Monday Miscellany: Mick Stevens does the Daily; Donnelly Live Tweets Mad Men; Video: Andre Francois; Westport New Yorker Family Reunion follow-up

 

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Mick Stevens takes over The New Yorker‘s Daily Cartoon today.  He talks about it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liza Donnelly

was busy live tweet drawing the Mad Men season premier last night.  The New Yorker Culture Desk has gathered her drawings in a slide show.

 

Link to Liza Donnelly’s blog.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a 26 minute film by Sarah Moon of the late New Yorker cover artist Andre Francois, who contributed 55 covers to the magazine.  His first was April 20, 1963 and his last, July 1, 1991.  He also contributed two interior pieces to the magazine, one of which, in the May 7, 2001 issue, was the last appearance of his work in The New Yorker.

Here’s a link to the Mr. Francois’ Wiki bio

And here’s a link to his work on The New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank site.

 

 

 

Cover Story

As mentioned a few days ago here, there was a Westport New Yorker family reunion held as a tie-in to the ongoing exhibit, “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Wesport”  at The Westport Historical Society.  Here’s a piece, “Recalling Their New Yorker Cover Parents” dated April 12, 2014, from Westport Now, about the event.

 

 

 

 

Bob Eckstein on Live-Drawing the Oscars; Liza Donnelly Live Tweet-Draws the Oscars; Barbara Smaller takes over the Daily Cartoon

-1Bob Eckstein will be live-drawing the Oscars for The New Yorker‘s website later on today. Link here for the magazine’s coverage. According to a Facebook post,  he’ll also provide commentary.

I asked Bob to talk a little about the big night and here’s what he had to say:

 

I’m more excited than usual about tonight’s Oscars. This time I will be glued to the TV set with a Wacom tablet pen in one hand and a cocktail wienie in the other. My wife will be mingling and whispering in my ear what the vibe is at our friend’s fancy Oscars party and what everyone thinks of the dresses and selections. Our friend Carla, who is throwing the bash, is excited about being included in the piece and promised to save some food for me since I will be drawing non-stop.

How was I lucky enough to get this opportunity? I was lucky. And it’s a numbers game more than anything. I’ve been drawing and writing for The New York Times for over 30 years! I started with a page illustration in the magazine section when I was just a teenager. I’m not sure if I came up with the idea or someone else did but about five years ago it was suggested I draw the Super Bowl in real time. I think I pushed to just write jokes and skip the drawings. That seemed like more fun. And less work.

Anyhoo, that exposure lead to this job and otherwise I wouldn’t be drawing tonight but just stuffing my face with Oscar-shaped macaroons. You may ask, what do I know about movies.  I watched most of the nominated pictures?  I will say that for years I wrote, including reviews, for the Village Voice, Newsday and other publications. My wife and I met in art school where we were both film majors (and of course I studied film history).

As a DVD extra I’ll add that she won a student Emmy and absolutely hated my guts. I switched in my last year to an Illustration major. Twelve years later we ran into each other again at a mutual friend’s funeral. We were asked to curate the deceased friend’s retrospective together. And shortly afterwards we eloped to Iceland.

(above: Eckstein’s Oscar-wielding Tilley).

 

Further reading

Link to Bob Eckstein’s website: bobeckstein.com

Link here to see Bob Eckstein’s New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.

 

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Donnelly: Oscars

Over on The Nib, Liza Donnelly, fresh from her Olympics live-tweet drawing, is live tweet-drawing the Oscars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Smaller takes over The New Yorker‘s Daily Cartoon today, following Tom Toro.  Link here to see her first contribution.

Donnelly’s Olympic Tweet Drawings; Paul Karasik’s Winning 12 Panel Pitch; Maloney’s 1st New Yorker Cartoon Idea Sale

liza-olympics-roundup-01Liza Donnelly, who has been live Tweet drawing the Olympics, continues on tonight.  The New Yorker‘s “Sporting Scene” is showcasing her work here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And.. Karasik Wins

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Paul Karasik (left) who has been contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999 has the winning 12 Panel Pitch for Slate Read all about it/ see it here.

Link here to his blog, Rules to Vivere ByLink here to his Wikipedia entry.

 

 

 

And…More Maloney

Back in March of 2013, I wrote a piece about Russell Maloney and his connection to The New Yorker‘s cartoons.  Since then I’ve acquired a copy of Maloney’s 1945 collection, It’s Still Maloney (cover by Richard Taylor, re-posted here.  The March scan wasn’t very good).

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In Maloney’s preface (“Author! Author!”) he tells us he will he provide a running commentary through the book — a nice touch —  and he also lets us in on his introduction to The New Yorker. He first sold the magazine an anecdote in “the dreadful summer of 1932” (for ten dollars), and then that same year:

One of the Boston newspapers informed me that The New Yorker artists did not always think up their own ideas for pictures, that the management paid outsiders for suggestions.  I sent in an account of a situation I thought would make a good Helen Hokinson picture — a lady librarian handing over a book to a patron with the admonishment, “Now don’t take this too literally, it’s symbolism” — and got paid for that: seven dollars.

 

And here’s the Hokinson drawing, caption by Maloney, published in The New Yorker,  January  7, 1933.

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Extra reading: Here’s Richard Taylor’s entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

 

Richard Taylor  (self portrait above from Meet the Artist) Born in Fort William, Ontario, Sept. 18, 1902. Died in 1970. NYer work: 1935 -1967. Collections: The Better Taylors ( Random House, 1944, and a reprint edition by World Publishing, 1945), Richard Taylor’s Wrong Bag (Simon & Schuster, 1961). Taylor also authored Introduction to Cartooning ( Watson -Guptill, 1947). From Taylor’s introduction: the “book is not intended to be a ‘course in cartooning’…instead, it attempts to outline a plan of study — something to be kept at the elbow to steer by.”

 

 

Liza Donnelly to Tweet Draw Sochi Opening Ceremony

 

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Liza Donnelly, who has been tweet drawing various high profile events of late, including the Grammys (see illustration to the left), The Golden Globes (seen on her website), The State of the Union Address, etc., will be on the job tonight during the Olympic opening ceremony.  Her work will be gathered on The New Yorker‘s website here.

 

See some of Donnelly’s New Yorker work here.

Below is Donnelly’s Ink SpillNew Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:

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Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. NYer work: 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005).  Edited: Mothers & Daughters ( Ballantine, 1993), Fathers & Sons ( Ballantine, 1994), Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008).  Co-authored with Michael Maslin:  Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995),  Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995),  Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010).  Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.  Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com