The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of October 15-19, 2018; Cartoon Companion’s Latest Ratings; A Rare New Yorker Cartoon Anthology; More Spills

 It was a less Trumpian than usual  week on the Daily. The contributors: Kim Warp, Jeremy Nguyen, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley) and Lila Ash, with two.  [Note: Ms. Ash’s work has yet to appear in the print magazine].

And over on Daily Shouts, the contributing New Yorker cartoonists were Edward Steed, Liana Finck, Tim Hamilton, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell.

To see all of the above and more, go here.

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The CC‘s “Max” and “Simon” are back, and they’ve awarded an unusual joint 6 to one of the issue’s cartoons (the boys rate the cartoons from 1 to 6, with 6 the tops). Agree? Disagree? Read here.

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Comics DC‘s editor, Mike Rhode has discovered a hitherto unknown collection — it was unknown to me anyway: Newseum Book of Cartoons.

  See the rest of it here. 

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…”Art As Witness: Political Graphics 2016-2018″ is up and running through November 3 at the School of Visual Arts. Among the contributing New Yorker artists: Andrea Arroyo, R.O. Blechman, Barry Blitt, Edward Sorel, John Cuneo, Felipe Galindo, and Peter Kuper. All the info here.

…On Longreads, “A Woman Becomes A Nightingale” — a timely illustrated piece by Carolita Johnson.

 

 

 

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated; More Spills: Bliss, Finck, Chast

Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated

Cartoon Companion is back with a look at all 18 cartoons in the latest New Yorker (the issue of September 24th). Seth Fleishman’s itchy grim reaper was awarded “top toon” … Read it all here.

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Here’s a piece about Good Rosie!, Harry Bliss’s latest children’s book (Kate Dimillo wrote it, Mr. Bliss illustrated it).

…Last night’s book event at Greenlight Bookstore for Liana Finck was packed.  Ms. Finck, whose book Passing For Human, is just out, appeared with Brooklyn’s own Roz Chast.  Among the New Yorker colleagues in the audience: Hilary Campbell, Ed Steed, Bob Eckstein, Emma Allen (the magazine’s cartoon editor), Avi Steinberg, Karen Snider, and Felipe Galindo.

Here’s a photo from the event courtesy of Mr. Eckstein (Ms. Chast is on the left, Ms. Finck on the right):

 

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

 

 

 

Fave A Train Photo Of The Day: Lars Kenseth & Ben Schwartz; Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Pencilled

Fave Photo Of The Day: Lars Kenseth & Ben Schwartz

What’re the odds? Left Coaster, Lars Kenseth (on the left) ran into fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Ben Schwartz on the A Train yesterday.  

— photo courtesy of Mr. Kenseth

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Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Pencilled

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is in the spotlight on this week’s A Case for Pencils,  Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful blog about New Yorker cartoonists tools of the trade. Read it here!