The Weekend Spill: The Tilley Watch Online, January 20-24, 2020; Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial; Emily Flake In Baltimore; A Must See: John Cuneo At The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium

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

The Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper, Jon Adams, Brendan Loper (twice), Carolita Johnson

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck

Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

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

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A Marathon Effort Of Note: Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Impeachment Trial

Liza Donnelly has been tirelessly drawing while watching the zillion hours of the Impeachment trial (she’s drawing right this very second).  See her efforts on Instagram.

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982.  Visit her website here.

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Emily Flake In Baltimore

From Ms. Flake’s website this notice of an event April 4, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. In the meantime, check out her latest book, That Was Awkward (shown above).

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Symposium Of Interest: John Cuneo

A must see: the one-and-only John Cuneo at The New York Comics Picture-Story Symposium, February 25th. Here are just a few of his New Yorker covers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Peanut Shelled 20 Years Ago; Article Of Interest: Rich Sparks; The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf of Baghdad” Out Next Week; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Mr. Peanut Shelled 20 Years Ago

Apparently, I was, unusually, way ahead of a developing story.  Here’s a drawing of mine published by The New Yorker in 2000 (it was within a double issue: Dec. 25, 2000/January 1, 2001).

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Article Of Interest: Rich Sparks

From Chicago Magazine, January 22, 2020, “The Weird, Whimsical World Of Rich Sparks”

— this article on Mr. Sparks who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit his website here. 

His new book, Love And Other Weird Things, published by Yoe Books, will be out January 28.

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The Surreal McCoy’s “Wolf Of Baghdad” Out Next Week

Out next week from Carol Isaacs (aka The Surreal McCoy) is The Wolf Of Baghdad (Myriad). Visit the publisher’s website here for an excerpt and a lot of info.

Ms. Isaacs tells the Spill: “The motion comic (animated) version of the book will be premiered at the Sephardi Jewish Film Festival in New York next month and I’ll be over to do a talk and Q&A.”

Details will be posted here when they become available.

Ms. Isaacs began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams on the passing of a legume. Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here.

The Weekend Spill: Henry Martin’s New Yorker Spot Drawings; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020

                                       Henry Martin’s New Yorker Spot Drawings

From Princeton University’s Firestone Library Special Collections, “Henry Martin’s Spots” — this piece on Mr. Martin’s considerable Spot Drawing contribution to The New Yorker during his thirty-five year run at magazine. Here’s a fun photo from the article:

Henry Martin’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Henry Martin (Photo: 1984). Born 1925, Louisville, Kentucky. New Yorker work: 1964 – 1999 . Collections: Good News / Bad News ( Scribners, 1977), Yak! Yak! Yak! Blah! Blah! Blah! (Scribners, 1977). Martin has illustrated a number of books, as well as writing and illustrating children’s books. Besides over 1000 spot drawings, Mr. Martin contributed approximately 650 cartoons to the magazine.

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A weekend round-up of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features.

The Daily Cartoon: Avi Steinberg, Jon Adams, Kim Warp, Ellie Black, Caitlin Cass.

Daily Shouts: Irving Ruan & Eugenia Viti, Julia Edelman & Olivia de Recat, Colin Stokes & Ellis Rosen, Matt Diffee.

And…Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

See all of the above and more here.

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Q & A Of Interest: Ellis Rosen; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon (And Yesterday’s)

Q & A Of Interest: Ellis Rosen

From Unsettled, “Q & A With Ellis Rosen, Cartoonist and Illustrator For The New Yorker”

Mr. Rosen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

“How To Mindfully Break Up With Your Meditation App”

— a duo effort by writer, Julia Edelman and cartoonist, Olivia de Recat. Ms. de Recat began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…

Tree down by Jon Adams, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here.

 

And Yesterday’s…

Kim Warp’s trajectory of the waistline.

Ms. Warp began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999. Visit her website here.

 

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.