The Weekend Spill: Happy 125th James Thurber!; Three New Yorkers; New Cast Album For Arno’s 1930’s Musical “The New Yorkers”; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 2-6, 2019

Happy 125th James Thurber!

Anyone who follows the Spill knows that James Thurber is a mighty big deal around here. I’ve written numerous times over the years how seeing his drawing, “What have you done with Dr. Millmoss?” changed everything for me. Today marks the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth.  Michael Rosen’s recently published A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is an excellent book to throw yourself into today, or any day.

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Three New Yorkers

The three issues above unexpectedly arrived in the mail the other day, courtesy of a friend.  I immediately shoved my stack of drawing paper to the side and dove into the magazines. When I look through older copies of The New Yorker I focus on the art (so many cartoons to see, so little time).

So, what do these three issues have in common besides being three issues of The New Yorker and all published in the early 60s? Each has at least one drawing by Frank Modell, James Stevenson, and Dana Fradon. That trio, in their time, along with perhaps ten other cartoonists, anchored hundreds, if not thousands of issues of The New Yorker.

When I arrived at The New Yorker in the late 1970s, Messrs. Modell, Fradon, and Stevenson had already been contributing for decades, with Frank Modell the most veteran of the bunch, having begun at The New Yorker during the mid-1940s.  As I was beginning my New Yorker education by studying back issues of the magazine I was astounded to discover how long these artists had already been at the magazine. Even more astounding: there were cartoonists who’d been at The New Yorker even longer, and were still contributing — such greats as Al Ross, who began contributing in 1937, Whitney Darrow, Jr. (1933), George Price (1929), and William Steig (1930).

I was lucky enough to meet and get to know (if only a little) most of the cartoonists mentioned above. Of the three exceptions: Steig, Darrow, and Price, I communicated via a few letters with Steig — Whitney Darrow turned an idea of mine into a New Yorker drawing. I regret not walking over and meeting Whitney Darrow, and George Price at the only once-in-a-lifetime  opportunities I had with each. I’ve written before of the magazine’s artists family tree — the generations overlapping at the magazine. Just a few weeks ago I met several New Yorker cartoonists who’ve just started their careers in the past couple of years — one in just the past six months. Picking up almost any issue of the magazine, from the earliest years to the most recent is an instant reminder of the connectivity.

From the Spill‘s A-Z, the Modell, Fradon, and Stevenson entries:

Frank Modell ( photograph taken early 1990s) Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1917. Died, May 27, 2016, Guilford, Connecticut. New Yorker work: 1946 – 1997. Mr. Modell began his New Yorker career as assistant to the Art Editor, James Geraghty. He soon began contributing his cartoons (and cartoon ideas for others), with his first drawing appearing July 20, 1946. Besides his work for The New Yorker, he was a children’s book author and an actor (he appeared, most notably, in Woody Allen’s 1980 film, Stardust Memories). Key collection: Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! (Dodd, Mead, 1978).

Dana Fradon (photo: 1978). Born, Chicago, Illinois, 1922. Died, October 3, 2019, Woodstock, NY.  Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his service, he attended the Art Students League of New York, New Yorker work: May 1, 1948 – April 21, 2003. Collection: Insincerely Yours (Scribners, 1978) To read Ink Spill’s 2013 interview with Mr. Fradon, “Harold Ross’s Last Cartoonist” link here.

 

James Stevenson Born, NYC, 1929. Died, February 17, 2017, Cos Cob, Connecticut. New Yorker work: March 10, 1956 -. Stevenson interned as an office boy at The New Yorker in the mid 1940s when he began supplying ideas for other NYer artists. Nine years later he was hired a full-time ideaman, given an office at the magazine and instructed not to tell anyone what he did. He eventually began publishing his own cartoons and covers as well as a ground-breaking Talk of the Town pieces (ground breaking in that the pieces were illustrated). His contributions to the magazine number over 2000. Key collections: Sorry Lady — This Beach is Private! (MacMillan, 1963), Let’s Boogie ( Dodd, Mead, 1978). Stevenson has long been a children’s book author, with roughly one hundred titles to his credit. He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, under the heading Lost and Found New York. Stevenson’s recent book, published in 2013, The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, is essential. “Stevenson Lost and Found,” a documentary film by Sally Williams, was released in 2019.

— The cover artists for The New Yorkers  shown at the top of this post: l-r: Robert Kraus, Garrett Price, and Arthur Getz

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New Cast Album For Cole Porter’s (and Peter Arno’s) 1930 Musical, The New Yorkers

From Broadway World, December 6th, 2019, “The New Cast Album of ‘The New Yorkers,’ the 1930 Cole Porter Musical, is Available today”

If you want to read a lot more about “The New Yorkers” I modestly suggest my Arno biography, specifically Chapter Seven:  Up Broadway and Down.

