The 2012 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award winners named last night included New Yorker contributors Edward Sorel, Ben Katchor, and Zach Kanin. For a list of all the winners, go here to the NCS site. Congratulations!
From the National Cartoonists Society, the 2012 Divisional Award nominees include a number of artists from The New Yorker: Edward Sorel, Barbara Smaller, Glen LeLievre, Matthew Diffee, Zachary Kanin, Ben Katchor, and Bruce McCall. Winners to be announced May 26th, 2012.
Over at The New York Times (online), Jason Polan has posted his second in a series of What I Saw…sorry, no link, just go to nytimes.com and look around.
From Paul Karasik this video tour of an exhibit he curated, “Graphic Novel Realism” (details found on the post).
And at The Village Voice, Ward Sutton gives us an “Unofficial Future History of Mad Men”
From NY1, February 2012, this must see video: “One On 1 Profile: Award-Winning Cartoonist, Political Satirist Edward Sorel Documents American Culture Through The Covers of Prominent Magazines”
It makes sense that the shelves of the cartoon library of two New Yorker cartoonists would be sagging under the weight of New Yorker cartoon collections. But a large fragment of what makes up our cartoon library has little to do with New Yorker cartoons and a lot to do with work that initially inspired us, and with newer work that continues to inspire.
Pictured above is a condensed collection — a mini-library — of non-New Yorker books that I keep near my office (my wife has her own mini-library in her office). There’re a lot of books devoted to Superman and Batman, and that’s exactly how it should be. Those were my earliest influences along with a few Sunday Funnies, such as Blondie and Dick Tracy. And then, of course, there was Mad (I’m especially fond of Mad Cover To Cover).
The two Smithsonian collections pictured (Comic-Book Comics and Newspaper Comics) are essential cartoon library books. The R. Crumb books are there because his work acted as bridge connecting the years I devoted to comic books with my earliest days of discovering New Yorker cartoonists (Crumb himself began contributing to The New Yorker in the 1990s and then stopped contributing due to…well, let’s leave that for another post).
There’re a number of books devoted to graphic novels. I had the graphic novel fever for a while. The Marx Brothers Scrapbook in the photo sits next to Monty Python Speaks! Neither are cartoon collections, but it’s fitting that they are represented. Their work was and is as graphically inspiring as any of the others on the shelves.
A handful of New Yorker contributors books are part of this mini-library (Crumb, for instance, as well as Edward Sorel, Ward Sutton, Daniel Clowes, and Seth), but these books are from their other fields of interest.
The eagle-eyed will spot an actual New Yorker collection. It makes no sense that it’s there and I can only think it has to do with its origin — it’s a French collection.
From Women’s Wear Daily, November 8, 2011, “The New Yorker Names Creative Director” — this post concerning the appointment of Wyatt Mitchell as “The New Yorker’s first -ever creative director.”
From St. Olaf News, November 8, 2011, “Successful Sketches” — this interview with Ward Sutton
From guidemehome2westchester, November 8, 2011, ” The New Yorker’s New York — Famous Cartoonists Share Their Love of New York & Their Art at The Katonah Museum of Art” — this post recapping the recent event featuring a panel including Roz Chast, Edward Sorel, Roxie Munro, and Rick Meyerowitz