The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of October 21, 2019; Head-Scratching Quote Of The Year; Addams’s Wednesday

The Cover: a somewhat menacing image by Mark Ulriksen that could’ve easily been used for Halloween (all it needs is a witch riding through the sky on a broom). But its title “Towering Wealth” heavily suggests a tie-in to this special Money Issue. Read a Q&A with Mr. Ulriksen about his cover here.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Random thoughts after a few tours through the the issue…

Was much fun immediately running into Robert Leighton’s observatory cartoon (page 25). We don’t see too many observatory cartoons anymore.  One that will forever stick in my mind is John O’Brien’s fabulous Coca-Cola bottle telescope from October 9, 2000.

Any issue of The New Yorker with a George Booth cartoon (p.38) is an issue off to an excellent start. It is simply a delight seeing his work in the magazine.

As enjoyable as seeing a Booth cartoon is seeing a Koren cartoon. He is this issue’s most veteran artist, having begun contributing to The New Yorker in 1962 (Mr. Booth began contributing in 1969).  To my eye, Both Mr. Booth’s drawing and Mr. Koren’s sit perfectly on the page, the better for us to enjoy them.

Bruce Kaplan’s dishtowel drawing (p.55) wins the award for most unexpected cartoon of the issue. There is nothing more fun in The New Yorker cartoon universe than the unexpected; it’s a cartoon moment.

Liana Finck’s drawing (p.46) is another solid cartoon moment.  Drawing + perfect caption = job well done.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Mr. Irvin’s wonderful design (below) was removed in the Spring of 2017 and replaced by a redrawn version. Further reading here. It remains puzzling (to me anyway) how something so perfect can be mothballed.

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Head-Scratching Quote Of The Year

This from Francoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art editor in an October 11th Washington Post piece on Charles Addams.

“Addams is one of the few New Yorker cartoonists who was consistently laugh-out funny,” says Francoise Mouly, the magazine’s art editor since 1993.”

 

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Addams’s Wednesday

From The New York Times, October 14, 2019, “The Many Shades Of Wednesday Addams”

Miss Addams is shown above sitting on her father’s shoulder. According to Linda Davis’s wonderful biography of Charles Addams, Addams wrote in his production notes for the television series that “he found [Wednesday] ‘secretive and imaginative, and  poetic.'”

 

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of September 23, 2019

The Cover: How great it is to see a J.J. Sempe cover.  A very short Q&A with Mr. Sempe here.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Some random thoughts:  Enjoyed Amy Hwang’s guillotine/watermelon drawing (p. 30) — guillotine drawings are rare but usually memorable (Tom Cheney’s from February 24, 1997 for instance, or this one from George Booth, also published in 1997, in the June 9th issue).  Ms. Hwang’s hooded henchman is not alone in the issue.  Another appears in Emily Flake’s court jester drawing (p.39).  It’s sort of a first cousin to another Cheney guillotine drawing published November 1, 2010.

Much enjoyed Robert Leighton’s frogs drawing (p.63). I just had to look up previous lily pad frog drawings and came across this beauty from the great Warren Miller published March 5, 1990 (one of several frog on lily pad drawings referencing Monet).

There’s a lot going on graphically in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s very funny drawing (p.45) but a wee meatball is the star.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Mr. Irvin’s classic heading shown below is still a-missin. Read about it here.

 

The Weekend Spill: A Booth Exhibit; New Blitt’s Kvetchbook Entry; Events Of Interest With Liana Finck; The Tilley Watch Online For August 19-23, 2019

A Booth Exhibit

There’s a brand new George Booth exhibit up and running at Gallery North out on Long Island. All the info here.

George Booth’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

George Booth (photo taken in NYC 2016, courtesy of Liza Donnelly) Born June 28, 1926, Cainesville, MO. New Yorker work: June 14, 1969 – . Key collections: Think Good Thoughts About A Pussycat (Dodd, Mead, 1975), Rehearsal’s Off! (Dodd, Mead, 1976), Omnibooth: The Best of George Booth ( Congdon & Weed, 1984), The Essential George Booth, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 1998).

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New Blitt’s Kvetchbook Entry

Trump + Golf + Greenland,  courtesy of Mr. Blitt.

