Two Peacocks Walk Into A Room; Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Cartoon Anthology: Sara Lautman’s Daily Shouts; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Avi Steinberg

In one of those million-to-one cartoon moments, both my colleague Harry Bliss (with his collaborator Steve Martin) and I have similar drawings out this week (his in his syndicated daily spot, and mine in The New Yorker). What’s unusual, besides the timing of publication, and the peacock standing in a doorway in both drawings, is the use of the peacock itself. A quick visit to the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site turned up peacock drawings by a dozen artists. I have to think there were a number more in the magazine’s ninety-four years (the Cartoon Bank site does not provide every cartoon in the magazine’s archive). The listed peacock drawings are by: Mick Stevens, Sam Gross, Will McPhail, John O’Brien, George Booth, Bernard Schoenbaum, George Price, Edward Koren, Saul Steinberg (he has three), Robert Day, Mort Gerberg, and Victoria Roberts. There were also three peacock covers shown. The artists:  Joseph Low (the peacock is a minor character in his cover), Steinberg, and the one-and-only Rea Irvin. 

I asked Mr. Bliss if he’d like to comment on our dual peacock drawings, and here’s what he had to say:

That’s crazy! I didn’t get my new issue of The New Yorker yet, so I didn’t even know that was in there.  When I initially did my drawing, from an idea given to me by Steve Martin, I think I mentioned to Emma [Emma Allen, The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor] that I wanted it to be in color. Seeing yours now, makes me wonder if they bought yours before they had seen mine and the reason they didn’t buy mine and Steve’s is because they had already bought yours… Similars? Anyway, I think the reason there aren’t that many peacock cartoons out there is because the damn thing is so hard to draw!

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Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Anthology

Warren Bernard (of SPX fame) has alerted the Spill to another rarity: a cartoon collection of work by John M. Price who contributed four drawings to the magazine (Mr. Bernard tells me that three of Mr. Price’s four New Yorker drawings appear in the collection). Here’s Price’s rather skimpy bio on the A-Z (if anyone out there has more info please send this way):

John M. Price Born  (Pennsylvania?) February 5, 1918, died January 19, 2009, Radnor, Pennsylvania. New Yorker work: February 17, 1940, March 9, 1940, June 8, 1941, and August 30, 1941. His work appeared in many publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, The Country Gentleman, and Colliers. Key collection (self published) Don’t Get Polite with Me.

*Chris Wheeler’s fabulous site also has a scan of Price’s book (including the back cover), but I have to admit the cover never registered in my brain’s cartoon catalog. Now, having registered it, the book becomes a must-have for the Spill‘s library.  

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A Daily Shouts By…

Sara Lautman, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016, contributed yesterday’s Daily Shouts.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 

An Avi Steinberg summer vacation/global warming cartoon. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.  More about him here on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils.

 

 

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin (Pt.2); Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt; Daily Shouts By Viti, Ostow

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin (Pt.2)

Jane Mattimoe has posted the second part of her terrific interview with Arnie Levin on her Case For Pencils blog.

Mr. Levin began contributing cartoons and covers to The New Yorker in 1974. Read the interview here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Barry Blitt ponders the pronunciation of Buttigieg.

Mr. Blitt has contributed to The New Yorker since 1992.  Visit his website here.

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Daily Shouts…

A Daily Shouts from yesterday by David Ostow, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018…and a Daily Shouts today by Eugenia Viti, who began contributing this past June.

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin; Celebration Of Interest At The Society Of Illustrators: The Book Of Weirdo; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: J.A.K.

Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin

Here’s a terrific interview with the one-and-only Arnie Levin on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencil’s blog.

This is the perfect opportunity to post my all-time favorite Arnie Levin drawing. It appeared in The New Yorker‘s October 5th, 1998 issue.

Mr. Levin began contributing to The New Yorker in 1974. See some of his New Yorker work here on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.

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Celebration of Interest: The Book Of Weirdo

 

Celebrated Tonight at The Society of illustrators: The Book Of Weirdo (Cover by Drew Friedman). All the info here.

From the Society of Illustrators site:

The Society is pleased to celebrate the release of The Book of Weirdo, a massive retrospective of Robert Crumb’s 1980’s magazine WEIRDO, published by Last Gasp and written by Jon B. Cooke. Please join us for a panel discussion by fellow WEIRDO contributor Drew Friedman and the author, alongside special guests WEIRDO contributors John Holmstrom, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Glenn Head, Mark Newgarden. A book signing will follow.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist

J.A.K. on Trump in London.  Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in  2014.

 

An Early-Release Blitt Cover; The Latest Case For Pencils Spotlights Karl Stevens; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Brendan Loper

An Early-Release Blitt Cover

The New Yorker sometimes gets the itch to early-release a cover (under normal circumstances we usually don’t see the next cover til the wee hours of Monday morn). Here’s the latest example of a cover that just couldn’t wait (it’s by Barry Blitt). Read about it here.

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Case For Pencils Spotlights Karl Stevens

Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful blog, A Case For Pencils returns with a look at Karl Stevens’s tools of the trade.

See it here!

Mr. Stevens first cartoon appeared in The New Yorker in January of this year.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Brendan Loper on holiday beach couture. Mr. Loper began contributing to The New Yorker in  2016.

Frank Modell’s Brendan Gill; Tom Chitty Has A Question; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant; More Steinberg; Today’s Daily Shouts By…Seth Fleishman

Frank Modell’s Brendan Gill

I came away from a recent visit to my favorite (used) book store, Rodgers Book Barn in Hillsdale, New York with the brochure handed out at Brendan Gill’s memorial back in 1998 (see the details of the tribute below). I’m indebted to one of my book store haunting friends, Mark Burns for digging the brochure out of a box of ephemera and placing it right in front of my face (for the record, my other co-haunters were Danny Shanahan and John Cuneo). Frank Modell’s drawing of an exuberant Brendan Gill was new to me, and an obvious must-have, must-buy. 

For more on Mr. Gill, I highly recommend his oft-reprinted Here At The New Yorker (the William Heinemann 1990 edition shown below)And for more on Mr. Modell there’s his collection Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! as well as James Stevenson’s terrific The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell.

Further Reading: An earlier Spill piece on cartoonists and Rodgers Book Barn.

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Tom Chitty Has A Question

From Jane Mattimoe’s  fine Fine Case For Pencils, “Tom Chitty Has A Question About Dip Pens”

Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

The lack of White House press briefings has been in the news. Chris Weyant comments via a castle cartoon.  Mr. Weyant has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998. Visit his website here.

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More Steinberg

From The Brooklyn Rail, “Saul Steinberg: Untitled” 

Comments on the Steinberg exhibit currently showing at Totah (til April 28th — hurry!)

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Today’s Daily Shouts by…Seth Fleishman

A fish story from Seth Fleishman who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. See some of his work here on the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank site.