The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of November 19-23, 2018; Liza Donnelly Live-Draws China’s Great Wall

A non-Trumpian week — a holiday respite? — for the Daily Cartoon, with contributions by these New Yorker cartoonists: Maddie Dai, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Brendan Loper, and Farley Katz.

The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Julia Wertz and Farley Katz. 

To see all the above work, and more, link here.

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Liza Donnelly Live-Draws China’s Great Wall

Ms. Donnelly is in China this week as a guest of the China Women’s Film Festival.  As usual wherever she goes, she’s live-drawing.  Here are two drawings done on-the-spot during her visit to the Great Wall.

 

More Funny Ladies Pix; Tilley Watch Online; Event Of Interest: David Sipress At Yale; Jon Hamm’s Captions; New Yorker State Of Mind Dives Into The New Yorker Issue of Sept. 29, 1929; Cartoon Companion Rates The Latest Cartoons

More Funny Ladies Pix

Liza Donnelly has graciously permitted the Spill to show some photos she took last Thursday night at Part 2 of her Funny Ladies panel at The Society of Illustrators.

Left to right: Amy Hwang, Amy Kurzweil, Sara Lautman, and Emily Flake. Foreground: Liza Donnelly

Below: Kendra Allenby with The New Yorker cartoon editor, Emma Allen. A super-de-duper animated Emily Flake in the back between them.

Below: New Yorker cartoonist, Jeremy Nguyen with Emily Flake.

Below: the panel in situ.

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New Yorker cartoonists contributing to this past week’s Daily Cartoon (as usual, a mostly Trumpian week): Brendan Loper (twice), Peter Kuper, and Farley Katz. 

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to this past week’s Daily Shouts: Mary Lawton, Marisa Acocella, Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Jesse McLaren), and Olivia de Recat.

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Event Of Interest: David Sipress At Yale

David Sipress, who began contributing to The New Yorker in July of 1998 will deliver a lecture, (“What’s So Funny?”) at the Yale University Art Gallery on October 26th.  Info here.

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Jon Hamm’s Captions

Mr. Hamm, of Mad Men fame, is the latest celeb to give New Yorker cartoon captioning a go (with some excellent results!)   See it play out here.

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A New Yorker State of Mind

One of the Spill‘s favorite New Yorker-centric blogs dives deep into the issue of September 28, 1929. Fun awaits! Read it here.

Cover artist: Julian de Miskey, who contributed 82 cartoons and 62 covers to the New Yorker between 1925 and 1962.

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Cartoon Companion Rates the Latest New Yorker Cartoons

The CC’s Max and Simon return like clockwork with their impressions of the cartoons in the latest New Yorker (the issue of  October 15, 2018 — the one with the Sempe cover). Read it here!

 

 

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of September 17, 2018

The cover

If you haven’t already seen the school busses on the road, or the signs posted everywhere advising that school is back in session, Chris Ware’s cover is yet another reminder that it’s back to school time.

The cartoons

Here, for the record, are the contributing cartoonists in the issue:

A quick survey of each drawing: Ms. Suits gives us a cactus drawing (are cactus the new crash test dummies — this being the second cactus drawing out of the past three issues); Mr. Dernavich provides us with an end of summer roller coaster drawing with some unintentional(?) graphic trickery concerning the track itself; Ms. McNair’s couple have neighborly dinner date issues; Farley Katz takes us to a sturdy cartoon scenario of parent reading to a child at bedtime; William Haefeli up next with his trademark drawing style and an excellent caption; an Edward Koren drawing — allowed a wonderful space on the page. Very nice all around!; Ben Schwartz plays with Rodin’s The Thinker; Ed Steed plays around with a clown and a banana peel (and it’s in color); Zach Kanin visits a game of spin the bottle (a scenario we rarely see); Frank Cotham allows us a peek into a room full of sweaty frock-coated gentlemen; Sara Lautman takes us up up and away to the sky god’s territory; Joe Dator’s drawing of a symphony hall is splendid; Kim Warp’s trash-in-the-sea drawing arrives with trash-in-the sea much in the news.  And finally, a nod to the advent of Fall baseball with a meeting at the pitcher’s mound courtesy of Tom Toro.

The issue arrives sans Rea Irvin’s classic masthead. Here it is:

I can’t let mid-September slip by without mentioning the issue of September 11, 1925 (cover by the aforementioned Mr. Irvin).  

New Yorker history buffs will recall that the magazine was nearly put to rest in the Spring of its first year of publication. If not for an overheard remark, the New Yorker would’ve been a magazine that lasted less than half a year. Instead of killing the magazine, it was decided to coast through the summer,  putting renewed energy into the issue of September 12th. You can read about the specifics on content here courtesy of A New Yorker State of Mind.

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, the New Yorker Issue of September 10, 2018; Cartoon Happenings At The New Yorker Festival

 “The Style Issue”  with a Kadir Nelson cover — the second Nelson cover in three weeks. It’s titled “Savoring Summer” (and again, I question why the New Yorker‘s covers need to be titled. Shouldn’t covers speak for themselves, so to speak? This cover certainly does). 

The cartoons:

Thinking there’d be a bevy of cartoonists in this mid-September issue (last week’s issue had fourteen), it was a surprise finding nine single panel cartoons this week (there’s a multi-panel “Sketchbook” by Roz Chast).  

Lately the Monday Tilley Watch has moved away from looking at every cartoon in each issue, but that doesn’t mean each and every cartoon in each and every issue doesn’t receive my undivided attention. Often I look at a cartoon like I eat popcorn.  But sometimes I linger on a particular drawing, savoring the art, or the caption (if there is a caption); in the best of times, I linger because I’m happy to be looking at something that works, that really works.  Other times I linger out of puzzlement — wondering what I’ve missed about the drawing — how, to my eyes, it went awry (or how my cultural antenna have failed me). It is far more exciting to come across a drawing that soars than one that fails.  Take for instance Joe Dator’s three part Beauty and the Beast cartoon in this new issue. I believe the drawing hits the high bar.  It’s drawn well (it reminds me of Lee Lorenz’s confident energetic art), and it measures up to Peter Arno’s characterization of a good cartoon, landing a one-two punch. A Spill round of applause is in order.

Some impressions from the issue:  Frank Cotham’s cartoon — it leads off the issue, sitting in a good-sized space following the Table Of Contents.  I mentioned Mr. Lorenz’s confident drawing; in Mr. Cotham’s quarter century of contributing to the New Yorker, he’s shown no fear in taking on the big picture, and handling it well. Alex Gregory’s line (his drawing is on p.93) is always a welcome sight.  Ed Steed’s bee-hive wielding doctor drawing (p.55) seems like a follow-up to Zach Kanin’s memorable “I can feel the baby kicking” cartoon from 2008.

The Caption Contest:

Cartoon caption contest drawings aren’t mentioned here much, but I did note that Mick Stevens’ drawing this week echoes one of mine (captioned as you see) published in The New Yorker, August 23, 1982.

Finally, let us not forget Rea Irvin’s missing classic Talk Of The Town masthead. I sometimes picture it propped up in a closest someplace in the magazine’s offices, waiting to be rediscovered and returned to its proper place. Until that time, if it ever comes, here it is:

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Cartoon Happenings at The New Yorker Festival

Held October 5, 6, and 7th. So far, here’s what’s up at the festival, cartoon-wise:

Saturday, the 6th: Sh!t Show: A Parenting Comedy Revue (with, among others, Emily Flake, and Roz Chast).

Sunday, the 7th: Cartoons & Coffee (with Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and Farley Katz)

Here’s the homepage for the Festival