Above left: The cover of the new cast recording. To the right “The New Yorkers” original 1930 program, with art by Peter Arno.

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The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 2-6, 2019

An end of the week listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com

The Daily Cartoon: David Ostow, Tom Toro, Paul Karasik, Ali Solomon, Jon Adams.

Daily Shouts: Julia Wertz, Olivia de Recat.

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

To see all of the above, and much more, link here.

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of December 9, 2019; Terry Gross’s 1986 Gahan Wilson Interview; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Ink Spill experienced technical issues for much of the past twelve hours and thus the Monday Tilley Watch will be abbreviated today. Apologies!

The Cover: from Tom Gauld, a starry starry night black & blue paneled cover. Read a Q&A with him here about it.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Two newbies in this issue: Jared Nangle and Mo Welch. They are the 25th and 26th new New Yorker cartoonists of the year, and the 51st and 52nd new cartoonists brought in under the cartoon editorship of Emma Allen since she took the cartoon department reins in the Spring of 2017.

One question: as I zipped through the issue I wondered if Will McPhail‘s use of The New Yorker‘s logo within one of the magazine’s own cartoons is a first for The New Yorker? Let me know. I think it is, but as always am delighted to be corrected.

A snippet of his drawing showing the logo appears to the left.

The Rea Irvin Masthead Watch: Sadly, nothing to report other than the redrawn version is still in place. The real deal is below (you can read about all this here).

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Terry Gross Posts Her 1986 Gahan Wilson Interview

NPR’s Terry Gross has re-posted her 1986 interview with the late very great Gahan Wilson. Listen here.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Leftovers, by Jon Adams, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2017.

 

 

The Weekend Spill: The Online Watch, November 3-8, 2019; A Swann Galleries Teaser With Addams, Steinberg & More

The Online Watch: a listing of New Yorker cartoonists who’ve contributed to The Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts, November 3-8, 2019.

The Daily Cartoon:  Jon Adams, Ward Sutton, Ali Solomon, Kim Warp, Lila Ash.

Daily Shouts: David Ostow, J.A.K. (with Erin Chack), Teresa Burns Parkhurst.

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Swann Galleries December 10th Teaser

The upcoming December 10th Swann Illustration catalog is not yet available to peruse online, but here’s a preview of several New Yorker  pieces that’ll be auctioned, including work by Charles Addams, Ilonka Karasz, and Steinberg (Saul not Ari).

 

Photos Of Interest; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; More Spills…Chast, Campbell, Karasik

Photos Of Interest

If you link here to the photographer Deborah Feingold’s website you’ll find portraits of a number of New Yorker folks including Edward Sorel, John Cuneo, Barry Blitt, Loveis Wise, and Bob Staake.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Two million Trump bucks, by Jon Adams.  Mr. Adams has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2017. Visit his website here.

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...here’s a recent interview with Paul Karasik (his first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1999).

….Roz Chast and a former New Yorker editor will appear at NYC’s 92Y.  Info here.  Ms. Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978.

…If you like planning ahead, here’s a link to a Chast appearance in 2020.

…From The New York Times Book Review, posted November 8, 2019, A Graphic Review piece by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell. Ms. Campbell began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

The Weekend Spill: Exhibit Of Interest “Asian Babies: Works From Asian New Yorker Cartoonists”; The Tilley Watch Online, Sept. 2-6, 2019; Profile Of Interest: Roz Chast

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Asian Babies: Works From Asian New Yorker Cartoonists

A must-see exhibit curated by Jeremy Nguyen and Amy Hwang.  All the info above!

Alice Cheng began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017; Maddie Dai in 2017; Amy Hwang in 2010; Suerynn Lee in 2019; Evan Lian in 2019; Hartley Lin in 2019; Christine Mi in 2018; Jeremy Nguyen in 2017, and Colin Tom in 2015.

You can see work by all of the above artists here on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

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The Tilley Watch Online, September 2-6, 2019

 

A gathering of the New Yorker cartoonists whose work appeared this week on The Daily Cartoon and/or  Daily Shouts.

Daily Cartoon: John Cuneo (a Bonus Daily), Ali Solomon, Tim Hamilton, J.A.K., and Jon Adams.

Daily Shouts: Avi Steinberg (with Irving Ruan).

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

See all of the above and more here.

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Profile of Interest: Roz Chast

From Hamilton College, September 6, 2019, “Drawing On Fidgety Brilliance” — a short profile of Roz Chast.

Ms. Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978. Visit her website here.