Frank Modell’s Brendan Gill; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant; More Steinberg

Frank Modell’s Brendan Gill

I came away from a recent visit to my favorite (used) book store, Rodgers Book Barn in Hillsdale, New York with the brochure handed out at Brendan Gill’s memorial back in 1998 (see the details of the tribute below). I’m indebted to one of my book store haunting friends, Mark Burns for digging the brochure out of a box of ephemera and placing it right in front of my face (for the record, my other co-haunters were Danny Shanahan and John Cuneo). Frank Modell’s drawing of an exuberant Brendan Gill was new to me, and an obvious must-have, must-buy. 

For more on Mr. Gill, I highly recommend his oft-reprinted Here At The New Yorker (the William Heinemann 1990 edition shown below)And for more on Mr. Modell there’s his collection Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! as well as James Stevenson’s terrific The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell.

Further Reading: An earlier Spill piece on cartoonists and Rodgers Book Barn.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

The lack of White House press briefings has been in the news. Chris Weyant comments via castle cartoon.  Mr. Weyant has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998. Visit his website here.

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More Steinberg

From The Brooklyn Rail, “Saul Steinberg: Untitled” 

Comments on the Steinberg exhibit currently showing at Totah (til April 28th — hurry!)

 

 

The Tilley Watch Online, April 1-5, 2019; Reminder: MoCCA Weekend Kicks Off Today!

The Daily contributing New Yorker cartoonists this week: Christopher Weyant & Ellis Rosen (a dual effort), Pat Byrnes, Eli Dreyfus & Dan Abromowitz (another dual effort), Brendan Loper, and Kendra Allenby. 

 

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts this week: John Klossner,  Emily Flake, Dan Abromowitz (with Eugenia Viti), Colin Stokes & Jason Adam Katzenstein (a dual effort).

 

 

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Reminder: MoCCA Fest 19 Begins Today!

Check out the Spill’s piece about the New Yorker folks you can expect to see this weekend.

 

 

Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist(s): Christopher Weyant & Ellis Rosen; Today’s Daily Shouts: Colin Stokes & J.A.K. On Paul Ryan & A.O.C.; Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons Book Tour Begins April 9th

Today’s Daily Cartoonists/Cartoon

Today’s Daily is a team effort from Christopher Weyant and Ellis Rosen. Mr. Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Mr. Rosen began contributing to the magazine in 2016.

Link here to Mr. Weyant’s website.

Link here to Mr. Rosen’s website.

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Today’s Daily Shouts: Colin Stokes and J.A.K.

Today’s Daily Shouts, “Paul Ryan’s Advice to A.O.C.” courtesy of The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes, and New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam J. Katzenstein (aka J.A.K.). ___________________

The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons Book Tour Begins April 9th

Bob Eckstein kicks off the tour at Rizzoli. Info here!

Below: Robert Leighton, Barbara Smaller, Bob Eckstein, Marisa Acocella

 

The Tilley Watch Online,The New Yorker, March 24-29, 2019: Book Of Interest: Seth’s “Clyde Fans”; Mort Gerberg’s New York Historical Society Exhibit Reviewed

    The Daily cartoons this week weren’t exclusively Trumplandish, but close! The contributing New Yorker cartoonists were: Peter Kuper, Lucas Adams, Emily Flake, J.A.K., Barry Blitt, and Christopher Weyant.

        The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Tom Chitty, Ali Fitzgerald, and Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell.

To see all of the above and more link here.

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Book of Interest: Seth’s “Clyde Fans”

Out on bookstore shelves on April 30th from Drawn & Quarterly, Seth’s latest, Clyde Fans.  In the meantime, here’s a Publisher’s Weekly piece about it. Seth (Gregory Gallant) began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.  Below, right, one of his covers.

Further recommended reading: Seth’s 1996 It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken.

The PW article says about it: “Seth’s first graphic novel…seemed to be a memoir of the author’s attempts to track down a New Yorker cartoonist who had a brief flash of success in the ’40s—but the whole thing was fiction.” 

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Gerberg’s  New York Historical Society Exhibit Reviewed

From Women Write About Comics, March 29, 2019, ‘Main Thing Is, I Kept Drawing’: Mort Gerberg’s Cartoons On Display at The NYHS”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of April 1, 2019; MoCCA Fest Event Of Note: Mort Gerberg And Friends (Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein, And Michael Maslin); Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant; Today’s Bonus Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt

The Cover: it’s a treat to have Bruce McCall’s work back on the cover. You can read about it here (and see an early version of the cover).

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

And speaking of treats, here are some of this issue’s cartoons that especially caught my eye:

Chris Weyant’s plumbing drawing (p.52). It reminded me, in the best possible way, of Jack Ziegler’s classic 1980 drawing Plumbing Trouble of the Gods. Mr. Weyant has delivered a funny, perfectly handled drawing. 

And then there’s David Borchart’s terrific giraffe drawing (p. 66). Perhaps this is the start of something big? Giraffes have never been anywhere as popular as cats and dogs in the cartoon universe (Lars Kenseth has drawn a very funny pug(?) in his all-dog cartoon on page 35). 

Finally, what a blast to come upon George Booth’s drawing in this issue (it’s on page 59). It’s a sunny day when Mr. Booth’s work appears (it’s worth mentioning again here on the Spill that Mr. Booth is the subject of an in-progress documentary film).

Applause for all.

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There are several drawings in the issue that, for some, might require Googling. I’ve always been a believer in “getting” a drawing without assistance. If I don’t get it, I move on (or occasionally ask a friend for help).  Of course, not getting certain New Yorker cartoons is age-old.

A note: this week’s Talk section includes a Sketchpad (it features a color “illustration” by Emily Flake).  A usage reminiscent of the comic strips briefly brought in during the early 1990s under Tina Brown. The Brown era comic strips ran across the entire width of each page (i.e., 6 columns wide), whereas this Sketchpad is 4 columns wide. Below: an example of a strip from the past: a Victoria Roberts piece from the issue of March 28, 1994.

Finally, the beautiful Rea Irvin masthead continues to remain in storage — not even brought out  as some kind of tease for this April 1st issue.  Well, here it is below, as it will be weekly until it reappears in the magazine (I can dream, can’t I?). 

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MoCCA Fest Event Of Note: Mort Gerberg and Friends: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein. Panel moderated by Michael Maslin

The upcoming Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (otherwise known as MoCCA) will begin its 2019 Festival on April 6th. A number of New Yorker folks will be participating (and I will note them as the information becomes available). Here’s the announcement of one that just came into the Spill:

 

Mort Gerberg and Friends

 

Mort Gerberg broke into print with irreverent drawings in The Realist in the early ’60s. His social-justice-minded—and bitingly funny—cartoons subsequently appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Playboy, and the Saturday Evening Post. As a reporter, he’s sketched historic scenes including the women’s marches of the ’60s and the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, and Fantagraphics Underground Press has recently published the retrospective book Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle. Gerberg will discuss his work in a conversation with friends and colleagues, led by Michael Maslin (Inkspill, The New Yorker) and including New Yorker cartoonists Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein and Danny Shanahan.

Garamond Room / 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 6th

Link to MoCCA’s website here for more general info.

Photos above, l-r: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein

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Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist & Bonus Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist

Christopher Weyant is today’s Daily Cartoonist.  You can see his (Trump) drawing here. 

Mr. Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Link to his website here.

And here’s Barry Blitt’s Bonus Daily cartoon  —  Trump-world-ish .

Mr. Blitt began contributing to The New Yorker in 1994.  Link to his website here.