Personal History: Mother’s Day

 

My mother once told me that Mother’s Day was more important to her than her own birthday.  Thinking of her today, I can’t help but think of the world she grew up in, especially during her formative years from the 1920s through 1950s. Hers was not the world of the arts, but of a factory job right after high school, and later, jobs taken to put food on the table for her three kids (my father was basically a no-show). She worked a luncheonette counter, and at a doughnut shop.  She worked in an ancient dark red brick factory near our home, where she assembled electrical parts whizzing by on an assembly line.  She joined the local police force as a crossing guard, wearing a dark blue uniform and a badge.

At home, at the end of her work day, she’d return to her three young boys and her husband-less home. I spent those after-school early evening hours laying on our living room floor drawing; she left me alone in my little paper and pencil world, never commenting on what I was working on.  But one day, when I was about seven years old, she broke her silence. It’s very possible she was worried;  perhaps she wondered where all this drawing was going — how would I make a living drawing soldiers and cowboys and angry dragons; and why wasn’t I down at the park playing with all the other kids, or doing homework?

And so, on that late afternoon, she spoke up.  “If someone asked you to draw a guy about to slip on a banana peel, you could do that, right?”  I answered, “Yes” (thankfully I didn’t tell her that I hated the thought of someone telling me what to draw).  All these many many years (and many many drawings) later, I continue to appreciate and value her beautiful parental mix of support and real world concern: “…you could do that, right?” 

 

Auction Of Interest: Press Forward Auction Includes Cartoonists Galore!

News of an auction of cartoon art (both original work and prints) to support Press Forward. According to their website PF is an independent initiative whose mission is to change culture in newsrooms.

Also to be auctioned are a number of fun experiences including this:

 Behind the Scenes Experience with New Yorker Editor David Remnick and Cartoon Editor, Emma Allen

Some of the work up for auction is already online, and can be seen here. More art will be available online prior to the live auction/party in Washington, D.C., May 8th.  The Spill will update as art is added online.

Here’s the invite to the event. Link here to RSVP.

Below:  a list of the artists whose work is up for grabs:

 

New Yorker cartoonists:

Kim Warp

Amy Hwang

Liza Donnelly

Michael Maslin

Emily Flake

Peter Kuper

Christopher Weyant  

 

New Yorker cover artists:

Barry Blitt  

John Cuneo  

 

Pulitzer Prize winner Editorial Cartoonists:

Signe Wilkinson  (the first woman to win Pulitzer) (Philadelphia Daily News)

Ann Telnaes  (The Washington Post)

Jim Morin (independent)

Matt Wuerker (Politico)

Joel Pett (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

 

Editorial Cartoonists:

Ed Hall (independent)

Rob Rogers (independent)

Jen Sorenson  (Daily Kos)

Chip Bok (Akron Beacon Journal)

Keith Knight (syndicated)

Tom Toles  (The Washington Post)

Pat Bagley (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Jake Tapper (CNN / State of the Cartoonian)

Jeff Danziger (independent)

Sage Stossel (The Atlantic)

Lisa Benson  (independent)

 

Easter In The City; Today’s Daily Shouts By…Ellis Rosen With Irving Ruan

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Here’s a rejected cover idea (submitted to The New Yorker way way back in time) that I’ve brought out on this day a number of times. I remember being happy with the way the checkered floor turned out (heavily inspired by Charles Addams’ handling of tiled floors).

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Today’s Daily Shouts

Today’s Daily Shouts is a joint effort by Ellis Rosen and Irving Ruan.  Mr. Ellis began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit Mr. Ellis’s website here.

More MoCCA Today (With Photos) & “My First MoCCA”; David Sipress On A 1969 Harvard Protest

More MoCCA Today

At least three New Yorker cartoonist events scheduled today: Liana Finck in conversation with Gabrielle Bell; a “spotlight” on Mark Alan Stamaty; Emily Flake as part of a panel, “Narratives On Motherhood”; cover artist Ivan Brunetti in a panel on “Comics and the Teaching Artist” (right: Ms. Bell and Ms. Finck today. Courtesy of Stephen Nadler).

And more photos from today (all courtesy of Liza Donnelly, with the exception of the Mark Alan Stamaty photo.  That’s another courtesy of Stephen Nadler):

Top row, l-r: Peter Kuper, Felipe Galindo, Mark Parisi, Ellis Rosen.

Middle row: Arnold Roth & Caroline Roth, Liza Donnelly, Keith Knight.

Bottom: Mark Alan Stamaty (l), and Bill Kartalopoulos, who, among other things, is MoCCA’s Programming Director, and Series Editor for The Best American Comics series. 

