive body of work.   I profiled the master cartoonist on the New Yorker‘s website several years ago (the link takes you to Bob Mankoff’s blog. Scroll down a bit to get to my entry on Mr. Kovarsky).

Gina reports that her father continues, in his 96th year, to pursue his art. His work first appeared in The New Yorker in March of 1947.


The drawings, from top to bottom: “Elusive Beauty” “Geometric Painting” and “Two Houses”

Elusive BeautyGeometric PaintingTwo Houses

David Remnick on CBS Sunday Morning; Liza Donnelly Speaks at The University of Rhode Island

Remnick CBSThe New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick was profiled a few days ago on CBS Sunday Morning.  Here’s the link.


Mr. Remnick, seen here in a screen grab from the program, walks past the magazine’s famous  transplanted Thurber drawings.




Liza Donnelly‘s speaking at The University of Rhode Island this evening.  Here’s an interview, pre-talk.

(The New Yorker‘s current cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, spoke at URI in September.  You can see the video of his talk here).

Fave Photo of the Weekend: Two Giants of the New Yorker Cartoon World

Jim & FrankHere’s a previously unpublished photograph of two great New Yorker cartoonists: James Stevenson, on the left, and Frank Modell to the right. 

If you add up (as I have) their combined contributions to the magazine, the number is a whisker shy of an astounding 3,500 cartoons, covers, and written pieces. 

In 2013, Mr. Stevenson published  The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, a celebratory book about his best friend. The book is a delight

[My thanks to James Stevenson, Josie Merck, and Frank Modell for permission to use the photograph, which looks to be from the 1970s or early 1980s]