Society Of Illustrators Names Hall Of Fame Inductees; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Shannon Wheeler; More Gerberg; Event Of Interest: Chris Ware; Even More Shermund; Interviews Of Interest: Bob Eckstein, Gahan Wilson

From The Daily Cartoonist, February 14, 2019, “Society Of illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame” — Read here! (Spoiler: Two New Yorker folks named!)

_______________________________

Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, tuned in to today’s heart-shaped celebration, is by Shannon Wheeler, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2009.

_____________________________

More Gerberg

Mr. Gerberg’s first New Yorker cartoon, published in the issue of April 10, 1965.

From amNewYork, February 14, 2019, “Mort Gerberg retrospective spotlights cartoonnist’s witty views of NY life”

_________________________________

From The Albany Times-Union, February 12, 2019, Cartoonist Chris Ware Speaks, Signs Books.

Mr. Ware’s Monograph, published in 2017

Mr. Ware began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.

_______________________________

Even More Shermund

A Shermund self-portrait

From Columbus Monthly, “Burying Barbara Shermund, A Forgotten Cartoonist” — more on the late great Ms. Shermund. Read here.

____________________________

Interview of Interest: Bob Eckstein

Bob Eckstein’s fabulous Snowman book

A radio interview with a lot of snowman talk (as you’d expect when the World’s Greatest Snowman Expert is the interviewee), and some cartoon talk as well at the close. Listen here.

_________________________

Interview of Interest: Gahan Wilson

Jason Sacks interviews Gahan Wilson. Listen here.

Mr. Wilson began contributing to The New Yorker in 1976. Link here to his website.

Fave Photo Of The Day: Cartoonists Out West; Podcast Of Interest: Mort Gerberg; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Michael Shaw; Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Grammys For CBS

Here’s a fun crowd dining out on the left coast. From lower left, clockwise: Lars Kenseth, Lila Ash, Olivia de Recat, Sharon Isadora Levy, Ivan Ehlers (Mad Magazine cartoonist and a contributor to The New Yorker‘s Daily cartoon), David Ostow, and American Bystander‘s Michael Gerber. (My thanks to Mr. Ostow for the photo).

____________________________________

Podcast Of Interest: Mort Gerberg

Mr. Gerberg’s latest collection

From Gil Roth, a good friend of New Yorker cartoonists (see the list of cartoonists he’s interviewed) this new podcast with long-time contributor Mort Gerberg (he began contributing to the magazine in 1965). Lots of talk about The New Yorker, the business of cartooning.

__________________________________

Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily — a pet piece — is by Michael Shaw, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1999.

__________________________________-

Liza Donnelly Live-Draws Grammys

Wearing one of her other hats (that of Resident Cartoonist for CBS) Liza Donnelly drew some of the action at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Link here to read her account, and see the collected drawings.

The Tilley Watch: The New Yorker 94th Anniversary Issue; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Julia Suits

The very first issue.

The above cover does not appear on the New Yorker‘s 94th Anniversary issue; note the date and price. I’ve posted it — the very first New Yorker cover — because sentimental me misses seeing Rea Irvin’s iconic curiously curious Eustace Tilley, dressed in his oddly compelling finery. He hasn’t shown up since 2011 (below)…that seems like such a long time for him to be away. Sometimes it’s good to go back, before, you know, you drift too far from shore (to read about Kadir Nelson’s Tilley-inspired take-off on the cover of the current issue, go here).

The 86th anniversary issue


The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

It has made my week seeing George Booth’s drawing in the issue (p.47). It’s classic Booth. And no small thing, it inhabits the perfect space on the page — it is where it should be and it looks as it should look. And… it looks great. I could, and will, say the same for Edward Koren’s drawing (p.80).

Two of our cartoon gods delivering the goods, continuing to share their worlds, a half century or more since they began contributing to The New Yorker (Mr. Koren began in 1962, Mr. Booth in 1969).

