Steinberg’s 89 Foot Mural
We recently learned of a fourteen foot mural Charles Addams executed (a good Addamsy word!); well here’s a piece in Cincinnati Magazine about an eighty-nine foot Steinberg mural. Wowzers.
Dick Buchanan’s Tip Of The Hat To Funny Ladies At The New Yorker
Via Mike Lynch’s site: “From The Dick Buchanan Files: Women Cartoonists: Barbara Shermund, Hilda Terry, Mary Gibson, and Dorothy McKay 1935-1952”
Mr. Buchanan’s latest file finds are in honor of the upcoming Society of Illustrators exhibit, Funny Ladies At The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now
Liza Donnelly, who curated the show, has posted (on Instagram) a preview photo. Nice blow-up of a Helen Hokinson drawing! :
A Price Playbill
Without generous donors, the Spill‘s archives would be so much poorer. Here’s the latest addition: a Playbill with cover art by the great George Price. Stalag 17 premiered at the 48th St. Theatre in May of 1951. Mr. Price’s work, as a spot artist, premiered in The New Yorker in 1929. In his book, The Art of The New Yorker: 1925-1995, Lee Lorenz, the magazine’s former Art/Cartoon editor (who called Price one of the magazine’s great stylists, along with Helen Hokinson, Peter Arno, William Steig, and James Thurber) described Price’s transition from spot artist to cartoonist:
After purchasing a few spot drawings from Price, Katharine White invited him in for an interview. She encouraged him to try his hand at cartooning. George was reluctant at first. He was not an idea person. Mrs. White promised to supply him with gag writers, and on this condition George was persuaded to begin submitting to the magazine.
Ziegler’s Letterman Appearance
I’ve linked to this video before, but just happened to see it again last night. Broadcast June 20, 1983, here’s the late very great Jack Ziegler’s Late Night with David Letterman appearance. See it here.
A Couple of Hokinson Dachshunds
I didn’t know that dachshunds were at one time called “liberty hounds” — did you? Read more here on Attempted Bloggery about a 1947 Helen Hokinson drawing featuring two of them.
This stunning Ilonka Karasz cover graced the New Yorker‘s first fourth of July issue. Ms. Karasz contributed a remarkable 187 covers to the magazine; her first was on the 7th issue, April 4, 1925, her last appeared on the issue of October 22, 1973. Of note within the issue: this Helen Hokinson drawing appearing on the Talk of The Town’s lead page:
In 1925, Ms. Hokinson, newly arrived in New York (from Chicago) enrolled at Parsons School of Design. According to Liza Donnelly’s book Funny Ladies:
One day [Hokinson’s] instructor sent the students out to sketch in the streets of New York. Hokinson drew an elderly woman waving goodbye to a departing ocean liner. Upon her return to the classroom, her teacher, Howard Giles, laughed and suggested she take this and other drawings to the new magazine down the street.
This simple drawing of a woman waving immediately won over Harold Ross and Rea Irvin. Her work had an ease to it: Ross recognized the humor in her line quality, but also in what she chose to draw. Ross purchased her first submission and invited her to return every Tuesday with more sketches for consideration.
From Broadway World, June 14, 2018, “New Scripted Soap Opera Podcast GOSSIP is out today from Stitcher/Midroll”
— with Hilary Campbell, Sophia Warren and Amy Kurzweil content
Ms. Campbell’s website.
Ms. Warren’s website.
Ms. Kurzweil’s website.
A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of the New Yorker: the issue of May 25, 1929
One of the Spill‘s fave blogs is up to the midway point of the last year of the 1920s. Fun reading here.
A lot of Hokinson on Attempted Bloggery
And on another favorite Spill blog, Attempted Bloggery, there’s been a lot of Helen Hokinson lately. Check it out here.
Cartoon Companion Rates the Father’s Day Issue Cartoons
The CC boys have returned with their rated takes on each and every cartoon in the New Yorker’s latest issue (June 18, 2018). Read it here.
The New Yorker section of the upcoming Swann auction is an awful lot of fun. The Addams cover shown above is just one of the gems listed. To see the “3D catalog” go here. Other New Yorker artists whose work is going under the gavel include Charles Barsotti, Bemelmans, Abe Birnbaum, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Ed Fisher, Heidi Goennel, Edward Gorey, Theodore Haupt, John Held, Jr., Helen Hokinson, Maira Kalman, Arnie Levin, Rick Meyerowitz, Bill Mauldin, Donald Reilly, Mischa Richter, Arnold Roth, Charles Saxon, Ronald Searle, Seth, Steinberg, Tom Toro, and Gahan Wilson.