The Tilley Watch Online,The New Yorker, March 24-29, 2019: Book Of Interest: Seth’s “Clyde Fans”; Mort Gerberg’s New York Historical Society Exhibit Reviewed

    The Daily cartoons this week weren’t exclusively Trumplandish, but close! The contributing New Yorker cartoonists were: Peter Kuper, Lucas Adams, Emily Flake, J.A.K., Barry Blitt, and Christopher Weyant.

        The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Tom Chitty, Ali Fitzgerald, and Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell.

To see all of the above and more link here.

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Book of Interest: Seth’s “Clyde Fans”

Out on bookstore shelves on April 30th from Drawn & Quarterly, Seth’s latest, Clyde Fans.  In the meantime, here’s a Publisher’s Weekly piece about it. Seth (Gregory Gallant) began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.  Below, right, one of his covers.

Further recommended reading: Seth’s 1996 It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken.

The PW article says about it: “Seth’s first graphic novel…seemed to be a memoir of the author’s attempts to track down a New Yorker cartoonist who had a brief flash of success in the ’40s—but the whole thing was fiction.” 

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Gerberg’s  New York Historical Society Exhibit Reviewed

From Women Write About Comics, March 29, 2019, ‘Main Thing Is, I Kept Drawing’: Mort Gerberg’s Cartoons On Display at The NYHS”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Peter Kuper; A Chapter Of Interest: Always On Wednesday

Today’s Daily cartoon, AG Barr-ish, is by Peter Kuper. Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2011.  Visit his website here.

And check out his latest book!

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Chapter Of Interest: Always On Wednesday

In preparation for the upcoming MoCCA Fest panel, Mort Gerberg and Friends, celebrating Mr. Gerberg’s essential  On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle  (Fantagraphics), I’ve been looking at a lot of Mr. Gerberg’s drawings, as well as his 1983 Cartooning: The Art and The Business.  Admittedly not one for process books (i.e., “how-to”) I was quite surprised to discover in the very first chapter of The Art and The Business  a wonderful first hand account by Mr. Gerberg of what it was like for cartoonists making the rounds of magazines in New York City back in the early 1960s. I’ve shown just the first page of Chapter One’s twenty-three pages (want to continue reading?  You can easily find the book online). This is probably the most extensive account I’ve read about the “look day” of long long ago (so long ago that it is no longer Always Wednesdays, at least at The New Yorker, where it’s been Always Tuesdays for several decades). Even though Mr. Gerberg references The Saturday Evening Post on the first page, any cartoonist who went in to the New Yorker for “look day” will recognize the sign-in sheet tradition. 

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

 

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of April 1, 2019; MoCCA Fest Event Of Note: Mort Gerberg And Friends (Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein, And Michael Maslin); Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Christopher Weyant; Today’s Bonus Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt

The Cover: it’s a treat to have Bruce McCall’s work back on the cover. You can read about it here (and see an early version of the cover).

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

And speaking of treats, here are some of this issue’s cartoons that especially caught my eye:

Chris Weyant’s plumbing drawing (p.52). It reminded me, in the best possible way, of Jack Ziegler’s classic 1980 drawing Plumbing Trouble of the Gods. Mr. Weyant has delivered a funny, perfectly handled drawing. 

And then there’s David Borchart’s terrific giraffe drawing (p. 66). Perhaps this is the start of something big? Giraffes have never been anywhere as popular as cats and dogs in the cartoon universe (Lars Kenseth has drawn a very funny pug(?) in his all-dog cartoon on page 35). 

Finally, what a blast to come upon George Booth’s drawing in this issue (it’s on page 59). It’s a sunny day when Mr. Booth’s work appears (it’s worth mentioning again here on the Spill that Mr. Booth is the subject of an in-progress documentary film).

Applause for all.

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There are several drawings in the issue that, for some, might require Googling. I’ve always been a believer in “getting” a drawing without assistance. If I don’t get it, I move on (or occasionally ask a friend for help).  Of course, not getting certain New Yorker cartoons is age-old.

A note: this week’s Talk section includes a Sketchpad (it features a color “illustration” by Emily Flake).  A usage reminiscent of the comic strips briefly brought in during the early 1990s under Tina Brown. The Brown era comic strips ran across the entire width of each page (i.e., 6 columns wide), whereas this Sketchpad is 4 columns wide. Below: an example of a strip from the past: a Victoria Roberts piece from the issue of March 28, 1994.

Finally, the beautiful Rea Irvin masthead continues to remain in storage — not even brought out  as some kind of tease for this April 1st issue.  Well, here it is below, as it will be weekly until it reappears in the magazine (I can dream, can’t I?). 

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MoCCA Fest Event Of Note: Mort Gerberg and Friends: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein. Panel moderated by Michael Maslin

The upcoming Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (otherwise known as MoCCA) will begin its 2019 Festival on April 6th. A number of New Yorker folks will be participating (and I will note them as the information becomes available). Here’s the announcement of one that just came into the Spill:

 

Mort Gerberg and Friends

 

Mort Gerberg broke into print with irreverent drawings in The Realist in the early ’60s. His social-justice-minded—and bitingly funny—cartoons subsequently appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Playboy, and the Saturday Evening Post. As a reporter, he’s sketched historic scenes including the women’s marches of the ’60s and the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, and Fantagraphics Underground Press has recently published the retrospective book Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle. Gerberg will discuss his work in a conversation with friends and colleagues, led by Michael Maslin (Inkspill, The New Yorker) and including New Yorker cartoonists Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein and Danny Shanahan.

Garamond Room / 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 6th

Link to MoCCA’s website here for more general info.

Photos above, l-r: Danny Shanahan, Marisa Acocella, and Bob Eckstein

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Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist & Bonus Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist

Christopher Weyant is today’s Daily Cartoonist.  You can see his (Trump) drawing here. 

Mr. Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Link to his website here.

And here’s Barry Blitt’s Bonus Daily cartoon  —  Trump-world-ish .

Mr. Blitt began contributing to The New Yorker in 1994.  Link to his website here.

 

 

 

Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Jason Adam Katzenstein; Rejected! With JAK And Jeremy Nguyen; More Mort (Gerberg); Another Side Of…Tim Hamilton

Today’s Daily cartoon — Spring-centric — is by Jason Adam Katzenstein (aka JAK).  Mr. Katzenstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. 

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Rejected! With JAK and Jeremy Nguyen

This coming Sunday, March 24th,  JAK and Jeremy Nguyen are part of a night “celebrating rejection.” All the info here. 

Mr. Nguyen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Link to his website here.

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More Mort (Gerberg)

Two items of interest:

Firstly, This photo essay from Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery who visited the Gerberg retrospective at the New York Historical Society. 

And Secondly:

From the Gothamist, March 21, 2019, “Sketchy Interviews:  New Yorker Cartoonist Mort Gerberg”

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Link here to the New York Historical Society.

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Another Side Of…Tim Hamilton

From Comicsbeat, March 21, 2019, “Exclusive Preview: Tim Hamilton’s Rabbit Who Fights #4 debuting at MoCCA”

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.