Of interest to the weedsy cartoon folks: there is not just one caption-less cartoon in the issue — there are three (Seth Fleishman, Will McPhail, and Ed Steed). By caption-less, I should clarify that I mean a cartoon that appears without assistance from words in a box, or a title, or a thought balloon.

Finally, I end as I began: by mentioning the work of The New Yorker artist Rea Irvin. His beautiful masthead — the one that ran for most of the magazine’s 94 years but went missing in the Spring of 2017 (read about it here) is also still out of sight this anniversary week (well, two weeks, as it’s a double issue). It appears here once again, as it always does on Mondays, until someone tells me to cut it out (so to speak) or until it reappears in the magazine (and wouldn’t that be great).

____________________________________________

Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon (Trumpish, of course) is by Julia Suits, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006. Link here to her website.

The New Year’s Cartoon Books…So Far

This looks to be a fun year for New Yorker cartoon aficionados, with a number of books already listed. Some have cover art, some don’t; some have more descriptive material from the publisher than others, at least one has no descriptive text at all…yet. All books are listed in chronological order:


The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons
, edited by Bob Eckstein (Princeton Architectural Press). April 2, 2019. A classic cartoon anthology. From the publisher:

“This exuberant collection of cartoons is an enthusiastic love letter to books and bookstores. The cartoons celebrate and critique the literary world through the work of thirty-three of the masters of cartoon art …”


___________________________________

Why Don’t you Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast (Celedon Books) April 2, 2019. Ms. Marx and Ms. Chast join forces once again. “…One-line witticisms from [Ms. Marx] accompanied by [Ms. Chast’s] full color illustrations…”

___________________________

Why Did We Trust Him? by Shannon Wheeler (Top Shelf Productions) August 20, 2019. According to his publisher, this collection is “a more personal set of single panel comics.”

___________________________

Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self by Liana Finck (Random House Trade Paperbacks) September 24, 2019. The cover art isn’t available yet. But here’s some of the publisher’s text:

Excuse Me assembles more than 500 of her most loved cartoons from Instagram and The New Yorker over the past few years, in such distinctive chapters as Love & Dating; Gender & Other Politics; Animals; Art & Myth-Making; Humanity; Time, Space, and How to Navigate Them; Strangeness, Shyness, Sadness; and Notes to Self.

____________________________

Big She Bang by Marisa Acocella (Harper Wave) October 15, 2019.

Cover art not yet available. Here’s what her publisher has to say about the book:

New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella tells an alternate her-story of the world in a new brilliant graphic book. Narrated by God the Mother and featuring all of the bad-ass women who have been relegated to footnotes, or worse, vilified for daring to speak their minds, The Big She-Bang goes head to head with the big “book written by men about a bunch of men” to tell it like it is.

____________________________

Everyone’s A Critic, edited by Bob Eckstein (Princeton Architectural Press). October 22, 2019

Cover art not yet available, nor is there any text from the publisher. However, I think it’s safe to say that this collection will be filled with the work of New Yorker cartoonists, just like Mr. Eckstein’s Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons mentioned at the top of this post.


The New Yorker’s First Football Cover…And A Few More

On this Super Bowl Sunday, thoughts turn to how football has intersected with my favorite magazine’s covers. Closing in on its fourth birthday,The New Yorker had run plenty of sports themed covers (baseball, tennis, horse racing, sculling, hockey…) but not anything football-related until I.G. Haupt‘s cover shown above. This was Mr. Haupt’s third cover for the magazine. He came on like gangbusters following his debut on the magazine’s September 3, 1927 issue — by year’s end, he’d had five. In all, there were forty-four Haupt covers, the last January 21, 1933.

The next football cover, published nearly a year later, was by an up and coming artist, Peter Arno (this was his eighth cover):

Looking through the magazine’s football covers you see a lot of huddles, like the Arno above and this one from the great Abe Birnbaum (which seems like an inspiration for a later cover):

Mr. Birnbaum was also the artist behind this somewhat unusual take from October 1950:

Here’s a great line of scrimmage cover by Harry Brown:

Finally, a personal favorite: this beauty by Alajolov, published in 1939: