Happy 98th Birthday, Frank Modell!

          The one-and-only Frank Modell turned 98 the other day. Happy Birthday, Frank! This is an excellent time to remind Ink Spill visitors about a wonderful book James Stevenson published a couple of years ago about his good friend:   The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell              

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The New Yorker in Westport Bios, Pt.5; Frank Modell & James Stevenson In Westport

Posted today are Garrett Price, David Preston, and John Norment‘s bios from the Westport Historical Society current exhibit, Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport. My thanks to the Society for permission to post these wonderful pieces.  And… The opening of the Westport show was attended by three of The New Yorker‘s most veteran artists: Dana Fradon, James Stevenson, and

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Thurber Is #1

                        It’s silly to rate cartoonists, but around here, as anyone who follows Ink Spill knows, James Thurber is the #1 New Yorker cartoonist. Thinking about him on the eve of his birthday (he was born in Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894) I stood in front of the Thurber

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Harold Ross’s Last Cartoonist: Dana Fradon

By the late 1940s, Harold Ross, The New Yorker’s legendary founder and first editor, had assembled either by happy accident or design (depending on which version of the magazine’s history you want to believe) a stable of magazine cartoonists unrivaled in American publishing.  Some have called that era of the magazine’s cartoons its Golden Age.  The guiding forces of the

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