The Monday Tilley Watch is a meandering take on the cartoons in the current issue of The New Yorker.
Up above, in red, I use the word “meandering”; after this morning’s look- through of the new issue I double-checked my usage. “Aimless” is a good part of the definition (as I sensed when I first used the word “meandering” to describe the Tilley Watch) — as in “aimlessly moving through” something or someplace. Aimlessly wandering through is exactly what the Monday Tilley Watch is all about. It’s not a critique of the cartoons (or drawings as traditionalists refer to them), although there’s sometimes a critical ‘tude lurking within the paragraphs.
I wander through each issue as I might wander through a bakery or book store, appreciating this or that and ignoring that or this. You never know as you pass by books or baked goods what might attract you — plenty of it is just a blur. And so it was with this new issue. This is a different Monday Tilley Watch because I’m not going to go drawing by drawing, I’m only going to mention a few things I saw that attracted me. Just like at a bakery, these are the things I might think about for a while once I’ve walked out of the store. For instance, I’m still thinking about these cookies I saw yesterday in our local supermarket’s bakery:
And now on to the issue: first, the “spot drawings”; I’ve not mentioned spots much, if at all. They tell a story (a modern thing: they didn’t through most of the magazine’s history) but admittedly I don’t follow the stories they tell. I look at them as I page through the magazine and if they’re pleasing I note that they are. I find this issue’s spot drawings exceptionally pleasing (again, I didn’t follow the story being told). But story or no story, they’re lovely. The spot artist is Clo’e Floirat.
Also of note are Tom Bachtell‘s Talk of the Town drawings. I’ve mentioned him before, and with good reason. His work is a welcome modern tradition.
Among this weeks cartoonists is Jon Adams who(m?) I owe an apology to. I noted last week that he was making his debut (with the Michelin Man drawing). Wrong. He made his debut this Fall in the October 2nd issue of The New Yorker. In the Spill‘s ongoing count of Emma Allen’s newbies (Ms. Allen is the magazine’s cartoon editor) Mr. Adams is one of 8 cartoonists introduced in 8 months. Slightly keeping ahead of the average of one newbie a month, there are two debuts in this issue: Mary Lawton and Maggie Mull, who are Ms. Allen’s 9th and 10th new cartoonists. (sorry, I cannot find a website for either cartoonist. Please let me know if either or both have one). If 10 sounds like a lot of new creative blood we should remember that her predecessor introduced approximately 130 cartoonists.
Here for the record are this week’s cartoonists:
Ps: what I wish I did see as I looked through the issue is Rea Irvin’s classic masthead for The Talk of The Town (shown below). Alas, it’s been shuffled off to Buffalo, or wherever classic mastheads are shuffled off to.
Event of Note: How To Read Nancy Authors at The Society of Illustrators
Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden join Columbia’s Karen Green at The Society. Details here!
A More Spills Correction
My colleague, Joe Dator has Tweeted a correction to the Jack Ziegler drawing mentioned here yesterday.
Here’s Mr. Dator’s Tweet: