The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 6, 2020; A Spill Cartoonist List: Fun At First Sight

The Cover Artist: Kadir Nelson returns just two weeks after his stunning cover of June 22nd.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

A double issue with eighteen cartoons by eighteen cartoonists (with two duo efforts: Bliss & Martin, Guerra & Boothby). There’s also a Sketchpad drawing from J.A.K., and a newbie in the midst: Patrick McKelvie. Mr. McKelvie is the tenth new cartoonist to join The New Yorker’s stable this year and the sixty-third brought in by cartoon editor Emma Allen since she was appointed in the Spring of 2017.

Here are some of the cartoons in this week’s issue that caught my eye: a classic  lighthouse light bulb drawing by great Sam Gross, and then perhaps my favorite Ellis Rosen drawing ever (so far!) — his cave people drawing (much like Mr. Gross’s lighthouse drawing) proves that there is plenty of humor to unearth in these favorite cartoon scenarios. Liana Finck’s tent basement is terrif, as is Amy Hwang’s great ice cream on the beach scene. Enjoyed Roz Chast’s six-squares (the way she uses language here reminds me of Bizarro Superman).  Lars Kenseth’s superhero is so much fun. Repeating myself here, but Mr. Kenseth’s drawings never fail to amuse me upon first sighting — I’m sold before I get to the caption.

Fun At First Sight:

Thinking of that kind of reaction has caused me to think about (and mention) some other New Yorker cartoonists whose styles alone have won me over at first glance. I’m going to list only those who’ve passed into the great beyond so as not to offend anyone still around who I might inadvertently forget to mention.

Each of the following had a “theirs alone” style unlike any other being published in the magazine. That’s a wonderful thing, and difficult to do in a crowded cartoonist universe; each brought something else to the drawing paper as well — sometimes easily defined (see Dean Vietor’s work, for example: I’ve mentioned his thrilling wild energetic drawings before on the Spill), and sometimes not.

So here, in alphabetical order are some (not all!) of those fun at first sight New Yorker artists …Addams, Arno (Peter & Ed), Charles Barsotti, Whitney Darrow, Chon Day, Alan Dunn, Dana Fradon, Helen Hokinson, Nurit Karlin, Anatol Kovarsky, Robert Kraus, Frank Modell, Mary Petty, Price (George & Garrett), Gardner Rea, Donald Reilly, Carl Rose, Al Ross, Charles Saxon, Bernie Schoenbaum, Barbara Shermund, Otto Soglow, Steig, Steinberg, James Stevenson, Richard Taylor, Thurber, Dean Vietor, Robert Weber, Gluyas Williams, Gahan Wilson, and Jack Ziegler.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Would love to report that Rea Irvin’s iconic design had returned (it’s been collecting dust since it was replaced by a redraw(!) in the Spring of 2017). But such is not the case. Bah, humbug.

Read about it here.

Here’s what we’re missing:

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: Next Week’s New Yorker Cover; The Tilley Watch Online, June 8-12, 2020; Very Brief Video Of Interest: Ken Krimstein; Chas Addams Nominated For New Jersey Hall Of Fame; Article Of Interest: Liana Finck

Above is the early-released cover of next week’s issue of The New Yorker by Kadir Nelson. Go here to see what the magazine calls “a closeup examination…of the cover”

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The Tilley Watch Online

An end of week list of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features.

June 8-12, 2020:

The Daily Cartoon: Victor Varnado, Maddie Dai, Tim Hamilton, Elisabeth McNair, Liz Montague.

Daily Shouts: Jason Adam Katzenstein with Kashana Cauley. Mr. K. also contributed, with two others, to another DS piece this week).

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

All the above, and so much more, can be found here.

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Very Brief Video Of Interest: Ken Krimstein

Here’s a 35 second video showing New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein finishing up a drawing. Don’t know about you, but I really enjoy watching people draw.

Mr. Krimstein, a New Yorker contributor since August of 2000, is the author of the acclaimed Three Lives of Hannah Arendt.

