Shannon Wheeler’s Closet Discovery


Here’s the third in Ink Spill‘s series of New Yorker cartoonists talking about an important cartoon connection in their lives.   The earlier posts: Felipe Galindo on Steinberg , and Tom Cheney on Charles Rodrigues.



Shannon Wheeler, a New Yorker contributor since 2009 (his first cartoon for the magazine appears above), as well as the creator of the series,Too Much Coffee Man, for which he won an Eisner Award, talks about discovering the work of Gahan Wilson. Shannon was four at the time:


Before I could read, in the closet of the guest room, at my grandmother’s lake house, I found a stack of Playboy magazines. I remember starting at the top of the stack and going through every issue. The words were unintelligible, the pictures were incomprehensible, but the cartoons were… interesting. Most of the cartoons didn’t make sense but every now and again I’d hit one that was fascinating. There were monsters, bulbous heads, tentacles, aliens…those were the Gahan Wilson cartoons. I started looking for that style because they had a story to them that didn’t need words. It gave me a thrill because I couldn’t read the words but I was reading the images. My grandmother found me in a pile of Playboys and she was furious. She punished me even though I had no idea what I’d done wrong. To this day I read Gahan Wilson cartoons with a resonant thrill of doing something I shouldn’t be doing – I can’t help but think it also started me on a path of wanting to draw cartoons myself. Anything that could fire up my calm grandmother must have some inherent power and I wanted part of it.





Left: Wheeler just a couple of years before he began heading down the pathway to Cartoonville.

New Trailer & The Poster for Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird

Born Dead poster

















We recently told you that Steven-Charles Jaffee’s documentary “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird” will be shown in NYC this October — and now there’s a new trailer


The nearly two minute clip includes appearances by the one and only Hugh Hefner as well as The New Yorker’s current editor, David Remnick.

And now there’s a poster as well (above). Very exciting stuff!

Link to the film’s website here.

Link to some of Gahan Wilson’s work for The New Yorker here.


New Website: Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird features a Gahan Wilson-inspired Cartoon Contest; Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies Cartoon & Graphic Novel Panel includes Edward Koren & Chris Ware

wilson contest


From filmmaker Steven-Charles Jaffee comes word of a brand new funding website: Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird.  Visit it here.  The site also features a Cartoon Contest that’s Gahan Wilson-inspired.













From, August 22, 2013, “Center for Cartoon Studies at the Burlington Book Festival”  — The panel, including the amazing Edward Koren will be held Saturday, September 21st.

You can see some of Mr. Koren’s New Yorker work here at the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank site.




New Yorker Blog Post of Interest; Rea Irvin Virgin Island Illustrations; 3 Days to go for Gahan Wilson Documentary Film Kickstarter Campaign; Shannon Wheeler and The Quarterly Vol. V
















From, August 7, 2013, “Performance Enhancement in Baseball” — an illustrated  post by Jason Novak and Mike Duncan. (Above: one of Mr. Novak’s drawings from the piece).




Irvin cropped

Another interesting post from Attempted Bloggery, August 9, 2013,

“Rea Irvin: Vacationtime in the Virgin Islands”

— a look at a couple of recently auctioned Rea Irvin illustrations from the February 1954 Woman’s Day.















With just 3 days left, there’s no time like the present to kick in some dough to help fund the Kickstarter campaign for Steven Charles Jaffee’s documentary film, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird.









Here’s a very short interview with Shannon Wheeler regarding his work in The Quarterly Volume V.