Wertz’s Sketchy Interview; Mischa Richter’s Strictly Richter

Wertz’s Sketchy Interview

Gothamist continues its Sketchy Interview series with Julia Wertz. Read it here.

Ms. Wertz first contribution to the New Yorker appeared in the issue of August 3, 2015.

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Mischa Richter”s Strictly Richter

David Pomerantz has sent along this interesting piece from 2016 about the late Mischa Richter’s strip, Strictly Richter.

A sidenote: when I interviewed Mr. Richter years ago for my Arno biography I asked him about the obvious (to me) Arno influence in his early work.  Surprisingly, Richter disavowed any influence whatsoever. 

Mr. Richter’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Mischa Richter (photo above courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon). Born, Kharkov, Russia, 1910. Died, March 23, 2001. New Yorker work: January 10, 1942 – January 20, 2003 ; Key books: This One’s On Me! (McGraw-Hill, 1945) , The Cartoonist’s Muse, co-authored by Harald Bakken (Contemporary Books, 1992).

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue of June 18, 1984

As mentioned here last week, it’s double issue time again. We’re halfway though it now ; only a week til the new issue (dated June 18, 2018) appears online early Monday morning. Just for fun I thought I’d go back to another June 18th issue — the one from 1984. 

Here’s the cover, by Susan Davis, who contributed fifteen covers to the magazine from 1983 – 1992.

 

And here are the cartoonists in that issue:

A number of New Yorker cartoon gods in that lineup. And, as you might expect, some cartoonists  contributing to the magazine then who still contribute now. On the downside, a number of colleagues who’ve passed on: George Price, James Stevenson, William Steig, Stan Hunt, J. B. Handelsman, Steinberg, Bernie Schoenbaum, Frank Modell, Barney Tobey, Ed Arno, Mischa Richter, Ed Fisher, Eldon Dedini, and Robert Weber.

A quick tour through the issue: Ed Frascino has a very funny cartoon name-checking Indiana Jones; Lee Lorenz ( the art editor at the time) puts the word “glitz” to excellent use; a half page George Price cartoon centered on the Year of the Rat; a beautiful full page Saxon drawing about the Museum of Modern Art; a four part Stevenson spread across two pages. He animates television antenna; a titled Steig: “Eastbound Traffic.” Great drawing!;  Stan Hunt’s drawing is one of those cartoons that could’ve run anytime in the previous thirty years (previous to 1984, that is) — a boiler plate kind of cartoon; “Bud” Handelsman gives us a heaven-based piece; a Roz Chast drawing split into four boxes. It could’ve run this year; an Ed Koren drawing that just is so like butter — drawing and caption;  Steinberg provides an illustration for a Profile piece by E.J. Kahn, Jr.; opposite Steinberg is a Bernie Schoenbaum cocktail party drawing — a scenario employed by nearly every cartoonist back then; a Frank Modell drawing with his signature people — love his grumpy husband; an Arnie Levin caterpillar/butterfly drawing — that that loose Levin line is so great; a Barney Tobey drawing set in another favorite situation: the boardroom; a great Warren Miller drawing:

 Following Mr. Miller’s cartoon is an Ed Arno drawing — that fine controlled line of his! Immediately identifiable; a Mischa Richter dog at a desk drawing; Ed Fisher gives us a weather bureau drawing with lots of fun detail; Eldon Dedini’s cartoon of two guys at a bar with a caption that could run today:Everything’s a trap if you’re not careful.”;  next up, a cartoon that made me laugh out loud, by the great cartoonist, Robert Weber:

Next, a beautiful Sempe drawing (is there any other kind?); and last, a Sidney Harris restaurant drawing. Mr. Harris’s style is his and his alone: an angular line that appears to almost spin out of control, but never does.

So, there it is. A cartoon feast in mid-June, thirty-four years ago. 

 

     

Fun of Interest: Swann Auction Includes Addams, Barsotti, Steinberg, and So Many More

The New Yorker section of the upcoming Swann auction is an awful lot of fun.  The Addams cover shown above is just one of the gems listed. To see the “3D catalog” go here.  Other New Yorker artists whose work is going under the gavel include Charles Barsotti, Bemelmans, Abe Birnbaum, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Ed Fisher, Heidi Goennel, Edward Gorey, Theodore Haupt, John Held, Jr., Helen Hokinson, Maira Kalman, Arnie Levin, Rick Meyerowitz, Bill Mauldin, Donald Reilly, Mischa Richter, Arnold Roth, Charles Saxon, Ronald Searle, Seth, Steinberg, Tom Toro, and Gahan Wilson.

Cartoonist Mike Lynch on Dwindling Cartoon Markets; Mischa Richter on Attempted Bloggery; A New Yorker State of Mind Looks At The April 20, 1929 New Yorker

From Mike Lynch, May 2, 2018, “Another Market For Gag Cartoons is Going Going Gone”

Reader’s Digest is in the headlights here.

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 Attempted Bloggery on Mischa Richter

Following up his E. Simms Campbell fest, Stephen Nadler’s Attempted Bloggery moves on to Mischa Richter. Looking forward to what he has come up with. See today’s Richter post here.

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A New Yorker State of Mind Looks At The April 20, 1929 New Yorker

A New Yorker State of Mind forges ahead with another in-depth look at an issue from ages ago.  Above: The issue, with an Arthur Kronengold cover — one of 22 of his published by the magazine. Here’s the post! 

 

 

Exhibit of Interest: New Yorker Cover Artist Arthur Getz; Review of Interest: Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s New Book; Follow-Up: John Cuneo’s Spring Cover

From The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, “The Art of Arthur Getz: City and Country” an exhibit of work by the most prolific of all New Yorker cover artists.  Opens May 5th.  

— My thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for bringing this exhibit to my attention. Be sure to check out his site today for an interesting piece on Mischa Richter.

Mr. Getz’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z: 

Born, Passaic, New Jersey, 1913; died, 1996. New Yorker work: 1938 -1988. Primarily a cover artist, he had one cartoon published: March 15, 1958. (You might say his career was a mirror image of George Price’s, who was one of the most prolific cartoonists, with over 1200 published, and one cover). According to the official Getz website, he was the most prolific of all New Yorker cover artists, having 213 appear during the fifty years he contributed to the magazine. The official Getz website, containing his biography: www.getzart.com/

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Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s New Book

From Publishers Weekly, April 30, 2018,  “The Wild Woman of Comix” — Leela Corman’s review of Ms. Kominsky-Crumb’s latest book, out today. 

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Follow-Up: John Cuneo’s Spring Cover

Visitors to this site may remember a recent piece, “Favorite Cover Submission of the Week” — featuring the work of New Yorker cover artist, John Cuneo.  Happy & pleased to say the cover (slightly revised) has found a home, shown below right, on Chronogram, a splendid Hudson Valley (NY) publication.