The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of April 13, 2020; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

To my readers: This being the time we’re in, the online issue has not yet been posted (as of 11:00am), so what follows is a shortened version of The Monday Tilley Watch. Long-time visitors might recall I prefer first sightings of new cartoons in situ, but in order to provide at least some basic info, I’ve gone to the slideshow (it’s posted here — scroll way down).

The Cover: The last time we saw a Pascal Campion cover (Jan.6, 2020) the Spill pointed out its uncanny resemblance to an Arthur Getz cover from 1965. This week Mr. Campion speaks with The New Yorker‘s art editor, Francoise Mouly, about Mr. Getz’s (and Sempe’s) influence on his work.

 

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Just as The New Yorker ran a good number of war cartoons during World War II (enough to fill an Album of war cartoons), we are beginning to see a number of corona virus-related cartoons during this particular war. In the latest issue, five of the eleven cartoons are tied-in to the virus, with another few possibly so.

Update after the digital edition was posted: a color strip by Ed Steed is also virus-related.

The Rea Irvin Masthead Talk Masthead Watch:

Without access to the digital edition, I can’t say for sure that Christoph Niemann’s Talk masthead redraw(!) still appears instead of Mr. Irvin’s iconic masthead.  If I had to guess, I’d say the real deal (just below) is still on a shelf, waiting to be dusted off.

Update after the digital edition was posted: the redraw remains…for now.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jeremy Nguyen on what everyone’s doing again.

Mr. Nguyen began contributing to The New Yorker in

2017. Visit his website here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Radio Interview Of Interest: Bob Eckstein; “Downhill” Cast Members Take A Shot At The New Yorker’s Caption Contest; Today’s Daily Shouts & Daily Cartoon

Radio Interview Of Interest: Bob Eckstein

Here’s a recent radio interview with the indefatigable Bob Eckstein (shown above, working while waiting, at The Society of Illustrators). From wfuv.org, February 19, 2020, “In Conversation: Author- Cartoonist Bob Eckstein”

Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007. His latest book is Everyone’s A Critic: The Ultimate Cartoon Book (Princeton Architectural Press). His next — the third in the Ultimate Cartoon Book series, All Is Fair In Love And War: The Ultimate Cartoon Book has just been listed on Amazon (no cover yet!). It will be out this October.

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Video Of Interest: “Downhill” Cast Members Take A Shot At The New Yorker’s Caption Contest

 “Downhill” cast members (l-r) Zoe Chao, Zach Woods, Will Ferrell, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus caption cartoons by Harry Bliss, Michael Crawford, Tom Cheney (twice), and Liza Donnelly (whose cartoon appears on the easel in the above screen grab). Watch the video here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts & Daily Cartoon

Daily Shouts: “Robot-Themed Movie Ideas For Our Robot-Dominated Future”

The Daily Cartoon: qualifying for the debate.

Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist (And Yesterday’s); Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection: Not A Word To A Soul

Ordered not long ago (for one dollar(!), plus s&h) from a seller across the big pond, Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 cartoon collection arrived today and has been added to the Spill‘s cartoon library. Was very happy to see the dust jacket (and a protected dust jacket at that) in such great shape.  What I didn’t realize about this collection (until today) is that it is made up entirely of captionless cartoons, such as you see on the cover. From the inside flap copy:

“…the intelligent enquirer after knowledge today does not need a preamble of word or lengthy caption to point the humour…The pictures tell their own wordless story, with your intelligent help. The story is all there for you, and it is much better that way.”

Here’s Mr. Mahood’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

 

Kenneth Mahood  Born, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1930. New Yorker work: 1951 -1996. Mr. Mahood’s bio from the British Cartoon Archive.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Lars Kenseth, “A Celebrity Profile Of My Cat”

Mr. Kenseth began contributing to The New Yorker in

2016.  Visit his website here.

Further reading: this Spill piece on Mr. Kenseth from 2017.

And Yesterday’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist was Ali Fitzgerald: “America!: How To Throw A Wild Presidents’ Day Party”

…See more of Ms. Fitzgerald’s New Yorker work here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on the 4 day work week.

Mr. K. began contributing to in 2014.  His book, Everything Is An Emergency: An OCD Story In Words & Pictures will be out this June from Harper Perennial.

Last Batch Of Cartoons Of The Year Temporary Blues; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

It’s a Tuesday, deadline day for sending in one’s batch of cartoons to The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen.  In my four plus decades of sending in a weekly batch of cartoons it’s always the very last batch of the year that has a different feel to it. Throughout the year, I send off the weekly batch of drawings like one might shove off in a rowboat from a dock — with some anticipation. But the send-off for the last batch of the year has always had a split-second of wistfulness about it…oh boy, another year gone by.

Curiously, the wistfulness lasts only until I hit the “send” button on my batch-loaded email to Ms. Allen. The moment my laptop screen informs me “Message sent,” I’m eager to get started on the first batch of the new year. As tempting as it is to dwell momentarily on the past, right about now I’m more in a Bob Dylan “Don’t Look Back” mood.  Bring on the blank sheets of paper!

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

The Godfather & regifting, by Avi Steinberg, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012.

 

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Meet The Artist (1943): Rea Irvin; Event Of Interest: Jeremy Nguyen; A Case For Pencils Spotlights Robert Leighton’s Tools Of The Trade; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Meet The Artist (1943): Rea Irvin

The last in a series of self portraits of New Yorker artists included in the Meet The Artist catalog published by the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in 1943.

Here’s Mr. Irvin’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Rea Irvin  *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925. He was the magazine’s first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.

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Event Of Interest: Jeremy Nguyen

From Meetup.com, “Jeremy Nguyen: The Cartoon Life” –presented by The Comic Arts Workshop.

Mr. Nguyen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here.

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A Case For Pencils Spotlights Robert Leighton’s Tools Of The Trade

From A Case For Pencils, December 3, 2019, “Robert Leighton” — another entry in Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful series of posts looking at the tools of the trade used by various New Yorker artists.

Robert Leighton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Raking & shoveling by Paul Karasik, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1999.