The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of September 9, 2019

The Cover:

It’s the Style Issue this week….thus the bountiful polka dots on Malika Favre’s eighth cover for the magazine. A Q&A with the artist here. If you link to the Q&A you’ll see the polka dot dress swirl.

I can’t see that many polka dots (and red) on the cover without thinking of Peter Arno’s March 23, 1935 New Yorker cover. It was also used as the cover for The Seventh New Yorker Album.

The dalmatians cover is perhaps overly familiar to me because it’s the front endpaper of my biography of Arno. Hey, what can I say? I like dogs…and Arno.

 

The Cartoonists and Cartoons

With the appearance of another team effort (third? fourth?) by Pia Guerra and Ian Boothby I think we’re in new territory as far as crediting a writing team goes for single panel cartoons in the magazine. Someone please correct me if there has been another duo credited beyond one or two appearances (Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb come to mind, but their work is in a different realm, i.e., their “thing” is not single panel cartoons). The duo of Guerra & Boothby have given us a slightly different take on the usual cartoonist’s representation of Noah’s Ark (the drawing appears on page 78). Instead of the long ramp leading up to the ark, it’s more of a tailgate.  It works well here.

Of note: Elisabeth McNair’s drawing of the tortoise and the hare (p. 72). If you remove the art hanging on the wall, and the door frame, the cartoon could easily be seen as descended from the school of (Charles) Barsotti minimalism. Love the turtle’s expression.

Also of note: Hilary Fitzgerald Cambell’s spooky “campfire” story-time drawing (p.49). At first glance I thought the scene was outdoors, but then saw the light sockets in the background with a charging electronic device (a phone?) connected to one of them. That it plays a trick on the eyes — intended or not — is pleasing, as is the drawing itself.

Further of note: Ed Steed adds another drawing to the cartoon canon of mounted something (in this case, someone) or others on the wall (p. 25).

Being the great grandson of bakers, and a fan of baked goods in general, it was a nice surprise  seeing pastries as a focus in Amy Hwang’s drawing (p. 43). Also a nice surprise: seeing Glen Baxter’s drawing (p.68). While a number of cartoonists box in their drawings, Baxter’s boxes somehow seem part of the drawing within, if that makes any sense (is the word “integral” — maybe, maybe not).

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead: Still not home. Read about it here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker (Double) Issue Of August 5 & 12, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

The Cover: Lotsa ice cream on Olimpia Zagnoli’s second New Yorker cover. I’m immediately reminded of any number of early Vogue covers.  Read the Cover Story here.

The Cartoonists:

…a newbie: Lisa Rothstein is the 22nd new cartoonist added to the magazine’s stable this year, and the 48th new cartoonist added since cartoon editor Emma Allen’s tenure began in May 2017.

The Cartoons: quite the surprise seeing a cartoon (on p.61) by the late great Jack Ziegler.  It got me to wondering if perhaps The New Yorker might set up a special online section for the contributors who left us with a lot of work still in the bank (or, as originally designated, “on the bank” — that is,  work bought, but not yet published). When William Steig passed away there was a rumor that hundreds of his drawings (and some covers) were still on the bank. One wonders about the on the bank work of Charles Barsotti, as well as Mr. Ziegler, Leo Cullum, and Michael Crawford, to name but a few dear departed colleagues. Wouldn’t it be great to see this work gathered online.  

Also of interest in this double issue: a cartoon by the one-and-only Sam Gross, who celebrates his 50th year at The New Yorker in August. His first New Yorker drawing appeared in the issue of August 23, 1969 (the Spill will further note the occasion on August 23, 2019).

Speaking of Jack Ziegler, Ed Steed’s squid drawing (p. 37) calls to mind Mr. Ziegler’s classic squid drawing from the issue of September 16, 1996 (it was also used as the cover drawing, and title of Ziegler’s 2004 food cartoon anthology). A quick search for squid cartoons in the Cartoon Bank’s database brought up just two other squid drawings: this one by Danny Shanahan, and this one by Farley Katz).

Also of note:

… J.A.K.’s drawing (p.21) — my fave Jason Adam Katzenstein drawing of all time (so far)

…Chris Ware’s 8 page “Mr. Ware” (he talks about it here).

… Sizing of drawings this issue: most seem right on the money (examples: Sam Gross’s, Zach Kanin’s, Roz Chast’s, Lars Kenseth’s).

…:A goodly number of non-human centric drawings this issue: cockroaches (McNair), the aforementioned squid by Mr. Steed, a bull (McNamee), a parrot (Gross), a blender (Chast), hugging dogs (Rothstein), rocks (Hwang), shishto peppers (Kenseth).

Rea Irvin: Mr. Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead (it appeared for 92 years) disappeared in the Spring of 2017 (read about it here) — replaced by — gasp! — a redraw (not redrawn by Mr. Irvin, who passed away in 1972). Will the original ever return? Here it is until then:

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016, on opinions/films.

