The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of February 11, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoon

The Cover: This week’s New Yorker cover is by Pascal Campion, his second cover for the magazine — his second moody metropolis scene. Read about it here. I wonder if we’ll see a moody mid-western, western, northeastern or southern scenario anytime soon.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons: Several nice surprises this week. The first was running into Sam Gross’s lead-in cartoon (his work has been appearing in the magazine for forty-nine years). There are certain cartoonists whose style alone gets the laugh meter buzzing. Mr. Gross is one of those cartoonists. The other surprise: R.O. Blechman’s “spot” drawings. Mr. Blechman’s wonderful drawings and covers have appeared in the magazine for forty-five years.

A third nice thing to see in this issue: the number of cartoons. Bumped up from the usual dozen or so to a healthy eighteen. They just keep on a-comin as you flip through the magazine (as do the illustrations).

If I have one little dark cloud to drag over this sunny moment it’s another plea for some of the work to be run larger (true, some cartoons run large, should be smaller). A number in this issue are, to my eyes, sized just right (a few for instances: Tom Cheney’s on page 54, and Jon Adams on page 52). Perfectly sized is Seth Fleishman’s terrific drawing on page 39. But others seem wedged into their corners; Roz Chast’s intricate Candy Land For Adults (page 32) and David Sipress’s off the beaten track restaurant (page 25) would benefit from more space. Really all I’m campaigning for is a graphic invitation for readers to fully appreciate the work. The work of the late George Price is a good example of how a cartoonist’s world can take us in for some detached momentary fun-time. Mr. Price’s drawings were usually allowed a lot of breathing room on the page. One paused to inspect the work, to enjoy all the “stuff” Price gave us. Imagine one of his drawings run in a little box on the corner of a page.

A few favorite drawings, or elements of drawings in this issue: Joe Dator’s monkey (page 40); Paul Noth’s drawing (page 60) — a great addition to the New Yorker‘s doctor canon; P.C. Vey’s theater drawing; Maddie Dai’s drawing of a sculptor and friend, as well as the caption; Frank Cotham’s perfect caption for his drawing (page 36). All fine, inspiring moments.

Next-to-Lastly, a mention of the newest cartoonist on the block: Ellie Black, the third newbie this year and the twenty-seventh new cartoonist brought in since Emma Allen became the magazine’s cartoon editor in May of 2017. A good debut, with a welcome unexpected play on the well-worn hands touching moment we’ve seen in movies and books.

And lastly, let us not forget the great work of Rea Irvin, especially his mothballed masthead design. Here it is:

Speaking of Mr. Irvin, I spoke too soon last week about the New Yorker‘s anniversary issue appearing this week. Had I bothered to consult the fine print publishing info found near the end of each issue I would’ve seen that next week’s magazine (a double issue: February 18 & 25) is the 94th anniversary issue.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, a post-Super Bowl tie-in, is by Farley Katz, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007. Link to his website here.

The Tilley Watch Online: The Newyorker.com’s Daily Cartoons, January 28 – February 1, 2019; Article Of Interest: Ken Krimstein; Thurber’s Last Drawings on Attempted Bloggery; Today’s Daily Cartoon

The New Yorker Daily cartoons this week were by Bob Eckstein, David Sipress, Lila Ash, Maddie Dai, Lars Kenseth, and David Ostow.

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts: Roz Chast (the first of a monthly feature), Jason Adam Katzenstein, a Brendan Loper illustrated piece by Evan Allgood, Will McPhail, and Jeremy Nguyen.

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Article of Interest: Ken Krimstein

From chicagojewishnews.com, February 1, 2019, “Artist With A Pen: Chicagoan Ken Krimstein on his life as a cartoonist, and on his new book about Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, the subject of an exhibit at Spertus”

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Thurber’s Last Drawings On Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery looks at an early version of Thurber’s last published drawings (they appeared on the Time magazine Thurber cover story, July 9, 1951). See it here.

From the Time piece:

“After a lapse of several years, during which he did not draw at all, Thurber is drawing again (see cover). He works with chalk on black paper, preferably just at sundown on clear days. About the porch of his Connecticut home, where he has his drawing board set up, drawings are stacked along with stove wood.”

— Thurber also made it to the cover of Newsweek, and The Atlantic.

Newsweek, February 4, 1957, and below, The Atlantic, August 1956

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon (groundhogian of course) is by David Ostow, whose first New Yorker cartoon appeared in November of 2018. Link here to his website.

