Cover Revealed For “Everyone’s A Critic: The Ultimate Cartoon Book”; Fave Photo Of The Day: Eckstein, Downes, Borchart; Flake’s Hug Book; Shannon Wheeler’s “Why Did We Trust Him?”; Moment Magazine’s “Have I Got A Cartoon For You!”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: J.A.K.

The second in a series (the first: The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons), Everyone’s A Critic: The Ultimate Cartoon Book, edited by Bob Eckstein, published by Princeton Architectural Press, will be available October 22nd.

From the publisher: We are all critics now. From social media “likes” to reviews on Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes, we’re constantly asked to give our opinion and offer feedback. Everyone’s a Critic is a curated collection of the best and brightest New Yorker cartoonists celebrating the art of the drawn critique, whether about restaurants, art, sports, dates, friends, or modern life. Featuring the work of thirty-six masters of the cartoon, including Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Nick Downes, Liza Donnelly, Bob Mankoff, Michael Maslin, and Mick Stevens, over half the cartoons in this book appear in print for the first time.

(Cover drawing by Danny Shanahan).

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Eckstein, Downes, and Borchart

From last night’s event at Word Bookstore for The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons. Seated, l-r, Bob Eckstein, Nick Downes, and David Borchart.

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Flake’s Hug Book

Emily Flake’s next book, That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug  is due October 15 from Viking.

From the publisher: Emily Flake–keen observer of human behavior and life’s less-than-triumphant moments–codifies the most common awkward hugs that have plagued us all (sadly, multiple times).

Ms. Flake began contributing to The New Yorker in 2008.  Visit her website here.

 

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Shannon Wheeler’s “Why Did We Trust Him?”

Shannon Wheeler’s latest, from Top Shelf Productions, Why Did We Trust Him? is due out August 20th.

From the publisher: Shannon Wheeler unloads a new set of top notch cartoons in this premium collection… Wheeler demonstrates what won him a couple of Eisner Awards with a more personal set of single panel comics. Relationships, social norms, cats, dogs, food, and himself, are all targets of his urbane wit.

Mr. Wheeler began contributing to The New Yorker in May of 2009. Visit his website here.

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From Moment Magazine: Have I Got A Cartoon For You!

Due October 10th, from Moment Books, edited by a former New Yorker cartoon editor and  current Esquire cartoon editor.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, by J.A.K. (Jason Adam Katzenstein), is Elizabeth Warren-centric. Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. 

 

Two Webbys For The New Yorker; An Addams Family Movie Art Book; Tonight At Word Bookstore: A Trio Of New Yorker Cartoonists!; Today’s Daily Shouts By…Ed Steed; Book Of Interest: John Donohue’s “All The Restaurants In New York”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Avi Steinberg

Congrats to The New Yorker on their dual Webbys (“international awards honoring excellence on the Internet”). The People’s Voice Award is for “How To Write A New Yorker Cartoon Caption: Child Prodigy Edition”

 

  • Webby People’s Voice Award for Magazine: The New Yorker
  • Webby People’s Voice Award for News & Magazines: The New Yorker Today app

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An Addams Family Movie Art Book

Coming in October from Titan Books, Ramin Zahed’s The Addams Family: The Art of the Animated Movie.

Publisher’s text:

The official art book for the animated movie The Addams Family.

…This companion book is full of concept designs, storyboards and production art, alongside insight from the artists, filmmakers and directors.

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Tonight At Word Bookstore: A Trio Of New Yorker Cartoonists!

All the info here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts By…Ed Steed

Ed Steed is back with Part 2 of his fascinating Modern Romance.

Mr. Steed began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.  See more of his work here.

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Book of Interest: John Donohue’s “All The Restaurants In New York”

Out May 14th from Abrams Image, All The Restaurants In New York from New Yorker cartoonist John Donohue ( also a former editor of the magazine’s Goings On About Town section).

Mr. Donohue’s first cartoon appeared in the issue of October 18, 2004. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A post-Earth Day drawing from Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012. See some of his work here.

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of April 29, 2019; Seven Earth Day Animations By Liza Donnelly For CBS This Morning; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Tom Toro; Reminder! Tomorrow At Word Bookstore, A Trio Of New Yorker Cartoonists; Lost Gems By Charles Addams, Barbara Shermund, William Steig, And Syd Hoff From Dick Buchanan

The Cover: As mentioned here days back, Bob Staake’s cover was (very) early released. You can read what Mr. Staake has to say about it here

The Cartoonists:

This is Darrin Bell’s first appearance in the magazine since his Pulitzer win was announced.

