Syd Hoff Exhibit out west; Marcella Hazan changed David Sipress’s Life









Ink Spill has learned from the niece of the late great Syd Hoff that the exhibit “Syd Hoff: The Man, the Magic and the Mystery” is opening this coming October 7th in Newport Beach, California.  Details here.  Link to the  Syd Hoff website here.

From the press release:


Newport Beach, CA (September 18, 2013) – The Newport Beach Public Library will showcase the works of legendary cartoonist and children’s book author Syd Hoff in a special exhibit at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, opening October 7 through November 3.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours, MondayThursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

The special exhibit, “Syd Hoff, the Man, the Magic and the Mystery,” focuses on the life and career of Syd Hoff who was the illustrator and author of over 110 books, most with special emphasis on the early reader. The exhibit includes a variety of art panels comprised of original illustrations, cartoons and family photos.  In addition, the exhibit will also feature several items from Mr. Hoff’s personal collection of memorabilia.

While best known for his beloved 1958 children’s classic “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which sold millions of copies, Syd Hoff’s body of work includes over 570 cartoons featured in “The New Yorker” magazine, that crossed not only the generational gap, but socioeconomic and gender lines, as well.  The exhibit celebrates contributions that Hoff has made as one of the great humorists of the twentieth century.

The month-long exhibit is on loan to the library courtesy of exhibit curator, Carol Edmonston, who is Syd Hoff’s niece and is passionate about preserving the legacy of her late uncle.

In addition to the exhibit, Children’s Services at the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting a “Syd Hoff Family Storytime” on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room at the Central Library.  Carol Edmonston will be on hand to share stories of her uncle and a special guest will make an appearance that is sure to entertain young “Danny and the Dinosaur” fans.  Children will also be able to work on crafts inspired by the art of Syd Hoff.



From, September 30th, 2013, “Marcella Hazan Changed My Life”David Sipress on the great chef.

New film on New Yorker Cartoonists: “Very Semi-Serious”

We’ve known that Leah Wolchok has been hard at work on her film about New Yorker cartoonists and thought this was an excellent time to check in with her (Ink Spill will revisit Very Semi-Serious in a matter of weeks).  We asked Leah to describe her film, and give us an idea of who’s in it (so far). Here’s what she had to say:


Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel.  The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the 88-year old New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.

The film has been a labor of love and obsession for 6 ½ years. The film is supported by Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, Women Make Movies and BAVC. We are working closely with cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and we’ve interviewed a dozen cartoonists, including Roz Chast, Michael Maslin, Liza Donnelly, Sam Gross, Mort Gerberg, Lee Lorenz, Matt Diffee, Drew Dernavich, Zach Kanin, Emily Flake, Liam Walsh and Liana Finck, who recently published her first cartoon in The New Yorker.  Next up is Bruce Eric Kaplan. 

We’ve also filmed scenes with Gahan Wilson, PC Vey, Sidney Harris, David Sipress, Mike Twohy, Joe Dator, Bob Eckstein, Robert Leighton, Farley Katz, Benjamin Schwartz, Carolita Johnson, Felippe Galindo, David Borchardt, Corey Pandolph, Paul Noth and Barbara Smaller.

Jack Ziegler and Andy Friedman both created original artwork for the film.

In a few weeks we are launching our website and trailer, featuring animation, interviews and never-before-seen footage from the New Yorker headquarters, cartoonists’ studios and inside the homes of caption contest devotees.  Plus a killer ping pong match between Bob Mankoff and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

New Yorker Caption Contest Documentary in the Works

Filming has begun on Made Funny, a documentary web series about The New Yorker’s caption contest.  Davis Chambers, who is producing and directing, tells Ink Spill that he’s  been “working hard at finding caption contest winners and academics to contribute to the project.” New Yorker cartoonists Bob Eckstein, David Sipress and Joe Dator  have sat in front of the cameras thus far.

Interviews: Barsotti, Donnelly; Warp on Her Endowed Oscar; Brains and Cartoons

From The Comics Journal, March 7, 2013, the latest installment of Richard Gehr’s “Know Your New Yorker Cartoonist”: Charles Barsotti


An interview with Liza Donnelly as part of Judy Clement Wall’s Creativity Interviews, March 7, 2013.


From, two cartoonist-centered  pieces:

Bob Mankoff’s blog features Kim Warp talking about her Oscar themed drawing  in the current issue of The New Yorker


From the Culture Desk, this recap by Sarah Larson of a recent event devoted to exploring “the mental processes involved in creating and understanding cartoons” — Paul Noth, Zach Kanin, and David Sipress were present to show and tell.




The Next Daily Cartoonist is…

Danny Shanahan’s Facebook page (Danny Shanahan — New Yorker Cartoonist) mentions that his successor in the Daily Cartoon slot is Chris Weyant.  Danny was the Daily Cartoonist for the past two months.


A slideshow of Danny’s Daily Cartoon work can be seen by clicking on the Daily Cartoon link above (where you can also view The Daily Cartoon work of David Sipress, Danny’s predecessor.


Chris’s editorial cartoons can be seen on The Hill, where his  Weyant’s World is a regular feature.