The Weekend Spill: Donnelly & Thurber’s Influence; A Thurber Event At The Society Of Illustrators; The Tilley Watch Online; Interview Of Interest: Seth; Chris Ware In Conversation With Chip Kidd

Donnelly & Thurber’s Influence

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer (cleveland.com), September 1, 2019, “James Thurber continues to influence today’s cartoonists”  — this piece by Marilyn Greenwald

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A Thurber Anniversary Event At The Society Of Illustrators

From The Society Of Illustrators, this notice of a Thurber event this coming October. Coinciding with the 125th birthday celebration publication of Collected Fables and A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber and the extensive exhibit of Thurber art in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

The evening, hosted by Michael Rosen (author, editor, illustrator, and  founding director of The Thurber House) will include long-time New Yorker contributors, Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly.

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A week end round up of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to the Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts

The Daily Cartoon: Trevor Spaulding, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Emily Flake, David Sipress, and Tim Hamilton.

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck (another in her “Dear Pepper” series), Ali Fitzgerald, Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman),

…And: Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook returned; cover artist Jenny Kroik contributed a piece, “New York: En Espanol” to The Culture Desk.

You can see all of the above and more here.

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Interview Of Interest: Seth

From The Comics Beat, August 30, 2019, Alex Dueben interviews New Yorker cover artist, Seth.  Read it here.

Seth (real name: Gregory Gallant) began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.

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Chris Ware In Conversation With Chip Kidd, Sept. 25th

Designer Chip Kidd sits down with Chis Ware on September 25th in Oak Park, Illinois to discuss Mr. Ware’s soon-to-be-released graphic novel, Rusty Brown (Pantheon) . All the details here.

Mr. Ware began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.

 

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).

 

Audio Of Interest: About Thurber’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit, Books; A Bonus Daily Cartoon; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Audio Of Interest: About Thurber’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit, Books

Michael Rosen (shown above), the fellow key to the festivities surrounding the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth, talks to Thurber’s hometown newspaper’s “Newsroom” about the events tied-in to the anniversary. Hear it here.

And here’s a calendar of Thurber events

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A Bonus Daily Cartoon & Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

See Barry Blitt’s Bonus Daily here. Mr. Blitt has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1992.  A link to his website

Today’s Daily cartoon, politicians and food at the Iowa State Fair, is by Tim Hamilton, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.

Rewind Wednesday: Thurber On The Cover Of Newsweek

           Newsweek’s Thurber Cover Story

In July of 1951, TIME  put Thurber on its cover — it’s the cover most Thurber biographies mention.  Newsweek’s Thurber cover, out six years later, is rarely mentioned. Thinking about it this morning,  I dug out the sole bound volume of Newsweek in the Spill‘s library (acquired, obviously, because it contains the Thurber issue) and took another look at this lost feature.

The piece was an old-fashioned tie-in with his new book The Wonderful ‘O’ . Like all profiles it’s a mini-biography. If you’re familiar with the broad strokes of Thurber’s story, there isn’t much new here —  it’s simply a fun refresher course. There is however this Thurber gem tossed in: 

“I have never understood how Americans got the reputation for having a sense of humor. Actually we are a nation of slapstick people. We invented  the gag, the belly-laugh, and the hotfoot. We are not a nation who chuckles…”

Along with the now familiar late-in-life photo of Thurber drawing while wearing a Zeiss loupe (he was close to completely blind — the magnifying device allowed him to continue drawing) and a photo of him with his second wife, Helen, and their dog, there are plenty of Thurber drawings, many of them playfully bordering the text.  It’s a lovely intro to a New Yorker  giant.  

If this puts you in the mood for more Thurber, be sure to check out Michael Rosen’s A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber (Trillium/Ohio State University Press, 2019), a wonderful addition to your library. It’s out August 23rd.  [Full disclosure: my wife, Liza Donnelly, and I contributed to the book]