 

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker (Double) Issue, July 8 & 15, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist’s Cartoon

The Cover: A hot dog cart guy gets some beach time on Peter De Seve’s cover.  Read the Cover Story here.

The Cartoonists:

The Newbies: Making their New Yorker print debut this week: Victor Varnado and Akeem Roberts. They become the record-setting nineteenth and twentieth new cartoonists entering the magazine’s stable of artists this year and the forty-fifth and forty-sixth new artists brought in under cartoon editor Emma Allen’s stewardship, begun in May of 2017.

The Cartoons: Brief thoughts on some of the thirteen cartoons in the issue:

Roz Chast’s Ordinary Kreskin drawing (p. 37).  Love Ms. Chast’s right-to-the-point drawings, like this one. Perhaps not so unusual, but noticeable: she’s drawn Mr. Kreskin with five fingers (a lot of cartoonists find four will do for their cartoon characters). 

Liana Finck’s talking baby (p. 44).  A terrific twist on an end-of-life sentiment. I found myself wondering if it would’ve been equally successful had the baby been talking to another baby.

Ed Steed’s hammered drawing (p.54).  At first glance on my laptop, before zooming in on the drawing I thought that Mr. Steed had done a mash-up drawing with George Booth. If you squint your eyes, it’s a very Boothian room (the perspective, the hanging ceiling lamp, the floorboards, wall objects). 100% Steedian is the idea itself and the Steedian happily hammering woman.

My confused initial take on seeing the drawing leads me to toss out a suggestion. There’s been plenty written on this site about cartoon collaboration, but those duets have involved a writer teamed with an artist (or two artists collaborating) with just one person doing the drawing.  Howz about for fun we see some artists team-up and create a drawing or two with multiple styles in one frame. Some suggestions: Chast/Finck, Dator/Donnelly,  Hwang/Shanahan, Sipress/Allenby,  Kenseth/Koren…just a thought. (Liza Donnelly and I had a ton ‘o’ fun doing a series of mash-up full-page graphic pieces for our 2009 collection, Cartoon Marriage)  

Paul Noth’s line of succession drawing (p. 58). Mr. Noth delivers a great drawing.  I only wish it had been given more breathing room (such as Mr. Steed’s). 

Robert Leighton’s drawing (p.32) features a caption that would probably be right at home in a positive thinking seminar.  Yet another Leighton drawing destined for many a refrigerator.   

Karen Sneider’s funny fish in bed recalls the classic George Price drawing published in the magazine’s issue of December 21, 1963

Rea Irvin: Mr. Irvin (with Harold Ross and his then-wife, Jane Grant) was a founder of The New Yorker‘s graphic architecture. Consider his adapted typeface (the so-called Irvin typeface) that is part of the magazine’s DNA, the breadth of cartoon worlds he encouraged as art supervisor, his department heading designs, and his numerous covers (including, of course, the magazine’s brilliant first that gave us Eustace Tilley). Tis a puzzlement that his iconic heading for the Talk Of The Town remains under a tarp. Here it is below, and here’s where you can read about its removal in 2017.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist’s Cartoon

Singin’ under the drip from Amy Kurzweil, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit her website here.

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 24, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: J.A.K.; A Kickstarter Campaign For The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Soundtrack

The Cover: A debut by Olimpia Zagnoli.  According to The New Yorker‘s art editor, Francoise Mouly, the cover is a tribute to Pride Month.  Read about the cover here.

Note: with this issue the cover artist’s name has been returned to the Contributors page (p.4) after disappearing for the past two issues.  

The Cartoonists:

Co-credited cartoons are not as rare as they once were in The New Yorker, but still rare enough to mention the duo effort by Dan Abromowitz and Eli Dreyfus (p.55).  The team’s first cartoon appeared in the magazine in 2015.

       Cartoon Observations /Some Favorite Things:

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s use of “chaotic neglect” in his drawing (p.24).

Barbara Smaller’s use of “eligible for dessert” in her caption (p. 46).

The way Ed Steed handled his carrot and horses drawing (p.62).

Maddie Dai’s drawing (p.73). I’ve mentioned numerous times here on the Spill what a pleasure it is to be surprised by a drawing’s one-two punch. This is an excellent example of the second punch hitting perfectly on the caption’s very last word, “bangs.”

Trevor Spaulding’s big thermometer has a sort of Jack Ziegler feel to it. That’s a very good thing.

Two cartoons with shopping carts! Drew Panckeri’s (p.32) and Amy Hwang’s (p. 52). I have a soft spot for shopping carts in cartoons as one appeared in my debut New Yorker drawing .   

Rea Irvin:

Mr. Irvin’s classic Talk masthead (below) is sadly still in mothballs after it disappeared a little over two years ago. Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 Fishy WWIII thoughts by J.A.K. who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. 

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A Kickstarter Campaign For The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Soundtrack

Ms. McCoy has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2014.

All the info here.

Visit The Surreal McCoy’s website here.

 

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.