See it here.

Mr. Blitt began contributing to The New Yorker in 1993. Visit his website here.

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Events of Interest With Liana Finck

Tis nearing the season for promotional events tied-in to Liana Finck’s upcoming collection, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self, due September 24th from Random House Trade Paperbacks. Brooklyn’s Books Are Magic will host an event on October 3rd (scroll down to October 3rd), and The Commonwealth Club (out in San Fran) will hold an event on October 14th.

Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013. Visit her website here.

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A listing of New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to the Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts during the past week (August 19 -23)

The Daily Cartoon:

Farley Katz, Tim Hamilton (twice), Jeremy Nguyen, and Mark Thompson.

Daily Shouts: “Achievable Ways To Feel Accomplished” by Julia Edelman and Ginny Hogan. Illustrated by Will McPhail; “Larson’s Guide To Odd Birds Of New York City” by Maggie Larson.

All these and more can be found here.

The Weekend Spill: Fave Photo Of The Day: Gerberg & Booth; Thurber’s Art Celebrated!; The Tilley Watch Online; Event Of Interest: Roz Chast

Fave Photo Of The Day

Courtesy of Sarah Booth, this fab photo of New Yorker artists Mort Gerberg and George Booth, taken this past Friday following Mr. Gerberg’s gig playing Cole Porter’s piano at The New York Historical Society.

Mr. Gerberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.

Mr. Booth began contributing to The New Yorker in 1969.

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Thurber’s Art Celebrated!

Thurbermaniacs rejoice! Besides two new Thurber books (shown below), there is The Columbus Museum of Art exhibit,  “A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber” — according to The Columbus Dispatch, it’s “the first major and largest exhibit of its kind” of Thurber’s drawings. The exhibit will not tour, so catch it while you can. There is also a terrific new Thurber website from Michael J. Rosen, who’s central to this 125th anniversary celebration.  Visit the Thurber site here.

James Thurber’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995)  are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/

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Here’s a roundup of the week’s New Yorker cartoonist contributors to the Daily Cartoon and Daily Shouts.*

Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper (twice in the week), Joe Dator, Tim Hamilton, Barry Blitt (a Daily Bonus cartoon), and J.A.K.

Daily Shouts: Emily Flake (with David Bradley Isenberg), Liana Finck (another installment of her “Dear Pepper” series), and Sara Lautman.

* a new (?) entry by Barry Blitt — outside of the Daily headings — appeared this week: Blitt’s Kvetchbook (not to be confused with “Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook” published in Graydon Carter’s  Air Mail).

 

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Event of Interest: Roz Chast

Ms. Chast, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978,  will speak at The Museum of The City of New York in October. Details here.

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Strand Event Of Interest; A Daily Shouts With Emily Flake; Ryan Flanders’ TCJ Friday Links; Anthologies For The Waning Dog Days Of Summer

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Peter Kuper gives us three reasons Trump wants to buy Greenland.

Mr. Kuper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2011.

Visit his website here.

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Strand Event Of Interest

On September 16th the Strand will host a panel discussion centered on Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival.  All the info here.

Drawing Power contributors include New Yorker artists Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Liana Finck.

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A Daily Shouts With Emily Flake

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts by David Bradley Isenberg and Emily Flake: “Possible Explanations For Why Your Subway Car Is Empty”

Ms. Flake has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2008.  Visit her website here.

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Ryan Flander’s TCJ Friday Links

Mr. Flanders’ Friday gathering of comics (and comix) related links. Included here on the Spill as it offers a ton of non-Tilley avenues to explore, if that’s your thing. There’s one New Yorker mention this week (the magazine’s Peanuts article, “How ‘Peanuts’ Created A Space For Thinking”). 

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Anthologies For The Waning Dog Days Of Summer

Some wonderful dog-centric books selected from the Spill‘s library.

Thurber’s Dogs (Simon & Schuster, 1955)

The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons (Knopf, 1992)

The Big Book New Yorker Book of Dogs (Random House, 2012)

Dogs by Henry Morgan & George Booth (Houghton Mifflin, 1976)

Dogs Dogs Dogs edited by Sam Gross (Harpercollins, 1985).