Yesterday’s Daily Shouts…
The New York Times Nurit Karlin Obit
From The New York Times, May 7, 2019, “Nurit Karlin, Who Found Her Voice In Wordless Cartoons, Dies At 80”
Above: Liza Donnelly, on the left, with Ms. Karlin in Tel Aviv in 2017. Far right: A Nurit Karlin self-portrait
Cover Revealed For Liana Finck’s “Excuse Me”
Due September 24th from Random House Trade Paperbacks, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self promises to be a fun 416 page collection by Ms. Finck, who began contributing cartoons to The New Yorker in 2013.
Article of Interest: Rowland B. Wilson
From the Art Contrarian, May 6, 2019, “The Carefully Observant Rowland B. Wilson” — this piece on Mr. Wilson who contributed 47 cartoons to The New Yorker from 1961 – 1981.
Sempe Illustrated Story To Be Animated
From Cartoon Brew, May 6, 2019, “Goscinny and Sempe’s ‘Le Petit Nicholas’ to be Adapted as 2D Animated Film by On Entertainment”
Mr. Sempe began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978.
(a tip of the hat to Mike Lynch, whose social media post brought this piece to my attention).
Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon
A Game Of Thrones coffee cup inspires today’s Daily cartoon (…by Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.
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).
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.
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?).
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
Photos above, l-r: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein
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.
From The Spill Vault: I had a great time chatting with Mr. Roth a few years ago for this Spill piece on his John Updike Bech book covers.
Here’s Mr. Roth’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
Arnold Roth Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1929. New Yorker work: November 16, 1992 –. Mr. Roth’s career is long and storied, his work associated with a number of magazines including Playboy, Esquire, TIME, and Punch. Read all about it on his website: www.arnoldroth.com/
The Tilley Watch, The March 4th 2019 New Yorker
The Cover: Barry Blitt’s sign-holding Trump cover was released early and mentioned last week.
The Missing Rea Irvin Talk Masthead
Read about it here.
Profile Of Interest: Cover Artist Jenny Kroik
Her first cover appeared November 13, 2017. Link here to her website.
Today’s Daily Cartoon
Today’s Daily cartoon, post-big night in Hollywood, is by Kim Warp. Ms. Warp began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.
Attempted Bloggery looks at an Anatol Kovarsky scarf (perhaps the beginning of a cartoon clothing and accessories series?). Read here!
Mr. Kovarsky’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
Anatol Kovarsky (photo above, NYC, 2013. By Liza Donnelly) Born, Moscow. Died, June 1, 2016, NYC. Collection: Kovarsky’s World (Knopf, 1956) New Yorker work: 1947 -1969. Link to Ink Spill’s 2013 piece, “Anatol Kovarsky at 94: Still Drawing After All These Years”
Checking In On A New Yorker State Of Mind
With the Westminster Dog Show champion recently named, what better time to head over to A New Yorker State of Mind’s fascinating post covering the above issue of February 8, 1930. The cover artist: TheodoreHaupt.
Video Interview of Interest: Edward Koren
From PBS Vermont, this video interview with Edward Koren, first aired April 13, 2003.
Mr. Koren began contributing to The New Yorker in 1962. Link here to his website.
Event of Interest in Chicago: Ken Krimstein’s “Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt”
Opening in March, an exhibit of work from Ken Krimstein’s excellent Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt. All the info here.
Mr. Krimstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2000. Link here to his website.
Today’s Daily Cartoon