Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Cartoonist Interviews Of Interest: Liana Finck, Bob Eckstein

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

And now there are three. Brooke Bourgeois — new to The New Yorker stable this year –on yesterday’s historic vote.



Interviews Of Interest

Two recent interviews by two cartoonists with new books.

From Comics Beat, December 18, 2019, “Indie View: Liana Finck puts her whole self into ‘Excuse Me'”  — this interview Ms. Finck, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013. Visit her website here.

From, December 17, 2019, “Art Versus Commerce: Q&A With Author-Cartoonist Bob Eckstein” — this interview with Mr. Eckstein, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.  Visit his website here.

Out Today! Liana Finck’s Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self

In a relatively short period of time Liana Finck has done something that just a few New Yorker cartoonists have managed: working successfully in two distinct styles; in Ms. Finck’s case, one in The New Yorker and the other on Instagram. I think back to John Held, Jr. as a previous example. His New Yorker  woodcut work was in a different universe than the work that brought him fame: delicate flowing lines capturing the roaring twenties crowd.  Ms. Finck’s styles aren’t as far apart as Mr. Held’s, but they are easily IDed as her Instagram work and her New Yorker work. Most of the drawings included in Excuse Me, out today, focuses on Ms. Finck’s Instagram work (the New Yorker drawings included here appeared on the magazine’s Instagram account).

These are highly personal drawings — “complaints, and notes to self” — transmitted to her readers via lists, charts, diagrams, serial drawings telling a story, or a single drawing telling a story (i.e., a New Yorker  cartoon moment). Like the very best of New Yorker artists, Ms. Finck’s work seems to be of her, not just by her. Think of Steinberg, Ziegler, and most especially, Roz Chast. In the Publisher’s Weekly blurb accompanying my copy of Excuse Me  the reviewer refers to “Finck’s brick of a gag collection…” One thing this collection is not is a collection of gag cartoons (oh how I dislike that term). Do not expect the classic arrangement of a drawing hovering over a caption as you see in The New Yorker. My hope is that there’s a Finck collection of her New Yorker drawings in the wings that’ll bookend Excuse Me.

Part of the delight of Ms. Finck’s Instagram drawings is that they are of-the-moment. Just about every cartoonist I know works like this, laying down rough work of words and sketched impressions that may or may not go anywhere. But few post them on Instagram within seconds of completion. The New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, for instance, has developed a bustling cottage industry over the years out of her “live-drawings” posted immediately online.

The above mentioned PW blurb says this is a brick of a book. Correcto! It’s four hundred pages, 6″ x 8″ — the perfect size to carry around and delve into whenever you need Ms. Finck’s genuinely absorbing graphic company.

The New York Times Nurit Karlin Obit; Cover Revealed For Liana Finck’s “Excuse Me”; Article Of Interest: Rowland B. Wilson; A Sempe Illustrated Story To Be Animated; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Avi Steinberg

The New York Times Nurit Karlin Obit

From The New York Times, May 7, 2019, “Nurit Karlin, Who Found Her Voice In Wordless Cartoons, Dies At 80”

Above: Liza Donnelly, on the left, with Ms. Karlin in Tel Aviv in 2017.  Far right: A Nurit Karlin self-portrait


Cover Revealed For Liana Finck’s “Excuse Me”

Due September 24th from Random House Trade Paperbacks, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self promises to be a fun 416 page collection by Ms. Finck, who began contributing cartoons to The New Yorker in 2013. 



Article of Interest: Rowland B. Wilson

From the Art Contrarian, May 6, 2019, “The Carefully Observant Rowland B. Wilson” — this piece on Mr. Wilson who contributed 47 cartoons to The New Yorker from 1961 – 1981.


Sempe Illustrated Story To Be Animated

From Cartoon Brew, May 6, 2019, “Goscinny and Sempe’s ‘Le Petit Nicholas’ to be Adapted as 2D Animated Film by On Entertainment” 

Mr. Sempe began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978. 

(a tip of the hat to Mike Lynch, whose social media post brought this piece to my attention).


Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Game Of Thrones coffee cup inspires today’s Daily cartoon (…by Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.