Visit Mr. Krimstein’s website here.

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Charles Addams Nominated For New Jersey Hall Of Fame

The New Jersey Hall Of Fame may soon include Westfield born Charles Addams.  Read about it here.

Here’s Mr. Addams’ entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Charles Addams (Born in Westfield, New Jersey, January  7, 1912. Died September 29, 1988, New York City. New Yorker work: 1932 – 1988 * the New Yorker has published his work posthumously. One of the giants of The New Yorker’s  stable of artists.  Key cartoon collections: While all of Addams’ collections are worthwhile, here are three that are particular favorites; Homebodies (Simon & Schuster, 1954), The Groaning Board (Simon & Schuster, 1964), Creature Comforts (Simon & Schuster, 1981). In 1991 Knopf published The World of Chas Addams, a retrospective collection. A biography, Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life, by Linda Davis, was published in 2006 by Random House. Visit the Addams Foundation website for far more information : http://www.charlesaddams.com/

Here, just for fun, is the Spill‘s map (originally posted in 2016) showing other New Jersey born New Yorker contributors.

(click on map to expand it).

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Article Of Interest: Liana Finck

From The New York Times, June 14th, “How A New Yorker Cartoonist Spends Her Sundays” — we are informed that this interview with Liana Finck originally took place in January and was updated in March.

Ms. Finck’s latest book is Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self (Random House).

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker (Double Issue) June 8 & 15, 2020

The fiction issue, and it’s a double. The next Monday Tilley Watch won’t be posted til the 15th, which seems like a long way away at the moment.  As has been the case since the magazine became a work-at-home situation, the digital issue is not yet posted (writing this noonish). I’ll use the slideshow found here (you’ll have to scroll down a-ways) to do a brief run through of some of the latest cartoons.

The Cover (above right): Read the short Q&A here with cover artist Richard McGuire.

The Cartoonists: Avi Steinberg, J.A.K., Liana Finck, Tom Toro, David Sipress, Frank Cotham, Julia Suits, Emily Flake, Roz Chast, Charlie Hankin, Peter Vey, Jack Ziegler, Amy Kurzweil

The Cartoons: Avi Steinberg’s reading tree drawing caught my eye this week, as did P.C. Vey’s couple in bed with a harmonica, Julia Suits sandbox couple, and Liana Finck’s grass-fed cows.  And, not needless to say: it’s always a special treat to see work surface by the late very very great Jack Ziegler.

It’s unusual to mention the Cartoon Caption Contest drawing, but I can’t help myself this week. Enjoyed how Lars Kenseth clowned around with a car (below left).

Graphically it reminded me a little of Edward Koren’s “Well there’s your problem” published as the cover drawing (and its caption used as the title of) Mr. Koren’s 1981 cartoon collection.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Until the digital issue pops up I can’t be sure if Mr. Irvin’s classic masthead design is still in mothballs.  My guess is that it is.  In the meantime here’s what went missing in the Spring of 2017:

Read more about it here.

 

 

A Mini Peter Arno Fest On Attempted Bloggery; More Good Reading From A New Yorker State Of Mind… The New Yorker May 9, 1931; Today’s Daily Cartoonist…A Newbie; More Spills: Kuper, Finck, Donnelly

A Mini Peter Arno Fest On Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery takes a look at Peter Arno’s 1929 best selling cartoon collection, Parade as it appeared in the U.K. and here at home….and further down the site, a look at the Arno covered game, Bonanza. Read here!

 

 

Bonus from the Arno research archives: Will Cuppy’s review of  The Second New Yorker Album and Arno’s Parade from The Chicago Daily Tribune, December 14, 1929.

I love “the boy’s alive right now and his drawings are among the most amusing things on earth…”

 

 

 

 

Peter Arno’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Peter Arno (Pictured above. Source: Look, 1938) Born Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr., January 8, 1904, New York City. Died February 22, 1968, Port Chester, NY. New Yorker work: 1925 -1968. Key collection: Ladies & Gentlemen (Simon & Schuster, 1951) The Foreword is by Arno. For far more on Arno please check out my biography of him, Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist (Regan Arts, 2016).

