Marcellus Hall’s Debut Graphic Novel; Liana Finck’s “Passing For Human”Cover; A Passing of Note, 50 Years Ago Today

Marcellus Hall’s Debut Graphic Novel

New Yorker artist Marcellus Hall’s debut graphic novel, Kaleidoscope City will be out next month.

From the publisher:

“A lone man navigates the streets of Kaleidoscope City in the aftermath of a broken romance. Buoyed by his curiosity and a search for meaning, with sketchbook in hand, he finds inspiration in unexpected places, from far-flung neighborhoods to fleeting glimpses of a mysterious woman.” Info here!

Mr. Hall’s website

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Liana Finck’ s “Passing For Human” Cover

New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck  has posted the cover of her upcoming graphic memoir, Passing For Human ( Random House, September 18). 

From the publisher:

“A visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against what’s expected of her as a woman, and learning to accept her true self.”

Link here for more info.

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50 Years Ago Today

I’m not one for remembering death dates, but this is one to note: One of the New Yorker‘s cartoon gods, Peter Arno, died 50 years ago today. Here’s the headline on the front page of The New York Times, February 23, 1968.

  

New Yorker Cartoonists Gather for Cartoon Bank Event

Just a few days after a gathering of New Yorker cartoonists in Brooklyn (for the Not Ok exhibit) there was another gathering — this one last night at 1 World Trade Center.  Conde Nast, The New Yorker’s parent company hosted at get-together to introduce its new Cartoon Bank team to the artists. In the photo above from left to right: Felipe Galindo, Liana Finck, Colin Stokes, Jeremy Nguyen, Colin Tom, Farley Katz, Robert Leighton, and Ben Schwartz.

Above: the placard greeting visitors to the event.

Liza Donnelly provided all the photos here as well as this synopsis of the event:

We were greeted with glasses of wine and fancy little bites of food served on trays, and met by very friendly folks from Condé Nast. At 6:00 on the dot, there were already around six cartoonists there, and many more started filtering in —  the number reaching probably 40-50+ cartoonists. Everyone seemed so happy to be able to just hang out with each other and catch up. I saw friends I hadn’t seen for decades, and met new friends. It was a lovely mixture of new cartoonists and seasoned cartoonists, talking together. Remarks were made by our Condé Nast hosts, as well as from New Yorker editor David Remnick, who went casual in a short sleeved shirt. New cartoon editor, Emma Allen also spoke and welcomed the cartoonists.

There were classic cartoons framed on the gallery wall (all art from those in attendance). Interestingly, the breathtaking view from the 34th floor of the World Trade Center where the event was held quickly took a back seat to talking and laughing with pals. The whole evening had a fun buzz- and by 8:30 when I left, a large group was still lingering.

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Left photo: foreground, Huguette Martel, David Borchart on the left in profile; Evan Forsch is directly above Ms. Martel, looking over his glasses.  Robert Leighton in checked shirt. Photo right: Tom Hachtman in background, left. Chris Weyant in black polo shirt facing away from camera, Marisa Acocella Marchetto center. Mark Alan Stamaty in background in plum colored shirt talking with Tom Bachtell.

Below: the New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen on left, then Ed Steed,  Julia Suits and the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes

Below, left photo: David Borchart, Pat Byrnes, John O’Brien; Right photo: New Yorker editor, David Remnick addresses the crowd.

Below, left photo: Frank Cotham, Sam Gross, Ed Steed. Photo right: Julia Suits and Bob Eckstein

Below: Andrea Arroyo, Felipe Galindo and Peter Kuper

Below, left photo: Liana Finck and Liza Donnelly. Photo right: Sam Marlow and Ellis Rosen

Below: Felipe Galindo and George Booth

Below: front and center, Barbara Smaller with Chris Weyant, and to the left, Huguette Martel speaks with Arnie Levin

Below left photo: Emily Flake, Jeremy Nguyen, Sara Lautman.  Photo right: Joe Dator and Ben Schwartz.

Below: Colin Tom, J.A.K. (Jason Adam Katzenstein) and Pat Byrnes, in profile

Below: Glen Le Lievre, John Jonik, and John O’Brien

Below: New Yorker publisher, Lisa Hughes speaks with George Booth. In the background, center, is Teresa Nash, part of the Cartoon Bank team.

 

Below left photo: Tom Bachtell, Marisabina Russo. Photo right: David Sipress, Ben Schwartz.

Below, foreground,  Emma Allen talks with Frank Cotham. That’s George Booth on the left and Barbara Smaller on the far right.

 

Below: Mark Alan Stamaty, Marcellus Hall, and Peter Kuper

Below: Marisa Acocello Marchetto and Sam Gross (Tom Hachtman in the back, right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Polan “Living & Working” exhibit; Marcellus Hall guest edits; BEK & graduation speeches

Jason Polan, “Living & Working” at the Nicholas Robinson Gallery June 9 – July 30 2011. Info here. In an email about the exhibit, Polan says:

While in the space, I will work from a desk.  I will have the materials around me that I like to make work.  The exhibition will change daily as I produce things.  I will make drawings, paintings, sculptures, books, and more while I am in the space.  I will talk to visitors (if they would like to) and their presence will affect the exhibition in different ways. People will be invited back to the exhibition to see how it changes.   The art show will be different everyday.


Marcellus Hall will be guest editing The Magnet all this week.  His drawings will accompany his posts.  Visit here


From The Huffington Post, May 29, 2011, this post by BEK ( Bruce Eric Kaplan).

New Cat at The Algonquin; Bob Mankoff at Rutgers; Interview: Kate Beaton; Interview: Marcellus Hall; Roz Chast speaks

From The Wall Street Journal, this video profiling Matilda III, the latest of a long line of in-house cats residing at The Algonquin Hotel.


From mycentraljersey.com, April 4, 2011, this article –“Rutgers presents free April 7 program on Yiddish, Jewish Cartooning” (with The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff).


From Sequential Tart, April 4, 2011, this interview with Kate Beaton.

From David-Wasting-Paper’s continuing Cartoonist/Artist survey (#217 in the series), this interview with illustrator/musician Marcellus Hall.

If you’re out on the west coast, you might want to check out this evening’s talk by Roz Chast at Campbell Hall at The University of California,  Santa Barbara.  Info here.

And here’s a related piece from the Santa Barbara Independent, April 1, 2011, “New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast gives Slide Lecture”