 The cartoon by Miriam Katin marks her debut appearance in the magazine.  She is the 9th new cartoonist brought into the stable this year, and the 34th new cartoonist brought in since Emma Allen became cartoon editor in May of 2017.

The Cartoons:

Three cartoons especially stood out this week.

  Joe Dator‘s world continues to fascinate. His floating mammals drawing (p.34) is about as good as it gets. The drawing itself is great, as is the caption. If the Cartoon Companion guys were still in the business of rating cartoons, this would certainly be awarded their blue ribbon. 

Another contender is Ed Steed‘s trapeze artists with baby (p.28). For me, it’s the best baby-centric New Yorker drawing since Zach Kanin’s wonderful drawing of July 7, 2008, “I can feel the baby kicking.”

Charlie Hankin‘s cartoon (on p.64):  like desert island drawings, the cartoon scenario of a person seated by the fire with their mounted trophies up on the wall has been around in the cartoon universe for a very long time. Mr. Hankin has given us a terrific “If I Had A Hammer” moment.

Finally…

Rea Irvin’s classic Talk masthead has not yet been returned — its replacement, a re-draw, continues to appear.  Read about the unfortunate situation here. Below is the real thing.

Below: Mr. Irvin himself, looking a little frustrated?

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Seven Animations For Earth Day By Liza Donnelly

CBS News This Morning has posted seven Earth Day specific animations by Liza Donnelly (Ms. Donnelly is their resident cartoonist). See the work on Twitter @LizaDonnelly & @CBSThisMorning.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Tom Toro delivers a Games of Throne-ish drawing. Mr. Toro began contributing to The New Yorker  in 2010.  

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A Reminder! Three New Yorker Cartoonists at Word Bookstore Tomorrow

An event celebrating a fun new book with three fun cartoonists. Further info here.

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Dick Buchanan’s Files via Mike Lynch: “New Yorker Luminaries 1933-1942″

Further lost gems from Mr. Buchanan’s files via Mike Lynch’s site include work from Charles Addams, Whitney Darrow, Jr., William Steig, Richard Taylor, Syd Hoff, Richard Decker, and Barbara Shermund.  Above, a Barbara Shermund drawing from Colliers, September 10, 1938. See them all here.

 

 

 

Two Book Events Of Interest: David Borchart, Bob Eckstein, Nick Downes At Word; Mort Gerberg, Sofia Warren, Garry Trudeau At The New York Historical Society; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: P.C. Vey; Yesterday’s Daily Shouts… By Liana Finck; Joe Dator’s New Website!; Today’s Daily Shouts By A Trio Of Cartoonists

Next week, two events of great interest to New Yorker cartoon aficionados.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Bob Eckstein’s promotional tour for The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons makes a stop at Word Bookstore. Mr. Eckstein will be joined by fellow New Yorker cartoonists Nick Downes and David Borchart.  Mr. Downes began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998.  Both Mr. Borchart and Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

On April 24th,  Mort Gerberg continues his promotional campaign for the recently released Mort Gerberg: On the Scene.  He’ll be joined at The New York Historical Society by Garry Trudeau, and New Yorker contributor, Sofia Warren. Mr. Gerberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965, Ms. Warren in 2017.   (Mr. Eckstein’s event is free; Mr. Gerberg’s costs $20.00)

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Today’s Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist

A smidgen of National Lampoon cartoon dna from Peter Vey.  Mr. Vey began contributing to The New Yorker in 1993.  Visit his website here

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Yesterday’s Daily Shouts

The Spill is a day late again: yesterday’s Daily Shouts is part of a series by Liana Finck. Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.

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Joe Dator’s New Website!

Mr. Dator, a Spill favorite since he began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006 has a brand new website. Go see!

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Today’s Daily Shouts By a Trio of Cartoonists

Amy Kurzweil, J.A.K. and Ellis Rosen teamed up for today’s Daily Shouts (this trio cartoonist effort is possibly a first for Shouts). 

Ms. Kurzweil began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016; Mr. Katzenstein in 2014; Mr. Rosen in 2016.

The Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of April 1, 2019; MoCCA Fest Event Of Note: Mort Gerberg And Friends (Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein, And Michael Maslin); Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant; Today’s Bonus Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt

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).

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

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.

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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?). 

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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

Link to MoCCA’s website here for more general info.

Photos above, l-r: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein

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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.