Thurber Thursday: Thurber Country UK Penguin Edition; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Reminder: Chatfield Live At 3!; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Thurber Thursday: Thurber Country, UK Penguin Edition

Thirty-two years ago, when my New Yorker cartoonist colleague, Liza Donnelly and I were wed,  she brought into the marriage, among so many other things, the Thurber UK paperbacks she’d grown up with. My fave of these, cover-wise, has always been Thurber Country, published by Penguin in 1962, the year after Thurber passed away. Is there any dog more perfectly drawn than a Thurber dog (rhetorical, no need to answer).*

The bio on the inside front cover is of interest, as is the slightly wild hair photo.

*George Booth’s cartoon dogs are certainly equal.

Here’s Thurber’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

James Thurber  Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995)  are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

From Adam Douglas Thompson, more White House memoirs.

Mr. Thompson began contributing to The New yorker in April of 2019.

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Reminder: Chatfield Live At 3!

New Yorker cartoonist, Jason Chatfield, & his MAD mag colleague Ed Steckley will draw live this afternoon at 3.

Register/info here

Mr. Chatfield’s website.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Eugenia Viti, who began contributing to The New Yorker in June of last year: “Five Filters That Will Ruin Your Relationship”

 

Tonight! Art Out Loud Online Society Of Illustrators Event W/ Liza Donnelly; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Chatfield Live!; More Spills: Grant Snider & J.A.K…More About MAD’s Jaffee

Tonight at 6 watch long-time New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly draw live as part of the Society of Illustrators Art Out Loud Online series.  Info here.

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

Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. New Yorker work: June 21, 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005). Edited:  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). Women On Men (Narrative Library, 2013). Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.  She is the CBS News Resident Cartoonist. Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

We’re being watched by Drew Panckeri, who began contributing to The New Yorker in April of 2015.

 

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Chatfield Live!

From The Daily Cartoonist, June 15, 2020,  “Wacom Sponsors Webinar Featuring Jason Chatfield and Ed Steckley”

Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

Visit his website here.

 

 

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…J.A.K’s about to released book & Grant Snider’s get noticed by The New York Times. Read here.

…Speaking of The New York Times, here’s a piece about MAD‘s just retired Al Jaffee and the issue of MAD celebrating his career.

 

Victor Varnado: “How I Became A New Yorker Cartoonist”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Revisiting A Video Of Interest: Jenny Kroik; Al Jaffee’s Last MAD Fold-In

I’m always interested in hearing every New Yorker cartoonist’s story of their first sale to the magazine. It’s a “moment” they’ll never forget. Here’s Victor Varnado talking about his.

Mr. Varnado’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in the issue of July 8, 2019.  Visit his website here.

And as long as we’re talking about Mr. Varnado…he’s Today’s Daily Cartoonist.

See his cartoon here.

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Revisiting A Video Of Interest: Jenny Kroik

From The 92nd Street Y,  this brief video of New Yorker cover artist, Jenny Kroik.

(The video originally posted in Feb of 2019, reposted by Viewing NYC  June 12, 2020).

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The Spill has always had a soft spot for MAD and its artists; the magazine, as I’ve said before, surely inspired numerous budding New Yorker cartoonists (including this one) over the years, and in more recent times published a number of New Yorker artists.

Although Al Jaffee’s work never appeared in The New Yorker, he did submit covers a ways back (I remember seeing at least one terrific cover submission at a MoCCA gallery show in SoHo ages ago). Mr. Jaffee, who was responsible for MAD’s iconic fold-in, recently announced his retirement (at age 99). Below is his very last one. Read more (and see more) here on The Forward.

 

55 Years Ago Today; A Timely 1960 Frank Modell Cartoon; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist; A Cartoonist At The Culture Desk; The Passing of Mad’s Mort Drucker

55 Years Ago Today

The other day I mentioned that April 10th is the 55th anniversary of the publication of Mort Gerberg’s first New Yorker drawing (I Spilled the drawing published in that issue of April 10, 1965).  It was, however, not the first drawing he sold to the magazine. His first sale appears above (quite a beginning!).  It appeared in the issue of October 30, 1965. The Spill congratulates the artist on his 55th!

