The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of August 26, 2019

The Cover: Way to go, Ed Steed! Mr. Steed’s debut New Yorker cover is a gem.  See the cover and read this short interview about it with Mr. Steed.

It’s always a thrill, and always a reason to cheer when a New Yorker cartoonist’s work appears on the cover. Our presence there took a major hit once the singular title of art editor (last enjoyed by Lee Lorenz) was split in two back in the Tina Brown era. One job became two jobs: a cartoon editor for the cartoons, and an art editor for the covers. For the better part of the magazine’s history, the cartoonists were in the majority as cover contributors (over 60%). That dropped to a single digit percentage in the years since the cover editor’s position was created. Mr. Steed’s breakthrough is encouraging.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

A Spill round of applause for several cartoons in the issue that caught my eye: Tim Hamilton’s lion at a party (p.65) is a stand out. Perhaps I’m a sucker for drawings depicting a person held in clenched jaws.  I’m also quite fond of P.C. Vey’s worked-his-way-up-the-ladder chef in a cubicle (p.63). Mr. Vey has given us a very good drawing. Lila Ash’s trapeze artists (p.79) are also a lot of fun; the drawing clicks perfectly with a caption that heavily depends — even more so than usual in this case — on timing.

The over-all cartoon picture for the issue: Just ten cartoons amid a multitude of illustrations (four of the illustrations are full page). I wonder if my colleagues ever submit cartoons as intended full page drawings. Something to ask next time we gather en masse.

Breathing room around the cartoons is good this issue. Frank Cotham’s drawing (p.52) could’ve used a bit more space so we can appreciate and dive into all that’s going on in his court room. Perhaps, as is sometimes the case, that’s not an issue in the print issue.

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead:  It’s been twenty-seven months since it was abandoned in favor of a (gasp!) redraw. Read about it here.

Here’s the real thing:

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill; A Smaller Daily Shouts; A Playboy Cartoon; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of July 29 – August 3, 2019

 

A Smaller Daily Shouts: “Course Of Empire: Part 5” — Ms. Smaller has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1996. Further reading from The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank blog and from Jane Mattimoe’s A Case For Pencils.

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A Playboy Cartoon

Not too very long ago — fifteen years? — if you asked a cartoonist to name the top two places to take one’s work, the answer would be The New Yorker, and then Playboy. In recent times, what with the roller-coastering of cartoon-usage at Playboy, the idea of a second best place is anyone’s call. “Will the Millenials Save Playboy?”  from today’s New York Times mentions there is a cartoon in the Summer issue of Playboy. Is there more than one?

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An end of week gathering of New Yorker cartoonist contributors to the Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts

The Daily Cartoon: Barry Blitt (two Bonus Daily cartoons), Mike Twohy, Ali Solomon, Ward Sutton, Lila Ash, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Brendan Loper.

Daily Shouts: Evan Lian, and Ali Fitzgerald.

The Wednesday Watch: Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; New Market Watch…Air Mail; Donnelly Live-Draws Dem’s Debate; A Susanne Suba Re-Issue

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Desert drinks by Lila Ash, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018.

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New Market Watch

Considering the narrowing avenues for cartoonists , it’s always a brighter day when a cartoon-carrying publication is launched.  We now have two (online-only) issues of former Vanity Fair editor, Graydon Carter’s Air Mail to peruse. You’ll find cartoons under the heading “Small Talk” (not an exclusive-to-cartoons-heading). Many, if not all of the cartoonists in these first two issues seem to have caravanned over from the recently de-cartooned Esquire, where Air Mail‘s cartoon editor was formerly (and briefly) the cartoon editor.  New Yorker readers will recognize most of Air Mail‘s cartoonists appearing in these first two issues; they include Alex Gregory, Maddie Dai, Joe Dator, Drew Dernavich, Chris Weyant, Seth Fleishman, David Borchart, and Charlie Hankin.

Two other New Yorker artists (primarily contributors of New Yorker covers ) are given their own “Sketchbook” slots: Barry Blitt, and the legendary Edward Sorel (casually referred to under the heading, “Ed Sorel’s Sketchbook”).

