Thurber Thursday: An Assortment Of Paperbacks; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Thurber Thursday

One of the best things about visiting a used book store is coming upon the unexpected. Nearly all of the above came to me that way. Of all these, my favorite cover is one of the simplest: the 1962 edition of Thurber Country, published by Penguin Books in Great Britain:

Finally, if you want a brand new Thurber book to dive into, I highly recommend Michael Rosen’s fab A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Carrot trouble by Danny Shanahan, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1988.

 

 

Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist (And Yesterday’s); Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Mahood’s 1958 Cartoon Collection: Not A Word To A Soul

Ordered not long ago (for one dollar(!), plus s&h) from a seller across the big pond, Kenneth Mahood’s 1958 cartoon collection arrived today and has been added to the Spill‘s cartoon library. Was very happy to see the dust jacket (and a protected dust jacket at that) in such great shape.  What I didn’t realize about this collection (until today) is that it is made up entirely of captionless cartoons, such as you see on the cover. From the inside flap copy:

“…the intelligent enquirer after knowledge today does not need a preamble of word or lengthy caption to point the humour…The pictures tell their own wordless story, with your intelligent help. The story is all there for you, and it is much better that way.”

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

 

Kenneth Mahood  Born, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1930. New Yorker work: 1951 -1996. Mr. Mahood’s bio from the British Cartoon Archive.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Lars Kenseth, “A Celebrity Profile Of My Cat”

Mr. Kenseth began contributing to The New Yorker in

2016.  Visit his website here.

Further reading: this Spill piece on Mr. Kenseth from 2017.

And Yesterday’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist was Ali Fitzgerald: “America!: How To Throw A Wild Presidents’ Day Party”

…See more of Ms. Fitzgerald’s New Yorker work here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on the 4 day work week.

Mr. K. began contributing to in 2014.  His book, Everything Is An Emergency: An OCD Story In Words & Pictures will be out this June from Harper Perennial.

Book Of Interest: Gerald Scarfe’s Memoir; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

 

 

Book Of Interest: Gerald Scarfe’s Memoir

Here’s a title I missed: Gerald Scarfe’s memoir, Long Drawn Out Trip, published by Little, Brown last Fall.

Mr. Scarfe was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker during the Tina Brown era (1992-1998).

Link here to the publisher’s page.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams on Trump’s day after choice.

Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.  Visit his website here.

 

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Ali Fitzgerald:   “America!: Open-Mike Night In The Forest”

 

Article Of Interest: Kenneth Mahood; Blitt On Trump’s State Of The Union Appearance; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Bliss & Martin’s “A Wealth Of Pigeons” Listed

Article Of Interest: Kenneth Mahood

From The Daily Cartoonist, February 4, 2020, by D.D. Degg. “Kenneth Mahood Is A Senior Stripper”

Mr. Mahood (shown above in a photo taken in 2013) contributed to The New Yorker from  1951 through 1996. Above center: a 1958 Mahood cartoon collection. Above right: a Mahood New Yorker cover, June 18, 1966. Below, his distinctive signature.

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Blitt On Trump’s State Of The Union Appearance

Go here to see the latest Blitt’s Kvetchbook. Mr. Blitt’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 2006.  His latest book, published in 2017, appears above. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on the Iowa Caucus results.  Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. His latest book, shown above,  Everything Is An Emergency, will be out in June.

Note: Mr. K is also today’s Daily Shouts cartoonist: “Comments-Section Success Stories”

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Bliss & Martin’s “A Wealth Of Pigeons” Listed

The expected collection of collaborative  efforts from Harry Bliss and funny man Steve Martin is now listed on the MacMillan website.  Sorry, no cover yet. The book will be out this November from Caledon Books.

From the publisher’s site, a quote from Mr. Martin, followed by the the publisher’s description of the book.

“I’ve always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.

So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout.

 

 

Article Of Interest: Whitney Darrow, Jr. Profile In Feb 1950 American Artist; Not A “Disgruntled” Employee; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Warren Bernard, frequent Spill supplier of New Yorker archival materials, has unearthed this fab February 1950 American Artist article on the late great New Yorker artist Whitney Darrow, Jr.. My thanks to Mr. Bernard for sharing it with us. As a bonus, there’s an ad featuring Mr. Darrow, Jr.’s favorite drawing paper.

Whitney Darrow, Jr.’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Whitney Darrow, Jr.  Born August 22, 1909, Princeton, NJ. Died August, 1999, Burlington, Vermont. New Yorker work: 1933 -1982. Quote (Darrow writing of himself in the third person): …in 1931 he moved to New York City, undecided between law school and doing cartoons as a profession. The fact that the [New Yorker’s] magazine offices were only a few blocks away decided him…” (Quote from catalogue, Meet the Artist, 1943)

 

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Not A “Disgruntled” Employee

The word “disgruntled” has been in the news the past few days — directly below is an example from The New York Times  — a headline from two days ago (the word popped up again today in a  New York Time’s post concerning more revelations from Mr. Bolton’s forthcoming book):

Seeing the word “disgruntled” reminded me of a cartoon of mine published in The New Yorker in the issue of March 4, 1988, wherein “disgruntled” was the key word — the reason it was bought and published.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

And speaking of politics, Teresa Burns Parkhurst imagines our forefathers tracking current events. See it here.

Ms. Parkhurst began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2017.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

“Double Infirmity: A Sickly Noir” from Sofia Warren, who began contributing to The New Yorker in November 2017.

Visit her website here.