The Cover: It’s the Innovators Issue, hence the use of some headings floating in yellow-orangey color fields, like so:
Let’s hope these color fields aren’t permanent innovations.
On the cover: robots by Tom Gauld. Read what he has to say about his work here. The cover reminded me ever-so-slightly of Peter Arno’s meeting-of-the-dogs cover from the ancient times.
The Cartoons: Another week with a cartoonist making their print debut (11 out of 19 issues thus far in 2019). Kasia Babis is the 11th new cartoonist brought into the magazine’s stable this year, and the 37th cartoonist brought in by Emma Allen since she took the cartoon editor reins in May of 2017.
If the Spill handed out blue ribbons like the now dormant Cartoon Companion once did, I’d pin one on Sam Gross’s snail mail cartoon in the issue (p.30).
Rea Irvin: A fun innovation this issue would’ve been bringing back something in the magazine that never should’ve gone away: Rea Irvin’s classic Talk masthead. But not this week. Anyway, it appears below in its usual Monday Spill spot. Read about it here.
Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon
Mr. Dator began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006.
Note: Mr. Dator, along with several other New Yorker cartoonists (Lars Kenseth and Mort Gerberg among them) will be appearing at this week’s National Cartoonists Society Fest in California. The Daily Cartoonist has all the info here.