Case For Pencils Spotlights Olivia de Recat; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Yesterday’s Shouts Cartoonist

A Case For Pencils Spotlights Olivia de Recat

Jane Mattimoe’s terrif blog takes a look at New Yorker contributor Olivia de Recat’s tools of the trade. Read it here!

From the Spill‘s A-Z:

Olivia de Recat  New Yorker work: February 5, 2018 — .  Website:



Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Peter Kuper on an excercise option.

Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2011.  Visit his website here.


…and Yesterday’s Daily Shouts cartoonist:

Liana Finck contributed “Some Drawings From Week One At Home”Ms. Finck’s work began appearing in The New Yorker February of 2013. Visit her website here.

The Wednesday Watch: Liza Donnelly’s Daily Live-Draw; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon


Liza Donnelly Live Draws For You

If you’ve been on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram in recent years you’ve probably run into some of Liza Donnelly‘s live-drawing (either seeing her actually drawing, or stories of where she’s been live-drawing).  A pioneer in the field of visual journalism, she’s gone around the globe drawing people and places. Now at home (like most of us) she’s drawing from her studio for us all. I asked Ms. Donnelly to briefly tell us about what she’s up to:

I’m doing three things:

-Daily live draw for Instagram where I talk and show my hand drawing. It will be in my IGTV as well as live.   @lizadonnelly

-A daily short soundless animation on all social channels. @lizadonnelly


-And I’m selling signed prints and t-shirts and mugs etc of my Corona love drawing. To benefit @GlobalGiving to help fight the virus, and help during the Corona Virus Pandemic. Contact me at :


Here’s 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.  Website:


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

No excuse, by Jon Adams. Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2017. Visit his website here.



Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Bob Eckstein …and Yesterday’s Daily Cartoon & Daily Shouts; Blog Of Great Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind; More Spills…

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Sports Not Cancelled by Bob Eckstein, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2007.  Visit his website here.

…and Yesterday’s Daily Cartoon

— outer space distancing, by Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.




Yesterday’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Paul Karasik, “It’s Time To Start Talking to Yourself”

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




Blog Of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind

Want to get away from this period of trial and time-travel to another period of trial? Well here’s an issue for you.

This Spill fave blog looks very closely at the contents of the March 14, 1931 issue of The New Yorker. The blog’s customary deep-dive is, as always, fascinating.

The cover is by the great Rea Irvin.


New Yorker contributor Emily Flake has written the introduction to Trots And Bonnie a collection of Shary Flenniken’s National Lampoon strips.

The New York Times Sunday Magazine includes this piece (“In Praise of a Normal Boring Country”) by New Yorker cover contributor, Christoph Niemann.

Happy 91st Birthday, Edward Sorel!; From Pat Achilles: A Cartoon In The Time Of The Coronavirus; Thurber Thursday: Hirschfeld On Thurber’s Drawings

Happy 91st Birthday, Edward Sorel!

Bronx-born Edward Sorel turns ninety-one today! The Spill wishes him a very very Happy Birthday. To see this modern master’s work  visit his website.

Above left: Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker cover of October 5, 1992 — the first cover under Tina Brown’s editorship of the magazine.

Above right: Mr. Sorel’s must-have Unauthorized Portraits, published by Knopf in 1997.

I’ve always enjoyed this passage from the May 14, 1978 New York Times review of Superpen: The Cartoons and Caricatures of Edward Sorel

“The satire is caustic, anti-authority and thought-provoking; it is also, miraculously, verbally and graphically funny.”


From Pat Achilles: A Cartoon In The Time Of The Coronavirus

Pat Achilles began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2018.  You can see more of her work here.  My thanks to her for sending in this drawing.


Thurber Thursday: Hirschfeld on Thurber’s Drawings

I can’t quite remember how I ran across this short passage the other day. My treks through Thurber country often take unexpected paths. Anyway…while flipping through Neil Grauer’s 1994 Thurber biography, Remember Laughter, I spotted this passage quoting the late great Al Hirschfeld talking about Thurber’s drawings (Mr. Grauer interviewed Mr. Hirschfeld for the biography). It seemed well worth sharing:

“In the view of Al Hirschfeld, Thurber drew ‘like most writers’ draw. He cited other as examples the simple but captivating sketches of Edward Lear nonsense poet nonpareil, and Clarence Day whose memoirs of ‘life with father’ appeared in The New Yorker before they became a book and a play. ‘Lear and other writers who drew, they all seemed to draw the same way,’ Hirschfeld said. ‘They managed to keep that childlike creativity in their line.’





Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Shop Talk Of Interest: Jason Chatfield

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Zoe Si on self-helping in this time.

Ms. Si began contributing to The New Yorker last month.

Visit her website here.



Shop Talk Of Interest: Jason Chatfield

Here’s a quick fun read from Jason Chatfield, a cartoonist colleague who wears many hats (actor, stand-up comedian, comic strip artist). Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in the Spring of 2017.

Read his piece, posted today:  “Shop Talk. Read before you write. Look at art before you draw. Get your head in the game.”

Pictured: inspiring art Mr. Chatfield pasted on his closet doors when he just a lad.