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A Timely 1960 Frank Modell Cartoon  

This Frank Modell drawing appeared in The New Yorker February 27, 1960. I’d say that by now most of us have a pretty good idea the answer to the question.

My thanks to Daniel Borinsky for finding and sending the drawing along.

Frank Modell’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Frank Modell (photograph taken early 1990s) Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1917. Died, May 27, 2016, Guilford, Connecticut. New Yorker work: 1946 – 1997. Mr. Modell began his New Yorker career as assistant to the Art Editor, James Geraghty. He soon began contributing his cartoons (and cartoon ideas for others), with his first drawing appearing July 20, 1946. Besides his work for The New Yorker, he was a children’s book author and an actor (he appeared, most notably, in Woody Allen’s 1980 film, Stardust Memories). Key collection: Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! (Dodd, Mead, 1978).

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Comforting bunny talk from P.C. Vey. Mr. Vey began contributing to The New Yorker in 1993.

Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell: “Movies Remade for Socially Isolated Viewing”

Ms. Campbell began contributing to The New Yorker in November of 2017.  Visit her website here.

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From The Culture Desk

Paul Karasik on the death of John Prine.

Mr. Karasik began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.

 

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The Spill Notes The Passing Of The Great Mad Artist, Mort Drucker

I have to believe that untold numbers of New Yorker cartoonists self-educated by looking through MAD magazine. A large part of that education would’ve included taking in Mort Drucker’s gazillions of drawings. Mr. Drucker, who passed away this week at age 91, was one of the Mt. Rushmore figures in Mad’s stable (the Usual Gang of Idiots).

The National Cartoonists Society Tweeted the below:

And here are just a few pieces published since the news broke:

From Mad Magazine: “RIP Mort Drucker 1929-2020” by The Editors.

From The New York Times: “Mort Drucker, Master Of The Mad Caricature, Is Dead At 91” by J. Hoberman.

From The Washington Post: “Mort Drucker who drew humor from life in Mad Magazine dies at 91” by Matt Schudel.

From The Washington Post:  “Mort Drucker’s legendary Mad magazine caricatures spoofed Hollywood — and Hollywood loved them” by Michael Cavna.

From Rolling Stone “Mad magazine cartoonist Mort Drucker dead at 91” by Jon Blistein

…and from the New Yorker cartoonist, Jason Chatfield, this tribute.

 

The Weekend Spill: A Whither Now? MAD Dartboard; The Online Tilley Watch: December 16 -20, 2019; From The Archives: 1984 “The New Yorker” Cartoonists Traveling Exhibit Poster

A Whither Now? MAD Dartboard

MAD was in the news not long ago when it announced it was no longer going to turn out a brand new content-filled magazine, but rely instead on reprinting older material.  Now the folks at MAD have (sort of) given its readers a game of choice. The below graphic piece appears in the February 2020 issue, along with the news that famed artist Al Jaffee will no longer do the fold-in back page after a gazillion years of doing so.

The Online Tilley Watch, December 16-20, 2019

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

* artists contributing to newyorker.com are of two stripes: some contribute solely to the online magazine, and others cross-over from print to online.  For now, only the artists appearing in print are listed on the Spill‘s A-Z.

 

 

The Daily Cartoon: Ellis Rosen, Brooke Bourgeois, Ali Solomon, Avi Steinberg, Ellie Black.

Daily Shouts: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Ali Solomon.

and…

Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons Of 2019…by The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes.

Not-To-Be-Missed Shouts Of 2019…by The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen.

Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

All of the above, and more, can be seen here.

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From The Archives: 1984 “The New Yorker” Cartoonists Traveling Exhibit Poster

I may, or may not, have posted this once before — if so, it was quite awhile ago. It’s a great at-a-glance look at The New Yorker‘s cartoon stable, mid 1980s (with a few departed stable mates work included:  Peter Arno, and R.Taylor, among them).