A couple of months ago while at The New Yorker’s offices at One World Trade Center, cartoonist Liza Donnelly took this photo of a Peter Arno New Yorker cover hanging in a hallway. There are more Arnos hanging around the magazine’s new digs, but this particular spot is my favorite as there’s also a cover by James Thurber (at the far left) and one by Mary Petty. Not shown: a Charles Addams cover just to Arno’s right. These covers from another era at the magazine hanging in the brand new offices of The New Yorker reinforce my belief that there is and has always been an electric current at the magazine, racing from this very second back to 1925 and then sizzling right back to this very second again.
If you can, please join me tomorrow evening at Columbia University where Peter Arno’s work will be the topic of discussion with my very special guest, Edward Sorel. Details here.
Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 19th. By special arrangement with the publisher, copies will also be available at tomorrow night’s event.
Coming in early October, Edward Sorel‘s latest: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 (Liveright).
From the publisher:
In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.
Link here to Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker work.
Link here to Mr. Sorel’s website.
Note: Mr. Sorel will be joining me in discussion at Columbia’s Butler Library on Monday, April 18th @ 6 pm. Our topic: Peter Arno
Coming in just a few days (the 25th of October): The New Yorker Radio Hour. Read all about it here
(and yes, there’ll be some cartoon/cartoonists content)
…From the What’re the Odds Department: In this week’s New Yorker (the issue of October 26th): two drawings based on lamp pull-cords (the drawings are by Tom Toro and Michael Crawford)…
…“An Evening with Jules Feiffer” at Columbia, December 7th…
From Columbia’s promotional material:
“Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future” presents art, manuscripts, and ephemera from Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, including items associated with the university’s history, as well as art from Mad artist Al Jaffee, Elfquest artist Wendy Pini, and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Saxon; drafts and notes from X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Legion of Super Heroes writer Paul Levitz, and correspondence from mainstream and indie comics luminaries Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, and Howard Cruse–and much more.
Link here for all the info.
Here’s Saxon’s entry on Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z:
Charles Saxon (self portrait above from Best Cartoons of the Year 1947) Born in Brooklyn, Nov 13, 1920, died in Stamford, Conn., Dec 6, 1988. NYer work: 1943 – 1991 (2 drawings published posthumously). Key collection: One Man’s Fancy ( Dodd, Mead, 1977).
Karen Green, Graphics Novel Librarian at Columbia University, will host this event featuring the editorial cartoonist, Jeff Danzinger, and New Yorker cartoonists, Peter Kuper and Liza Donnelly.
Link here to Peter Kuper’s website
Link here to Liza Donnelly’s website
Link here to Jeff Danzinger’s website