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.

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!

The Wednesday Tilley Watch: Parker, Gerberg, Chast, Donnelly & More…

Items of interest this mid-week:

Two reminders of upcoming events.

On January 29, the great illustrator Robert Andrew Parker (shown below), whose work has appeared numerous times in The New Yorker, will be featured at The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium. Details here.

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On January 30th, Long-time cartoonist Mort Gerberg will be in conversation with The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen. The event is a celebration of Mr. Gerberg’s new book, On The Scene. Details here.





…From the west coast, news that a television series in in the works based on Roz Chast‘s highly acclaimed book, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

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…and from the east coast here’s a CNN piece by Liza Donnelly on her recent live-drawing assignment at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

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…there’s a new installment in the New Yorker‘s celebrity cartoon caption video series, Caption That Cartoon. This time it’s Adam Conover putting the caption marker to paper (I urge the magazine to ID the cartoonists whose work appears on these videos. Until they do I’ll provide IDs). In this episode the cartoonists are (in order of appearance):

Mick Stevens, Victoria Roberts, Jack Ziegler, Michael Crawford, Drew Dernavich, yours truly, Will McPhail, Frank Cotham, and Tom Cheney.

Above: Adam Conover looks over a Mick Stevens drawing in this screen grab from the video

Article Of Interest: The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Emma Allen; The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019; Obscure Norment

From Flood, January 18, 2019, “Emma Allen Is Expanding The New Yorker’s Comic Universe” –a short interesting article about the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor.

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The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019

A very Trumpian Daily Cartoon week with cartoons by Kate Curtis, Brendan Loper, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), and online contributor, Ivan Ehlers.

And over on Daily Shouts, these were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Sophia Warren and Tom Chitty,

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John Norment on Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery throws its spotlight on some obscure work by New Yorker cartoonist John Norment (above).


Mr. Norment’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

John Norment ( photo above courtesy of John Norment’s niece, Mandy Teare) Born, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1911. Died, Westport, Connecticut, 1988. New Yorker work: fourteen drawings and two covers, between 1969 and 1982. Mr. Norment had a long, wide ranging career, working as assistant art director for Esquire, an an editor of 1000 Jokes Magazine and For Laughing Out Loud at Dell. Later, one issue of a magazine called A Million Laughs. He was very instrumental publishing Gahan Wilson’s early work.* More information about his life and work can be found here: johnnorment.com/about.htm

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of January 21, 2019

An interesting cover this week, reminiscent of Arthur Getz‘s great city landscapes: a dark city view with a small area of bright lights slicing through. That contrast of dark with dramatic light was close to a Getzian specialty (similar scenes were also beautifully painted by a number of other New Yorker artists through the years). If you can, get hold of The Complete Book of Covers From The New Yorker (Knopf, 1989) — you won’t regret it.

For more on the current cover, you can read about the artist, Pascal Campion here.

The Cartoons/Cartoonists:




Some cartoons of note in this issue:

The solid drawing on page 22 of two couples about to cross paths on a suspended narrow rope bridge marks Hartley Lin‘s cartoon debut in the magazine.

As happily the case with Lars Kenseth‘s work, his stone man on page 30 is something outside the norm.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell‘s cinematic post-party drawing on page 51 is terrific, as is Olivia de Recat’s Alarmist Clock on page 63.

On page 59, another cartoonist’s New Yorker debut: Karl Stevens.

Mr. Lin and Mr. Stevens are the first new New Yorker cartoonists of 2019, and the 25th and 26th new cartoonists making their debut in the magazine since Emma Allen became the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor in May of 2017.

…before I turn out the lights on this post, let us not forget that Rea Irvin’s beautiful Talk masthead (below) is still in storage. Read all about it here.