Thurber Thursday: Of Thurber & Columbustown, And Thurber’s “Passport” To A Speakeasy; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…And Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Here’s a favorite Thurber booklet, Of Thurber & Columbustown, described within as  “recollections of Columbus people who had known Thurber.” I purchased it at The Thurber House in Columbus in February of 1987 (on my first of two visits there). According to the Colophon, it was published in the summer of 1984 in an edition of 600. Rosemary O. Joyce, an oral historian, curated and wrote the material, and conducted the interviews. The fab Michael Rosen (who recently produced and edited A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber) designed and produced it. The Foreword is by Thurber’s daughter, Rosemary Thurber.

The booklet’s 36 pages contain photos, a Thurber drawing or two, and, of course those “recollections.” One of my favorite pieces is this 1933 Thurber speakeasy “passport” handed to a fellow named Whit Dillon, who was one of Thurber’s Ohio State University fraternity brothers. Mr. Dillon talks about acquiring the passport:

“And those were the days of Prohibition. In the evenings, the four of us, and occasionally Jim, would go to dinner at the Algonquin and then to one of the speakeasies. In fact, one of the things I remember most about Jim, was that he knew every speakeasy in New York…one night he couldn’t go with us, so he left me this note — his autograph, the dog — to take to a speakeasy he’d told us about, whose name was apparently Tony.” 

Tony, was most likely Tony Soma, proprietor of Tony’s.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

From Tom Toro: it’s sort of a beautiful day.

Mr. Toro began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010. Visit his website here

 

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Gabrielle Bell: “I Got A Cat”

Visit her website here.

 

 

 

New Yorker Cartoonists (And Cakes) At The Magazine’s Holiday Party

Here are a few scenes from last night’s merry New Yorker Holiday Party. A happy throng filled a giant room on the 33rd floor of 1 World Trade Center.

All photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly, unless otherwise attributed. My thanks to cartoonists Liza  Donnelly, Joe Dator, Felipe Galindo, and Jason Chatfield for their photos.

Left: New Yorker editor, David Remnick (holding microphone) addresses the crowd. Singers in Santa hats are just behind him.

Party-goers brought food and drink (it was pot-luck), a nice throw-back to what I recall of department holiday parties many decades ago at the magazine’s 2nd address, 25 West 43rd Street.

 

Of the many cakes and cookies present (and presented), here’s one that sported a familiar face ( photo courtesy Joe Dator).

Below: The New Yorker carolers (photo courtesy Jason Chatfield).

Below: l-r, cartoonist Maggie Larson and cover artist, Jenny Kroik.

Below: cartoonist & caroler, Mort Gerberg  (photo courtesy Jason Chatfield).

Below: l-r, cartoonists Joe Dator, Ali Solomon, and Johnny DiNapoli (photo courtesy Joe Dator).

Below: l-r, cartoonists Drew Dernavich, Ellis Rosen, and by the window, Kendra Allenby.

Below: l-r, the aforementioned Ms. Allenby, Jeremy Nguyen, and The New Yorker‘s fabled Stanley Ledbetter.

Below: l-r,  New Yorker editor, David Remnick, and Pam McCarthy, the magazine’s deputy editor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: l-r, cartoonists Felipe Galindo, and Tim Hamilton.

Below: l-r, Joe Dator, Kendra Allenby, and Ben Schwartz (photo courtesy Joe Dator).

Below: cartoonists Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein.

Below: The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen.

Below: cartoonist Pat Byrnes (holding red cup) surveys the food.

Below: cartoonists Robert Sikoryak, and Gabrielle Bell. (photo courtesy Felipe Galindo).

Below: l-r, cartoonist Nick Downes, and the aforementioned Mr. Ledbetter.

Below: l-r, cartoonists Jason Adam Katzenstein, Karen Sneider, Emily Flake, and The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes. (photo courtesy Felipe Galindo).

Below: cartoonists Christopher Weyant, Ms. Acocella, and coming up behind Ms. Acocella, Sam Gross.

Below: cartoonists Ellie Black, and Maggie Larson.