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More Good Reading From A New Yorker State Of Mind: The New Yorker May 9, 1931.

An excellent blog to visit if you want to escape for awhile. Read here!

Cover by the one-and-only Helen Hokinson.

Ms. Hokinson’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Helen Hokinson Born, Illinois,1893; died, Washington, D.C., 1949. New Yorker work: 1925 -1949, with some work published posthumously. All of Hokinson’s collections are wonderful, but here are two favorites. Her first collection: So You’re Going To Buy A Book! (Minton, Balch & Co, 1931) and what was billed as “the final Hokinson collection”: The Hokinson Festival (Dutton & Co., 1956). According to a New Yorker document  produced during Harold Ross’s editorship (1925-1951) rating their artists, Ms. Hokinson and Peter Arno occupied a special category unto themselves above all others.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

A newbie to the newyorker.com feature, Luke McGarry, who pops in on the Berenstain Bears.

Visit Mr. McGarry’s website here.

 

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…From Bleeding Cool News, May 29, 2020, “Peter Kuper Crosses Donald Trump With Winsor McCay”

Mr. Kuper’s website.

…From Financial Times, “Liana Finck, New Yorker Cartoonist, On Finding Confidence And Creativity  In Quarantine”

Ms. Finck’s website.

…Podcast of Interest: “How to Deal With Rejection” Liza Donnelly talks to Kelly Hoey.

Ms. Donnelly’s website.

Thurber Thursday: A Thurber House Reading; Fave Photo of The Day: More Zoomin’ Cartoonists; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist…and Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Purchase Peter Kuper’s “Little Donald’s Sneeze” Print For A Worthy Cause

Thurber Thursday: A Thurber House Reading

On June 10th, Michael Rosen, who has a long association with  The Thurber House and has edited many a modern Thurber book (including the one pictured here and the fabulous A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art of James Thurber) will be appearing, online, in an event described this way on the Thurber House site:

Michael and special guest readers will read from Collected Fables, an anthology of James Thurber’s beloved fables that includes a foreword by Keith Olbermann and ten previously uncollected or unpublished stories. Featuring Thurber’s original illustrations, Collected Fables is a must-have for Thurber lovers, scholars, and readers of all ages.

All the info here.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: More Zoomin’ Cartoonists

From Wednesday night’s Zoomed Society of Illustrators event, “The Funny Ladies At The New Yorker”: top left, then clockwise: Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, and Liana Finck. The hour long online conversation can be seen here on Youtube.

Roz Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978, Liza Donnelly in 1982; Liana Finck in 2013

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist…Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Yesterday’s

Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Teresa Burns Parkhurst: “The New Army Men”

Ms. Parkhurst began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2017. See more of her New Yorker work here.

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon: Ben Schwartz on the future, or not. Dr. Schwartz began contributing in 2011.

Yesterday’s Daily Cartoonist was Drew Dernavich, who began contributing to the magazine in 2002.

 

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Purchase Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze Print For A Worthy Cause

You’ll probably recall seeing Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze in the April 27th issue of The  New Yorker. Now there’s a print available.  All profits go to a worthy cause.

Here’s the press release:

Peter Kuper has joined forces with Sunday Press to do a fund raiser. You get a beautifully printed 11×17″ poster of his “Little Donald’s Sneeze” comic that appeared in The New Yorker. 100% of ALL profits will be donated to FEEDING AMERICA. Just click the link below to order and please pass along to anyone else you think might be interested. Of course you can also skip the poster and just give directly to them through the link above.

Poster link: https://sundaypressbooks.com/LittleDonald.php

Here’s Peter Kuper’s entry on The Spill‘s A-Z:

Peter Kuper  (above) Born, 1958, Summit, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 6, 2011 – . Website: peterkuper.com  For more biographical information, visit his Wikipedia page.