Out today is Richard Gehr’s I Only Read It for the Cartoons (New Harvest), a collection of interviews with the following: Lee Lorenz, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, George Booth, Edward Koren, Charles Barsotti, Arnie Levin, Victoria Roberts, Gahan Wilson, Jack Ziegler, Zach Kanin, and Bob Mankoff. A wonderful addition to any cartoon library.
New Yorker editor David Remnick made a return appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, witnessing then commenting on a handful of the magazine’s cartoons brought to life. The featured cartoons by: Christopher Weyant, Harry Bliss, Emily Flake, Zachary Kanin, and the late Charles Barsotti.
This week’s New Yorker (issue dated June 30, 2014) contains a Postscript written by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick. The piece, spread across the magazine’s gutter, includes four Barsotti drawings. Of Barsotti’s work, Remnick writes (in part):
In his peculiarly enchanted kingdom, any being or object was capable of speech and wit: there were talking noodles, boxes, fruit, squirrels, hammers, and bowling pins. He was astonishingly productive. At the end, there were many dozens of drawings available to us, and while we will miss him, we will be publishing Charley Barsotti for a long time to come.
Note: no link to the full piece as it is available in print or online by subscription only)
From The Washington Post, June 18, 2014, “Charles Barsotti, New Yorker Cartoonist known for his simplicity, dies at 80”
From Michael Cavna’s Washington Post blog, Comic Riffs, “RIP Charles Barsotti: New Yorker Artist was ‘master cartoonist, a true original, and a nice guy, to boot.'”