The one nit-picky thing I’ll say about Air Mail‘s cartoon slot is that I wish the space allotted each cartoon wasn’t so compressed (the bright red Small Talk banner actually looks to be weighing down on a number of the cartoons,  invading the cartoon’s space).  I’ve always believed cartoons are better off with breathing room surrounding them (i.e., shown graphic respect).  You’ll notice that a number of text features ( Science, Tech Lab, But First…, Highlight, Crime) all have a horizontal line placed below their heading, cleanly separating the feature’s title from the article.

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Liza Donnelly Live-Draws Dem’s Debate

Check out Liza Donnelly’s graphic take on last night’s debate. 

Ms. Donnelly has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1982.

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A Susanne Suba Re-Issue

Originally published in 1951 by Rand McNally (cover on the left), The Theatre Cat by Noel Streatfeild, with illustrations by New Yorker artist Susanne Suba will be re-issued this September by Scholastic. 

Susanne Suba’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Born Budapest, Hungary 1913. Died February, 2012, NYC. Ms. Suba contributed numerous “spot” drawings to The New Yorker, as well as five covers and one cartoon, published September 18, 1948. Her first cover appeared October 21, 1939, and her last, March 2, 1963. Besides her work for the magazine she was a prolific illustrator of children’s books. A collection of her spot drawings was published in 1944, Spots By Suba: From The New Yorker (E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, NY).

Link to the Spill‘s appreciation of Ms. Suba here.

 

 

 

Happy 93rd, George Booth!; Articles Of Interest: Maira Kalman, Ken Krimstein; Ali Fitzgerald’s Daily Shouts; The Daily Cartoonists & Cartoons: Lila Ash, Liz Montague

Happy 93rd George Booth!

Here’s to one of The New Yorker‘s greatest artists, George Booth, born 93 years ago today in Cainsville, Missouri.

Above: Rehearsal’s Off! (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1976)

Mr. Booth at the Society of Illustrators, November 2017 for the opening of George Booth — A Cartoonist’s Life

East Side Main St., Cainsville, Mo.

The Essential George Booth, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz (Workman, 1998)

Mr. Booth kicking up his heels with Drawing Life  filmmaker, Nathan Fitch and animation artist, Emily Collins

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Article Of Interest: Maira Kalman

From From The Grapevine, June 28, 2019, “Maira Kalman Is More Than Just A Quirky Cartoonist For The New Yorker”*

Ms. Kalman has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1995. Visit her website here.

*maybe too inside baseball here, but a more accurate headline may have been, “Ms. Kalman is More Than Just A Quirky Cover Artist For The New Yorker”

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Article Of Interest: Ken Krimstein

From DePaul Magazine, (Summer Issue), “New Yorker Cartoonist Waxes Philosophic”  — the spotlight here is on Ken Krimstein, who began contributing his work to The New Yorker in 2000. He is the author of the two books shown above. Visit his website here.

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Ali Fitzgerald’s Daily Shouts

“America! 2020 Democratic Candidates As Nineteen-Nineties Boy-Band Members” by Ali Fitzgerald

(posted June 27th, 2019)

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonists & Cartoons

Lila Ash, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2018, on the next Dem debate.

And a Bonus Daily from Liz Montague who began contributing to The New Yorker this past March.

 

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Lila Ash; Pratt & Eckstein & Cartoons & Books

Today’s Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist:

Poetry in motion via the plastic bag by Lila Ash who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2018.

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Pratt & Eckstein & Cartoons & Books

From Pratt’s website, “New and Noteworthy: Summer Reading By Pratt Alumni”

 — Bob Eckstein‘s latest book, The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Cartoon Books is cited.

Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

Note: An upcoming event as part of the Ultimate’s World Book tour:

June 26, 2019 at 6:30, at The Grolier Club.  Mr. Eckstein will be joined by Roz Chast, Robert Leighton & Bruce Eric Kaplan