The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of January 6, 2020

The Cover: A retro cover! When I saw this attractive cover I immediately placed its style and structure in the early 1960s, and thought of a particular artist: the most prolific of all New Yorker cover artists, Arthur Getz. To illustrate, here’s Mr. Getz’s cover from December 18, 1965 side-by-side with this new one by Pascal Campion.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons: Some random thoughts on a few of the cartoons in The New Yorker‘s first issue of the 2020s…

There’s a duo effort by Jose Arroyo and Rob Kutner. Mr. Arroyo first began contributing to the magazine in 2008. Mr. Kutner is a comedy writer.

Really like Suerynn Lee’s breadcrumbs-on-a-trail drawing (it’s on page 28) — graphically appealing with a strong caption. Of the breadcrumbs-on-a-trail themed New Yorker cartoons over the years, here’s a favorite from the great Arnie Levin, published May 22, 2000.

Zach Kanin’s mounted python (on p. 36) is a hoot (or a “ssssssss”).  Mr. Kanin’s drawings always seem (to me) to contain some kind of Charles Addamsy-ish dna, which is a very good thing.

Can’t see a dog at a computer cartoon, such as Elisabeth’s McNair’s (p. 34) without thinking of  Peter Steiner‘s celebrated New Yorker drawing published July 5, 1993:  “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” It remains the most republished New Yorker drawing in modern history.

Joe Dator’s procrastinating writer cartoon (p. 39) is fun. The length of the caption — and the time it takes to read it —  becomes another element of delay.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Last Monday, in this space, I held out the faint hope we might see Rea Irvin’s classic Talk masthead return to kick off the new year and decade. No dice. The redraw — plopped-in in the Spring of 2017 — is back after Ed Steed’s fun one-off in last week’s “Cartoon Takeover” issue.  Read more about the masthead here, and, as always (until something changes for the better… or worse!), here’s Mr. Irvin’s classic (sadly moth-balled) masthead…

 

Conan Clip Of Interest; Today’s Daily Shouts By…Ali Fitzgerald; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Jeremy Nguyen

Conan Clip Of Interest

Here’s a clip from a recent episode of Conan, celebrating Jose Arroyo’s debut New Yorker drawing (it appeared on page 56 of the April 15, 2019 issue).

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Today’s Daily Shouts…

is by Ali Fitzgerald, who has been contributing to newyorker.com since 2016.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 

Jeremy Nguyen on the season for wedding invites. 

Mr. Nguyen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.  Visit his website here.

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of April 15, 2019; Book Events Of Interest This Week…And A Live Podcast Of Interest; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Lila Ash; Today’s Daily Shouts By J.A.K. & Julia Rothman

The Cover: Play ball!…or…ball in play!  A graphically pleasing cover by Mark Ulriksen.  Read about it here

The Cartoonists:

Note: Brooke Bourgeois is making her New Yorker print debut. Ms. Bourgeois is the 7th new cartoonist added to the stable this year and the 31st added under cartoon editor Emma Allen’s watch.

The Cartoons:  The Spill spotlight falls on three of this week’s cartoons.

Lars Kenseth‘s couple on a stroll (p. 37). Cat’s been out of the bag since a summer of 2017 Spill piece that I’m a fan of Mr. Kenseth’s Deodorant roll-on people. I simply like seeing them, and enjoy the world they inhabit. In this particular drawing the triangular pockets on the fellow’s shirt add to the Kenseth-world fun. 

Jose Arroyo‘s UFO drawing (p.56). I love a good UFO drawing. This is an excellent addition to the canon. The drawing of the fellow being taken up into the spaceship is terrific, as is the caption. 

Ed Steed‘s Repair Shop (p.51).  Mr. Steed goes basic here, and it works beautifully.

The Illustrations (used as an umbrella term to cover drawings and photographs): I’ll just say there are a lot, including 5 1/2 full pages. 

Lastly: No, Rea Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead has not yet returned. Below, the real deal.

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Book Events Of Interest This Week

April 9th, in Manhattan:

A quartet of New Yorker cartoonists: Bob Eckstein with Robert Leighton, Marisa Acocella, and Barbara Smaller. Info on poster, and here.

And, in Manhattan, April 9th, A Live Podcast:

The podcasting duo of Jason Chatfield and Scott Dooley go live. Info here.

Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here. Mr. Dooley has contributed to newyorker.com.  His website here.

And More Chatfield: A piece on Medium posted April 7, 2019, “The Ten-Step Process of Preparing a Weekly Batch of Cartoons for The New Yorker” (perhaps should’ve been titled “Jason Chatfield’s Ten-Step Process of Preparing a Weekly Batch of Cartoons for The New Yorker”).

April 10th, in Manhattan:

A duo: Mark Alan Stamaty, celebrating the anniversary reissue of MacDoodle Street, with Liana Finck. Info here.

April 10th, in Rhinebeck, NY:

Another quartet of New Yorker cartoonists: Bob Eckstein with Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and myself.  Info on poster, and here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Today’s Daily, about this now-brief pre-Game of Thrones moment in time, is by Lila Ash. Ms. Ash began contributing to The New Yorker in December of 2018. Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts

“Touristy Things I Still Do After Five Years Of Living in New York” by  J.A.K. (or Jason Adam Katzenstein — your call!) along with Julia Rothman.  Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.