Favorite New Addition to Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists Library

Laughing on the Inside



Danny  Shanahan has been exceptionally generous to Ink Spill’s archives over the years, donating cartoon books and objects d’cartoons. This afternoon, while he and I sat in a coffee shop talking shop, he handed over a pile of paperbacks (pictured at the bottom of this post).  There are several gems in that pile, but the one I’ve focused on is Laughing on the Inside, published by Dell in 1954, compiled by Bill Yates.   Mischa Richter’s work is on the cover; according to the credits within the book, the drawing first appeared in 1,000 Jokes. Whenever I see 1,000 Jokes mentioned I’m reminded of hearing Lee Lorenz (the former long-time Art/Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker) describe  “look day” way back when cartoonists  would make the rounds of magazines based in Manhattan.  They’d go to The New Yorker first, then on to other publications, eventually ending up at 1,000 Jokes to unload whatever was left of their batches (my memory is that Mr. Lorenz said that 1,000 Jokes paid cartoonists $10.00 for each cartoon).

There’s not a lot one can say about Mr. Richter’s un-pc drawing on the cover of Laughing On the Inside other than it’s typical fare for the 1950s. On the back cover is a drawing by John Ruge that  originally appeared in Collier’s, a publication higher up on the food chain than 1000 Jokes. Mr. Ruge may best be remembered for contributing the caption for Peter Arno’s iconic New Yorker drawing, “Well, back to the old drawing board.” 

Ruge back cover cartoon


This paperback is filled with cartoons that originally appeared in magazines other then The New Yorker. I’ve shown the page crediting those publications as well as listing all the cartoonists appearing in the book.

Besides Mr. Richter and Mr. Ruge, many of the contributors were also New Yorker cartoonists: Bob Barnes, Mike Berry, Chon Day, Rodney de Sarro, Walter Goldstein, Ned Hilton, Stan Hunt, Al Kaufman, Jeff Keate, Hank Ketchum, Jerry Marcus, Virgil Partch, Gardner Rea, and Burr Shafer.  Bob Barnes and Burr Shafer are members of Ink Spill‘s One Club (identified on the New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z listing with this icon:

One Club icon One Club members were cartoonists who published just one cartoon in The New Yorker.

You may note some familiar names on the Acknowledgements page below: Hank Ketchum, who went on to “Dennis the Menace” fame; Ted Key, who created “Hazel”; Alan Stamaty, whose son, Mark Alan Stamaty is a New Yorker contributor.  And one more New Yorker connection: Ben Roth and Salo Roth were part of a unique quartet of cartooning brothers.   The other two were Irving and Al. Al, who changed his surname to Ross, was the sole Roth brother to break into The New Yorker.




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Danny's paperbacksAbove: a pile of paperbacks from Danny Shanahan

Events Leading Up to a Shanahan New Yorker Cover

Hindsight can be as entertaining as foresight.  If you’re someone who writes things down, or draws things down, there’s a paper trail to peruse and ponder.

Luckily for us, Danny Shanahan writes and draws things down so we are able to see, in quick succession, how his latest New Yorker cover evolved.

When it comes to coming up with ideas for cartoons, there are at least three schools:

1.Write ideas down first, work on the drawing second.

2.Draw something first and figure out the writing second.

3.The Chicken or the Egg  School: a mix of the first two schools.

Danny is of the school of write ideas down first, then work on the drawing second. He has generously made available to Ink Spill a page from his pad of ideas — his “ideas of the week” —  showing the Palm tree/High Water Cover idea written right at the top. Danny told me, “You can see that I put a dot next to the ideas I particularly like, and a line through those that I’ve drawn up.” In this case his idea was immediately designated as a cover idea — it didn’t require a written caption.


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When he got around to drawing up the palm tree/high water cover it looked like this:


Palm tree sketch





From there, he went to the version below. This is what he submitted to Francoise Mouly,  The New Yorker‘s Art Editor.

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Once Ms. Mouly brought the rough to The New Yorker‘s Editor, David Remnick, and he OKed it (i.e., bought it), Ms. Mouley  gave Danny the green light to go to finish, and voila! Danny’s 11th New Yorker cover (Danny has sold two others. One was “killed” and the other ran inside the magazine as an Artist’s Sketchbook) :



Danny's Mar 2016 cover







Fave Photo of the day: Booth & Shanahan at The New Yorker; More Spills with Eckstein, and Chast

Two of the New Yorker’s very best cartoonists, George Booth and Danny Shanahan at the magazine’s offices today (photo courtesy of Liza Donnelly)

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newyorker.com’s Culture Desk is featuring a slide show of Bob Eckstein’s graphic coverage of the Golden Globes.  See it here.


…looking forward to the fall publication of Daniel Menaker’s new book, The African Svelte: Orthographic Mistakes and Miss Spellings That Often Make Sense — the illustrations are by the one and only Roz Chast.

Fave New Yorker Holiday Party Pix

It happened last night: The New Yorker’s first Holiday Party way downtown near its new offices in The World Trade Center.  The venue was dark (see photos), small, and filled with throbbing music. The joint was packed (yes, like sardines) with happy folk. Saw Calvin Trillin  anchored near the entrance, while the magazine’s editor, David Remnick shouldered through the crowd, stopping to chat here and there. I believe that Mark Singer (or someone who looked like him) and I passed like ships in the night. Also spotted: 2014’s winner of The Thurber Prize, John Kenney, and the magazine’s art editor, Francoise Mouly.

A number of cartoonists were present. Top photo: a blurry Felipe Galindo (whose exhibit “New York Stories” just opened at The Mark Miller Gallery), and David Borchart. 2nd photo: Ben Schwartz and Joe Dator.  3rd: Andy Friedman (sometimes aka Larry Hat) and Liana Finck.  4th: Amy Hwang, Liza Donnelly, P.C. Vey and Charlie Hankin. 5th: Drew Dernavich in the middle of the crowd. 6th: Danny Shanahan and Robert Leighton. Felipe and David[all photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly]


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Other cartoonists present who escaped the camera: Barbara Smaller, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Bob Mankoff(The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, and New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, How About Never — Is Never Good For You?), the one and only Sam Gross, David Sipress, Mort Gerberg, Corey Pandolph, and Marisa Acocella Marchetto (whose graphic novel, Ann Tenna hit The New York Times Bestseller list this year).

Danny Shanahan Speaks; David Sipress Moderates D.C. Forum on Political Cartoons

Danny-1Josh-900x771A report on Danny Shanahan‘s recent talk at Western Illinois University.

Link here to Mr. Shanahan’s website.

Link here to see some of his work on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

[photo: Josh Defibaugh]



na_logo_2xDavid Sipress will moderate the 11th Annual McGowan Forum on Communications: “Drawn From the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons.”  Details here.