The Wednesday Watch: Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; New Market Watch…Air Mail; Donnelly Live-Draws Dem’s Debate; A Susanne Suba Re-Issue

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Desert drinks by Lila Ash, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018.

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New Market Watch

Considering the narrowing avenues for cartoonists , it’s always a brighter day when a cartoon-carrying publication is launched.  We now have two (online-only) issues of former Vanity Fair editor, Graydon Carter’s Air Mail to peruse. You’ll find cartoons under the heading “Small Talk” (not an exclusive-to-cartoons-heading). Many, if not all of the cartoonists in these first two issues seem to have caravanned over from the recently de-cartooned Esquire, where Air Mail‘s cartoon editor was formerly (and briefly) the cartoon editor.  New Yorker readers will recognize most of Air Mail‘s cartoonists appearing in these first two issues; they include Alex Gregory, Maddie Dai, Joe Dator, Drew Dernavich, Chris Weyant, Seth Fleishman, David Borchart, and Charlie Hankin.

Two other New Yorker artists (primarily contributors of New Yorker covers ) are given their own “Sketchbook” slots: Barry Blitt, and the legendary Edward Sorel (casually referred to under the heading, “Ed Sorel’s Sketchbook”).

The one nit-picky thing I’ll say about Air Mail‘s cartoon slot is that I wish the space allotted each cartoon wasn’t so compressed (the bright red Small Talk banner actually looks to be weighing down on a number of the cartoons,  invading the cartoon’s space).  I’ve always believed cartoons are better off with breathing room surrounding them (i.e., shown graphic respect).  You’ll notice that a number of text features ( Science, Tech Lab, But First…, Highlight, Crime) all have a horizontal line placed below their heading, cleanly separating the feature’s title from the article.

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Liza Donnelly Live-Draws Dem’s Debate

Check out Liza Donnelly’s graphic take on last night’s debate. 

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982.

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A Susanne Suba Re-Issue

Originally published in 1951 by Rand McNally (cover on the left), The Theatre Cat by Noel Streatfeild, with illustrations by New Yorker artist Susanne Suba will be re-issued this September by Scholastic. 

Susanne Suba’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Born Budapest, Hungary 1913. Died February, 2012, NYC. Ms. Suba contributed numerous “spot” drawings to The New Yorker, as well as five covers and one cartoon, published September 18, 1948. Her first cover appeared October 21, 1939, and her last, March 2, 1963. Besides her work for the magazine she was a prolific illustrator of children’s books. A collection of her spot drawings was published in 1944, Spots By Suba: From The New Yorker (E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, NY).

Link to the Spill‘s appreciation of Ms. Suba here.

 

 

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist: David Borchart; Today’s Daily Shoutist: Tom Chitty

Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

David Borchart delivers a neglectful infrastructure drawing (the drawing is anything but  neglectful).  Mr. Borchart began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007. See some of his New Yorker work here on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.

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Today’s Daily Shouts…

Tom Chitty lists some “Things You Can Take With You”.

Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.

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 (now the 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.