My First MoCCA:  A Personal Take

Judging by the scene I dove into at yesterday’s MoCCA Fest, the appetite for, and practice of comics and cartoons is booming. The place (the Metropolitan West on West 46th Street) was at capacity, loud and energized. I took in the must-see Cartooning For Peace exhibit on the second floor (curated by The New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly) then immediately ran into Dick Buchanan (who for quite some time has been sharing his voluminous cartoon file via Mike Lynch’s site). Mr. Buchanan had told me earlier in the week  that he’d be at the fest, and would bring along a copy of a book I’d never seen before:  Bernard Wiseman’s Cartoon Countdown (published in 1959). Mr. Wiseman contributed 197 cartoons to The New Yorker, from April 19, 1947 – June 11. 1960.

In the pr copy on the first page:

This is the first book of cartoons devoted exclusively  to he Conquest of Space. Let the Russians Match That! 

(to the right: The Cartooning For Peace Exhibit)

With  thanks to Mr. Buchanan for Cartoon Countdown, it was on to a tour of the fest.

 

  The illustrator Tom Bloom was seen engaged in conversation with an exhibitor, the illustrator/educator, Steve Guernaccia blew by (he’s hard to miss, sartorially). The multitude of people, of tables laden with products bearing graphic images, posters, cards, etc., etc., was astounding. Along with me on the tour was one of my co-panelists, Danny Shanahan.  We were moving along at a good pace with the flow of the crowd when a familiar book cover on the New York Review Comics table got our attention: Saul Steinberg’s recently reissued Labyrinth (also on the table were a number of Maira Kalaman titles).  I bet Steinberg would’ve enjoyed the scene passing by his book.

Closing in on the slotted time for our panel with Mort Gerberg, we headed over to Ink48 on 11th Avenue, where the panels took place. Ran into Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery  who reminded us that Mark Alan Stamaty was signing his anniversary edition of MacDoodle Street.

Co-panelist Bob Eckstein awaited us in the Garamond Room, where we were soon joined by Marisa Acocella, and the man of the hour, Mort Gerberg. Spotted in our audience were New Yorker contributors,  R. Sikoryak, and Sophia Warren, as well as friend to all comics creators, Karen Greene of Columbia University. Below photos of the panel courtesy of Mr. Nadler (l-r, Danny Shanahan, Bob Eckstein, myself, Marisa Acocella, and Mr. Gerberg).

One of the fun things to come out of paneling with colleagues is the unexpected nugget or two of New Yorker history. As he discussed selling his first cartoon to The New Yorker back in 1965 , Mr. Gerberg told us — and this is something I had never heard, and didn’t realize was even possible — that he had talked the then art editor, James Geraghty into allowing what was supposed to be a bought idea of Mr. Gerberg’s to become a bought drawing. New Yorker history buffs know that it was routine at the magazine back then to buy ideas and give them to established cartoonists. It’s quite a thing that Mr. Gerberg, with his first sale to the magazine, was not only able to buck that well-entrenched system, but to deliver the full page below (published in October 20,1965).

  After our panel concluded we panelists stayed in the same room to attend the next panel,  “Professional Development 101: Art Directors Roundtable.” How could we not –it included our very own cartoon editor, Emma Allen. As we moved into the audience we spotted fellow colleagues, Kendra Allenby, Tracey Berglund, and cartoonist, Marc Bilgrey. Ms. Allen was joined by Matt Lubchansky (of The Nib), Alexandra Zsigmond (formerly The New York Times), Will Varner (formerly Buzzfeed), and artist/educator, Viktor Koen, who moderated.  The “101” in the panel title was accurate — we heard what the scene was like for today’s beginning illustrator/artists trying to break in. One piece of advice from Ms. Allen that stood out for me:  something that would make her laugh while looking at [written and drawn] humor for four hours in a day, had an excellent shot.

By the way, the place was packed.

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David Sipress On A Harvard Protest In 1969

Mr. Sipress, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998, has a Personal History piece on newyorker.com: “Fake News, 1969: My Slightly Infamous Role In The Harvard Antiwar Protests”

 

 

New Yorker Artists At MoCCA Fest 2019

Here are all of the New Yorker artists you’ll be able to see at the upcoming MoCCA Fest. I’ll add late additions, if any.

And here’s the website where you’ll find a schedule of events.  Also appearing at the festival is The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and yours truly.

Top row: left to right: Liana Finck, Marisa Acocella, Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, Bob Eckstein

Middle row: Mark Alan Stamaty, Marcellus Hall, Tim Hamilton, Peter Kuper, Gabrielle Bell

Bottom row: Joe Ciardiello, Mort Gerberg, Emily Flake,  Jason Chatfield