Article Of Interest: John Cuneo; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoon; Fave Photo Of The Day: Emma Allen & Mort Gerberg; Article Of Interest: Will McPhail; New Yorker Cover Artist Jenny Kroik’s Tools Of The Trade On Case For Pencils

Above: John Cuneo, left foreground, at The Society of Illustrators. Next to him is Anelle Miller, the Director of the Society. Left to right, rear, cartoonist Felipe Galindo, Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery, and cartoonist Marc Bilgrey

From Hudson Valley One, January 31, 2019, “Woodstocker captures the President for New Yorker covers and more”

— this article on New Yorker cover artist, John Cuneo. .

Today’s New Yorker Daily cartoon, featuring a political Frankenstein, is by David Sipress. See it here. Mr. Sipress began contributing to The New Yorker in July of 1998

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Emma Allen and Mort Gerberg

Above: The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and long-time cartoonist, Mort Gerberg, at last night’s Book Culture book event in NYC celebrating the release of Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50 Year Cartoon Chronicle.

— My thanks to Marcie Jacobs-Cole for the photo.

Mr. Gerberg began contributing to The New Yorker in April of 1965.

Ms. Allen has been The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor since May of 2017.

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Article of Interest: Will McPhail

From The Student Newspaper, “An Interview with Will McPhail: Cartoonist for The New Yorker”

Mr. McPhail began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. Link here to his website.

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Case For Pencils Spotlights Jenny Kroik

Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils looks at New Yorker cover artist, Jenny Kroik’s tools of the trade. See it all here!

Cartoon Events Of Interest: Ken Krimstein With Roz Chast, David Sipress, Peter Kuper, And Others; Mort Gerberg Book Event

A Reminder: Ken Krimstein, author of the wonderful The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt will conduct three panels at the Yivo Institute For Jewish Research (in NYC) this month. He’ll be joined on various dates by some heavy-hitters in the New Yorker cartoon universe. Artists such as Roz Chast, Mort Gerberg, David Sipress, Amy Kurzweil and Peter Kuper will join Mr. Krimstein. All the info here.

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And speaking of Mort Gerberg, he’ll be at Book Culture on January 30th celebrating the release of his latest book, Mort Gerberg On The Scene. Details here. Mr. Gerberg has been contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker since April of 1965.

New Yorker Cartoonists Holiday Party

Decades ago, in the William Shawn era, New Yorker cartoonists celebrated the holidays in-house (specifically, in-department).  They’d show up at the office and drink punch provided by the art editor Lee Lorenz and his assistant, Anne Hall. Cartoonists would sample rum balls brought in by their colleague, Henry Martin.  During the Tina Brown years the holiday party went big time, when all departments went out-of-office and co-mingled in (mostly) downtown establishments.  Coming full circle this year’s party for cartoonists came back home to the offices (yay!).  Last night’s shindig was hosted by the cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and the assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes (and, shades of Henry Martin, cartoonist David Borchart even brought in some homemade cookies).

Ink Spill‘s official photographer for the evening, cartoonist Liza Donnelly attended the festivities, and captured the scene. 

Below, left to right: Kendra Allenby, Ali Soloman, Farley Katz and Emma Allen.

Below: in the foreground, Robert Leighton (on the left) speaks with Ed Steed. In the back, left-to-right, with his back to the camera is Colin Stokes, Avi Steinberg (in the hat), and a partially obscured Ellis Rosen. Between Mr. Steinberg and Mr. Ellis is the fabulous Peter Arno New Yorker cover of June 5, 1954.

Below: a frieze of cartoonists. Will mention just a few: to the far left is Emma Hunsinger. To the far right, second in, is PC. Vey.

 

Below: Mort Gerberg (on the left) and George Booth.

Below, left-to-right: Avi Steinberg, Karen Sneider, Jason Adam Katzenstein, and, with her back to the camera, Gabrielle Bell.

Below: foreground, looking at the camera is Sophia Warren, then Robert Leighton, and (with eyepatch) Mort Gerberg. In the background: far left, is Ed Steed, then (with back to camera) David Sipress, Joe Dator (with scarf), and Kendra Allenby.

Below: on the far left is Joe Dator, and then Emily Flake and Marisa Acocella.

 

Below: a waving Jeremy Nguyen and Maggie Larson. Far left, in the back is Brendan Loper.

Below, left to right:  George Booth, Liza Donnelly, and David Borchart (this photo courtesy of  Mr. Borchart).

Below: Felipe Galindo and Drew Dernavich.

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Below: The New Yorker‘s Jack-of-All Trades,Stanley Ledbetter, Johnny DiNapoli, Farley Katz, and Ellis Rosen.

Below, left to right: David Sipress and Ben Schwartz.

Below: Emma Allen and Farley Katz.

Below: the ever festive Rea Irvin type-faced logo!

 

— My thanks to Liza Donnelly, Colin Stokes, Emma Allen, and David Borchart for their assistance  with this post.