I’ve always felt slightly uneasy about the old saying, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” But for now it applies to my feelings about the Monday Tilley Watch. It began as an honest response to every new issue’s cartoons. And that was fun (for me)… for awhile. Lately it’s become more of a challenge to say what I want to say without actually saying it (If you can follow that, my hat is off to you). The Monday Tilley Watch was never meant to be a critical platform, but I’m afraid it’s become one. Biting the hand that feeds me (it’s also a hand I love) gives me no pleasure. And so, beginning today, I’m deconstructing the Monday Tilley Watch. On Mondays I’ll still chime in, from time-to-time, about the latest issue. But mostly, if not entirely, the day’s post will return to being, as are the posts every other day of the week, a catch-all of New Yorker cartoonists doings out there in the world. This does not mean that Ink Spill will lose its critical edge. It simply means I’ll choose my battles instead of battling on a regular basis every monday morning.
Having said all that, and in the spirit of the Monday Tilley Watch, there is one drawing from the new issue I’d like to mention. Lars Kenseth‘s genie drawing (p.41) is fresh, inventive, well-drawn and yes, funny. And so, to Mr. Kenseth, a hardy round of applause.
One constant of the Watch will continue weekly: a nod to Rea Irvin’s (sadly) still missing masthead. Read about it here, and see it below:
Adriane Tomine returns with a cover steeped in dreams. Read about it here. The cover appears related, in color palette and style, to last week’s cover, by Chris Ware. They even share a large circular object hovering along the right side of the frame (Mr. Ware’s is a tree, Mr. Tomine’s a logo).
Two pieces of good news. There are 18 cartoons in the issue. We haven’t seen this many in an issue since May 14th, when there were 19. Perhaps the surge to 18 is a result of this being the “Entertainment Issue” –or maybe it’s just one of those things.
The other piece of good news is that many of the cartoons — more so than in any issue in recent memory — are given a lot of breathing room on the page. P.C. Vey’s cartoon is a good example, as is Zach Kanin’s, Seth Fleishman’s, Tom Chitty’s, and Barbara Smaller’s. Most of the other cartoons also seem to occupy more space than has been the case; just a few seem squeezed in.
If the Spill was in the business of handing out blue ribbons like they do over on the Cartoon Companion, one would be pinned on Bruce Eric Kaplan’s drawing (p. 61). Also of note: Lars Kenseth’s log flume ride drawing (p.78).
Update: Sadly, Rea Irvin’s classic masthead (below) is still in mothballs. Read about it here.
The Daily Cartoon this past week was 100% Trumpian or Trump-related. The contributing cartoonists: Brendan Loper, Jon Adams, Peter Kuper, Avi Steinberg and newbie, Lila Ash.
The contributing New Yorker cartoonists appearing in this week’s Daily Shouts: Liana Finck and Lars Kenseth.
You can see all the work (and more) here.
…and speaking of Peter Kuper, here’s a nineteen minute video interview with him (with Italian subtitles).
Trump headlines five outta five cartoons in this week’s Daily line-up. The contributing New Yorker cartoonists are: Brendan Loper, Lars Kenseth, Tom Chitty, Emily Flake, and David Sipress.
Things are less Trumpian (though not devoid of Trump) over on Daily Shouts. The contributing New Yorker cartoonists are Jason Adam Katzenstein (w/Jenny Kroik), Liana Finck, Roz Chast, and Mr. Katzenstein again, this time with Colin Stokes (he’s the New Yorker‘s Assistant Cartoon Editor).
The contributing New Yorker cartoonists* on this week’s Daily Cartoon: Jeremy Nguyen, Avi Steinberg, Lars Kenseth, and Jason Adam Katzenstein (3/4ths of the drawings in the realm of Trump).
Contributing New Yorker cartoonists on this week’s Daily Shouts (team efforts all): Olivia de Recat (w/Chris Weller), Jeremy Nguyen (w/Chris Kozminski), and Jason Adam Katzenstein (w/Julia Edelman).
*The Spill considers “contributing New Yorker cartoonists” cartoonists whose work has appeared in the print edition of the New Yorker.
Video of Interest: A BBC Portrait of Liza Donnelly
From the BBC, “Drawing For Change: Liza Donnelly” — this recent profile of Ms. Donnelly,
Blog of Interest: A New Yorker State of Mind
The Spill applauds one of its favorite blogs, A New Yorker State of Mind: Reading Every Issue of The New Yorker Magazine. The latest post looks closely at the last issues of the last summer of the 1920s. This is a terrific read.