Below: cartoonists Joe Dator and Emily Flake,  Jason Adam Katzenstein in profile behind Ms. Flake, and Drew Dernavich, far right. .

Below: l-r, cover artist & cartoonist, John Cuneo, The New Yorker‘s art editor, Francoise Mouly, and cover artist, Peter de Seve (this photo taken in Ms. Mouly’s “planning room” in the art department)

Below: l-r, cartoonists Jeremy Nguyen, Jason Chatfield, and Liza Donnelly

Below: cartoonists David Borchart and Felipe Galindo.

Below: cartoonists Peter Kuper and P.C. Vey

A cake with a message (photo courtesy of Joe Dator).

 

New Yorker Artists At MoCCA Fest 2019

Here are all of the New Yorker artists you’ll be able to see at the upcoming MoCCA Fest. I’ll add late additions, if any.

And here’s the website where you’ll find a schedule of events.  Also appearing at the festival is The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and yours truly.

Top row: left to right: Liana Finck, Marisa Acocella, Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, Bob Eckstein

Middle row: Mark Alan Stamaty, Marcellus Hall, Tim Hamilton, Peter Kuper, Gabrielle Bell

Bottom row: Joe Ciardiello, Mort Gerberg, Emily Flake,  Jason Chatfield

 

 

 

 

The Wednesday Tilley Watch… Article Of Interest: Gahan Wilson; Meet Tom Chitty; Liza Donnelly At SXSW; Short-Listed For The Cartoonist Studio Prize: Summer Pierre, Liana Finck, Tom Tomorrow, Hartley Lin, and Gabrielle Bell; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Ellis Rosen

Article Of Interest: Gahan Wilson

From the Sag Harbor Express, March 12, 2019, “A Call For Help For A World-Famous Cartoonist, Formerly Of Sag Harbor” — a good article about the ailing New Yorker cartoonist and the GoFundMe campaign underway to help him.

(photo: Mr. Wilson and his late wife, Nancy, with a Gahan Wilson character between them, 1970)

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Meet Tom Chitty

From Playjunkie, March 12,2019, “Meet Cartoonist Tom Chitty And his Humorous Work”  — a short piece with examples of Mr. Chitty’s drawings.

Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. Link here to his website

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Liza Donnelly At SXSW

Liza Donnelly spoke and live-drew at SXSW last week.  Here’s an article from interrobang mentioning her appearance.

Ms. Donnelly began contributing to The New Yorker in 1982.  Link here to her website.

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Pete Holmes Crashing Ends

From Vulture, March 8, 2019, “Pete Holmes Crashing Shall Crash On HBO No More”.

Mr. Holmes began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006.  Link here to his website.

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Short-Listed For The Cartoonist Studio Prize: Summer Pierre, Liana Finck, Hartley Lin, Tom Tomorrow, and Gabrielle Bell

From Slate, March 11, 2019,   “The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The Short List”

Among those short-listed are these New Yorker contributors (their New Yorker debut years are listed beside their names):

Summer Pierre (2018).

Liana Finck (2013).

 Hartley Lin (2019).

Tom Tomorrow (1999).

Gabrielle Bell (2017).

Congrats to all!

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Today’s Daily

 Today’s Daily cartoon, by Ellis Rosen, is related to the higher education cheatin’ scandal.  Mr. Rosen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Link here to his website.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Pierre’s piece appeared on newyorker.com in December of 2018. Her website.

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch Online, December 16-21, 2018

An atypical Daily week in that it was un-Trumpian.  But…Emma Allen, the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor posted a slide show review of Trump cartoons from 2018. See it here

The Daily Cartoon New Yorker contributors this week : Maggie Dai, Jason Chatfield, Elisabeth McNair, Peter Kuper, and Brendan Loper.

And over on Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Maggie Larson, Liana Finck, Gabrielle Bell, Olivia de Recat (with Sarah Vollman), and Sara Lautman.

See all the work above, and more, here.

Also online this week: the New Yorker‘s most popular Instagram cartoons, posted by the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes.

Below: a bonus photograph from the New Yorker‘s holiday party for cartoonists last Thursday.  My colleague Felipe Galindo took this that evening and posted it online.